Maybe my last blog post ever:

•July 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’ve done nearly 300 posts in 5 years, but I haven’t blogged anything of my own in nearly a year and a half. That being said, this TEDtalk is so on point that it might be the last post I make. Nearly all my content summed up in one TEDtalk 5 years later haha. Enjoy! 


Learning > Education

“It feels like they’re trying to make you memorize the whole Encyclopedia before they let you go out and play. And to me, I’ve got the Wikipedia on my cellphone and it feels like they assume you’re going to be on top of some mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil trying to figure out what to do when in fact you’re always going to be connected, you’re always going to have friends, and you can pull the Wikipedia up whenever you need it. What you need to learn is how to learn.” Joi Ito

Click, View, Learn – Adam Maikkula

The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

•October 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

•August 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment



If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!


1. Where Google Street View is Available


Map by Google



2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


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What Most Schools Don’t Teach…

•February 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Great short film!

•February 25, 2013 • 1 Comment

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My WordPress 2012 In Review

•January 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Cultural Studies Observations on Facebook, Graph Search, Pay-to-Message

•January 16, 2013 • 2 Comments

The prequel to Facebook announcing Graph Search was an announcement that you could pay $100 to directly message Mark Zuckerberg in a project Facebook was testing to find optimal pay-to-message rates. I do not think these two announcements are unrelated. Soon you will probably search all of Facebook’s database, see people you don’t know who fit the bill for your query and have the opportunity to pay to communicate with them (without going through the Friending process…) [Similar to what you can do on LinkedIn]. Just a thought: so search queries like, “All single women in the Twin Cities who like beer” or “All single women in the Twin Cities who have been to Stellas”, men will now pay to message those ladies’ profiles. Will such behavior be seen as acceptable, or will the FB community think it is the evolution of “Creeper Status” having gone from looking at all of someone’s profile (pictures, etc) to trying to go around the self-built wall some have put up of not accepting all friend requests and using privacy settings to stay un-crept-on? Is paying to message someone just another tool for those who cannot “take a hint”? And if there is no guarantee the recipient will open (and “hopefully” respond), then Facebook is once again exploiting the human desire to have the attention of people who one currently does not have the attention of. You think people want to already meet Michael Jordan..? Wait till people can realize the many Facebook likes they have in common with MJ, further solidifying the fascination with Air Jordan and making them feel closer to ‘being like Mike’ (below).

So the idea of paying a $500 FB fee to message him on Facebook for a slim chance that he’d react seems like a no-brainer if you were already willing to stand in line for hours out in the cold for a slim chance of getting an autograph. #culturalstudies

•January 8, 2013 • 2 Comments

Global Shapers announce #200Hubs

•December 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community announced that it reached 200 worldwide hubs yesterday via a subtle, yet effective, social media campaign using the #200Hubs hashtag.


Below are the two digital assets specifically from the announcement that accompanied the #200Hubs hashtag online.

(Above: a banner image for Facebook Fan Pages and Twitter accounts via Matthieu Zellweger |

(Below: a video message from Professor Klaus Schwab announcing the 200th hub achievement)

As a member of the Global Shapers Minneapolis hub, I shared these resources to our hub’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our Minneapolis members also shared them to their own personal social media profiles to raise further awareness in the community and broaden the overall reach of the announcement. Each of the 200 hubs around the world similarly engaged in the #200Hubs announcement throughout the day.

Coincidentally, our Minneapolis hub announcement was released around the same time that the travel site, Lonely Planet, released news that the Twin Cities had made their list of the Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013. We were able to align with the travel buzz by messaging Lonely Planet’s article in unison with our #200Hubs efforts to increase awareness for the diversity of arts and activities that make our hometown unique.

At the time of writing this, our Minneapolis Hub is in our fifth month of activity with 11 members (all between 20 and 30 years old). Our hub is dedicated to making Minneapolis a better place while striving to improve the state of the world in line with the mission of the World Economic Forum. To make our ambitions tangible, we are engaging in various community-level projects throughout the Twin Cities. One of the consistent themes arising in our project discussions revolves around youth engagement in the arts. Our team is currently conducting an environmental scan of arts initiatives around the Twin Cities to see where a potential project could reside.

For a glimpse into what other hubs are doing around the world, here is an introductory video explaining the purpose of the Global Shapers community within the World Economic Forum.

To nominate yourself or a dynamic young leader in your community, visit the Global Shapers application page for more information. Our growing community is always looking for great young adults with a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

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