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August 18, 2021
September 4, 2021

Proof that humans are valuable

An enterprising village in Spain in seeking World Heritage status for its centuries-old tradition of โ€˜charla al frescoโ€™, or chatting outdoors.

The tiny village of Algarโ€™s evening ritual is being threatened by the rise of social media.

So the local mayor has applied to Unesco to have the custom added to its list of intangible cultural heritage, along with Neapolitan pizza making, and Irish harp playing.

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He says its tradition is the โ€˜opposite of social mediaโ€™ and good for mental health.

On the one hand ๐Ÿ˜ฑ: What have we come to when we have to preserve evening chats?

But on the other hand ๐Ÿค—: What a great move to formally highlight the preciousness of real social interaction, the good it does, and the fact that it canโ€™t be replaced with a button or a screen.

It puts me in the mind of those human libraries where you can check people out instead of books. In places like Denmark, you can โ€˜borrowโ€™ a human who has stories to share that you wouldnโ€™t normally have access to.

Sounds vaguely dystopian, but also quite nice. As long as they donโ€™t smell.

Simple hackโ€

Why p-p-p-pick up a pen when you can simply talk to your screen and itโ€™ll take your words down for you? Speechnotes is a powerful dictation tool, designed to help you get your thoughts on paper quickly and accurately. And itโ€™s free.

Shameless plug

How should you address fees? In Money Marketing this week I discuss how to cover the elephant in the room, but without scaring the horses, via steak and ale pie of course.

Tech tip

Turn the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone into a button using โ€˜back tapโ€™. Go to settings > accessibility > touch > back tap and choose a function such as screenshot, spotlight, or home. It also works when your phone is in a case. Magic.

Hook of the week

Check out Nudging Financial Behaviourโ€™s Pinterest page โ€“ full of great visual cues for use with clients. Ask Gizelle nicely first though.


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