Category Archives: archetypes

Navigating the Mysteries

The correct response to uncertainty is mythmaking. It always was. Not punditry, allegory, or mandate, but mythmaking. The creation of stories. We are tuned to do so, right down to our bones. The bewilderment, vivacity, and downright slog of life requires it. And such emerging art forms are not to cure or even resolve uncertainty but to deepen into it. There’s no solving uncertainty. Mythmaking is an imaginative labor not a frantic attempt to shift the mood to steadier ground. There isn’t any.

https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/navigating-the-mysteries/

Using Fiction to Find Your Strategy

Unlike many strategic foresight tools, design fiction does not attempt to identify what is more likely to happen. Nor does it limit strategy conversations to the C-suite; in fact a core component is the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. Consequently, the teams that we’ve seen deploy design fiction are able to formulate and shape desirable futures that other tools do not enable people to see.

https://hbr.org/2022/06/using-fiction-to-find-your-strategy?registration=success

The Burger That Instagram Built

The approach to getting them in the door, however, has borrowed from music industry tactics rather than conventional food-industry wisdom. Three of the working founders — Nic Adler, Bill Fold and Ms. Jiaras — have connections to Goldenvoice, the concert and festival conglomerate that operates Coachella.

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/style/montys-good-burger.amp.html

When Did Perfume Stop Being About Sex?

A younger generation with more fluid interpretations of what constitutes gender, sexual orientation and romantic relationships is leading the conversation. “Gender neutral” and “genderless” have become mainstream concepts, integral to fashion, makeup and fragrance, and no longer on the fringes.

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/style/perfume-sex-gender.amp.html

Can humanity leave nature behind?

In the face of environmental collapse, humanity may need to turn to artificial replacements for nature – how might we avoid the most dystopian of these futures? Researcher Lauren Holt makes the case for a broader form of “offsetting” to help balance technology with natural systems.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220608-should-we-detach-ourselves-from-nature

Anais Nin’s On The Importance Of Creating Your Own World

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”

https://wordsofwomen.com/anais-nins-quotes-that-will-change-your-life/

CHINA’S BODY-POSITIVE INFLUENCERS

An growing number of Chinese influencers have had it with the distorted, filtered images coming at them from every pixel on their super-app screen. From WeChat to Douyin and Weibo, they refuse to conform to social media’s perception of the perfect body.

https://chinatemper.com/chinese-society/body-positive-influencers

Will China embrace plus-size fashion?

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/2181068/will-china-embrace-plus-size-fashion-only-if-women-stop

Influencer Scarlett Hao On The Chinese Body Image And Body Positivity