Links for May 14, 2022
What I'm Reading
🧼 The Surprising Afterlife of Used Hotel Soap — The Hustle
In Guerrilla Public Service, I wrote, "[T]he way our world is designed isn't inevitable or immutable. It's shaped by the people with the motivation and ambition to change it."
Shawn Seipler took this idea to heart 2008. When he realized that hotels were throwing away billions of pounds of soap every year, he saw it as an opportunity to bend our world in a better direction:
Every year, it has been estimated that the hospitality industry generates ~440B pounds of solid waste — much of it soap and bottled amenities. That’s the equivalent weight of 2m blue whales.
What happens to all that leftover soap?
Fourteen years ago, one man asked that very question. And the answer led him down a path that has since saved tens of thousands of lives all over the world.
💸 The Nothingness of Money — More to That
In the words of Gumroad's founder Sahil Lavingia, "You can be twice as rich by deciding you need half as much." Like so many things, money is partly a story we tell ourselves that can be reframed.
Lawrence Yeo shares a thought-provoking and illustrated reflection on the role that money plays in our lives.
Conclusion: Real wealth isn't a number in your bank account, it's no longer needing to think about money.
We can opt out of the stories of religion or politics, but we cannot opt out of the story of money. It is so interwoven into the fabric of society that even our physical health depends upon how abstract numbers on a screen can be converted into tangible meals.
What I'm Watching
Dan Pink argues that there is a considerable mismatch between what science knows and how businesses operate.
In short: When faced with problems that don't have an obvious solution, people are more creative and more effective at solving them when there's not a reward (e.g. bonus) tied to their solution.
Tweets of the Week
An important reminder that slack is important in any system: