The Toppel Collection Art & Cocktail Evening

[May 20th cocktail evening details here] Probably the most stunning example of the work we do here at gapingvoid is here in Miami, the “Hughseum” we set up at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami, just down the road. It’s using gapingvoid art EXACTLY the way it was intended, there to motivate […]

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Tom Malone’s “Age of Hyperspecialization”

The Future Of Work 2.0 From The Harvard Business Review, July 2011: “Tom Malone, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the HBR article The Age of Hyperspecialization, explains why breaking jobs into tiny pieces yields better, faster, cheaper work—and greater flexibility for employees.” I like the way Professor Malone cuts […]

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Culture Shifting: America’s next big industry?

This is how I see it. And it isn’t rocket science: 1. If you want to change your business, you also have to change your culture. If you want to change your culture, you also have to change your behaviors. 2. To do that, you embrace “Culture Shifting”. I had a big moment of clarity […]

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Capitalism won’t be replaced with Socialism, but with something far more trippy

Everybody and their mother has been predicting the death of capitalism for the last couple of years, ever since the bankers screwed eveything up etc. That might be true, it probably isn’t. But even if it capitalism were to bite the dust, it doesn’t mean socialism will take its place. I imagine something else would […]

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How to affect corporate culture in a meaningful way

[Untitled drawing from 2003 etc.] [N.B. Harold has a new book out, “Seeking Perpetual Beta”.] So I wrote a wee note to one of my favorite “Culture” thinkers these days, Harold Jarche: Speaking of the ever-changing nature of work… 1. Culture is a HUGE issue for business now. 2. Most CEOs don’t have a frickin’ […]

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Why “Culture” is not just another business fad

This was a rather flippant cartoon I drew yesterday in my notebook, that actually makes a serious point about our business model, namely: 1. Now that the ideas of “job for life” and “work-life balance” are well and truly consigned to the dustbin of history… 2. Now that we’re expected to answer work emails at […]

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The Genesis Of The gapingvoid Business Model

1. THE VALUE CURVE For those of you new to gapingvoid, I thought I’d tell you what the gapingvoid business model is all about, from my own unique perspective. My background is advertising. I often noticed while working on Madison Avenue that the problems clients were asking us to solve weren’t really going to do […]

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The Antidote Economy: “Authentic” living needs lots of “fake” people in order to pay for it.

[Orignally posted at The Marfa Project etc.] This cartoon represents the great #firstworldproblem of our age. We’re all just trying to do too much, and it’s wearing us out. In a this *brave* new world of stimulus oversupply, we’re starting to see potential antidotes popping up everywhere, that besides providing gainful employment to our friends […]

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An e-mail to cartoonist, Austin Kleon

Dear Austin, I’m graduating from college next year, so after seeing your book mentioned online (I haven’t bought it yet, but I really am thinking about it), I thought I’d ask you some questions: 1. What kind of pen do you use? What kind of ink? What kind of pencil? What kind of paper? What kind […]

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“Secular Prayers”: What ancient Japanese scrolls and motivational posters have in common

[© National Gallery of Victoria] Using old Japanese “Zen” scrolls as an example, The Philosopher’s Mail inadvertently does a fabulous job of explaining the philosophy behind motivational posters: By making words physically beautiful – through the elegance of the script and the soothing texture and proportions of the paper – a Zen scroll becomes a […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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