Interesting things we’ve been reading, watching or listening to this month:
- The cognitive impact of the Olympics: “this young woman has spent her entire professional life sacrificing her mental and physical health for an abstract ideal that will not actually tangibly improve the wellbeing of anyone; nevertheless she has achieved brilliant things and yet she is still called a failure, thinks of herself as a failure and even her dead mentor went to his grave reinforcing for her the idea that she would be a failure until she had achieved an almost impossible physical goal that anyway contains some element of chance, and that it now appears she might never come close to achieving”.
- We need to talk about an injustice – a lot of great reframing in this TED talk by Bryan Stevenson.
- Pinkification: how breast cancer awareness got commodified for profit – “Breast cancer has become a product, not just a disease.” A great piece by SE Smith.
- Charlie Brooker on how TV ruined aspiration (video) – very funny/depressing.
- What teenagers value in life – having friends to tea or going swimming are more important than money.
- Ecosystem services messaging – “Straight up among the most interesting things I’ve read all year. Anyone with any stake in ecosystem services should read them. Because they’re kind of, well, damning.”
- The man who planted trees – possibly the most intrinsic nature animation ever.
- If we were working in a development NGO – we’d we’d be really worried by the framing and implied values of this (video)