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ICYMI – In Case You Missed It – November 2015 – for Physicians and Physician Leaders

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. — Steve Jobs

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  • Raising two children today can be hard. This report is pretty insane. Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media, report says. Will they have the ability to solve complex issues society faces if they cannot too deep concentrated thought?
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  • Whether you agree or disagree with President Obama, he has plenty of insights in his interview with Bill Simmons. One in particular regarding social media is an area which every leader in any organization must develop expertise. Otherwise without it, the ability to develop a brand and consistent message as well as creating a narrative is lost in a society increasingly fragmented in how they access and consume information.
  • You win the election in 2008, and Twitter is just becoming a thing. Over the course of your presidency, that’s the biggest thing that’s changed. What’s the biggest challenge with all that stuff?
  • Speed. You are on 24/7—you have to respond immediately. The job of our office, to keep up and to respond quickly to anything that’s happening but not be consumed by it, is completely different. We’ve been building a digital team inside the White House.
  • When did that start?
  • Too late. That’s an example of something that I would’ve started earlier. That was a lesson that coming out of the first term, I should’ve understood. That’s why we built this team. It’s so interesting watching my daughters. Both are complete ninjas on the phone, right? And they can do things that I don’t even understand—they’re doing it in two seconds. But I even see a difference between Malia, who’s 17, and Sasha, who’s 14. There’s almost a mini-generational gap in terms of Sasha being so connected seamlessly to this smartphone in a way that Malia, who was already a little bit older when it really started to take, is not.
  • The ability to multitask with 19 different friends at the same time…
  • Yeah. And just the degree to which her social life is so connected to that. So it’s not just having to change how we do business inside the White House to react to stories, but also, how do we tell a story about issues to constituencies that are completely splintered, who don’t watch television in the same way, who don’t watch the news in the same way? In some ways we’re just laying the foundation for what I assume will be the standard practice of future presidents.

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE is 30 years old. Documentary Back in Time (available on Netflix) highlights how this film is “the nearly perfect film” with a script that defies the common Hollywood convention of a story arc taught by Bob McKee, the tough judgment call by directors to replace Eric Roberts with Michael J Fox, and how no one wanted to produce this film. In 1985, writers got a lot of predictions for 2015 right (drones taking photos for news, 1980s themed restaurants, video conferencing at home, magnetic hoverboards) . What will the next 30 years bring? People will own fewer things and work will be decentralized.

What did I miss? What else would you add? 

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