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Productive Procrastination CW 4/2018


Productive Procrastination

January 21 · Issue #31 · View online

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Welcome back and hello there,
this newsletter has grown “a bit” since the last issue. Warren, in case you’re wondering, your recommendation made for about 200 new sign-ups. And for all of you, who have joined, coming from Warren’s parish: I’m Johannes, a Berlin-based strategic designer and critical futurist. I run a consultancy called Third Wave with my friend Igor and am doing a master in futures research on the side, currently. This newsletter goes out whenever I’ve cumulated enough recommendations and thoughts. If you want to take a look around, here’s the archive of this newsletter. And, just to make sure, it’s always okay to unsubscribe. I don’t take it personally.
Take care

What I'm reading
What I haven’t read yet
Good idea from Patrick to add some links that look great but I haven’t found the time to read yet
What I'm listening to
  • Ezra Klein in conversation with Jaron Lanier – Never been a big fan of Lanier, but he seems to get clearer with age. This conversation had a lot of food for thought for me.
  • A couple of winters ago, I started walking to our office and back (40 min per route) to fight winter depression and found out how much it helped me overall. So I didn’t stop when the (long Berlin winter) was over. Anna Lena recently pointed me to this conversation with Alissa Walker, which covered a lot of the experiences I made myself over the last years.
What I'm watchig
In German: Seit wir gemeinsam vor ca. acht Jahren bei Razorfish in Frankfurt die Social-Media-Disziplin aufgebaut haben, sind Gerald Hensel und ich Freunde. Was Gerald vor einem Jahr als Shitstorm erlebt und wie das seine Arbeit als Markenstratege verändert hat, wurde in diesem Werkstattbrief aufbereitet.
What I'm thinking about
“Engagement is just a sanitized way to talk about addiction.”
In a lecture this week, Timon Wehnert from the Wuppertal Institute mentioned the term Exnovation, which he defined as the “deliberate ending of (infra-)structure, technologies, products and practices.” He’s mostly exploring it in the context of energy policy and the end of coal or nuclear energy. But I think it’s time to use it much more broadly. In a time of technology determinism, we need a counter-narrative (s. above).
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