What do Facebook & World Bank have in common?

…the ultimate goal of a platform: to be an essential enabling technology but not the star of the show. ..Reliability is necessary for such a technology but it also needs to project an air of objectivity or impartiality: a fading into the background and a foregrounding of everything else. ….Such a move—being the mediator or affording mechanism for behavior rather than its explicit progenitor or advocate—is a familiar governing strategy with a good success rate. When the World Bank found itself beset on all sides by growing social movements they completely changed their strategy, acting less like a bank that was aggressively perusing international loan agreements, and started acting like a think tank.

Black 2.0

Last year artist Anish Kapoor (no, not the Bollywood Actor) came up with a really black color and didn’t want anyone else to use it except him. Obviously that didn’t sit well with some artists and British artist Stuart Semple came up with Black 2.0 so that everyone except Kapoor could use the color. The whole thing is hilarious.

Slack vs Rivals

It takes 32 steps to sign-up for Teams, Microsoft’s horrendous designed Slack competitor. Facebook Workspace needs consultants from big firms such as Deloitte to get companies going. Let’s just say Slack is so simple that even a CEO can sign-up and start using it within a couple of minutes. Yes, that is the main reason why I am proud to be an angel investor in Slack. Much like Jeff Weiner, who currently works for Microsoft.

What is Cartography in the 21st Century

Mike Foster of MIT Urban Studies and Planning has put together a great slide presentation around cartography, its evolution and how it is changing and adapting for the 21st century. What does a modern cartographer do, and how do they compare to those in the past.  The presentation is packed with wisdom. I love Foster’s succinct and presicent comment: cartography is communication.