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Our World In Data is a website we should all be bookmarking, especially as they continue to iterate on the UX. This web page is a series of interactive charts on the rate of technological progress over the past 100 years. Amazing, optimistic, useful and fun - have a blast here
Issue #207 published 27 Sep 2020
This post is about real estate but it’s also about UX - specifically the UX that property companies need to provide to now reluctant office workers who might be doubting the value of an office. It’s wonderfully well written, with deep insight on the central point that Covid-19 forces product businesses to become service businesses. Have a read.H/T brainfooder Alex Brock for the share
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
This shot from the staff of the arcade is such a beautiful example of what the gaming and nerd community can be like. The arcade will be missed by all who stepped inside; it leaves behind a great legacy of good times and nerd culture that will surely be missed. But, when the world is ready to start rebuilding, who knows what could end up filling that spot.
And….I cried a little bit, at this story, and at that picture.
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
Thought provoking twitter thread from the OP of the original WSJ article (full article linked in the thread) on the division between those who could choose to stay remote, and those who never had the choice. Have a read here
Issue #203 published 30 Aug 2020
This is a great complement to the above piece on AI and Jobs; whereas the first talked about the skills needed, this post goes further to speculate what jobs might actually be done. Do you see yourself being a ‘genetic diversity officer’? Optimistic (and contingent) on the persistent of the company as the primary way of organising work though. We all need to read more Ronald Coase
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
The thing missing from the animated sequence of this superb post from the BBC are the mobile robot sanitisers, which are already seeing in operation in places in East Asia. At some point though, people are going to ask ‘what is the point’ and flip the switch to full remote. Huge change coming, including the reversal of urban agglomeration. H/T to brainfooder Adam Gordon for the share in the fb group
Issue #200 published 9 Aug 2020
Examining how the hardest hit of our industry sectors is a decent way of building a forecast in the shape of businesses that will emerge in the post Covid economy. Fascinating, accessible long read for the New Yorker - on how the restaurant trade is disaggregating into specific components, which each may become different businesses in a new supply chain.
Issue #196 published 12 Jul 2020
Fascinating, bottom up innovation from the SV tech community, creating a secondary market for job referrals to the most popular tech employers. Ends justify the means, or an ethical unwinding of the very idea of recommending someone for a job? Brainfood for sure, so have a read here. H/T to brainfooder Missy Lafferty for the share in the fb group
Issue #195 published 5 Jul 2020
Confounding post in which every line that seemed right (“nothing actually happens there - unless you are a recruiter or in enterprise sales)” was followed by a line which seemed wrong (“I’m fairly certain LinkedIn has never helped me in my job search”)
Got to respect this fellow for #deletinglinkedin - and a brainfood reminder to us, that Big Blue not the entirety of the world.
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
Important ruling (Swiss brainfooders pls update where you are with this) from Switzerland’s top court: employers are required to contribute to employees’ rent if they work from home. Being a little stunned by unexpected second order effects of Covid-19 will be only thing that is predictable these days. Fascinating changes in the relationship between individual, company and the state. Have a read here
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
This post is about doner kebabs, the price of food and our accountability as consumers for the potential death of the industry. Make no mistake - restaurants as a category may not survive this economic downturn. We have to reset and revalue. Great and necessary read
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Socioeconomic sorting at the metropolitan level is making America more polarised, a pattern repeated throughout the Western world. The ‘left behind’ are striking back, by voting in populists who promise change. Political economy are no longer in synch. We’re in trouble folks - anyone any ideas?
Issue #79 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice interactive tool from OECD on the average annual hours worked - defined as the total number of hours actually worked per year divided by the average number of people in employment per year.
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. Massive but an accessible and fascinating read.
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Will tech workers become revivalists for the labour union? I think there’s every chance they could. Check this latest example from the games industry - a decentralised, horizontally organised community of workers, set up defend members rights. 
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
At times when government action can seem painfully slow - especially in the production and distribution of test kits and PPE, it is useful to be reminded that government can also do really fast. An inspiring list of what can be done when we get our act together. Any time around now would be great
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
We are finding out the hard way who really does the important work in society. Sadly, it correlates to work which has greatest risk in exposure to Coronavirus. Its humbling stuff
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Technocratic management - no matter how brilliant - cannot unwind structural inequalities. Amazing essay in defence of the much maligned managerial middle class, and of the enormous, self serving cultural power of the big management consultancies. Must read
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
Wealth inequality continues to it’s polarising trend worldwide. You need money to make money. We need to try and bend this iron law of history, because unfair resource competition can only lead to one end. Accessible, interactive report.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
This is a very cool website. Bravo UNESCO for building this Hans Rosling style interactive on country spend on research and development. Great way to connect data with UX and an excellent example of how to create an online resource that is a pleasure to use. Might also be useful, in some way, to us here.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
Are recruiters more right wing than HRBPs? Someone’s researched the correlation between the jobs we choose and the ideologies we feel comfortable with. Super interesting reading here on the relationship between professional and political identities - dive in if you like to get out of your comfort zone.
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
There was plenty of talk late last year about ’ghosting’ in recruitment, so this fun post by SmartRecruiters is timely. 4 terms that have entered the lexicon of recruitment that we should know. Take a look here
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Astonishing essay from Meredith L. Patterson on tribal formation on the Internet. At root, this is a defence of the ‘real hackers’ vs the cultural appropriation of hacker culture by the cool kids. It’s also an appeal for the radical acceptance of divergent values - a challenging idea we need to get to grips with. If you’re running some kind of community or event, then this read is for you.
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Attention is the currency of today’s distraction economy 'someone said. This extraordinary essay on digital pollution gives us both the 'where we are now’ and suggestions on 'where we need to go next’. As recruiters, we’re in the front line of this problem and we could all do well to read this
Issue #120 published 23 Apr 2020
With 450 million users, Reddit is the 7th most visited website on the planet and the place where stories break days before it hits Facebook / Twitter, and weeks before broadcast media. What do Redditors talk about? What are the most popular topics, communities? This is one Year in Review that is worth exploring.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Great visual storytelling from one of the best sites to do it. This interactive graphic shows the poverty rate of every state, and the changes of that rate, over time. It’s a pattern repeated all over the world. Question is: what can do about it?
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice piece of research from As You Sow, using the power of data to shame organisations who overpay their CEO’s. Contrast with the news this week on Dan Price, who famously equalised his employees pay to $70,000 regardless of job role. H/T to brainfooder Colin McNicol for the share in the fb group.
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
Essential reading for anyone interested in political / economic polarity. UK specific, but the trends are global: major metropolitan centres gaining, lesser regional towns losing. And no one quite knows what to do about it. 
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
“Women account for almost all the growth in the rich-world employment rate since 2007”
Remarkable line from this robust defence of capitalism from The Economist. As recruiters, the ‘talent shortage’ is lived experience for us, and yet if this thesis is true, how do we explain the angst that is driving populism in our politics? Can’t just be Murdoch can it?
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s been fashionable of late to challenge the practice of over generalising the generational difference. Yet the amongst the many fascinating conversations I had last week in Paris, the one I shared with Francois Gauthier stuck most in my mind - that the latest generation of recruiters who are entering the workforce now prefer to use touchscreen rather than keyboard. The implications for work - and the work we do - might be profound.
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
A new study, drawing on 1.5 million images of cultural spaces in London and New York, finds that cultural capital is a key contributor to urban economic growth. It’s a bit technical but it’s fascinating. Full report here
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
The role of the employer are a purveyor of trust is a significant trend outlined in this fascinating report by Edelman. As trust in government and media decline, we may find that our companies begin having an important role to play in. The implications for us in HR / TA are obvious as they are ominous
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
As good an overview of Kubernetes that I’ve read, especially in how it contextualises it in the history of IT infrastructure. Not recruitment related at all really, but kind of a must read if you’re involved in building a business with any kind of tech in it.
Issue #152 published 23 Apr 2020
Analysis by Deloitte of the UK public sector, with some forecasting as to the post Brexit, big government future under the Conservative government. Great looking interactive report, and for UK readers at least, an important read.
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating insight on the work we demand others do; Casey Newton creates the narrative of Facebook being the monster again but what else can we can expect when we want platforms to not show us bad things on the Internet? (Answer: it requires other humans to watch it and remove it for us)
Issue #125 published 23 Apr 2020
Turning crisis into an opportunity is something actually something we have no choice, as medical advances, higher living standards and declining birthrate combine to create a demographic crisis so long as we reject the older worker. Necessary report from HBR
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Where you live, is perhaps the most important single factor in what you turn out to be. Free movement of people is the socio-political struggle of our times. This amazing resource from Opportunity Atlas can help get us to a point where we can have a sensible conversation of what to do about it. Explore it here.
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Super essay from Heather McGowan on how Covid-19 forces us to deal with questions long deferred - inequality and climate change. The examples of corporate and community collaboration offer hope for a fairer and more resilient future. Have a read
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
We’ve got time for scenario planning these days so this document by Deloitte is an excellent guidance on how to shape the thinking. Four possible scenarios outlined, in an accessible 27 pager. Must read for any business owner.
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb interactive from our buddies at Visual Capitalist, tracking immigration flows into the United States. Who came to America, when and why? Striking animation of a story which is sadly all too topical these days. Check it out here.
Issue #86 published 23 Apr 2020
..“memory of remarkable ability, if that is the source of one’s self-worth, might, for some, provide an invidious contrast to a later, less remarkable life….”
Astonishing read from The Atlantic. I’m thinking gig economy + network value + artisanal economy might ameliorate some of the effects described here. Long read, must read for all of us here - important on a personal and professional level.
Issue #142 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb essay on the long term, multi-dimensional impact of disruptive technology, particularly how innovation can change the value of skills in the labour market. Precise analogies readily available in todays world of accelerating technological change. Great brainfood.
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
300 of the largest metropolitan areas account for nearly half all global economic output. Yet as wealth and people migrate to the big cities, political power does not follow. We’re seeing the manifestations of this throughout the democratic world. We need to read this one folks. 
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning interactive from Lucify, on a subject which is causing political crisis throughout Europe. Based on data from the United Nations, the pattern is clear: war generates forced emigration from conflict zones. 
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb long read on a challenging topic from New York Times. The stories we tall about human migration are reverberating in our politics and we need to pay attention. Not an easy one folks but we need to read this one. 
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
Work has become political folks, as Hayden Fields explains in this excellent essay on the rise of ethical positioning taken by self organising employees. A new form of collective action is appearing, and it’s lead by tech workers. 
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
GDPR teaches regulatory divergences can have profound impact on our experience of the Internet. A fractured web is the likely unintended outcome says brainfooder Jacob Sten Madsen. (UPDATE: Copyright Directive has been rejected by EU parliament)
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
As we live longer, but not necessarily better, we’re going to increasingly need greater help in living a life. Healthcare practitioners of all stripes in great shape throughout the US. Other jobs….not doing so great. 
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
I didn’t realise that the government shutdown in the US wasn’t metaphorical; services do stop being delivered, federal workers told not to report, salaries not paid. It’s crazy dysfunction in the No1 country on planet earth
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
In our uncomfortable but perhaps overdue conversations on immigration, one factor is often hidden in plain sight - immigrants - by definition - are prepared to move to the work. This is superb essay provides insight on why native workers can’t - or don’t - always do so. Take some time folks and read it - we’ve got to get this debate going. 
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible slide deck on the most significant ‘deep tech’ trends in 2019. Learn about IOT, 3D printing, voice, AR/VR, personal analytics - niche recruiting topics now but mainstays for our business in the near future. Download here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
Ethical positioning by tech workers is a under reported yet increasingly common phenomena of our times. As much as big tech has become a lightning rod for our social ills, we may find that they will become our saviours after all - mainly through the actions of their workers, like these folks from DoorDash. Have a read of this open letter here.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
The self directed politicisation, mobilisation and organisation of the tech workers has been a growing phenomena over the past few years. doteveryone is a UK project which aims to collect information about this powerful demographic and gain insight on what tech workers expect from their employers. Exec summary here but the full report is readable and available here.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney
Kind of says it all. Incredible essay from Lauren Hough, recounting the time when she was working as cable tech, and encountering the citizens and denizens of urban America. It’s a long read, but it’s worth it
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
Some revealing big data on societal change; we’re looking less at mobile apps as we travel far less, and are diving deeper into digital networking because we’re looking for that connection. How much of this will persist? Not all I would say but certainly some. H/T brainfooder James Ellis for the share
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating table of the impact of Corona virus to the E-commerce market. In hindsight, actually not surprising that bread makers are ranking top of the list, as part of what looks like a wholesale re-evaluation of what is really important to us in life. Must read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
World 2.0
“There are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen”
We find out in this post that a simple two column table is the best way to understand the world Before and After Covid. Have a read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
The politics of nationalism have a direct impact in our work in talent acquisition and HR. This superb website provides interactive tree-maps on the economic contribution provided of ‘New American’ entrepreneurs. Fascinating and important. Take a look here
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
This is the time of year when listicles really do come into their own. This effort by Fortune is one of the best I’ve read, entirely because of the quality of the people they’ve got on to commentate. From Mariana Mazzucato to Nir Eyal to Melinda Gates, these are some optimistic forecasts for 2020, and a great overview of key trends to look out for.
Issue #168 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating pattern matching on political leanings vs work occupations. Intuitively, it makes sense to think that different occupations might attract people with different perspectives on the world. This rather cool website illustrates the point with the occupations of US Democratic vs Republican politicians. Wonder who the split might look amongst us brainfooders. Perhaps time for another survey?
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020