I am an information geek and I’m here to share the best of it.
In this Internet age, it is extremely difficult to find the useful information which is of high quality and caters to your preferences. That is why I wanted to share with you the best information sources around. I believe in Dave Pell’s idea, that the best algorithm is human. Therefore, most of these sources are newsletters or individuals, who are passionate about knowledge.
The Next Draft
Everything you need to know on the internet
The Managing Editor of the Internet Dave Pell daily sends a digest with 10 days most fascinating news. If I would need to choose only one source that I could read, this would be the one! All media people read it. Just name it: The Atlantic, The Economist, The New Yorker
And you should too!
All you need to know about start-ups
Mattermark has the most successful content marketing I’ve ever seen. I actually only started because my work in a start-up required to do so. If you ever think about being knowledgable about start-ups, then this is a go-to place.
Explain the News
The best news site that I have ever encountered. They write about all the important affairs. And explain them. Only caveat is the fact that they are US news portal and as well coverage is focused more on their issues.
Still marvelous journalism.
Farnam Street Blog
Learn to think
I obsolutely love that this guy is trying to talk about literally everything on how we can improve our thinking. He has mapped more than 100 mental models, starting from creative thinking and ending with Biases.
Just check it out, if you want to become smarter.
Random highbrow cool stuff
I guess that this is already slightly specific to ones taste in the entertainment. Basically, this guy posts everything starting from slideshow on how mobile internet is changing developing countries, and ending with cool movie trailers.
Uhh… Just check it out. Love it or.. ignore it.
Understand what is happening in the Silicon Valley
Great essays on Tech-related start-up industry. He has written 650+ essays for The New York Times, WSJ, Wired, Fortune etc. The best guy to have the real insights from.
Here are some more nice channels definitely worth checking out:
Evergreen – gives really in-depth information regarding the business related topics. I wanted to put it in TOP 5, but forgot.
Quartz – more finance related Europe centered, high quality news source
Barking up the Wrong tree – self-development advises backed up in science from a guy, who writes to the Economist
Buffer – everything about social media strategy you need to know
Direkt Fast News – all crucial news explained in three sentences
Delve – receive movie of the week, nicely presented
lsm.lv – nice source for Latvian speaking audience
Delve – my own information dissemination platform. Exactly my work on sourcing high quality news for it, has resulted in me knowing so many great sources that can be useful for life. [Yes, it is in Latvian, however, almost all the articles are in English]
Still. Don’t trust media, and don’t be ignorant about the world. [MARVELOUS VIDEO]
P.s. I consciously tried to escape from more obvious sources like The Economist, Financial Times, The Atlantic etc. I still believe in them being high quality news sources.
Written by: Gustavs Upmanis
You have signed up for this blog page and started blogging. But what do you really know about WordPress, the blog site you use? Do you know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? And did you know you could make galleries of your images? In this blog I’ll give you some tips for using this blog website.
WordPress.com versus WordPress.org
With WordPress it’s easy for anyone to publish online. It’s a publishing platform and millions of websites are made with it. There are two types: the fully hosted (WordPress.com) and the self-hosted version (WordPress.org). Click here for an overview of the differences.
There are five different roles:
- Follower (public sites)/Viewer (private sites)
If you are a follower or viewer, than you can read and comment on pages and posts
As a contributor, you are not able to publish or upload, but you can write and edit your own posts until they are published
As an author you can write, edit and upload photos to your own posts, which you can publish.
As an editor you have access to all pages, posts, comments, categories, tags, and links.
You have full power over the site.
How can you make your standard post ‘better’?
As a huge fan of academic magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ I came across the recently published article ‘Can Silicon Valley Save the World?’  written by Charles Kenny & Justin Sandefur. In this particular article the current boom of start-ups in Silicon Valley is addressed whereby these particular start-ups attempt ‘to save the world’. New (information) technologies combined with huge amounts of venture capital are used to generate products and services which aim for improvement of the average living standard in the Third World. Although the idea of gaining efficiency and productivity, and thereby fighting poverty, is one which I personally strongly support, the outcome of previous projects seem to have epically failed.
Technology, and especially IT, has contributed to breaking out bit-by-bit ‘forgotten’, isolated areas of this world by enabling them to participate in economic and social globalization. However, these areas have not (yet) benefited substantially of this participation. Improvements have been made, but as the article points out: “[M]ore than half the planet still lives on less than $4 a day, and 2.4 billion people live on less than $2 a day. And that’s after a decade that saw the biggest drop in extreme poverty ever.” Pursuing the idea of technology being able to save the world, Silicon Valley – rewarded and supported by the global community – finally considered itself to become an agent of change, and therefore came up with fancy technology-improving and information-sharing projects that in the Western opinion should be the holy grail to creating economic wealth and social welfare for the Third World.
What Charles Kenny & Justin Sandefur correctly address is that those fancy projects are committed to the way that Western societies would solve the problems that the Third World is facing. In countries where education, institutions, infrastructure, health care and basic nutrition are lacking, westernized knowledge and solutions do not cope well with adapting to this corrupt and poor (in every sense of the word) environment. This is demonstrated by the failure of multiple projects mentioned in the article.
In my opinion, Silicon Valley – or not anyone for that matter – should give up on attempts to increase living standards in countries where poverty rules. However, the strategy for tackling poverty should drastically change. Instead of analysing defaults and inefficiencies from an American point-of-view (as is the case here), those should be approached with an African, Asian, Latin American or Middle East perspective.
IT should provide access to the global knowledge-based economy to those areas in need. Additional resources and educational tools should be provided on how to access the global knowledge network, subsequently providing the opportunity for developing countries to collect and process fundamental information on which they can base their own practical insights regarding problem-solving: from their own local and/or national perspective. Silicon Valley needs to provide seed to enable the Third World to grow their own plant, instead of providing a plant that does not acclimatize to its environment.