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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Tree hugging – 2020
Anne says: It’s been one of those weeks, in fact, 2020 has been one crazy year and it’s not over yet! So – when this photo appeared in just about all of my social channels and every publication I touched, it became irresistible. Tree hugging was a popular corporate bonding activity in the ’80s, or was it the ’70s? It continues today, if you feel like doing a Google search on it. But, a tiger, hugging a tree?? Just extraordinary, captivating, I can’t stop looking at the expression on the tiger’s face…
The photo of this rare Siberian tiger in far eastern Russia, by a Russian photographer Sergey Gorshkov, won him Wildlife Photographer of the year. The National Geographic description provides the most eloquent description of the photo:
A SIBERIAN TIGER bathed in dappled light stands on her hind legs and embraces an ancient tree. Her eyes are squeezed shut, her mouth is pulled into what looks like a blissful smile, her cheek is pressed against the bark. It’s a moment of pure beauty: Siberian tigers are highly endangered, but this one, notably, is at peace.
Initially, I thought it was a set-up or Photoshopped, but the National Geographic description of how Gorshkov selected the position, and waited, and waited – in fact, he waited for nearly 11 months – reminds me that sometimes we need to stop, follow the process, believe in ourselves and wait for the results.
Take a moment and look through all the finalists and appreciate the effort and commitment that goes into capturing moments like these. And if you must, it’s OK to hug a tree!
How to debug distributed teamwork, as suggested by new research
Jakkii says: This is an interesting long read on the Atlassian blog, presenting findings from their recently completed research into the rise of remote work and changing work practices as a result of the pandemic. While you can read the full report (or review the executive summary), this blog takes a look at a series of insights and challenges identified through the research and then applies a ‘how might we…?’ framing technique to frame up the problem in order to find and present ways to solve it.
The insights the blog calls out are:
- Distributed work could lead to an innovation drought
- It’s hard for people to know you’re doing great work when it seems so invisible
- Working from home brings an unexpected bonus for women
- Distributed work brings latent inequalities to the surface
- Everyone is experiencing working from home differently, based on three basic factors
Finally, to sum up, they use the heading “In every crisis, there is an opportunity” which I think is not only true, but also quite important for us to remember.
It’s always good to have insights and data to use as a benchmark for ourselves, or even simply as a guide about things to be wary of and things we might be able to do better, even if they seem to be working pretty well for us right now. With many organisations looking at becoming or remaining ‘hybrid’ – if not fully distributed – for the foreseeable future, it’s imperative that we continue to hone and improve our practices in how we work together, from anywhere – and everywhere.
Around the house
— Respectful Memes (@RespectfulMemes) October 6, 2020
Jakkii says: Another week, another round up of things to watch, read and do from home. There are a lot of jurisdictions around the world looking at re-introducing some form of restrictions – if that’s happening where you are, stay safe, and make sure you look after yourself mentally as well as physically.
- New US research shows benefits of not commuting
- Watch this: Someone used neural networks to upscale footage of New York from 1896 to 60 fps and the result is spectacular
- Spend a weekend playing Mario Kart Live. Here’s why.
- Got an old Billy bookcase at home you no longer need? IKEA is launching a program to buy it back from you
- Working from home? Here’s ‘the’ template for designing your home office for joy
- Dive into the strange story of the Southern town that Hollywood insiders are building from scratch
- Get decidedly less chill with these 20 best horror movie scores
- Work your way through this Flipboard of the true stories behind your favourite Halloween tales
- Superstitious? One woman is now – she returned artefacts she stole from Pompeii after after 15 years bad luck
- This is cool: Machu Picchu reopened for lone tourist who was stranded in Peru because of COVID-19
- Environment: The chincillas and the gold mine
How it started: How it’s going:
I’m gonna write I have
a novel during forgotten how
quarantine to read
— Randall Otis (@RandallOtisTV) October 13, 2020
— Respectful Memes (@RespectfulMemes) October 9, 2020
Y’all, please watch this. I’m hollering omg 😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/a7bPSt1FVT
— Cameron (@SirCamCarter) October 9, 2020
me: it’s okay to be a person struggling with productivity during a prolonged crisis
my brain: not u though
me: not me though
— christina (@floozyesq) October 7, 2020
US Election Friday Five
- The president, not social media, is largely responsible for disinformation about mail-in voting (and some influencers are pushing it now, too)
- How a road trip through America’s battlegrounds revealed a nation plagued by misinformation
- Can Big Tech prevent meddling in the 2020 election?
- Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story on Joe Biden
- Always Trumpers: The president’s unbreakable wall
Misinformation Friday Five
- Facebook’s Conservative emergency
- Despite Facebook’s fact checks, it’s losing the war on misleading news, and why it can’t fix itself
- Twitter, bots and vaccine misinformation
- YouTube bans misinformation about Covid vaccinations and announces plans to ban content related to QAnon
- Facebook is finally banning anti-vax ads on Facebook & Instagram and bans Holocaust denial posts, reversing original stance
COVID-19 Friday Five
- A philosopher’s view: Why you don’t need to feel sad about Donald Trump catching COVID
- Face masks and facial recognition will both be common in the future. How will they co-exist?
- With nowhere to go, teens flock to Among Us
- As virus surges in Europe, resistance to new restrictions also grows
- How the air travel industry is scrambling to convince people to fly
Work Friday Five
- Dropbox goes Virtual First
- 4 ways to build trust with employees (especially when you can’t see them)
- The workplace has reached an inflection point as it adjusts to new realities
- The next generation of office communication tech
- Workplace of the future
Tech Friday Five
- Microsoft takes down a risk to the election, and finds the U.S. doing the same
- Snapchat has turned London into an augmented reality experiment
- People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?
- Google employees are free to speak up. Except on antitrust
- Microsoft app store playbook swipes at Apple, Google
Social Media Friday Five
- Is everyone doing… OK? Let’s ask social media
- Messenger’s latest update brings new features, cross-app communication with Instagram
- Facebook & Instagram drop support for WordPress embeds
- Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users
- Facebook provides tips on maximizing closed captions in video content
Corona Business Insights Podcast – Digital Contact Tracing
We catch up on the latest in digital contact tracing, both in the public sphere and emerging corporate solutions.
As COVID-19 sets out to change the world forever, join Sandra Peter and Kai Riemer as they think about what’s to come in the future of business.