Reading Forward for a Stronger Relationship and State

Your weekly 5 things from the mind of Miles Lasater

Happy Saturday! Here are your 5 things from the mind of Miles for this week.

  1. Worked at a Venture Studio? As I continue my deep-dive into the world of venture studios (aka startup studios), I’m looking for people that have worked at one. Would you please introduce me to a CEO or cofounder of a company that came out of a venture studio? I’m interested in hearing about their experience and how to improve it.

  2. Curious Learning Podcast. I hosted Curious Learning cofounder and Executive Director, Tinsley,  on my podcast. As Chair of the Board, I’m certainly passionate about the mission. Tune in to hear more about why working on literacy is at the root of so many other issues. As Tinsley says: “You earn 40% more over the course of your lifetime you live 26 years longer if you're literate, there's direct impacts on your health, your ability to access resources of understand how to take care of yourself and your health, how subject you are to being radicalized and its impact on world peace or or human trafficking or child labor.”

  3. Not Left or Right But Forward. It’s not too late to pre-order Andrew Yang’s new book Forward. It is worth the read. While I don’t agree with him on everything, we need more politicians like him. And many of his policy ideas are great! I was originally skeptical of a third party given our winner-take-all voting system, but his approach could work. If you don’t have to leave your current party to join the Forward party, they could cut through some of the coordination problems. Regardless, I want more people choosing country over party.

  4. Gottman Card Decks. I’m a Gottman fan. They promise a research-based approach to creating long-lasting happy marriages. Sign me up. I want my friends to benefit, too. In my eagerness to share, I once gave 7 Principles as a wedding gift. A bit cringe worthy - I know! (Please still invite me to your wedding. I promise I’ve learned to give better gifts.) Recently, I learned about the Gottman card decks app that provides free conversation prompts for couples. While the material may be from Eight Dates or other books, it is great to have in a convenient format. 

  5. Limits to Growth EA-Style. A theme around here is vision of our economic future. Are we at the beginning of infinity or about to hit the great filter? Here is an argument for why we are living in the most important century. The author admits it sounds wild. What do you think? 

Until next week,

Miles