Eve Rodsky was fed up. For years she, like many other women, had shouldered the burden of invisible labor at home. Rodsky, a Harvard-educated lawyer and organizational management specialist who advises families and charitable foundations, was tired of being the “she-fault” parent. So she started a spreadsheet. advertisement advertisement “It was a 98-tab Excel spreadsheet that I titled ‘Shit I do,'” Rodsky said during a panel at the Fast Company Innovation Festival yesterday. “After months and months of crowdsourcing this beautiful, giant spreadsheet, I sent this to my husband and said, ‘Can’t wait to discuss.'” Rodsky shared the spreadsheet on Facebook. Soon, she was receiving messages from strangers who had seen it, detailing the domestic indignities they faced. “A woman I didn’t know texted me saying, ‘Hey, I received your spreadsheet. At this rate, I’m not going to stay in my marriage,'” … [Read more...] about Eve Rodsky’s deck of cards could help you find domestic bliss
advertisement Cities, for all their virtues, can sometimes feel like straightjackets, planned more for cars and commerce than the actual people living in them. That, anyway, is the conceit behind Actions: What You Can Do With the City, an exhibition that opens today at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, and runs through March 13. Organized by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the various artists and collectives on display all share a preoccupation with turning everyday life–walking, playing, recycling, gardening–into interactive stunts, aimed to get people involved in the city fabric, in unusual ways. Sure, most of it’s goofy, but there’s an undercurrent of serious urban planning in the show–many of the actions, in the clever way they repurpose cross-walks, medians, and vacant lots, are all about maximizing the ways the cityscapes can actually be used. Here’s a taste: In the foreground, stencils for DIY bike lanes, created by Toronto’s … [Read more...] about Hacks and the City
This story is part of Fast Company’s editorial package “The Intern Economy.” In the spirit of back to school and new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, we’ve collected the personal stories of interns and managers to reveal what this step on the first rung of the career ladder means for the future of work. Click here to read all the stories in the series. advertisement advertisement On my first day at my internship at the public relations firm, I was stationed at the front desk. The other intern, Julie, was peppy as she showed me how to use the phones, slowly repeating the script I was to use. At one point, she mentioned that she was a college senior and wanted to know if I was also in college. For some reason, it had not registered that I was an entire decade older than she was. “Oh, Julie, I actually just completed my Ph.D.,” I responded. Julie stared at me blankly, then went back to typing. I’m not sure she fully … [Read more...] about I took an internship at 30, and it was the best move of my career
advertisement advertisement GiveForward’s biggest ever fundraiser nearly broke the company. Held in honor of Sarah Burke, the X Games champion free skier who died during training, the cause generated so much Facebook traffic in that first 24 hours that it crashed the servers. “I had to tell Sarah’s team that we might not have the capacity to host it,” GiveForward cofounder and COO Ethan Austin tells Fast Company. “But they told us they had faith in us, so we worked around the clock to figure out a solution.” They did, and the effort brought in over $300,000 in just three days–more than enough to cover Burke’s hospital bills, funeral expenses, and to start a foundation in her memory. When we checked in with GiveForward last February, the platform had pulled in about $3.5 million for a variety of medical causes. Now, Austin reports, GiveForward has hosted over 15,000 fundraisers and seen … [Read more...] about Can GiveForward’s Crowdfundraisers Kick Down The Cost of Health Care?
Facebook wants to watch you while you shop. Poor mobile product have long been Facebook’s weak spot. The social media giant has been expected to launch a mobile advertising product for some time; Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier confirmed the news in an interview with Facebook’s Carolyn Everson. The new, unnamed software will allow advertisers to target smartphone users with microsegmented ads tailored to the user’s exact physical location. Facebook has placed numerous patents on technology that tracks users’ web activity in granular detail in order to create tailored ads. Further information on the product, including launch date, are unavailable. To read news items as they develop, watch for more Fast Feed stories during the day, by clicking here. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Facebook Launching Location-Based Mobile Ad Product