Exiting the dark ages of capitalism

“It’s highly unlikely that Fink and Zuckerberg came to these conclusions in a vacuum. No, they, like everyone, are subject to a change of heart and practice from a change in atmospheric pressure. From seeing the world getting worse in so ever many ways, even as we celebrate progress in some areas. From people making their voices heard with a message of “you’re making it worse”.”

David Heinemeier Hansson, Signal v. Noise

Recently I find David’s post some of the best content posted out there on business, technology and society. Have a read, and tell me what do you thing on the subject!

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Send better (business) e-mails with SCRAP

What does SCRAP stand for?

The SCRAP formula contemplate these ingredients, in this exact order:

  • Situation: where we’re at right now.
  • Complication: the problem that needs to be dealt with.
  • Resolution: your proposed way to fix the problem.
  • Action: the action you want the reader to take (a click, or even a simple answer).
  • Politeness: the end, on a friendly note.

A great tip from my friend Franz on productivity enhancement in business, dealing with e-mails. Read it yourself!

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future

In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s available, requiring new energy-generating plants. And with the climate conscious racing to replace fossil fuel-base plants with renewable energy sources, new stress on the grid means more facilities using dirty technologies. By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.

This is an unsustainable trajectory. It simply can’t continue.
Eric Holthaus

In these days dealing with Bitcoin frenzy, this is a nice read to add to the pile to be a conscious and correctly informed person.

Saved

So, yes, important things will get saved. But that doesn’t feel like a solid argument for how preservation happens.

Maybe those things weren’t saved because they were important. Maybe they were important because they were saved.

In order to write a history, you need evidence of what happened. When we talk about preserving the stuff we make on the web, it isn’t because we think a Facebook status update, or those GeoCities sites have such significance now. It’s because we can’t know.
Jason Santa Maria

No one reads anymore

My point is: We don’t read anymore, which also means we don’t dive into topics, or do our research to form our own opinion. Yet, at the same time we still comment, scream & share. As you can imagine, as a result our online platforms are full of uninformed people sharing or commenting on things they have no idea about. If you would know that more than 60% of all content shared by your friends wasn’t even read by them, would you even bother to click or engage with it? I don’t think so, because it’s nothing more but garbage.
Tobias van Schneider

A quote from ‘The Desk’, issue n°109 of Tobias’ newsletter.