NYTimes finds a professor to defend Tony Hsieh’s Vegas experiments. Forgets to mention he worked for Tony Hsieh


curious little story in the New York Times today about the great job Tony Hsieh is doing reinventing downtown Las Vegas, and how Holocracy will revolutionise Zappos. 

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the exact opposite of the story I wrote last week about how Hsieh’s Downtown Project has unequivically failed, and how Holcracy is sending Zappos employees running for the hills. 

The Times story was written by David Gelles who is also author of “Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out.” Gelles’ article mentions Pando’s reporting on Hsieh and Holocracy but for some reason fails to include a link.

If I were a cynic, I’d think Hsieh’s PR handlers were playing their usual game of reacting to bad press by convincing a friendly reporter to write a puff piece repeating his “vision” for the future, unincumbered by actual facts…

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‘Everything is awesome’: Cambridge University will get a Lego professor




Everything is awesome, including this hiring news from one of the UK’s most prestigious institutions: Cambridge University is getting a Lego professor.

The university announced on Tuesday the school had accepted £2.5 million from the Lego Foundation to set up a Lego Professorship of Play in Education, Development and Learning, the Cambridge University Reporter wrote

The foundation also gifted the school an additional £1.5 million to set up a Research Centre on Play in Education, Development, and Learning within its Faculty of Education.

One lucky professor will start the new role on October 1, 2015. No word yet on whether Cambridge students can spend their days building the Lego Starship Enterprise, rather than slaving over books. Read more…

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