Rad Reads, Volume 39

This week: “Generation Partners and sustainable capitalism, history of Meyers-Brigg, AI to spot gender bias, Pixar on storytelling, Lamar Odom’s Gifts and Ghosts”

Each week, we curate five unique articles, the Rad Reads. The topics are expansive and groovy, ranging from leadership, technology, pop culture, science, policy, self-improvement, philanthropy and finance.

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Rad Reads Crew — Good morning!!

It’s brisk out there and Fall is upon us here in NYC. Thank you for all of your support, kind words, and retweets. This week’s RROTW shines a light on a different model for an investment firm, former VP Al Gore’s Generation Partners. Hope you enjoy! — —

  • David Blood and Al Gore Want to Reach the Next Generation, Institutional Investor — Al Gore and David Blood founded Generation Partners in 2004 with the mission to promote sustainable capitalism. They believe (and have proved, their long-only product outperforming the benchmark by 5.59%/yr over past 10 years) that you don’t have to trade values for value; pursuing a mission-driven approach and generating profits are not a zero-sum game. Generation has defied many of the conventional features of the asset management industry: a heavy emphasis on company culture, meritocracy (28 of 75 employees are partners), and deferring payments for over 3 years. (Link, 24 Mins h/t @DAL)
  • Uncovering the Secret History of Meyers-Brigg, Digg — Can human beings be represented with 4-word codes? This (long) article digs into the 100-year history of a test that began as an experiment to evaluate how “environmental conditions affect personality traits in children” and then took a meandering journey into mystery fiction novels. As the reporter tries to learn more about the history of the test, it becomes more and more shrouded in secrecy, with an eery resemblance to Scientology. Finally, does this 117 question test (relied so heavily upon by thousands of companies) contribute to various forms of subconscious bias? (Link, 38 mins)
  • How Artificial Intelligence is Finding Gender Bias at Work, FastCo — What if we went from a 117 question linear test to AI-driven algorithms to search for biases in text, facial expressions, tweets, and other forms of interactions? This crop of startups are trying to ferret out what employees are really thinking when they fill out surveys or linguistic biases in performance reviews and job descriptions. (Link, 5 mins)
  • Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling, Slideshare — The folks at Pixar are damn good storytellers (we’ve queued up Inside Out for tonight’s ‘date night’). Here at Rad Reads, we also understand that storytelling is a multi-faceted superpower that can be applied in so many different ways (sales, investment committee, dating, recruiting, to name a few…) A quick flip, but some learnings: endings are hard and important, character authenticity is required, and challenge and adversity serve as vehicles to inspire. (Link, 24 slides)
  • The Gifts and Ghosts of Lamar Odom, SI — The NBA Rad Readers know well that Lamar Odom is one of the most beloved players amongst players in the league. When the tragic news of his near-death overdose at a Las Vegas brothel surfaced this week, it is easy to jump to quick judgements, but we must all be compassionate. While having been blessed with unimaginable physical gifts, “LO”’s life has been incessantly punctured with tragedy (parents, daughter, grandmother, friends), depression, and addiction… all while having a big heart and caring deeply about those around him. (Link, 4 minutes)
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And finally, in anticipation of the new Rock Climbing wall being built in Brooklyn Bridge Park, check out this 19 month old’s bouldering skills (h/t @Nate)!

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