John's Newsletter Blurbs
Yesterday I got out of the shop to get some Christmas shopping started. I found myself on Queen Street West in the hip quarter of Toronto and discovered (for the first time) an independent bookshop called TYPE. The shop has a beautiful yellow hue for lighting, wide plank floorboards, soft jazz music at an ambient volume and an impressive selection of art and design books, notebooks and biographies. I stuck around flipping through titles for about 40 minutes, eavesdropping on conversations, getting a sense of what people were seeking and taking in the fashion sense of a crowd easily twenty years my junior. A great reprieve from my usual routine.
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According to Harvard Medical School Publications, studies have shown that you can help prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia with some basic good health habits: staying physically active, getting enough sleep, not smoking, having good social connections, limiting alcohol, and so on.
A number of years ago, so the story goes, the band U2 was performing in Glasgow, Scotland. Part way through the concert, lead-man Bono slithered to the edge of the stage and placed his foot on top of a monitor; he kneeled down and with the wave of an arm, requested the audience to be quiet. The band stopped and for a moment the auditorium was silent. Bono then proceeded to slowly clap his hands, but requested the audience to stay silent. Bono continued to slowly clap with dramatic effect. Finally he picked up his mic and somberly stated; "every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies." A voice from the audience responded; "Then quit yer frickin' clappin".
Tonight is the last Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. Half of my friends won't watch the debate tonight and have tuned-out citing they won't spend another minute engrossed in the spectacle happening south of the border. The other half are split between tuning in with a bag of popcorn for the sheer entertainment value, and will tweet the on-stage nastiness in real time.
Stanley Krubick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968. The film follows a space voyage to Jupiter to learn the source of a mysterious black monolith that is affecting human evolution back on earth. The voyage relies on a computer named Hal-9000 for mission diagnostics and Hal dialogues with the crew in a manner that blurs lines between human and machine.
Sixteen years ago AOL combined with Time Warner in what was the biggest merger in U.S. history and also viewed as one of the greatest corporate disasters of all time.
Vanity Fair Magazine has released their annual list called "The New Establishment". The list ranks key across-the-board influencers and in past years, has been dominated by Hollywood Moguls, the Captains of Wall Street and a smattering of cultural icons that my guess, have a role in keeping the other two categories in balance. For 2016, the VF "New Establishment" list has been completely turned on end and is almost fully dominated by the tech industry.
This summer, The Tragically Hip have brought every life-lesson that we all ignore (because we view them as clichés) to the forefront: you only live once, life is a fleeting moment, live everyday like your last, never stop exploring, never give up, enjoy every minute, follow your dreams, and look for the positive in everything.
Ryan Raffaelli is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Raffaelli teaches leadership and organizational behavior and is an expert on corporate turnarounds. He has coined the phrase "technology reemergence": a process where organizations and industries faced with technological change re-invent themselves to become relevant, even when a newer technology is available.
There are few places in the world that make me feel so alive as New York City. The people, buildings and noise emit such energy, the city puts creativity and ideas in to overdrive.
Summer is half over and we have yet to have an official song of the summer. You know, the song that is played nonstop on radio, the song on every playlist when you walk in to any retailer or bar, cars blast it with the windows down - the song of the summer is everywhere. I am thinking song's of past summers like Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, Pharrel's Happy or