According to Chinese folklore, when a child is born they are connected by an invisible red thread (or string of fate) to all who will care about them. As the child grows, the thread becomes shorter, drawing them ever closer to people who will impact their destiny.
I’m loving this term and how it can relate to consumer centric design and service oriented architecture- that you can design systems which, as you move through them, will allow the objects that will help you evolve, be drawn to you.
Some of my recent pulled strings:
- a wonderful piece on the power of Information Architecture: The full realisation of the power of the information when you add an access layer to data.
- Jay Smooth’s ill Doctrine smart styling rap hip-hop video blog http://www.illdoctrine.com/ Is he talking about politics, rap or the nature of masculinity? Or all three?
- Gartner predicts that by 2010, social-banking platforms will have captured 10 per cent of the available worldwide market for retail lending and financial planning.
- Astound your friends and amaze your colleagues with Canuckflack’s cheat sheet post “I Am A Capable Strategist and Thoughtful Person”
- one of the best recent articles on designing brand utility Fun Way to Lose Weight: Turn Dieting Into an RPG which also has a link to Jane Mcgonigal’s opening address at SXSW.
- the growing ‘ambient awareness’, smashing the Dunbar number and the rapid growth of weak ties in the NYTimes article “I’m so totally, digitally into you: Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” by CLIVE THOMPSON – and get into the readers comments
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