What We’re Reading

A few good pieces the Collab team came across this week …


No great:

More than a quarter of U.S. Facebook users say they have deleted the app from their phones over the past year … A greater percentage, 42 percent, say they have taken a break from checking Facebook for several weeks or more. And 54 percent say they’ve adjusted their privacy settings over the past year … More young Facebook users say they deleted the app than older users: Some 44 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they deleted the Facebook app over the past year, versus 12 percent of users ages 65 and up.


Tech, and everyone else just trying to hold on:

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Time off

So few people disagree with this:

The bulk of the research in medicine, sleep, cognitive science, and organizational psychology overwhelmingly suggests that a shorter workweek should be the norm rather than the holiday-weekend exception.



There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, but Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says that half are bound for bankruptcy in the next few decades.

Christensen and co-author Henry Eyring analyze the future of traditional universities, and conclude that online education will become a more cost-effective way for students to receive an education, effectively undermining the business models of traditional institutions and running them out of business.


Easier said than done, but still awesome:

On Tuesday afternoon, California state lawmakers passed a landmark bill, SB100, which would put the state’s electricity supply on track to be totally emissions-free by 2045. It passed 43-32.

The bill would amend California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which currently requires half of all the state’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources of energy by 2030. Regulators have already predicted the state will meet that goal 10 years early, by 2020.


A crazy chart:

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Have a good weekend.