Scott Crouch is the 23-year-old co-founder and CEO of Mark43, a startup that creates software for law enforcement agencies to help them map gangs on social networks. Join Fast Company's Chuck Salter for a live chat with Crouch today at noon (ET).
Want to be more productive? Buy some desk plants. Office vegetation offers “micro-restoration”—the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.
Got a green friend in your workspace? Send us a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #mydeskplant! Tell us if it helps you.
Doogie Horner, author of 100 Ghosts, a collection of reimaginings of the classic white-sheet ghost, drew some pitchmen from beyond the grave for Co.Create. If you haven’t decided on a Halloween costume yet, maybe you’ll be inspired. Check them out.
This week, the home page of the NYTimes.com featured an unusual, wonderful Op-Doc called “A Short History of the Highrise.” Billed as an “interactive documentary,” the project was a collaboration between the Times and the National Film Board of Canada.
With influences ranging from traditional documentary to video games to the tablet experience, “A Short History of the Highrise” is a digital publishing rabbit hole. A casual viewer can consume the film in a few minutes, while the obsessive can delve deep into supplemental content for hours. Fast Company caught up with the project’s Emmy Award-winning director, Katerina Cizek, to learn more about how the documentary form is being transformed in a digital age.
What does breaking news sound like? Circa, the popular mobile news app built on brevity, thinks it can name that tune in one second.
"We want something that’s going to evoke emotion, something that has a sense of urgency but not interruptions. I want something that’s going to be synthetic but inviting."
A new report ranks the world’s countries not on their economic indicators, but on their ability to “safeguard the needs of its future generations.” The results might surprise you… Here are the 59 countries that are most prepared to handle an uncertain future…
Here are a few tips to help you be happy and productive!
- Buddha had it right: Relax the mind and productivity will follow
- Slay the emotional vampires that are holding you back
- Borrow these 5 smart start up habits to maximize your productivity
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“If you’re good at it, self-generated thought [mind wandering] can be life-affirmingly constructive.”
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The sound of Wikipedia being updated is surprisingly relaxing.
Listen to Wikipedia, inspired by Listen to Bitcoin and created by Mahmoud Hashemi and Stephen LaPorte, transforms the worldwide editing process into a relaxed global orchestra. A celesta plays whenever an addition is made. A clavichord sounds whenever something is deleted. The higher the pitch, the smaller the edit.
Here is a peek into examples of ethical factory labor.
“If there’s a road that leads to perfect, the road that travels in the opposite direction leads to launching. Nothing will ever be perfect—not your product, service, messaging, etc. But the only real way to test it is by getting your work in front of people. Flaws can be adjusted, but the only way to find them is to get your work out there.”
This video explains why music makes you happy.