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human works design - building meaningful futures - Issue #20


human works design - building meaningful futures

March 25 · Issue #20 · View online

'human works' empowers the game-changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. This newsletter is for leaders and change-makers, who want to elevate humanity by living consciously, designing conscious business that have a purpose with sustainable profit, and contributing to better systems for the diverse communities in our society, for future generations and for our planet.

The Age of Consciousness (Trust)
“The best way to help mankind is through the perfection of yourself.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti.
One of the worst things that came out about the Facebook saga this week is not only the broken trust created with its users but that the company issued a legal warning to the Guardian Media Group not to publish the exposé of the mass Facebook data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica. It shows, once again, how powerful companies try everything to stop the truth to be told to protect their profits and do not really care about the wellbeing of their users.
The social media giant lost over $60 billion in market value in the first two days of the week, that’s more than the entire market capitalisation of Tesla Inc. at around $52 billion. We cannot size the impact yet of Elon Musk deleting Space X and Tesla’s pages on the platform but its an important message to the rest of the world from another Silicon Valley mogul.
Creating trust is an expensive good in today’s economy but it’s essential and indispensable. With great power comes great responsibility. In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg said, “In every single thing we do, we always put people first.” By that, he said he meant that Facebook would give people “control over how they share their information.” 
Facebook didn’t do that. A lack of true vision and leadership. Instead the company decided to focus on advertisers for more growth and profit, not respecting the private and data trust with its users.
If you want to know what true leadership is about, check this “how to be a great leader” lesson from Simon Sinek (must watch!)
The big lesson for responsible leaders is to take users seriously, create trust and respect their privacy - we all have a right what is happening with the data we share with corporations.
Tim Berners-Lee warns us about the two myths that currently limit our collective imagination: the myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate. On both points, we need to be a little more creative.
As human works design we believe the tool to revolutionise the system is designing conscious business models together with role model conscious leaders, not more control on the platforms, that’s against the evolution of technology. The problem is old century business models. Making profits can and should go hand in hand with maximising social good. Actually that’s the safest and the most sustainable model. 
Contact us to innovate your business model with consciousness, with new value propositions, innovation metrics and exponential partnerships based on the values that matters to you and your communities most.
In this weeks newsletter more food for thought carefully curated by us: read about happy innovation, children first world design, the unbearable lightness of Facebook, learning from tribes, humans in the age of machines, positive parenting, sustainability, new visions for society and data design.
With love and gratitude.
Canay and Rudy.
Enjoy the reading!

human works design contributions
Happy Innovation
Blue Planet or Plastic Planet?
human works design activities
and& summit & festival 2018
Children first
Iceland Fixed Its Teen Substance-Abuse Problem By Giving Them Something Better To Do
The Bias Against Creativity
Children notice what adults miss, study finds: While adults focus their attention, children see everything
The unbearable lightness of Facebook
Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar
Apply Magic Sauce
Let's Talk About Facebook (video)
Computers using digital footprints are better judges of personality than friends and family
How to manipulate Facebook and Twitter instead of letting them manipulate you
Delete Facebook? That’s as hard as giving up sugar
Why Leaving Facebook Doesn’t Always Mean Quitting (video)
Learning from tribes - going tribal
How Hunter-Gatherers Maintained Their Egalitarian Ways
Nixiwaka Yawanawá
Humans in the age of machines
The Greek mythology of Prometheus and our future with AI
Creativity in the Age of Machines
Positive parenting
Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science
‘We have the greatest opportunity to replace conventional, unsustainable systems with innovative and sustainable ones’
WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water
'Catastrophe' as France's bird population collapses due to pesticides
New visions for society
Peer-to-peer production and the partner state
Loconomics Gives Gig Workers an Alternative to Investor-Owned Platforms
How knowledge about different cultures is shaking the foundations of psychology
Founders for Change
Data design
Data Humanism, the Revolution will be Visualized.
Closing quote
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” - Stephen Hawking
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