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With temps exceeding 90 degrees daily here in DC, I find myself longing to be in the powder snow and high Utah mountains.

Sadly being in Sundance is still over 220 days away.

Regardless it is a good time to start planning and selling tickets - so here are three options to secure your spot:

Option1: Make six monthly payments of $133.33

Option 2: Make a one-time deposit of $250.00 with a final payoff in December

Option 3: Make a full payment and get your ticket today.

For options one and two, reply to this email and I'll send you an invoice.

For option three, go here and http://thebrigadoon.com/store/brigadoon-sundance-2019.

Thanks for all the support - this little winter camp for the professional and the creative class of the economy keeps getting better.

Thanks.

-Marc

+1 (703) 598-3242
marc@thebrigadoon.com

Brigadoon Summer Reading List

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Here's your summer reading list: 21 suggestions from the Brigadoon community

Shakespeare, Jesus, Gucci, Marco Polo, and Mao to name a few of the subjects suggested.

Happy reading.

1. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare - Stephen Greenblatt

2. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan

3. Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy - Douglas Irwin

4. Talking to the Dead: A Novel Paperback – Harry Bingham

5. In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir Hardcover – Patricia Gucci

6. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

7. Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker

8. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done Hardcover – Laura Vanderkam

9. The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life - Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace

10. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli

11. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries - Kory Stamper

12. Never Lose A Customer Again - Joey Coleman

13. The Richest Man in Babylon - George Samuel Clason

14. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

15. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter L. Bernstein

16. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation - Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

17. The Archipelago: Italy Since 1945 - John Foot

18. Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

19. The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century - Robert D. Kaplan

20. A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age – William Manchester

21. Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 – Frank Dikötter

Summer Reading List, Detroit, Alibaba v. Tencent, Robot Belt

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Summer Reading List, Detroit, Alibaba v. Tencent, Robot Belt 

The Weekly | Brigadoon
June 24, 2018
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

The Weekly  = Enterprise + Culture + Sport + Policy

Brigadoon is Education + Events + Engagement for Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders.

Subscribe here: http://thebrigadoon.com/subscribe/


ROSS RANT

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Detroit has long been at the forefront of innovation and responsible capitalism

Detroit has been at the cutting edge of engineering and manufacturing innovation for over 100 years. In 1903, Henry Ford famously founded the Ford Motor Company and made exceptional use of the assembly line, unlike anything the world had seen before. In addition to other automotive pioneers such as William Durant, the Dodge Brothers, Henry Joy, and Walter Chrysler, Detroit was established as the clear global automotive capital. The growth of the auto industry was felt far beyond Detroit. Businesses around the nation created garages to service vehicles and gas stations to fuel up cars, as well as the building numerous factories to make auto parts, glass windows, and rubber tires. Furthermore, this multi-state, multi-plant ecosystem was a precursor to the complex global supply chains that we all benefit from today. Without the innovations created in Detroit over a century ago, raw commodity products sourced anywhere in the world could not be efficiently designed into user-friendly jackets, automobiles, smartphones, or jumbo-jets. It is not a stretch to say without Detroit our modern wouldn’t exist and wouldn’t be as efficient.

With Detroit’s success as an innovate engineering and manufacturing city, companies were able to take advantage of their economic windfalls and be responsible capitalists. In 1914, Ford announced that it would pay its factory workers a minimum wage of $5 per eight-hour day. The news shocked many in the auto industry as $5 per day was nearly double what the average auto worker made. In 1926 the company went a step further, as the company adopted a five-day, 40-hour work week for workers in its automotive factories. Henry Ford said of the decision: “It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either ‘lost time’ or a class privilege.” Both moves were brilliant management as productivity immediately boosted. These two steps of fair wages and more time off have become ubiquitous globally and now impact every sector of the economy.

As the fourth-largest city in the American Midwest and the largest city on the United States–Canada border, Detroit is positioned well for the future. As a standalone economy, Detroit’s economy is more extensive than Chile and would easily be one of the world’s largest economies.

Today there are over 100 technology startups who call Detroit home. As Recode reports, in 2014, for the first time, there was more venture capital activity in Detroit than Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan. According to national education data analyzed by Anderson Economic Group, 10,000 STEM degrees are awarded annually around the Detroit region, which is more than Silicon Valley and nearly 15 percent of Metro Detroit jobs are already in technology.

The city of Detroit is built to succeed in the new post-employment environment because of the city’s history of maximizing cultures and geography as well as building upon its innovation and responsible capitalism leadership.

It is not a stretch to say without Detroit our modern world wouldn’t exist and wouldn’t be as efficient. So the next time someone tells you Detroit isn’t working, say Detroit is succeeding and impacting their life positively daily.

Also, look back to the Detroit flag and note the two Latin mottos. One which reads Speramus Meliora and the other Resurget Cineribus, meaning “We hope for better things” and “It will rise from the ashes.”

With these mottos powering the city, I believe Detroit is well positioned to resume its claim as one of the world’s great cities. No one should underestimate the energy and the drive which has been unleashed just four years after declaring bankruptcy. Not only is this remarkable, but Detroit should be inspiring to other cities who can see a path on how to adjust to new global competitive challenges and opportunities.

I owe a lot to the city of Detroit. It is my birthplace and it is the city I call home.

It provided employment for my grandfathers so they could build a better life for me generations later.

It is gritty. It is sprawled. It is down. It is up. It is bold.

Detroit is entering a new stage of passion and growth to support future generations

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders. 

READING LIST

Here's your summer reading list: 21 suggestions from the Brigadoon community

Shakespeare, Jesus, Gucci, Marco Polo, and Mao to name a few of the subjects suggested.

Happy reading.

1. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare - Stephen Greenblatt

2. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - Reza Aslan

3. Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy - Douglas Irwin

4. Talking to the Dead: A Novel Paperback – Harry Bingham

5. In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir Hardcover – Patricia Gucci

6. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

7. Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker

8. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done Hardcover – Laura Vanderkam

9. The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life - Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace

10. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli

11. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries - Kory Stamper

12. Never Lose A Customer Again - Joey Coleman

13. The Richest Man in Babylon - George Samuel Clason

14. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

15. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter L. Bernstein

16. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation - Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

17. The Archipelago: Italy Since 1945 - John Foot

18. Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

19. The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century - Robert D. Kaplan

20. A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age – William Manchester

21. Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 – Frank Dikötter

FIVE ARTICLES TO READ

Alibaba v. Tencent: The battle for supremacy in China: Jack Ma of Alibaba and Pony Ma of Tencent have built tech titans that dominate China's digital economy. Is the world big enough for both of them? https://for.tn/2yvf0k2

Take a look at him now: The many lives of Phil Collins: After an extended hiatus that found him becoming more beloved, the crown prince of middle-of-the-road Top 40 has embarked on a farewell tour. Should he be celebrated as a pop icon or vilified as a grouchy opportunist? http://bit.ly/2lkePyr

Looking for the best links in Scotland? This man played 111 rounds: In A Course Called Scotland, Tom Coyne goes on a two-month-long adventure and comes to grips with a game that’s less than perfect. https://bloom.bg/2lrUc3j

From rust belt to robot belt: Turning AI into jobs in the US heartland: Artificial intelligence is offering an amazing opportunity to increase prosperity, but whether or not we will seize it is our choice. http://bit.ly/2lktc5P

How Europe’s opera houses won over millennials: With an escape game and networking events, La Scala and the Paris Opera are attracting under-30 audiences https://on.wsj.com/2ymUp1b

BRIGADOON EVENTS

Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Lectures = September 20-21, 2018

Brigadoon Detroit | Salon Dinner = October 11, 2018

Brigadoon Cincinnati | Salon Dinner = November 1, 2018

Brigadoon Scotland 2018 = November 11-13, 2018

Brigadoon Sundance 2019 = February 24-26, 2019

More details and ticket information @ thebrigadoon.com

PRODUCTIVITY

@HarvardBiz: You might do your best strategic thinking while taking a short walk

Michael E. Porter+ Nitin Nohria: How CEOs manage timehttp://bit.ly/2tqtz2s

Where and how CEOs are involved determines what gets done. It signals priorities.

CEOs are always on, and there is always more to be done. The leaders in our study worked 9.7 hours per weekday, on average. They also conducted business on 79% of weekend days, putting in an average of 3.9 hours daily, and on 70% of vacation days, averaging 2.4 hours daily. 


Seth Godin: The two simple secrets to good ideas

Secret #1 is the biggest one: More bad ideas. The more bad ideas the better. If you work really hard on coming up with bad ideas, sooner or later, some good ideas are going to slip through. This is much easier than the opposite approach.

Secret #2 is more important: Generosity. It's much easier and more effective to come up with good ideas for someone else. Much easier to bring a posture of insight and care on behalf of someone else. It lets you off the hook, too.

TRENDS

European technology worker population growth, 2017:

Ireland: 5.3%
Netherlands: 4.6%
Germany: 4.2%
France: 3.6%
UK: 3.2%
Austria: 2.8%
Norway: 2.8%
Portugal: 2.7%

HT: The State of European Tech


Share of global car market, 2017:

Toyota: 9.2%
Volkswagen: 7.2%
Ford: 6.5%
Honda: 5.4%
Nissan: 5.4%
Hyundai: 4.7%
Chevrolet: 4.4%
Kia: 3%
Renault: 2.8%
Mercedes: 2.7%
Peugeot: 2.2%
BMW: 2.2%
Audi: 2%
Maruti: 1.7%
Mazda: 1.7%
Fiat: 1.7%
Suzuki: 1.6%
Buick: 1.5%
Jeep: 1.5%

HT @spectatorindex


US Census Bureau data:

- America is less white, getting older, and more urban.

- By 2035, Americans age 65 and older are forecast to outnumber kids for the first time.

- Over a million people have left New York since April 1, 2010.

- Columbus is now bigger than Cleveland.

- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona is the 11th largest metro area.

- California has the largest Hispanic population at 15.5 million.

- The Asian population, the fastest-growing racial group in the nation, increased 3.1 percent to 22.2 million

Today's public affairs environment + How to respond

This is today's public affairs environment:

1. Trust in governments and institutions is at a historic low 

2. Global challenges are putting pressure on businesses and governments  equally

3. The future is now - but not all are equally prepared and ready to move forward

4. Bezos et al. - America loves entrepreneurial heroes

5. Longtail vs. Hitsville - focus on the long-term, be patient, and serve the smallest most profitable audience possible

6. Brand Marketing vs. Direct Marketing: Be a direct marketer and know that the Internet is a micro-media and a personalized media 

7. High or Low: Stand for something - Don't be in the mushy middle 

8. Big Data > Big Oil: Make great use of your data and double down on what works

9. Get offline and have a conversation. Repeat

10. Make relationships scalable by giving more and asking less

How you should respond in today's public affairs environment - focus on these five buckets:

1. Provide education: Provide tools, materials, and sessions that educate and improve people's lives, businesses, pet causes - give, give, give, and give again

2. Think experience: Ampily offline experiences into online spaces and take advantage of unique user experiences for different platforms - Insta, Face, Link, Twitter, etc.

3. Produce entertainment: Make your content fun and make sure it grabs attention and is sharable - If you wouldn't send the content to your friends or share on your networks - well then it isn't that good

4. Be entrepreneurial: Champion entrepreneurship, small business, the little guy doing well in the marketplace - America loves the hero story and those who overcome challenges

5. Impart thought leadership: Send messages and press release, and send a lot of them - overwhelm the marketplace. Amazon has posted nearly 50 press releases so far in 2018 (Read Fortune: Amazon's brag and awe press release strategy), and for Twitter alone, you should have 20 posts daily

Plan accordingly.

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Ross Rant: The gig is 9 to 5 and is the employment is formal

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Last Thursday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found less than 4 percent of workers--5.9 million persons--held contingent jobs.

Contingent jobs are those assignments which are temporary in nature.

In addition to contingent workers, the BLS survey also identified workers who have various alternative work arrangements or what many of us refer to as gigs. 

In May 2017 the BLS data found there were 10.6 million independent contractors (less than 7 percent of total employment), 2.6 million on-call workers (1.7 percent of total employment), 1.4 million temporary help agency workers (0.9 percent of total employment), and 933,000 workers provided by contract firms (0.6 percent of total employment).

So roughly 10 percent of American workers in 2017 were employed in some form of what the government calls “alternative work arrangements." 

This broad category includes Lyft drivers, freelance designers, and people employed through temporary-help agencies — essentially anyone whose primary source of work comes outside a traditional employment relationship. 

As reported by the New York Times, this far from a boom in gig work and goes against conventional wisdom when to comes to employment.

“I think everybody’s narrative got blown up,” said Michael R. Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

The largest category of alternative workers, independent contractors, are disproportionately in their mid-40s or older and familiar in sectors like construction that have not been disrupted by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. They earn about as much, on average, as standard employees, and are relatively happy with their arrangements: Nearly eight in 10 say they prefer being an independent contractor to being an employee.

Outside of plumbers, roofers, and general contractors, most Americans work 9 to 5 in a formal work environment.

Don't believe the gig economy hype.

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Ross Rant: Think populism is slowing down? Check out how Ontario voted

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Populism establishes a beachhead in Canada's most prosperous and most important province of Ontario.

To understand what will happen with American politics and upcoming elections, I find exploring elections in other Western democracies to be an essential tool.

Last Thursday night, Doug Ford was elected as the next Premier of Ontario. A new expansion of populism now confronts Canada. Think Trump lands in Ontario.

CBC's Chris Hall wrote, "Doug Ford — the bombastic, blustering and populist former Toronto city councilor — is going to be the next premier of Canada's most populous province. His victory, convincing as it was, came with an exclamation mark. He put an end to 15 straight years of Liberal rule."

Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan echoed the same scripting "Ford era promises a rocky road ahead for all of us."

He went onto say "the next four years under Premier Doug Ford: constant reasons to wonder about the malice vs. incompetence debate, with a loud portion of Ford’s supporters hoping and cheering for the former option. And many of the rest of us hoping instead for the latter, because perhaps if a problem is caused by incompetence, there is some hope it will be fixed, as those who caused it realize their mistake or grow more competent and capable."

@Richard_Florida tweeted: Ontario went from being a pro-urban province/ state like California or New York to joining the ranks of anti-urban Red states ... 

I don't see the expansion of populism around Great Lakes stopping any time. Until CEOs of multinational corporations, Governors, and Mayors show leadership and engage voters in the Midwest on the value of globalization, this will be the result at the ballot box.

Endless outrage by the coastal elites will do little to change election outcomes.

Cross the Hudson and be in Cleveland.

Cross the Potomac and be in Detroit.

This is the three-part question facing US voters in 2018 and 2020: Do we protect the jobs of the past or invest in the jobs of the future? Do we subsidize the grey hairs or invest in today's 8th graders? Do we want to be part of a global world or not?

Voters today want protection, subsidies, and unilateralism.

Plan accordingly.

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Continuous partial attention and the presence deficit

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The art of staying focused in a distracting world.

That is the title of an article I dumped into to my Evernote "Must Read" folder five years ago.

Five years ago.

Someone sure is distracted.

This article from The Atlantic is actually an interview between James Fallows and a longtime tech executive Linda Stone.

Stone has been working on technology longer than many of us reading this were even cognizant of activities beyond our neighborhood, and our only escape was playing floor hockey, reading the latest issue of National Geographic or mastering the foreign lands of Dungeons and Dragons.

She began working on emerging technologies for Apple and then Microsoft in the 80s. 

In the early years of this century, she coined the term "continuous partial attention" to describe the modern predicament of being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything. 

Stone isn't critical of this paradigm stating that "continuous partial attention is neither good nor bad. The important thing for us as humans is to have the capacity to tap the attention strategy that will best serve us in any given moment."

This ability to execute an attention strategy is within all of us.

Most of us learned this skill in our childhood when engaging in sports or crafts or performing arts. However, some of us might need additional training that involves managing our breath and emotions—what Stone calls "bringing one’s body and mind to the same place at the same time."

She reminds us self-directed play allows both children and adults to develop a powerful attention strategy, a strategy she calls "relaxed presence."

As a kid, you developed a capacity for attention and for a type of curiosity and experimentation that can happen when you play. You were in the moment, and the moment was unfolding naturally.

Stone says" when we learn how to play a sport or an instrument; how to dance or sing; or even how to fly a plane, we learn how to breathe and how to sit or stand in a way that supports a state of relaxed presence. My hunch is that when you’re flying, you’re aware of everything around you, and yet you’re also relaxed. When you’re water-skiing, you’re paying attention, and if you’re too tense, you’ll fall. All of these activities help us cultivate our capacity for relaxed presence. Mind and body in the same place at the same time."

Maybe this is why I long for a black diamond ski run on a daily basis?

I find propelling my middle-aged body down a deep, steep, heart pounding, and knee grinding ski run to be the ultimate state of relaxation - it's just so darn fulfilling.

Descending a ski hill is by far when I am at peak relaxed presence.

How do you get into peak relaxed presence? 

For me to find this state, I must put it on my calendar. I put this relaxed presence time there today, this week, this month, and this year.

I find being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything hurts my performance, my relationships, and my health.

Making relaxed presence a habit you'll find getting offline for a spell is fine. All the noise from a distracting world you left behind will be there when you get back.

I promise.

No need for FOMO.

But there is a need for peak relaxed presence.

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in developing winning communications, content, connections, and commerce for entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

The Presence Deficit, Cities, Walkable Streets, HyperNormalisation, YouTube

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The Presence Deficit, Cities, Walkable Streets, HyperNormalisation, YouTube

The Weekly | Brigadoon
June 10, 2018
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

The Weekly  = Enterprise + Culture + Sport + Policy

Brigadoon is Education + Events + Engagement for Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders.

Subscribe here: http://thebrigadoon.com/subscribe/


ROSS RANT

Continuous partial attention and the presence deficit

The art of staying focused in a distracting world.

That is the title of an article I dumped into to my Evernote "Must Read" folder five years ago.

Five years ago.

Someone sure is distracted.

This article from The Atlantic is actually an interview between James Fallows and a longtime tech executive Linda Stone.

Stone has been working on technology longer than many of us reading this were even cognizant of activities beyond our neighborhood, and our only escape was playing floor hockey, reading the latest issue of National Geographic or mastering the foreign lands of Dungeons and Dragons.

She began working on emerging technologies for Apple and then Microsoft in the 80s. 

In the early years of this century, she coined the term "continuous partial attention" to describe the modern predicament of being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything. 

Stone isn't critical of this paradigm stating that "continuous partial attention is neither good nor bad. The important thing for us as humans is to have the capacity to tap the attention strategy that will best serve us in any given moment."

This ability to execute an attention strategy is within all of us.

Most of us learned this skill in our childhood when engaging in sports or crafts or performing arts. However, some of us might need additional training that involves managing our breath and emotions—what Stone calls "bringing one’s body and mind to the same place at the same time."

She reminds us self-directed play allows both children and adults to develop a powerful attention strategy, a strategy she calls "relaxed presence."

As a kid, you developed a capacity for attention and for a type of curiosity and experimentation that can happen when you play. You were in the moment, and the moment was unfolding naturally.

Stone says" when we learn how to play a sport or an instrument; how to dance or sing; or even how to fly a plane, we learn how to breathe and how to sit or stand in a way that supports a state of relaxed presence. My hunch is that when you’re flying, you’re aware of everything around you, and yet you’re also relaxed. When you’re water-skiing, you’re paying attention, and if you’re too tense, you’ll fall. All of these activities help us cultivate our capacity for relaxed presence. Mind and body in the same place at the same time."

Maybe this is why I long for a black diamond ski run on a daily basis?

I find propelling my middle-aged body down a deep, steep, heart pounding, and knee grinding ski run to be the ultimate state of relaxation - it's just so darn fulfilling.

Descending a ski hill is by far when I am at peak relaxed presence.

How do you get into peak relaxed presence? 

For me to find this state, I must put it on my calendar. I put this relaxed presence time there today, this week, this month, and this year.

I find being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything hurts my performance, my relationships, and my health.

Making relaxed presence a habit you'll find getting offline for a spell is fine. All the noise from a distracting world you left behind will be there when you get back.

I promise.

No need for FOMO.

But there is a need for peak relaxed presence.

-Marc

FIVE ARTICLES TO READ

Report: Cities generated nearly all of US job growth in 2017: AP reports, American cities accounted for about 96 percent of the country’s job growth in 2017 as they added nearly 2 million new jobs, according to the latest annual report from a bipartisan coalition of mayors. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is gathering in Boston starting on Friday, says in its latest “Metro Economies” report that 10 metropolitan areas alone generated $6.8 trillion in economic value in 2017, surpassing the output of most states. Those metro regions included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta. http://bit.ly/2kYQOwQ

50 reasons why everyone should want more walkable streets: From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here. http://bit.ly/2sL7E5W

The midlife tuneup: Whether you are in your 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond, the Well midlife tuneup will put you on a healthier path to improving your body, mind, and relationships. https://nyti.ms/2Hq6FNH

How Reese Witherspoon is flipping the script on Hollywood: The Hello Sunshine founder is channeling women’s voices into top-tier entertainment–and altering the dynamics of the entire industry along the way. http://bit.ly/2sDivOY

The Atlantic: Why no one answers their phone anymore https://theatln.tc/2HjosWO

READING LIST

What are you reading this summer?

I am putting together a summer reading list and would love to know what books the Brigadoon community is digging into.

I heard from a dozen of you yesterday and the list is diverse and insightful, as one would expect from such a talented community. 

If you haven't, please drop me an email so I can add to this collection.

Thanks.

BRIGADOON EVENTS

Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Lectures = September 20-21, 2018

Brigadoon Detroit | Salon Dinner = October 11, 2018

Brigadoon Cincinnati | Salon Dinner = November 1, 2018

Brigadoon Scotland 2018 = November 11-13, 2018

Brigadoon Sundance 2019 = February 24-26, 2019

More details and ticket information @ thebrigadoon.com

PRODUCTIVITY

75 apps that will save you time as a busy professionalhttp://bit.ly/2sTfAlz

DOCUMENTARY

HyperNormalisation: A 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. In this doc, Curtis explains we live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Global events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralyzed - they have no idea what to do. This film is an epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. http://bit.ly/2sXkez3

SONG

Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out http://bit.ly/2sWIWPQ

STAY

Hotel Iroquois (Mackinac Island, MI) http://bit.ly/2sUvRXu

EAT + DRINK

Rose's Luxury (Washington, DC) http://bit.ly/2sWkLRN

SPORT

Own goal: The inside story of how the USMNT missed the 2018 World Cup: The Ringer reports, in October, the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years. A loss to Trinidad and Tobago sealed their fate, but according to players, coaches, commentators, and executives across American soccer, the disaster doesn’t come down to just one unfortunate result. No, it was the culmination of nearly a decade of mismanagement that broke the team’s spirit and condemned them to failure. http://bit.ly/2sIff5

COTD: YouTube is tops for Gen Z

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With market penetration of 85 percent amongst US youngsters and 32 percent of the respondents stating that it is their most used online platform, YouTube evolved into the most important online platform of the Generation Z.