This week: notes on collaboration, happiness, art, and more...

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A brief for the Spring/Summer cusp. More long form in the archives, and in the fall.

My aim is to help you stay grounded, discover what's behind some of the fads and trends, reframe some old tropes, and have some fun with it.

This week I've written about doing the work "with a little help from" your... collaborators. Who sometimes can become "my friends." 

If you guessed that was a reference to one of the most inspiring and influential groups of all time, I have more references throughout this Fourth of July (USA) weekend edition. 

I found that swapping some words in the lyrics of songs is a proven tactic to get attention from a distracted family member or colleague. "Something" in the way you sing... 

June 24, 1965.
The Beatles are
in Milano as
part of their Italian tour.

The art
is timeless.

Duomo in Milano . Footage from the concert.


Here are 12 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
  1. "All you need is love": a few thoughts on the ingredients for the work to bring success. Jerry Seinfeld is right
  2. "Yesterday": sense making past to shed light on the present, which was the future then. A thread on narrative and value, using the social media it's on as an example.
  3. "Paperback writer": Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. In 2012, NPR looked at which stories attracted readers. Have things changed since then?
  4. "Tomorrow never knows": I've always wondered if and how you can survive a plane crash. Juliane Koepcke was flying over the Peruvian rainforest with her mother when her plane was hit by lightning.
  5. "Yellow submarine": Research shows that building networks of casual acquaintances can boost happiness, knowledge and a sense of belonging. 
  6. "Ticket to ride": Intelligent nature. "The largest fish stock in the ocean is not in the coastal areas … but actually in the central gyres of the oceans."
  7. "Revolution": Picasso lived in Paris during the German occupation during World War II. A German officer allegedly asked him, upon seeing a photo of Guernica in Picasso's apartment, “Did you do that?" Picasso responded, "No, you did."
  8. "Lucy in the sky with diamonds": A star is born. I'm sharing this mostly to point out how the title is perfect for the topic. So you can be both, clever and accurate.
  9. "It's all too much": Irritation is part of the human experience. Here's a naughty list. Can you identify your sources? 
  10. "Let it Be": Disagreement can be civil. Critical thinking should be part of the outcome in education. Almost anyone can learn to see better. Collaborators who are not echo chambers can help you grow.
  11. "We can work it out": an example of true collaboration
  12. Kurt Vonnegut: "I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being live at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'."
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