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Patreon couldn’t survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to try to stay ahead of…
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Patreon couldn’t survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to try to stay ahead of Twitch, YouTube and Google. But it also didn’t want to screw all its loyal early creators.
So today, Patreon is overhauling its pricing. Any creator can still get a 5 percent rate, but just for a Lite version without bonus tools or different fan tiers. All of Patreon’s extra features will now be in the Pro plan, with an 8 percent rate, but with existing creators grandfathered in at 5 percent. And the new Premium enterprise plan for 12 percent (9 percent for existing creators) will offer full-service merchandise sales, multi-user team accounts and dedicated customer support.
If you want the lower grandfathered rates, you’ll need to join Patreon in the next few weeks before the new rates go into effect in early May.
“With this change, Patreon is a long-term independent company that doesn’t need anyone else. That’s the move we’re making here,” says Patreon’s SVP of Product, Wyatt Jenkins. More sustainable pricing means creators won’t have to fear Patreon selling out in desperation to someone like Facebook that might neglect or exploit them.
Instead, Patreon CEO Jack Conte tells me he wants to balance powerful features with right-sized pricing for different creator types to become the platform-agnostic home for subscription patronage when tech giants are each trying to build their own. “To have a different membership for each distribution platform, that’s not going to work. You need a single place for the bottom of your distribution funnel,” Conte explains.
Balancing rates and resources
Patreon now has 3 million fans paying 100,000 creators more than half a billion dollars per year, and it will cross $1 billion in payouts in 2019 after six years in business. But Patreon was starving on its 5 percent rate, which some venture capitalists tell me is why they passed on its funding rounds totaling $105 million led by Thrive Capital and Index. Now it might make enough to keep the lights on, retain ownership and maybe even earn a profit one day.
Jenkins tells me Patreon spent a year talking to more than 1,000 creators to figure out how to re-price its offering. “People don’t like change. But I think in terms of change, we’re going to be able to invest in the different products in different ways. We can put a lot of horsepower into membership,” he explains. The company didn’t want to screw up like when it changed its payment processing rates a year ago, leading to creator backlash and some exodus. “We unilaterally did something that impacted creators’ patrons. That was the real landmine we stepped on.”
Patreon’s new rates
What Patreon discovered was some creators, especially individuals and hobbyists, didn’t care for bells and whistles. They wanted cheap and easy recurring payments so they can focus on their art, so Patreon made the 5 percent Lite plan that strips out the extra features but keeps the old rate.
More serious videographers, illustrators, comedians and pundits wanted to offer different price tiers for different levels of exclusive content. They need analytics, special offers, integrations with other productivity and commerce apps and priority customer support when things break. That’s what creators will get for 8 percent, unless they’re grandfathered in at 5 percent.
But Patreon also found there were whole media organizations with 50 employees built atop its patronage platform. They needed to be able to share accounts and get immediate support when necessary. Meanwhile, tons of creators see merchandise as a powerful way to lure in fans who want signed photos, stickers and other swag each month. “Eighty-five percent of our creators tell us we need merchandise. ‘We spend our days in the post office licking stamps. You can get great negotiation leverage since you have scale, so why aren’t you helping us with this?’ We can’t build that on 5 percent,” Jenkins tells me. They’ll all pay the 12 percent Premium plan price unless grandfathered in at 9 percent. Patreon will, in return, process, pack and ship all their merchandise.
Read a deep dive of Patreon on Extra Crunch
Patreon is also changing its payment processing fees to make sure it doesn’t overpenalize smaller contributions, like creators’ popular $1 per month tiers. Now all transactions over $3 incur a 2.9 percent plus $0.30 fee similar to Stripe’s industry standard, while microtransactions under $3 cost 5 percent plus $0.10. Existing creators get the old rates, and people paying via PayPal from outside the U.S. get hit with an extra 1 percent fee.
The battle for fan subscriptions
Surprisingly, one of Patreon’s most popular creators told me they actually felt bad about being grandfathered in at a lower price, because why should they get special treatment compared to other artists who just might not be as tech savvy. That said, they weren’t going to voluntarily pay a higher rate. “I guess I’m not surprised,” Conte responds. “I’ve found that creators are really humble and selfless, always thinking about other people. I can imagine them saying ‘What about these people? Why am I paying less than them?”
If Patreon can power through the rate change without breaking momentum, it could have a bright future. It’s started a patronage trend, but leaked documents show Facebook plans to charge creators up to 30 percent like YouTube already does, and Twitch charges an astronomical 50 percent. But with far more restrictions on content and far more distrust accrued after years of forsaking creators and tense negotiations, Patreon’s neutral platform with the cheapest rate could remain the fan subscription leader at a time when ad revenue shares are proving inadequate to support turning one’s passion into their profession.
Patreon co-founder and CEO Jack Conte
When TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook planned to charge up to 30 percent, Conte said, “Honestly, it was relieving but really disappointing in some way. I think competition is good. I hope there are many membership products. I hope they’re successful and [give creators a choice]. Right now, it’s not a choice. Facebook’s product is not usable. The folks that have used Facebook’s product have turned it off. From a competitor standpoint, it confirmed my thought that Facebook doesn’t understand creators.”
That’s also why he hopes that one day the tech giants might just integrate Patreon rather than compete, and they could each get a cut of subscription revenue.
Looking forward, he says the toughest challenge for Patreon will be building three different products for three distinct types of creators without the infinite wallets of its rivals. “I think Patreon will be raising for a long time,” Conte says. That will fund Patreon’s plans for eventual international operations, where 40 percent of patrons and 75 percent of creators live. Right now Patreon is offered only in English and supports U.S. dollars. But if it can spin up local languages, currencies and payment processors, Patreon could be where creators around the world go to share with their biggest fans.
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4/17/06 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The Lord God: This #world is stricken, a corrupt #tree which bears only bitter #fruit! You have done this, O peoples of the #earth! You have done this, O #men of #power and #wealth, all you #people of excess! YOU HAVE DONE THIS! For the sake of #greed, to fulfill your insatiable appetites and ever-increasing lusts, YOU HAVE DESTROYED THE #GARDEN!
Therefore #cut down the tree and #burn the #branches! #Break apart the #stump and pull up the #roots!... For thus declares The Lord: As you have sown, SO SHALL YOU REAP! And that which you have withheld from the #poor and the #needy shall be taken from you, and you shall suffer! Behold, even all you have wrought in the earth shall return atop your own# heads, for I shall #strike you down and #lay you waste! - Desolation upon #desolation, #calamity upon calamity, #plagues and #famine until you are utterly consumed!
_Behold, My people are afflicted,
And My #faithful ones are persecuted,
#Imprisoned and put to #death!
My little ones are brought to #harm,
And the #innocent are murdered in droves,
CAST OFF AS REFUSE!...
Therefore the #afflicted shall be
Given #wealth beyond imagining,
And the #meek shall #inherit the earth;
The little ones shall be taken,
And the innocent shall return #home...
And they shall be My #sons and #daughters,
Forever, #life without end._
Yet you, O most wicked #generation, shall be #cut off! I shall #cast you out, and you shall remain outside the #gates! For I do not know you! Says The Lord... There shall be wailing and gnashing of #teeth.
For thus says The Lord to the generation of His wrath: As a #lion #springs forth suddenly from its hiding place and lays hold of the #prey, so shall I break the #neck of this #generation and #drag it away, until every last #remnant of your wickedness is devoured! Behold, you shall be broken without #hand, and the wickedness which dwells in the midst of you shall be torn in pieces!... And who among the #nations shall #deliver you from the #mouth of The Lion?!
For I am risen up in My #anger, I am come forth in My fury! Therefore let every way #crack and every #foundation crumble; let the earth give way! Let the high places fall with a great #crash, and let every false image perish before the #great and #awesome #power of The Lord!
See, your #wealth has come to nothing, O peoples of the earth. For as it is written: Your wealth shall rot away, your #fine #clothes shall be #eaten by #moths, your #gold and #silver shall become worthless, and shall be for a #witness against you in the Day of #Wrath, and shall #eat your #flesh like #fire. Thus all the #treasure, which you have heaped up against the Day, shall #bury you.
Therefore #kneel, kneel before The Lord of Hosts,# humble yourselves before The #King! #Kiss The #Son! For in #YahuShua alone is your #salvation, in #Messiah alone is there #deliverance in the Day of Wrath, your only #escape. For He is The #Lamb; behold, He is also The Lion!... Yet you will forsake Him in the name of another.
Did you think, O most wicked generation, the #man of #perdition could #save you from the Day of Wrath?! Did you think you could #escape the Day of Judgment, which I pronounced from the beginning?! You are #deceived, even as he is deceived!
_For the reign of evil shall be abolished,
The wicked stricken and the evil of #heart blotted out,
Extinguished in the #lake of My burning #heart!...
For My heart is set ablaze in My anger,
And My #countenance #burns like a raging fire;
My sadness is #infinite, the #weight of
Unending #sorrow covers Me...
For as I #live, says The Lord,
I take no #pleasure in the #destruction
Of the #wicked, but call all in the earth
To #repent, to turn from their #evil ways...
And return to Me._
#prophecy #prophet #Jesus #Yeshua #Christ #Messiah #God #church #bible #scripture #christian #christianity #JesusChrist #HolySpirit #Savior #Saviour #Lord
4/7/06 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The God of #Israel, Lord of #Heaven and #Earth, of all that is seen and unseen, known and unknown, The God of all: There is One #Truth, One Absolute, One Constant in all creation, in whom the fullness of God dwells - #YahuShua #HaMashiach.
All else is #fantasy, great vexation of #spirit. For the #people are #corrupt; by the deceits of their own #hearts are they led away. My #beloved are misled, they have all gone astray, a whole #generation scattered upon the #wind. For the ways of #men are an abhorrence to Me, their every #religion is an #abomination. The sins of men are great, and their iniquity increases beyond #measure.
Behold, they make for themselves #molded #images, useless #things, and by the #mouths of wicked men every false way is upheld in vain. For the people have no #knowledge, nor do they #understand. They are perverse, a most wicked generation, a people who hold out their #cup with both #hands, that they might fill themselves with abomination. Behold, the #broth of abominable things is in their #vessels, yet they are eager to #drink. They are #foolish and can not discern.
The works of men are #evil, even from their #youth. Thus the little #children shall be My inheritance, and the #babes My #jewels. For the #innocent come forth as #lights shining out of darkness, #gifts born from the #womb. They are #precious; to be #cherished is every #child in their youth. For the innocent are of more #value than #gold and #silver, prized above #precious #stones.
Therefore, woe to this #world and all who dwell in it! WOE TO ALL WHO AFFLICT MY LITTLE ONES! SAYS THE LORD. For I shall #strike the #earth in My #wrath and punish the wicked! I shall strike the earth, and bring swift #discipline upon all who #lead My people from The Truth! In My great #anger, I shall strike them down and bring everlasting #punishment upon the evil of heart, for #death is #reserved for the wicked! - A #valley of #dead and #dry #bones, #darkness and #blackness, a void of lifeless nothingness!
Behold, I shall pour out in My anger and #destroy in My fury! With #eternal #fire, I shall take #vengeance upon all My enemies, until they are utterly consumed! For thus is the second death prepared for the wicked; thus is the second death, in which the evil of heart shall be consumed: #Destruction and #annihilation, blotted out!... The death of which the #redeemed in #Messiah need not #fear; for they have passed from death to #Life, from despair to #Joy, and from #judgment to #Salvation; bought for a #price, purchased in #blood, the blood of The #Lamb.
Therefore come to Me, My beloved little ones,
For you know My face!...
Come forth, O sons and daughters of God,
For The Lord has redeemed you!...
Come out, My people,
For The Holy One of Israel has called you by name!
Do not look back, nor hesitate. Turn not the #head, nor #twist the #shoulder. Beloved ones, do not look back! For abomination dwells there, #Sodom and #Gomorrah! Thus the #time of My #watchmen has come, the #Day of #Punishment is made #clear. Behold, it waits at the #doors and is about to come in, terrible judgment poured out without mixture! - Destruction of the #cities! The distress of all #nations! WOE TO THE SONS OF MEN! WOE TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH, FOR NOW SHALL BE YOUR PERPLEXITY! SAYS THE LORD.
Therefore, thus says The Lord God: Great #patience and steadfast #faith is required. For #great and terrible things are coming, days which have no equal. For upon the #earth, evil of every kind proliferates unfettered. Iniquity is upheld and #righteousness is trampled underfoot. Damnable #heresies are taught in the churches, and #blasphemy is heard within the #synagogues. #Temples of false gods #litter the #face of the earth, and #mosques #pollute the #land like a #plague - abomination, blasphemies without end, lies upon lies fed to the masses as truth! Shall I not come forth and destroy?! Shall I not come out swiftly and take vengeance upon My enemies?! Shall I not bring swift destruction upon them, until not one #stone is left upon another?!
THE DAYS ARE EVIL! The light of the eye has darkened, iniquity fills the heart, and sins of every #kind come forth from the people without respite! They do not relent, nor has one truly turned aside! For out of the abundance of the #heart the #mouth speaks, and those void of the #Spirit can not #discern. Therefore those with unclean #lips #prosper, and the desolate #kiss them upon the #mouth.
For this is a most vile #generation, a wholly ignorant and deceived people who can not discern, nor will they consider. For they #hate the one who rebukes at the #gate, and despise the one who #speaks a #message from God. Shall I not cause the earth to tremble for this?! Shall it not break apart under their #feet?! For I shall open the #mouth of #sheol, and a great multitude shall fall into it. The #nations shall #mourn, and all those who remain shall be overcome with #grief. For from the least, even to the greatest, they have all forsaken The Word of The Lord!
Therefore, I call My beloved to choose #starvation, to forsake all this worldly #food. For only that which comes down from #Heaven has life in it, and only those who #eat of the #manna which I shall give them shall be satisfied; yea, they shall be lifted up, #high upon #healing #wings! For this world is awash in #sin, every cup overflows with abomination, every way leads to death. Thus those who take #pleasure in unrighteousness shall be #cut off, and those who choose evil shall be #condemned. And so it begins, the short #season of him #cast down, when evil reigns in all the earth.
Thus says The Lord, The Risen One: Therefore, I call My beloved ones to be #sober and vigilant, because their enemy, the adversary, stalks about like a roaring #lion, seeking whom he might devour. Behold, he stalks his #prey and grabs hold by that which dwells within their hearts. Therefore, beloved, take every #thought captive and resist the #devil. Believe not the lies, nor give into fear, nor doubt; be steadfast, immovable, abounding in #faith. For I am with you. For as it is written: I am the #image of The #Invisible God, The Firstborn over all #creation. By Me were all things created, both #visible and invisible, in the heavens and on earth. Whether thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers, all things that are and were created were created through Me and for Me. I am before all things, and in Me all things consist.
Therefore, give heed to My #words and understand. For as I had spoken to My friends in times past, so now do I also %speak to you. For the #time has come and is coming and is already here, when all #signs and wonders shall be made manifest, when all #prophecy shall be fulfilled. Rejoice, for your #redemption draws near! And though the time of great sorrows has come in, hold #fast, for these days shall be shortened... No more #pain, no more #tears, no more death, all sorrows passing away, #rebirth, a time of refreshing which shall never end.
Therefore, #remember My words and have #peace:
One #Son, The Only #Way to The #Father...
One Truth, One Word, One Messiah, One Spirit;
One #Food, One #Bread and One Drink...
Of which I am all,
The All in All.
#prophecy #prophet #Jesus #Yeshua #Christ #Messiah #God #church #bible #scripture #christian #christianity #JesusChrist #HolySpirit #Savior #Saviour #Lord
The art world is a wonderful illustration of the First Law of Success. (Hint: It's not talent or hard work.)
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In 1917, Marcel Duchamp walked into a plumbing supply store in New York City and selected what’s known as a Bedfordshire-style urinal from the array of bathroom fixtures on offer. When he returned to his studio with his gleaming porcelain find, he laid it on its back, signed it “R. Mutt,” named it Fountain, and called it art. Displayed at an angle and out of its normal context, it was oddly beautiful, but aesthetics weren’t really the point. Duchamp submitted the signed urinal to the Society of Independent Artists—which he served as the founder and director of—for exhibition. The society was so forward-thinking that its stated purpose, in fact, was to avoid the highbrow selectivity of stuffy museums. Instead, curators vowed to accept works by anyone who wished to be included, as long as they paid a small membership fee. The exhibition was the largest of its kind, and it nonjudgmentally featured art by big names and complete unknowns in the same space.
[IMG]But Fountain was too much even for the society’s open-minded curators. Not only did Duchamp anonymously submit a functional, premade object to an art exhibit, which was unheard of at the time, but he chose a deeply impolite urinal. The society balked, refusing to display the piece. And so Fountain met an unceremonious end. Only a single photograph of it, by Alfred Stieglitz, survives. The urinal itself was presumably discarded in an early-twentieth-century trash heap, buried among the flotsam and jetsam of a bygone era.
The point Duchamp was making, though, lives on. The piece was an in-your-face provocation, one that shook the very foundation of the art world. Today, many art historians consider Fountain to be the single most important work of modern art. To give you a sense of its importance, Dimitri Daskalopoulos, a Greek collector, forked over almost $2 million in 1997, and not even for the discarded original. He paid that sum for one of seventeen replicas released fifty years later by Duchamp’s dealer. “For me,” Daskalopoulos said, “it represents the origins of contemporary art.”
Fountain illustrates how difficult it is to understand success in areas where quality and performance are inherently absent.
Fountain illustrates how difficult it is to understand success in areas where quality and performance are inherently absent. As an art collector myself, I’m choosing my words carefully. But I do mean to say that there is no quality in art. I’m not being disparaging. I make time to visit contemporary art museums and stop by galleries in every city I travel to. Still, I’m also taken aback by the extraordinary value of some of these pieces, especially considering these price tags do not reflect inherent quality. The simple truth is we have no way of objectively determining the value of any work of art or the performance of its maker. And so all forms of art—poetry, sculpture, novels, even a badly executed interpretive dance—are, essentially, priceless. So how, then, do we explain the myriad of masterpieces that have fetched more than a hundred million dollars in recent decades?
The art world is a wonderful illustration of the First Law of Success:
Performance drives success, but when performance can’t be measured, networks drive success.
If we have metrics to use—on the tennis court, say, or in your business’s quarterly reports—it is performance that drives success. It’s easy to spot the difference between a professional athlete and an amateur when they play the links side by side. We respond by rewarding excellent performers financially and socially, often in disproportionate measure. But if you hang a piece of modern art next to a child’s finger painting, grumpy uncles are wont to say that they look exactly the same. I don’t agree, but they do have a point: determining which work is “better” is sometimes a tricky proposition. We can take cues from context and make an educated guess. One hangs on a kitchen refrigerator, the other on a gallery wall. One hangs in a small-town gallery, the other in New York’s MoMA. One sells for $50, the other for $5 million. The Duchampian reality is that these cues shape our perception, frame our understanding, and set the market price. They are also shaped by networks.
The key to success in the art world? Networks, networks, networks
I have spent the past two decades documenting how networks work in numerous realms from genetics to business, but until recently, anyway, art was not one of them. That’s because the art world is as secretive as the Swiss banking system. So much so that even art world insiders—the very people whose job is to help particular artists on their path to success—often have a limited understanding of why a particular work lands in a major museum or sells for dazzling sums at auction.
Luckily, data is a genie that’s hard to keep stuffed in a bottle. When I dropped in on a meeting with Chris Riedl, a young faculty member at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University, and his postdoc, Sam Fraiberger, I expected to learn more about Chris’s research into T-shirt sales. But my ears perked up at the end of the meeting, when Sam mentioned that he had access to a massive trove of data pertaining to the art world.
And according to Sam, here it was: really big data, capturing the careers of roughly half a million artists working worldwide from 1980 to 2016. It contained details on hundreds of thousands of exhibitions at more than 14,000 galleries and close to 8,000 museums over the thirty-five-year time frame. It also included information about the nearly 3 million artworks sold at auction during that same period. The data was provided to us by Magnus Resch, a German art historian living in New York, who built Magnus, an app designed to help art lovers recognize and price artwork in galleries and museums.
The Magnus data allowed us to pull up an artist at random and examine his or her full artistic career. For example, I was curious about Mark Grotjahn, an abstract painter featured recently in the New York Times for doing something unusual in the art world: he took an active role in managing his own career, sidestepping dealers and setting his own prices. That’s taboo—but, at least in his case, highly effective. Using Magnus’s data set, I could look at Grotjahn in isolation, observing the rapid increase in prices that his tactics induced. Grotjahn sold only one painting at his second solo show—for a lowly $1,750—and none at his first. In the mid-2000s, he started exhibiting very aggressively, which boosted his sales. His best sale to date, in 2017, was for almost $17 million for a piece on auction at Christie’s in New York. This is helpful information if you’re interested in Mark Grotjahn and curious about the worth of his art. But if we want to capture how Grotjahn got where he is, we need to look past his specific individual career and examine the unseen network responsible for his success. Because that network isn’t specific to Grotjahn. In fact, all artists’ success relies on it.
Examples of work by abstract painter Mark Grotjahn. From left to right: Untitled (Pink Butterfly MO2G), Untitled (Three-tiered Perspective), and Untitled (Full Color Butterfly for Hillary 47.22)/Gagosian
Multiple dependencies govern how the art world places value on an individual work. Artists derive prestige from their affiliations with specific galleries and museums; in turn, the prestige of these institutions stems from the perceived importance of the artists they represent and exhibit. In other words, there’s a symbiotic relationship between artists and institutions, and it’s based on little more than mutual belief in one another. Artists want nothing more than to have their work exhibited at esteemed galleries, and galleries succeed or fail by attracting well-regarded artists. That means that prestige in the art world is as subjective as it is valuable. And value is created by invisible and visible influences; numerous, often conflicting interests; and lots and lots of money.
The Magnus data set offered us a way to observe and analyze the millions of tacit transactions that determine the emergence of influence in art. By reconstructing the exhibition histories of half a million artists, we could unveil the network that offered access to coveted institutions. We did so by mapping the unseen links that shape how artists move among galleries and museums. Two institutions—say, Museum A and Gallery B—are linked if an artist who exhibited at Museum A moves next to Gallery B.
Why is this a meaningful way to link institutions? Because curators look to one another to validate their decisions. If a gallery sees that an artist is exhibited by other institutions whose instincts it trusts, it’s far more likely to take that artist on. So moving your artwork from A to B is not merely a transaction. It’s preceded by a lot of research, consideration, and valuation on the part of gallerists and curators.
No matter the field, discipline, or industry, if we want to succeed, we must master the networks…The harder it is to measure performance, the less performance matters.
The outcome of our effort was a map that captured how art moves around the world. There were a few major hubs, which represented the few institutions that were linked to an exceptional number of other institutions. The network’s hubs were, without exception, the art world’s most influential galleries and museums—New York’s MoMA, Guggenheim, and Gagosian Gallery, trailed closely by the Pace Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—all American exhibition spaces. These were densely linked to European institutions like the Tate, Centre Pompidou, and Reina Sofia.
If your work is exhibited at one of these hubs, it’s as if you hop onto a merry-go-round of success, looping around and around to other major institutions with ease. Your sales and the skyrocketing price tags on your work also become a foregone conclusion. These hubs are the conduits of artistic success. By showing at major galleries or museums, you’re guaranteed to be a superstar in the art world.
But as we looked more carefully at artists’ routes to success, we found that there are only a select number of galleries that will catapult your career to superstardom. Instead, most galleries and museums are part of tightly knit communities that are so busy networking among themselves that they hardly connect to the main cluster. If you’re an artist working with one of these “island” galleries, and another one of its institutions opens its gates to you, you can easily access all other galleries on that island. But you’ll be trapped there—none of them can teleport you to the mainland, where the action is.
Reframing how to get to the top
Performance needs to be empowered by opportunity. It’s time to reframe the all-too-frequent assumption that aiming for the top means scraping our way up from the bottom. If performance in all professional realms were as cut-and-dried as in tennis, that might work. But climbing the corporate ladder isn’t realistic if we can’t prove we’re the best at what we do. Instead, we need to bring the corner office or that prestigious gallery or that hoped-for interview closer to us.
The Gamble by J.K. Rofling
How? Replace the corporate ladder with a social bridge. We never work in isolation—even when we think we do. Our collective definition of success requires us to think about the ways that our work impacts others. If we want to bring the world-up-there nearer to our doorsteps, we need to find the hubs that can accelerate our trajectories and reach out to them. We need the ambition to aim for the top right away. That’s what Ivy League applicants and skillful young tennis players do. That’s what the big names in the art world do. And that’s what good networkers do. No matter the field, discipline, or industry, if we want to succeed, we must master the networks. Because as the First Law of Success reminds us, the harder it is to measure performance, the less performance matters.
Adapted from The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success. Copyright © 2018 by Albert-László Barabási. Used with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York. All rights reserved.
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1/31/06 From The Lord, Our God and Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The Lord God of #Israel, The God of #Abraham, The God of #Isaac, The God of #Jacob, The God of all: I AM THE I AM, The Only God. I am The All in All, Maker of all that is #heaven and #earth. I AM. And nothing in all #creation exists apart from Me, for even all things have come into being by My #voice. For I am #YAHUWAH, He who causes to be; even I am He, #YAHUSHUA, by whom all things consist.
Yet you, O unholy church of #men, have polluted My #name! You have departed from The Way, and you have desecrated The #Holy #Covenant! Behold, you have altogether despised My Word and My #Law! For you do always pick the scab and refuse the #ointment, a people covered with #sores! Thus you shall receive of the #curse in full! Says The Lord God. Yes, according to your works, so shall you receive recompense in full, until you are utterly consumed!
Therefore hear the Word of The Lord, for thus says The Lord, yes I, The Only Lord of Hosts: The Word of My mouth speaks, and so it comes to pass. I think, and so it is and shall be. And behold, I curse, and it is cursed. For I #cast down the wicked and cause the lofty to fall. I throw down the strongholds of the rebellious and break apart every false #foundation. For I AM HE who has punished great #kings and brought #plagues upon their #people. I AM HE who has #cast down the #mighty and destroyed whole #nations. Behold, I abase the #pride of the #pagan and #punish the wickedness of the #heathen with #death! I break the #idols in pieces and cause the graven #image to fall on its #face! For I am a great king, says The Lord, and My name is to be feared among the nations!
Yet I am not without #mercy, for My #promises stand and My Holy Covenant endures forever. Therefore, when one comes to Me in the name of The #Son, in sincerity and in #truth, they are #forgiven, even forever and ever. Amen. For I said, “Let there be a #Lamb without #spot or #blemish, sacrificed for the #atonement of #sin,” and so it was, “And let The Lamb be The Son of God, The Holy One of Israel, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be #blessed,” and so it is, forever and ever! Sing #halleluYah! Let My people cry out, “God is with us!”
Yet you have not sung, nor have I heard you #cry out in the name of The Holy One of Israel, nor have you given thanks in His holy name! YOU REFUSE TO #DRINK FROM MY #CUP! Instead you #pollute it, you #defile it, as you #pour it upon the #ground; coming before Me in the name of those who went before you, of whom you have not known, offering up #supplications in the name of the dead; having altogether become as the pagan and the heathen, as those who worshiped the #queen of heaven, teaching as #doctrine abomination, laying one #transgression upon another throughout your #generations! Shall I not then require it at your #hand?!
And yet your pomp reaches higher than the #mountains, and your #false #piety extends to the ends of the earth! WOE TO YOU! Woe to your sons and daughters! Woe to every #disciple who follows you and drinks from the cups of your fornications, taking part in your abominations! WOE TO ALL PEOPLE, WHO HIDE IN THE #BOSOM OF THE #PRINCE OF #DARKNESS!
Thus says The Lord God, who is and was and is to come, The Almighty: As I have spoken, so shall I #speak; as I am, so shall I be. Therefore, hear the Word of My mouth and give heed to My speech, and turn from this evil way you uphold, lest I come upon you suddenly and #tear you in pieces! Says The Lord.
For among you are wicked men, who like #fowlers lie in wait and set #traps, that they might catch men. Behold, with practiced speech and a lying #tongue they ensnare them, that they might go into captivity together! As a #cage full of detestable #birds, so are all your #houses of #worship, O unholy church of men!
Behold, your leaders have grown #fat with deceit, truth has perished among them; it has altogether been #cut off from their mouth! For your seers swear falsely, and your #leaders do not cease from speaking blasphemies with a practiced and lying tongue, and your appointed #kings and #bishops #rule by their own #authority! And oh how your people #love to have it so... Yet what will you do in the end?
Thus says The Lord God, whose #throne is set #high above the heavens, The Creator of Heaven and Earth: As I have spoken, so shall I speak; as I am, so shall I be. Therefore hear the Word of My mouth, and give heed to My speech, and turn from this wicked way you have chosen, lest I come upon you suddenly and tear you in pieces! Says The Lord.
For The Lord God hates abomination, yet vines of wickedness have sprung up, reaching to the ends of the earth. For the fruit of the people is corrupt, their bounty wickedness, producing only rebellion against The Lord! Yet you, O church of harlots, are worse still! For with what can I compare you, and who are you like? You are a whole congregation of sly and deceitful snakes, a vicious den of vipers from which a great hissing has come forth against The Lord and His anointed, a den of thieves who cease not from robbing Me, captive #children whose fathers persecuted and murdered those sent to them!
_Throughout your generations,
You have been murderers!
From the beginning, you were scoundrels!...
Even to this day you persecute My messengers,
And stone those sent to you in word and by deed,
That you might continue to poison your own people!
Behold, your heresies have no end!...
SHALL I NOT PUNISH YOU
FOR THESE THINGS?!...
SHALL I NOT AVENGE MYSELF
UPON A CHURCH SUCH AS THIS?!_
Yet you say, “We are sovereign. We are set apart from the nations and sit as queen. We set the times and declare the seasons. See, we have given birth to many kings, and have grown #rich beyond measure. Thus our princes shall reign supreme.”
Therefore, thus declares The Sovereign Lord who reigns from Heaven: Because you have not shut your mouth from speaking blasphemies, and have not drawn back your hand from all your abominations, to both practice them and to #teach them, and because you have endeavored to change The #Commandments of The Lord, even to set yourselves up as the standard, declaring your own #glory before men, AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE POLLUTED THE HOLY COVENANT BY YOUR EVERY WORD AND DEED, so also shall I open My mouth against you, so also shall I stretch out My hand against you, until you are utterly consumed! Declares The Lord. Therefore take up a lamentation on the desolate heights, bring forth a bitter weeping in all the earth! FOR THE LORD HAS REJECTED AND FORSAKEN THE #GENERATION OF HIS WRATH!
O unholy church of men, I take no #pleasure in you. You are an abhorrence to Me, your #faith is dead, and the #fruit of your doings brings forth death, says The Lord. For you do not give heed to My words, nor do you obey My Commandments; My every statute you have torn asunder. You do always reject My Word; from My ways you are far removed.
Behold, you have taken it upon yourselves to change MY Word and MY Commandments, teaching as law the doctrines and traditions of men, which I hate, to the continual blaspheming of My spirit! How long shall I suffer you?! I can not endure all this iniquity! You are perverse, a church overflowing with iniquity, harlotries beyond measure! Your offerings are not accepted, all your supplications are rejected; behold, they are a foul stench in My nostrils, a rancid taste in My mouth! Therefore you must be purged, I must vomit you out!
_O unholy church of men, #mother of all fornications,
How long shall you tempt The Lord your God?!...
How long shall you bring before Me defiled offerings,
Making supplications in the name of the dead?!...
How long shall you deceive yourselves, as you continue
To place your #hope in those who have fallen asleep?!...
For I tell you the truth, even by all you say and do,
Do you cause your people to sin, even to crucify
Their Savior again and again in their hearts._
For the people come to you, to you and your appointed “fathers”, seeking forgiveness, which I said you shall not do. Your appointed fathers are guilty; they remain in their sins! Nor can praying in the name of Mary, using vain repetition, save you, which I said you shall not do. THE SONS OF MEN CAN NOT FORGIVE SINS! MARY IS NOT THE WAY!
Mary was My beloved #servant and #vessel, who also was in need of #redemption by Him who created her and through whom she was made. Mary sleeps, she is dead, and her sepulcher remains with you to this day. Is she assured of life in The #Kingdom? She is. Because though she bore The Victory#, she humbled herself before Him, knowing in herself that The Son she bore first bore her; being both her Son and her Father, her Lord and her God from Heaven; also being her brother, both being children of David and of God in the earthly places.
I tell you the truth, all have sinned, all have fallen short of glory. There is none righteous, no, not one. Shall you then pray to the vessel, or to The Maker who formed it? And shall you hold the #handmaiden of The Lord in high regard, and make for yourselves graven images, though I said this you shall not do? Therefore I tell you plainly, by your own hands you have transgressed The Commandment, and by your own #fingers you have sinned against The Lord your God! YEA, BY ALL YOUR DOINGS, YOU HAVE SURELY FORSAKEN AND BETRAYED THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!
Behold, even your consciences are defiled, and upon your knees you commit #idolatry without ceasing! Did Mary suffer for your iniquities? Did Mary bear your sins on the #tree? Was #Mary crucified for you? Was Mary raised from the dead, and by her #life do you now live? Can anyone in need of #redemption #redeem another?! Only He, who is completely blameless, may redeem those who have fallen. Therefore if one commits themselves to a faith which is dead, then with the dead they must #sleep, having denied The Truth and The #Life sent to them, #crucified and raised, The Lord your Righteousness, The Only Way.
Therefore thus says The Lord God, The Holy One of Israel: Stop worshiping the dead! Worship Me by Him who alone is #holy, being altogether as The Father, the very same as God. For before the foundation of the world, I AM, with The Christ forever seated at My right hand; The Father and The Son are One. By Him do all things consist, and through Him all was made, even all these worlds.
_HYPOCRITES! WOE TO YOU!...
Woe to you who testify falsely on My behalf!
Woe to you who teach as doctrine the commandments of men!
Woe to you who pervert the Way of The Lord
Among the people, and profane My holy things!...
I DO NOT KNOW YOU, NOR DO YOU
HAVE ANY PART WITH ME AT ALL!...
For the Way of The Lord is set apart and holy, My Law is holy,
And My Commandments, holy, just and good...
Says The Lord._
Thus says The Lord, whose way is in the whirlwind and in the #storm, and the #clouds are the #dust of His feet: O unholy church of adulteries, you speak as though you know Me, yet you do not know Me. You have forsaken Me! For you are an estranged #woman, who knows not that she is accursed. For the musings of your #heart have been evil from your beginnings; from your very #foundation your wickedness has not ceased!
Therefore I will indeed draw near to you for JUDGMENT, I will indeed stretch out My hand against you for RECOMPENSE, and you shall be torn in pieces! For you have robbed Me, says The Lord, and have not ceased from perverting My way amongst the people! Behold, you continue to #pollute My name in all the earth, even to this day!
Therefore, turn! Says The Lord. Turn aside from this wicked way you uphold, from this evil #path you have chosen, and return to Me! Turn aside, and now follow The #Shepherd in spirit and in truth, and I also shall return to you. Hear His voice and #obey the Word of His mouth, heed His every commandment; turn not to the right hand, nor to the left, but walk in His ways.
Beloved children, I say this once again, so you may be saved: Come out! Come out from among them and be separate! Says The Lord. And no more touch what is unclean, and I will receive you! Cast away the commandments of men, and obey not the word of your forefathers. Turn away from the counsel of your appointed bishops and kings, and shut your ears to the words of your priests and false fathers; fully shun the ways of your founders. For their every doctrine rests upon the sands of abomination, all their ways are corrupt. And no more give reverence to your “holy see”, for this is most contemptible in My sight. Break #free from all this insolence before The Lord, and I may yet have #mercy upon you.
_Beloved children, there is but One Way...
Yes, He who is called Jesus The Christ,
He is The Only Way...
Therefore follow close behind Him,
In His very footsteps,
And you shall surely live and not die...
Says The Lord whose dominion is everlasting
And whose authority is absolute,
The Only Lord God of Hosts, The I AM._
#prophecy #prophet #Jesus #Yeshua #Christ #Messiah #God #church #bible #scripture #christian #christianity #JesusChrist #HolySpirit #Savior #Saviour #Lord
Study of trial at New Zealand firm finds staff were both happier and more productive
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#HackerNews #but #cut #finds #four-day #lower #output #stress #study #trial #week
Analysis of one of the biggest trials yet of the four-day working week has revealed no fall in output, decreases in stress and increased staff engagement, fuelling hopes that a better work-life-balance for millions could finally be in sight.
Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day week to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the total amount of work done, a study of the trial released on Tuesday has revealed.
The trial was monitored by academics at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. Among the Perpetual Guardian staff they found scores given by workers about leadership, stimulation, empowerment and commitment all increased compared with a 2017 survey.
Andrew Barnes, managing director of Perpetual Guardian.
‘Groundbreaking’: Andrew Barnes, managing director of Perpetual Guardian. Photograph: Perpetual Guardian
The biggest increases were in commitment and empowerment. Staff stress levels were down from 45% to 38%. Work-life balance scores increased from 54% to 78%.
“We’ve been treated like adults and I think as a result everyone is behaving like adults,” said Tammy Barker, a branch manager who was part of the trial that cut the working week from from 37.5 hours to 30.
The eight-week experiment was closely watched by employers and policymakers around the world.
In the UK, the Wellcome Trust science funding body is considering switching its 800 head office staff to a four-day week, and Perpetual Guardian has been inundated with more than 350 requests for information about the trial from 28 countries. Most have come from organisations in the UK, followed by Australia, the US and Germany.
The Labour party has commissioned a study of the possibilities of a four-day week. However, early research points to the complexity of achieving productivity gains in major industries like retail, where being present is a key part of the job.
In the UK, average working hours have been increasing since the financial crisis, and questions have been raised about how far people working in frontline occupations such as nursing or the police could cut their hours without reducing the public service they provide.
Smaller companies experimenting with the four-day week have found performance has been better in the first few weeks as excitement about the project took hold, before falling slightly.
“The biggest concern from an employer point of view is ensuring that the full-time introduction of the policy doesn’t lead to complacency, with the risk that people’s productivity will slip back,” Barker said.
“To guard against this happening we’ve spent a lot of time making sure every person in every team has their own plan as to how they’re going to maintain and even improve their productivity.”
Shopper in Karangahape in Auckland city, New Zealand
People used the additional day off for some of the same leisure activity they would have done at the weekend. Photograph: Alamy
But she said that she had personally found that working less increased her focus on tasks, and she was no longer jumping from one thing to the next.
“I was actually finishing projects before moving on to the next one, and by the end of the day found I was accomplishing more than trying to multitask everything,” she said.
“I did find that my productivity increased purely by being more aware of my work processes and thinking about how I was doing things and why I was doing them. At the same time, I didn’t feel any more stressed at work probably because I was really focussing on the tasks at hand and because I had the extra day off to compensate for the increased work rate.”
People used the additional day off for some of the same leisure activity they would have done at the weekend, such as golf or watching Netflix, but new activities emerged too, according to Jarrod Haar, professor of human resource management at the Auckland University of Technology.
These included “spending time with parents”, “spending much-needed time studying”, and “cleaning the house on a Wednesday and then having the weekend free”.
“Managers reported their teams were more creative after the trial,” he said. “It involved them finding solutions to doing their work in four days, so this reflected well. Importantly, they rated their teams as giving better customer service – they were more engaging and focussed when clients and customers called.”
He said significantly lower job stress and burnout was reported, with work-life balance levels achieving record highs.
“Beyond wellbeing, employees reported their teams were stronger and functioned better together, more satisfied with their jobs, more engaged and they felt their work had greater meaning,” he said. “They also reported being more committed to the organisation and less likely to look elsewhere for a job.”
Perpetual Guardian’s founder and chief executive, Andrew Barnes, said: “Having implemented the four-day week on an opt-in basis we are continuing to identify ways to raise productivity and improve engagement, wellbeing and job satisfaction within this groundbreaking model of flexibility.”
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\#HackerNews #999 #cut #intake #pfas #scientists #the #tolerable
On October 4, 2018, an Ohio firefighter and a former corporate defense attorney filed a class-action lawsuit representing every American citizen with a certain class of chemicals in their blood — about 98% of the US population, all in all.
The chemicals used as criteria in the suit are called PFASs (pronounced "pee-fass"), and are unregulated at the federal level. PFASs are found in the blood of almost all American adults, making a class of chemicals perhaps one of the most unifying American characteristics of our time.
PFASs are found in the blood of almost all American adults, making a class of chemicals perhaps one of the most unifying American characteristics of our time
The suit is seeking to make companies that produce PFASs pay for studies that would rigorously track the health effects of the chemicals. We donʼt have a very clear picture regarding how PFASs impact human health or how the compounds behave in the environment.
What we do know is bad. Some PFASs are associated with cancer, developmental effects, liver problems, and immune system impairment in humans and other species. PFASs are currently wreaking havoc in highly exposed communities across the country, with more uncertain but concerning effects related to low-level chronic exposures across the general population.
PFASs producers started to realize these risks well before they shared this information to the public, and cooperated with the EPA to phase out the most toxic types of PFAS, called PFOA and PFOS, in the 2000s. PFOS is also restricted by an international agreement, the Stockholm Convention. Other versions of PFASs are still being produced and introduced into the environment at high levels, with uncertain consequences for living creatures.
I grew up in two areas with high PFASs concentrations documented in water. I had no idea they were there until I started pursuing a PhD in environmental chemistry.
Even with this degree, it can be difficult to determine PFAS exposure, though they are literally all around and inside us. How many other Americans unknowingly drink or swim in contaminated water, like I did? According to recent research and modeling, drinking water with unsafe PFASs levels has likely reached millions.
These pollutants were invented in a burst of ingenious yet short-sighted organic chemistry in the 1940s, and have since come to be known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS or PFASs, previously PFCs or perfluorocarbons).
A PFAS molecule consists of a chain of carbons with fluorine atoms attached, with some additional specialized atom group thrown in for flavor, called functional groups. There are many iterations of this structure, but they all fall under the PFASs family umbrella because they heavily rely on the carbon-fluorine (C-F) bond.
The C-F bond is one of the strongest bonds in chemistry, and it renders powerless an arsenal of chemical and environmental mechanisms that degrade other pollutants. The basic PFAS structure is so stable that many degradable versions of PFASs, with fewer C-F bonds, get together in the environment to re-form structures with more C-F bonds, making them more stable — and much more toxic. Itʼs like the chemical equivalent of Gremlins, as "friendly" molecules turn ugly under the right conditions.
This characteristic structure also makes PFASs two-faced: The carbon chain doesn’t like to associate with water, but various functional groups are quite chummy with it. This means that PFASs are both water and oil repellant, an extremely valuable quality that has made them extremely popular in consumer, industrial, and military applications.
As a result, PFASs are everywhere: fire-fighting foams, nonstick cookware like Teflon, stain-resistant carpet, water-resistant clothing, food packaging, compostable plates, some cosmetics, and other consumer products that repel oil, grease, or water. Theyʼve also made their way into air, rain, household dust, glacier ice, the depths of the ocean, wildlife, surface water, and drinking water.
Itʼs like the chemical equivalent of Gremlins, as "friendly" molecules turn ugly under the right conditions
Humans have not escaped PFASs, as the lawsuit duly notes. PFASs in humans primarily come from food and drinking water. Military personnel and industry workers are more exposed through occupational exposures, associated with military bases and production facilities.
Even worse, children have higher PFAS burdens compared to most adults, because they put lots of PFAS-containing stuff in their mouths, spend more time playing on stain-resistant flooring, and receive a starter dose of PFASs from their moms before birth and during breastfeeding.
A PFAS turning point?
The recent class action-suit comes at a critical moment, as improved analytical techniques are identifying more contaminated sites around the country while health researchers continue to set acceptable levels of exposure lower and lower.
In June, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an updated draft toxicological profile for PFASs. A White House aide reportedly described the document as a “public relations nightmare," as it suggests "safe" levels of PFASs are about 10 times lower than the current EPA drinking water guidelines.
The ATSDR report provides minimum risk levels, or concentrations that will likely not translate to appreciable health effects. The new levels are based on health studies that say that PFASs affect the immune system and development at much lower levels than previously thought, particularly for children and other vulnerable people.
For drinking water, this means acceptable concentrations are around 7 parts per trillion of PFOS and 11 parts per trillion for PFOA, according to Laurel Schaider, a research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute. Right now, the EPA’s 2016 guidelines set an acceptable drinking water concentration for PFOA and PFOS at 70 parts per trillion, about ten times higher than the draft reportʼs thresholds.
But just how tiny is a part per trillion you ask? One part per trillion is about one drop of water in an Olympic swimming pool; by the standards in the ATSDR report, a PFASs exposure greater than approximately two thousandth (0.002) of a drop in the average yearly water intake of an American adult could be considered potentially unsafe.
Trying to visualize 0.002 of a drop illustrates what sets apart PFASs from the slew of other chemicals in our environment: they are harmful at really low levels, yet millions of people are subjected to them via drinking water and other sources every day.
PFASs on Capitol Hill
The ubiquity of contamination and mountain of uncertainties regarding PFASs effects have spurred legislation in addition to litigation. The PFAS Accountability Act of 2018 and the PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2018 were introduced to Congress in August and September of 2018. The bills seek to increase and coordinate federal and state level responses to PFASs contamination across the country, and have so far received bipartisan support.
These resources provide more information and resources if youʼre concerned about PFAS contamination in your community:
The PFASs saga will continue to play out in Congress and the courts, yet ultimately consumers hold more direct power than many may realize. As public awareness grows surrounding these compounds, some companies are working to remove PFASs from their products. Consumers can continue to demand and seek out PFASs-free products to help remove these chemicals, still understudied and potentially dangerous, from the consumer arena.
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BuzzFeed is planning to lay off about 15% of its workforce, as the company seeks to reorient itself in a shifting digital-media landscape.
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BuzzFeed is planning to lay off about 15% of its workforce, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company seeks to reorient itself in a shifting digital-media landscape.
The cuts could affect around 250 jobs, the people said. The firm, among the most high-profile digital-native publishers, also is looking to realign its resources to invest more in promising areas of the business like content licensing and e-commerce, one of the people said.
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In this video I show you how I hacked (modified) my CNC router to
cut parts that it can't do on the table.
With this modification I exponentially increased my CNC routers versatility, with a custom made spacer (not really that difficult to build) I can now machine cut things "over the edge" of my cnc bed.