[Music] Mark Knopfler, Wherever I Go

A song dedicated to my two closest friends – you know who you are.

You fill my soul with joy and contentment and gratitude. Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your voice of reason and for letting me express what I feel with no judgement. You do it despite your own relentless challenges. The way you do it – with grace, with compassion, with humor – inspires me everyday.

I can only hope to be as kind a friend to you as you are to me.  ❤❤

[Link] Touch is a Language We Cannot Afford to Forget

At the times in our lives that we are most fragile, we need touch more than ever. From everything we know about social touch, it needs to be promoted, not inhibited. We need the nuance to recognise its perils, but avoiding touch entirely would be a disaster. The pandemic has given us a glimpse of what life would look like without touch. The fear of the other, of contamination, of touch has allowed many of us to realise how much we miss those spontaneous hugs, handshakes and taps on the shoulder. Physical distancing leaves invisible scars on our skin. Tellingly, most people mention ‘hugging my loved ones’ as one of the first things they want to do once the pandemic is over.

Read Laura Crucianelli’s essay in full here

[Link] Diversity & Inclusion has a Polarisation Problem

A thoughtful essay from Lily Zheng on a thorny, polarising topic.

In this essay, I’m going to make the case that D&I workshops as we know it are designed to be unwelcome for people who haven’t bought in to their premise. I’ll start by diving into the most common assumptions embedded into today’s D&I programming. I’ll show how these assumptions can influence D&I programming in ways that can unwittingly can widen the gap in knowledge among employees, create polarization and resentment, and paradoxically, undermine future efforts at inclusion. Finally, I’ll present an alternative framework for D&I programming and explore the implications of adopting it.

HT to my AltMBA tribe member Aray M. Till

[Link] Why is the World So Beautiful

This is a fascinating conversation with Prof. Robin Wall Kimmerer, a plant ecologist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and a member of the Potawatomi First Nation.

“Mosses have this ability, rather than demanding a lot from the world,  they’re very creative in using what they have, rather than reaching for what they don’t have,” Kimmerer told Tapestry.

“When there are limits, the mosses say, ‘Let’s be quiet for a while. Abundance, openness, water, will return.  We’ll wait this out.'”

Listen to this conversation

HT John Hagel

[Link] The Future of Analytics may be low/no code… at first

George Mount doesn’t buy the “point-and-click” story about analytics tools, making everyone an analyst.  Innovation in this space – like all others – happens in waves, & it’s happened before.  With several examples, including for Power Query, he recommends

data professionals learn a bit about coding. Maybe not every data solution requires it; that’s fine. But given where we’ve come from in the data world, I’m not inclined to say that the future is all low and no code.