Special Guest PostThe Nextsens­ing Project is today launch­ing a new, free mag­a­zine designed just for you. Let me start by intro­duc­ing the per­son who made it pos­si­ble. Kyle Pier­son has just joined our NextSen­sor team [link], and she brings an inter­est­ing resumé. She has a back­ground in health care pub­lish­ing, writ­ing and edit­ing, col­lege teach­ing, and, most recent­ly, assess­ing archi­tec­ture. Based in St. Peters­burg, Flori­da, Kyle has been on a two-year quest to take the con­cept of “icon­ic” and try to make it mea­sur­able. Her new web­site, iconicornot.com [link], shows a great deal of promise for any­one inter­est­ed in the direc­tion and flow of mod­ern archi­tec­ture. That’s one rea­son why I thought she would be a great NextSensor.

And Kyle is, lit­er­al­ly, rac­ing out of the start­ing gate. She has put togeth­er a new Flip­board jour­nal designed to expand the out­reach of The Nextsens­ing Project. That free jour­nal is acces­si­ble now, and Kyle will guide you how best to get start­ed. I wrote about the promise of Flip­board when it first came out [link]. Lit­tle did I know then that one day we would have a mem­ber of our project team edit­ing a jour­nal tied to the ques­tion that dri­ves all of us: “What’s next?” That day is here.


Klye PiersonDis­rup­tions and Diver­sions — the words sug­gest change is afoot.

It is.

Change upsets estab­lished prac­tices, chal­lenges norms, rocks mar­ket­places, and shakes up societies.

And no one said change is com­fort­able. Let’s face it; rou­tine is com­fort­ing. I try to avoid dis­rup­tions as much as any­one. But when con­front­ed with dis­rup­tive ambi­gu­i­ty, the kind of uncer­tain­ty that can bring down careers if not entire organ­i­sa­tions, the best chance of sal­va­tion is rarely found in return­ing to the past. That’s why most of us in such a sit­u­a­tion try to build a bridge to the future.

There are now 27 peo­ple (world­wide) who are part of The Nextsens­ing Project. They are lead­ing the field in find­ing the best way to help peo­ple answer for them­selves, What’s next? NextSen­sors tend to see change in a pos­i­tive light, and they even find val­ue in con­sid­er­ing ideas that, in the end, may be diver­sions from the best way to con­front major disruptions.

I pro­posed that The Nextsens­ing Project pub­lish a new Flip­board jour­nal because mov­ing from dis­rup­tive ambi­gu­i­ty to new, poten­tial­ly con­struc­tive ideas is, at heart, a jour­ney. Con­sid­er Dis­rup­tions and Diver­sions a bridge to help you start that jour­ney. This jour­nal may not have con­crete solu­tions to what’s chal­leng­ing you today, but it just might have the seeds of think­ing that could help you begin to find pos­si­ble solu­tions, to help you begin a process of new thinking.

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You can call me a cura­tor. At Flip­board, mag­a­zine cura­tors have a pas­sion for a sub­ject. I have a pas­sion for inno­v­a­tive thinkers (in any field) who are not afraid to cross the bridge of new think­ing and have faith that they will arrive at a bet­ter place. As I build this mag­a­zine, I am look­ing for arti­cles about and by inno­va­tors who believe in new ideas and new ways to solve problems.

When I select arti­cles to share with you, I will try to cov­er the gamut — the arts, busi­ness and econ­o­my, soci­ety and com­mu­ni­ties, sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing and health care, edu­ca­tion, and per­son­al wel­fare. In the future, you may see an arti­cle about physics back to back with one about psy­chol­o­gy: it all depends where my research leads me, and what arti­cles you sug­gest I add to our journal.

While pro­to­typ­ing the jour­nal, I have been devel­op­ing a sharp eye for arti­cles cov­er­ing a new way to approach an old prob­lem. The first issue — which you can access right now — includes 53 recent sto­ries picked from many fields and from a wide vari­ety of sources. For instance, you can find cin­ema­graphs illus­trat­ing what rou­tine looks like (and per­haps why it should be bro­ken now and then), news about sug­ar bat­ter­ies, a fold-up elec­tric bike, how one coun­try is find­ing lead­er­ship via works of art, a “smart­phone side­walk” in Chi­na — and many more!

Flip­board has made the col­la­tion of such mate­r­i­al into a neat, quick, easy-to-read pack­age. It’s bril­liant. That may be one rea­son why the July 2014 issue of Entre­pre­neur [link] pro­filed its suc­cess with a great back­ground sto­ry on the two peo­ple who came up with the con­cept, Mike McCue and Evan Doll:

Four years after hit­ting Apple’s App Store, Flip­board boasts more than 100 mil­lion active read­ers and adds 250,000 to 300,000 users every day. The com­pa­ny touts direct part­ner­ships with more than 8,000 pub­lish­ers. … Flip­board is now avail­able for oth­er Apple devices, as well as prod­ucts run­ning Google’s Android, Win­dows 8 and Black­Ber­ry; there are ver­sions of the app opti­mised for Amazon’s Kin­dle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Along the way, the firm has inked con­tent deals with media giants like Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, Time , Condé Nast, ESPN, Hearst and The New York Times Company.

How To Subscribe

The eas­i­est way to access our new mag­a­zine is to down­load the Flip­board appli­ca­tion onto your tablet from your nor­mal app provider or go to Flip­board direct­ly [link]. Once on your tablet, open the app and search for the title “Dis­rup­tions and Diver­sions”, then click the “Fol­low” but­ton. One dif­fer­ence between a print mag­a­zine and a Flip­board is that sto­ries aren’t list­ed in a table of con­tents. Turn the pages with a flick of the fin­ger and dis­cov­er some­thing new (and poten­tial­ly valu­able) on every page.

If you are not yet into tablets, you can also read the pub­li­ca­tion via any brows­er [link].

Dis­rup­tions & Diver­sions arti­cles will be gleaned from a vari­ety of sources and curat­ed through­out each month. The newest arti­cles appear first and old­er arti­cles are then auto­mat­i­cal­ly archived. Dots on the bot­tom of Flip­board pages rep­re­sent a time­line start­ing at the cre­ation date. The dots denote quick links to the most recent addi­tions. The jour­nal will grow much larg­er over time, but the fresh mate­r­i­al will always be up front.

I hope you’ll enjoy read­ing our new online jour­nal. If you have a spe­cial request or a sug­ges­tion for a great arti­cle (or just your thoughts and reac­tions to what I’m pub­lish­ing), please email me at flipboard@nextsensing.com [link]. Meet you on the bridge.

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