The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

by Yule Heibel on May 22, 2011

  • Great speech, inspirational for women and society overall.
    Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg delivered the keynote at Barnard College’s 119th Commencement ceremony. Addressing approximately 600 members of Barnard’s Class of 2011, Sandberg implored the young women to “never let your fear overwhelm your desire. Let the obstacles in your path be external not internal. Fortune does favor the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.”

    tags: youtube sheryl_sandberg barnard commencement_speech

  • Umair Haque on Eudaimonia:
    …here’s what I believe it [current economy] might just be called tomorrow, when the history books have been written, and the debates concluded: a Eudaimonic Revolution. A sweeping, historic transformation in what we imagine a good life to be, and how, why, where, and when we pursue it.

    (…) Eudaimonic prosperity, in contrast, is about mastering a new set of habits: igniting the art of living meaningfully well. An active conception of prosperity, it’s concerned not with what one has, but what one is capable of.
    Living, not just having; Better, not just more; Becoming, not just being; Creating and building, not just trading and raiding; Depth, not just immediacy

    tags: umair_haque eudaimonia socialcritique

  • Self-explanatory; great resource.
    In this post, we’ve compiled a list of businesses that have shared a peek inside their fascinating logo design process with the public. We hope it will get you started on your own.

    tags: design logos creativity brainstorming reference

  • Amazing leader:
    Beyond Facebook, the other social network that Sheryl Sandberg has been fervently scaling is her own. Every few weeks a few dozen Silicon Valley women—doctors, teachers, and techies—head to the seven-bedroom Atherton (Calif.) mansion Sandberg shares with her husband, Dave Goldberg, chief executive of Web startup SurveyMonkey, and their two kids. The group sits on foldout chairs in the living room and holds plates of catered food on their laps as they listen to a guest speaker. (…)

    These “Women in Silicon Valley” events, as Sandberg calls them, have become a mainstay in the lives of the women in her personal and professional circle. (…)
    The ease with which Sandberg marshals such support has friends and admirers constantly wondering what comes after Facebook. Sandberg’s recent barnstorming hasn’t dampened that speculation. In December she gave a speech at a conference called TEDWomen in Washington—TED talks are de rigueur for any tech star—and spoke about the small compromises women make that limit their career advancement. The presentation has since been viewed nearly 100,000 times on YouTube. Last month, Sandberg delivered a speech on leadership to the U.S. Naval Academy as part of its annual Foreign Affairs Conference. She silenced the mostly male crowd by telling the women in the audience to find partners who will support their careers. Then she brought them to their feet with a rousing paean to inspirational leadership—and by putting on a midshipman’s jacket.

    So…governor? Senator? Will she or won’t she return to Washington? Sandberg’s impeccably political response: She’s happy friending Mark Zuckerberg for as long as they’re changing the world. Her husband believes she will stay at Facebook for a long time. “It’s well beyond an 18-month time horizon,” says Goldberg. “My guess is if she had to [predict her future], she has a real desire to improve the lives, particularly of women, but also the lives of people in the developing world.”

    Only Lant Pritchett, one of her former pro

    tags: sheryl_sandberg facebook women leadership

  • Fascinating article about social media’s impact on the naturally shy.
    Older media forms once offered vicarious entertainment in exchange for our passivity. We could escape from ourselves by projecting into fictional worlds designed to welcome us and to reinforce our sense of the rightness of the roles tradition forced upon us. The refuge for the shy person, beyond the illusion that entertainment addresses us directly and renders us less alone, was in the rigidity and pervasiveness of such standards. One could disappear into conformity, unthreatened by the sense that everyone else was leading a more exceptional life. But now traditional roles have been discarded, and individuals are instead expected to develop original lifestyles, aspects of which can be appropriated to drive an economy that increasingly relies on stylistic innovations for growth. Social media is at once the field in which these lifestyles are deployed and where they harvested for economic advantage as marketing information. Facebook demands interactivity and does not tolerate passivity. It promises not escape from the self but immersion in it. Under such circumstances, when total self-involvement serves as a perfect substitute for gregariousness, shyness becomes irrelevant. Eventually, it will become nostalgic.

    tags: rob_horning shyness psychology facebook socialmedia

  • Introverts, unite and stand up for your (our) brand.
    If the science behind the book is correct, it turns out that Introverts are people who are over-sensitive to Dopamine, so too much external stimulation overdoses and exhausts them. Conversely, Extroverts can’t get enough Dopamine, and they require Adrenaline for their brains to create it. Extroverts also have a shorter pathway and less blood-flow to the brain. The messages of an Extrovert’s nervous system mostly bypass the Broca’s area in the frontal lobe, which is where a large portion of contemplation takes place.
    The 10-point section on myths about introverts is bang on. Eg., smashing the “Introverts don’t like to go out in public” myth, the author notes, “Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG.” Exactly right.

    tags: carl_king introverts introversion psychology neuroscience dopamine

  • This makes so much sense:
    Sex is not a metaphor for a relationship, it’s a parallel narrative. It speaks its own language. Love and desire are two different languages. We would like to think that they flow from each other. While love and desire relate, they also conflict. Love thrives in an atmosphere of reciprocity, protection , and congruence. Desire is more selfish. In fact, at times, the very elements that nurture love: comfort, stability, safety, for example, can extinguish desire.

    Love seeks closeness, but desire needs space to thrive.

    tags: huffington_post esther_perel sexuality

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