4 Things I loved on the web today: The Amazings, Austin Kleon, excerpt from Jay-Z’s Decoded

1. The Amazings.

via Co.Exist

This idea is amazing.  Mutually-beneficial.  Makes best use of the wisdom and hard-earned skills of the earlier generations.

Beautiful accompanying imagery in the Co.Exist article.  This is what I call a “magazine experience” on the web.

by lebanMax on Shutterstock

2.  The evolution of education.

Co.Exist featured excerpts from Jay-Z’s Decoded, on urban youth and the drug game (with insightful writing and analysis by Nathaniel Wittemore).  What he said, I feel, goes hand-in-hand with the Vijay Vaitheeswaran interview about bottom-up innovation (also from Co.Exist).  Vaitheeswaran is a correspondent for The Economist, and an adviser on the World Economic Forum.

“There’s no dream in fast food. Manager? That’s a promotion, not a dream. It took me a long time to realize how much courage it took to work at McDonald’s. … But at that time, it seemed like an act of surrender to a world that hated us.”Jay-Z

“The current education system that our and other countries developed was suited to the industrial revolution, a one-size-fits-all model for education that treats people as commodities. But we’re in an innovation age where creativity, individual initiative, willingness to think out of the box and disrupt established business or even lifestyle patterns is much more important than simple manual tasks that produce the next widget…

…If they don’t reinvent their business models to be more frugal and cutting edge in terms of technology and customer needs, guess what? The Chinese, Indians, and Brazilians are going to do it and they’re going to do it cheaper and maybe even better.” – Vijay Vaitheeswaran

3. Sensuous design from Adele Rotella.

I love her portfolio.  The pieces are well thought-out – spare, but emotive.

Sciocola - Adele Rotella
Tavi - Adele Rotella

4. Cool minds like Austin Kleon‘s.

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