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The Edit: Pursuing Simplicity
The Edit

The Edit: Pursuing Simplicity

Our weekly round up of the best articles, podcasts and videos focusing on purpose in life, work and the world.
10th Jun 2022

Why supply chain complexity poses a problem, how to account for the human side of innovation and more in this week’s The Edit.

  • Active listening is chronically underrated as a skill. Listening actively paves the way for a deeper way to connect with others – Aeon 
  • You wouldn’t want to be the first cohort to colonise Mars. Musk’s plan to send a million people to colonise Mars is doomed – partly because a million people is not enough to start a modern economy – The New York Times
  • Have supply chains become too complex? Supply chain disruptions are forcing a consideration of the true cost of low prices – Financial Times
  • Worries about failure and criticism can get in the way of innovation. To truly embrace innovation, we have to take the human side into account – McKinsey 
  • The pros and cons of the middleman economy. Columbia Law School professor Kathryn Judge discusses the power of intermediaries like Amazon or Walmart, and what the potential risks are – HBR IdeaCast
  • Animals have ways of perceiving the world that we’re only just beginning to understand. What can we learn from the way that nonhuman creatures sense the world? – The New Yorker
  • Doubt is a powerful marketing tool. How big companies deploy uncertainty to delay policy changes – Fast Company 
    Rebecca Henderson talks about the power of confronting things head on. We asked five of the world’s leading thinkers what one quality they thought was key to a kinder, greener and more equitable world – The Beautiful Truth

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Lao Tzu