February 29, 2024: How Many People Do You Need to Change the Culture?

“Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated.”

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We hand-picked 3 good articles for you to highlight this week. Hope they'll help you get new ideas and perspectives. (You can read this online!)

📚 3 Good Articles for You

This Is Water: Revisiting Social Constructs
by Rex Woodbury (23 mins)

  • The newsletter uses David Foster Wallace's commencement speech to highlight how social constructs, such as gender norms and the five-day workweek, are often invisible yet fundamental parts of our lives, emphasizing the arbitrary nature of many societal norms.
  • It discusses the evolving nature of work, particularly the shift towards remote and hybrid models post-pandemic, challenging traditional office culture and the necessity of a rigid workweek.
  • Reflecting on future societal changes, it explores potential shifts in norms around environmental sustainability, the gig economy, and entertainment, suggesting a reevaluation of practices like meat consumption, work-life balance, and how we engage with media.

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How Many People Do You Need to Change the Culture?
by Katherine Wei (2 mins)

  • A University of Pennsylvania study finds that at least 25% of a community's population needs to support a change to effectively alter its culture, according to research led by Damon Centola.
  • The research used internet-based communities to experimentally study the impact of minority groups on social norms, demonstrating that a committed group larger than 25% can shift majority behaviors.
  • Centola's findings are applied to real-world scenarios, such as on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, showing how coordinated efforts can significantly influence public discourse and social norms.

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Self-competition: only compete with your past self
by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (5 mins)

  • Self-competition is presented as a more beneficial approach to personal growth than competing against others, focusing on achieving one's own unrealized potential and setting personal goals (PACT: purposeful, actionable, continuous, trackable).
  • Research by Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson shows that competitive stress can negatively impact performance, suggesting that internal competition, free from external pressures, leads to better outcomes.
  • Adopting a growth mindset and strong self-authorship allows individuals to measure success by their own values and see failures as opportunities for learning, fostering a healthier, self-driven path to achievement.

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