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Rabbit Holes 🕳 #3
From decentralizing education, EVs to gas cars and leisure > work
This week, I’ll have the 3rd edition of Rabbit Holes 🕳 for you, a recurring format in which I’ll share 5 perspective-shifting pieces that I’ve spotted lately. All pieces link to the core idea of Creative Destruction: to explore hidden worlds and perspectives in order to build a better world.
So here we go!
Rabbit Holes 🕳
🏫 Decentralizing Education
Synthesis started as “Ad Astra” school with Elon Musk’s kids and then other employees’ kids at SpaceX. And it has recently become independent, open to everyone and is growing rapidly with massively happy students and parents.
“In typical curricula, kids rarely get the chance to apply their new knowledge. At Synthesis, kids learn concepts in context and master new knowledge by using it to overcome challenges. Every new idea is immediately applicable.”
“Our students compete in teams to run movie studios, curate art collections, confront the challenges of efficiency while colonizing space, find the best networks, manage ocean ecosystems, and more. Unlike traditional school, we put kids in front of hard problems and let them loose. And kids love it.”
→ learn more about Synthesis
📟 Future Brand Growth Is In Capitalizing The Past
“By 2025, global spend on second-hang clothing will reach $77bn. […]
Second hand is the first choice.
Modern wealth capitalizes on the past - of places, objects, institutions, cultural activity and people - and in the stories (histories, heritage, tradition) associated with them. […]
The wealth-mongers of this economy are curators, collectors and creators, who have the power to increase any past thing’s value by linking it into a collection, curating it, and remixing it with the current items and vibes. This process is not limited to things. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities and regions all can be (and are) reinvented.”
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🪁 Leisure > Work?!
“Our modern concept of work is relatively new—only about 300 years old. For most of human history—from the Greeks, to the Romans, to the Middle Ages—leisure was the basis of culture. Only in the 16th century, when the Reformation brought the rise of the Protestant work ethic, did people begin to see work as a way to bring oneself closer to God. The religious aspect of work faded, but faith in hard work persisted, evolving into the modern-day spirit of capitalism.
The shift happening right now in work might be a return to the way things used to be—when work wasn’t the center of society. Younger workers place work differently in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Where an older cohort placed work at the top—self-actualization—younger workers place work at the bottom, fulfilling basic needs like food and shelter.
They don’t live to work; they work to live.”
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🌍 Rest of The World’s Top 100 Tech Changemakers
“While the tech world’s attention is often drawn to Silicon Valley, where the last generation’s unicorns still dominate the discussion, the most exciting innovation and disruption in tech is happening outside the Western world. From Gurgaon to Guangzhou, and from Lagos to Lima, hungry, ambitious entrepreneurs have worked to build platforms, products, and services for the communities they know best and live in. They’re not just making add-on features to existing products, but solving real-world problems with genuine innovations — all while overcoming unique challenges that many entrepreneurs in the West never have to face.”
“From a former investment banker whose startup became India’s largest online cosmetics retailer to a business analyst from Venezuela who launched the country’s only delivery app; from the investor who helps lead a collection of innovation centers across the African continent to an engineer who built a streaming platform that is set to transform the music industry.”
→ check out the full list changemakers
🤡 From EV to Gas Car
A friend recently send me this amazing, funny Twitter thread:
That’s it for this week!