For the last six months I haven’t written anything. During this thrilling, terrifying, exciting and nerve-wrecking journey I haven’t read any thought-provoking books nor have l listened to any mind-blowing podcasts or engaged in heated debates about inequality and injustice (as I used to). So I simply no longer knew what to write about. I was blocked.
Did you know that the only people who refer to their customers as “users” are drug dealers and technologists. Dopamine plays a role not only in sex and drugs, but also in swiping and tapping the way we do on our smartphones. Changing our online behaviour and getting bored is the way to generating bigger and better ideas, writes Manoush Zomorodi.
Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills? This made me think about the fact that I take for granted both internet connection and my digital literacy. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities.
Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ provides some useful insights about planning and prioritising what to do next, and creating a trustworthy organising system that gives relief, and replace an unreliable one causes stress. As long as we keep our activities in our head they will continue to haunt us when we least want to, such as when we sleep.
How wide is the world web? We rarely read more than 140 characters, and rather watch videos or photos. We use apps, with algorithms and advertisement that present us with tailored and biased feed. At the same time, we can connect and reconnect with people we otherwise would have left behind, or never interacted with in the first place.
This week I ended up in a discussion at work with interesting people from across Europe on how human rights advocates can use social media to raise awareness and change attitudes. Excited after our short talks I continued thinking about what is needed, and pinpointed a few preconditions that we tend to pay too little attention to.
‘Be green, keep it on the screen’ has become my alert every time I consider hitting the print-button or taking out my pen and paper. Do I really need to print whatever document or email I receive? From organiser wallet to smartphone, from documents on my desk to documents on my desktop – this is how I am going paperless.
Why do I listen to podcasts? Because I like to walk instead of taking public transport. It makes household chores more endurable. The gym is a necessity rather than a pleasure. I always felt guilty when I didn’t finish reading a daily newspaper before the post delivered the next. These are my top ten news podcasts!