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Weekend reading list – week of October 5

October 9, 2015

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of September 28.

All the Single Ladies
Attention, all you single women: no, you’re not dreaming. There really aren’t enough men out there! Why are so many women having trouble finding a suitable partner? Where are all the quality single men? Jon Birger, author of Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, takes a look at the facts.
Read it on Vice

Leadership and corporate culture
A hundred years, ago, business leaders were seen as uncompromising dictators. Fifty years later, they had become motivators. So what is their role today? According to the firm Wolff Olins, business leaders are now the chief designers of company culture, somewhere between mentors and innovation catalysts.
Read it on The Wolff Olins Report

China’s nouveaux riches
The fuerdai (pronounced “foo-arr-dye”) are to China what Paris Hilton was to the U.S. a decade ago, only less tasteful! But for the Communist Party, these living symbols of China’s social and cultural transformation aren’t just a source of public embarrassment, they’re an economic and political threat.
Read it on Bloomberg Business Review

A new and improved Reddit?
A brand new platform for sharing links with no voting or trolling, but guided by a clear editorial philosophy. Sound interesting? Introducing Upvoted, the new site from the team that brought you Reddit.
Read it on Inc.com

Bla bla bla
In an era of text messages, e-mails and a steady stream of social media alerts, do we still talk to one another? Sherry Turkle, a professor of social studies of science and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies human behaviour as it relates to smartphones. Her view: it’s high time we started talking to each other again!
Read it on Longreads

Reading recommendation of the week :
David and Goliath, by Malcom Gladwell. A long time ago in Palestine, a young shepherd accomplished the unimaginable feat of bringing down a powerful warrior armed to the teeth. With that miraculous victory by a person standing no chance of success, David and Goliath became the eternal symbols of a struggle between unequal opponents. But was David’s fight really that hopeless? Essayist and New Yorker journalist Malcolm Gladwell explores the David and Goliath myth, the weaknesses of the strong and the strengths of the weak.

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Recommended by Jacques Blanchet, senior account manager with DDB Canada and a member of the 15×15 group.

In Your Earphones :
Re/code Decode. In a special one-hour interview, host Kara Swisher meets with author and actress Lena Dunham and producer Jenni Konner to talk about their new newsletter, Lenny.
Listen to it on Re/code

Happy reading!

– The TP1 team

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