Author: Bud Caddell

“Well, someone has to know this stuff”

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scienceisthecoolest

I fucking love science. The mindset of make a guess, test it as best you can, and record everything for the next person to learn from seems like the most meaningful path we individuals can take as members of a social species. It emboldens our personal creativity and answers for our impermanence at the same time. This talk explores the ancient relay race of our knowledge in mathematics, starting at 3000 BCE. That we can […]

Barlow’s Principles of Adult Behavior

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self reflection

Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last night. I honestly didn’t know much about him, but reading the outpouring of eulogies across the web today I wish I had met the man. It must be the mark of a life well spent to be able to leave a momentary gaping hole of reverance in the chaos and cynicism that is the web. Everyone has been sharing Barlow’s Principles of Adult Behavior, a list he […]

I’m Only One Person

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Let me beguile you just a little bit more about extended families. Let us talk about divorce, and that fact that one out of every three of us here has been or will be divorced. When we do it, we will very likely wrangle and wail and weep formlessly about money and sex, about treachery, about outgrowing one another, about how close love is to hate, and so on. Nobody ever gets anywhere near close […]

All The Links

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I stayed up late and compiled a list of every link we’ve ever included in our NOBL newsletters since we started the company in 2014. If you like reading about the future of work, leadership, and transformation, you’ll dig this. Also, check out our revised Resources page with all of our past newsletters, talks, interviews, and essays.

This Model is Wrong, But is it Useful?

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2×2 matrices map extremes. That’s their function. So as drawn, they obliterate nuance. And yes, they are overused. The measure of a 2×2 matrix isn’t in how well it captures reality, but in the quality of conversation it produces in response to its narrow-mindedness. As you feel out where it fails to accurately depict you or a situation you find yourself in, does it force you to meaningfully examine the underlying factors and forces that […]

Forbidding The Privilege of Stopping

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It would not be easy, no—for in order to win such a battle, he would have to forbid himself the privilege of stopping, and whatever he did right he would have to repeat, as though he were already living in eternity. Tom Junod. This quote really nails something I’ve struggled with since starting a company. When you find something successful you have to keep repeating yourself even if you’d rather, out of vanity or boredom, […]

What Technologists Want

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On the same day that scientists announced successfully cloning monkeys, this horrific gem about deepfakes was reported by Motherboard: Since we first wrote about deepfakes, the practice of producing AI-assisted fake porn has exploded. More people are creating fake celebrity porn using machine learning, and the results have become increasingly convincing. Another redditor even created an app specifically designed to allow users without a computer science background to create AI-assisted fake porn. All the tools […]

New Year, New Site, New-ish NOBL

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self reflection

We just launched a new website (!) and I thought it the occasion to look back for a second. We’ve been doing this crazy experiment called NOBL for just about three years and three months now. Year one was a crash course in the basics of running a service business (and I steered us into more than a few fender benders). Years two and three were when we settled into a process and forged our […]

The Questionable Era of Social Purpose

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Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate. Laurence D. Fink. P.S. Eric Posner disagrees: There is no reason to believe that CEOs are capable of determining the best […]

A Proud Sad-Sack

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Embracing negativity may also have social benefits. Compared with cheery moods, bad moods have been linked to a more effective communication style, and sadness has been linked to less reliance on negative stereotypes. Feeling down can make us behave more fairly, too. People who saw sad video clips before playing an allocation game were more generous with their partners than those who saw happy clips. Source.