My Favorites in November: French Food, @VanJones68’s Overall Attitude & Fake News

"How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?" Van Jones

“How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?” Van Jones (click to watch)

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Pretty much what I thought when hearing the U.S. election results, wondering how a great country can legitimately elect a populist leader like Donald Trump. I still try to make sense of it. But I also try hard not to be patronizing or condescendent, because it’s the voice of the people, and the beauty of democrac is that everyone’s vote has the same value. Still, this result shakes up a lot in my head and heart. Let’s hope for the best, as Obama says in one interview included below.

This month is crumped with articles about the U.S. election, politically more engaged than I used to share, but not only. You’ll also find a great article about Twitter’s data, a funny video about French food and my personal favorite of the month: Van Jones. Life goes on and many other things are worth spending time on, so here’s my monthly selection of links.

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I Read This Book About The Importance of Wasting Time on the Internet

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Are we becoming lazier and dumbing ourselves down with silly content on the internet? Should we be scared that most of us look like sleepwalking zombies when walking while staring at our smartphones? Many believe it, and countless articles are written around that narrative. Not much room for optimism. Kenneth Goldsmith, a poet and artist from New York City, believes that more good than bad stems from our increased connectedness – and he wrote a book about it: “Wasting Time On The Internet.” Continue reading →

My Favorites of September: Finding Your Purpose, Pope Francis & Recruiting Product Managers

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Dario Grandinetti’s brilliant role of Pope Francis

It’s been two-and-a-half years (first was in April 2014) now that I am doing these monthly posts, and I find them very useful to sort the best out of the daily reads, tweets and other activities that fills our lives. I hope they are equally useful for you, reader.

We had a nice month of September in Paris, with warm weather and lots of sunshine. While the sun was shining, I read & watched a number of things that I want to share with you : ads, movies, comics, articles and more.
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My Favorites of August: Scaling Design at Spotify, Matthew Inman & Inside GE Digital

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Click to read about my #Embrunman

A hot month of August ends today. Work and life, the two sides of a well-known balance, both brought along a number of interesting thoughts and links that I share in this blog post.

Here are some of my favorite stories from August, from design at Spotify to an interview of Matthew Inman and – that’s the picture on the left – my thoughts about completing another Ironman. Continue reading →

My Favorites of July: Product Onboarding, Design at GoPro & Bulambuli Valley

bulambuli valley crowdfunding videoTechnically speaking, a chicken is an ancient and highly efficient 3D-printer. That’s one of the fun facts of the “Bulambuli Valley” video to raise funds for Uganda through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Find this hilarious video and 9 other links, most of which relate to user experience and design management, in the July digest.
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My Favorites of April: Your Career At 30, Crowdfunding Stories & #CSReport2016

Image via IndieWire.com (click to access)

Image via IndieWire.com (click to access)

Very little time to write at the moment, but I did have time to read & watch some great content in April. My favorites include a documentary about crowdfunding, which is great in telling some entrepreneurs’ stories before/after they got massive funding from the crowd. There is also some advice for career choices around 30, a great Wired piece about VR pioneer Rony Abovitz or the State of Crowdsourcing 2016 report. Continue reading →

My Favorites of March: Hustling With Uber, Crowdfunding Public Good & Prisoners Spend More Time Outdoors Than Kids

Joseph Francois, a French ride-hailing entrepreneur, portrayed in the FT this month (click to read full article)

Joseph Francois, French ride-hailing entrepreneur, portrayed in the FT this month (click to read article)

March was an interesting month from a personal standpoint (more about that in a couple of days) but it also had its fair share of great reads!

Some of it is about the platform economy, praised in an article by the Financial Times to break glass ceilings, and some relate to entrepreneurs’s challenges, business funding or laundry advertisements (good ones!). And there is some Donald Trump too. I hope it’s interesting for you. Continue reading →