“The French don’t have a word for entrepreneur.”

I found this flashy video promoting an American entrepreneurship programme. on Gwen Bell’s blog. According to the vid, entrepreneurs are the font of all human progress. Not writers, scientists, artists, politicians, bureacrats, philosophers, singers named Bob and definitely not you 9to5 rats.
Okay, I’m being a grump, because actually a) this is a well produced video and b) striking out on your own isn’t easy so if something gives you a little bit of a motivational boost, then that’s alright by me.
I think it’s just a bit glib that’s all, what with the entrepreneurs built this land vibe. I mean to an extent it’s true, but a bit unfair on the slave-owners, carpet-baggers and treaty-breaking thieving governments that contributed too.
Boy, I’m gripey today. Mental note; stop listening to agit-prop hip hop whilst posting.

I found this flashy video on Gwen Bell’s blog. It’s a promo for an American entrepreneurship programme by Sonja Jacobs and Brit designer Ben White.

It’s a very well produced, well thought out video. Whilst I’m not sure that I entirely agree with the sentiment, striking out on your own isn’t easy so if something gives you a little bit of a motivational boost and encouragement, then I guess it’s definitely done it’s job.

It’s still true that America is probably the best place in the world to be an entrepreneur, and that striking out on your own is much more part of the cultural DNA than here maybe, which is odd considering that we were once (derogatorily) called a nation of shopkeepers. I think this is partly because Americans are more positive about the process than us? I get the sense that if your business fails in the States, then it doesn’t take much to allow you to get back up and try again, whereas here we stigmatise failure, both culturally and administratively. Is this a fair analysis?

I think where this is changing though is in left-field social enterprises like GoodGym, where I think we’re is forging ahead. And it seems that there’s plenty of support and nurturing out there for young people who have business ideas that contribute to a social not just financial goal, such as Social Innovation Camp and Launchpad at the Young Foundation.

If you’re trying to start something on your own, good luck to ya I say!


how to tell if she’s attracted to me

Flirting: How Can I Tell If She Is Attracted To Me?

Read this article in the NY Times about how-to videos. I can’t find anything that feels like a teachnub but ‘howto’ is definitely a growing market: in the last couple of years howcast, grasper, ehow and my favourite, videojug, have all started serving up a vast range of practical videos advising you on everything from how to add a stitch to how to hit a topspin lob. I can’t find a video on how to make online video pay for itself, but that article does include a description of howcast’s business model which has two key features – (a) paying people 50 dollars to make a video with some kind of royalty system for views and (b) howto videos pointing people to specific products. On this second aspect which blurs the line between advisertising and advice (a consistent theme on this blog) maybe some of these howto services  will need some kind of code of conduct like the one the comparrision website industry is about to adopt.

Take Pride

Charlie has linked to this video before, but I’ve been meaning to give it a full post for a little while as I think it deserves it.

In celebration of the Indian courts overturning the ban on homosexuality as violation of people’s basic rights, and today being Pride in London, here’s a fantastic nub featuring an excerpt of a Harvey Milk speech. It’s one of the best examples of the ‘animated speech’ you’ll see.

If you’re heading down, have a great Pride!

Secret of My Success

This super short talk by Richard St. John is my second favourite TED talk.

A sub 4 minute distillation of his research to identify the characteristics that made people ‘successful’. It’s a great presentation and kind of gets you pumped up to do something with yourself, until you decide to make a cup of tea first. And have a biscuit. And see if there’s anything good on the internet.

Yeah, I know it’s pretty lame to jack a TED talk.  And yes, it’s a presentation with a dude talking. On a stage. But he takes you through a coherent, engaging narrative in less than four minutes, so that’s pretty nubby in my book.

He followed this up with another short talk on maintaining success which is also worth a peek, as well as redoing the above talk as a tad longer, slighty more stilted version.

Check it out and get yourself amped for an exciting weekend.


The video I’ve posted up is a slick piece of veganeering, arguing the case for a non-animal based diet. It’s a bit on the long side to really be a nub (just under 12 minutes) but other than that it fits into our nubonomy somewhere.

I’ve been thinking about these issues a lot recently, having just finished reading Peter Singer‘s seminal work ‘Animal Liberation’. Whether, in the end, you agree with his argument or not, it’s a work of profound moral weight, and probably one of the most important books of the last century.

The lines of argument they follow in this film are three-fold: social justice, environmental and sentimental. Whilst I don’t disagree with the arguments (well except, the animals are our lickle friends Disney angle*), I think it skirts around the most radical idea of the animal ‘rights’ movement – that there is a moral duty to consider the suffering of all sentient beings equally, and that to differentiate between animal or human suffering is ethically untenable.

To be fair, the issues around animal welfare, are too complicated and nuanced to be explored in depth in a nub, but still it would have been better if it was a little more challenging, or maybe that would just put people off?

Anyway, check it out because it makes lots of very good points that deserve consideration, and it’s very well made considering it’s basically a slideshow.

*for a better take on the emotional life of animals check here and here