Locket, the #1 app in Apple’s App Store, uses a trick hiding in plain sight

 
I’ve never understood widgets. In theory, sure. They’re these bite-sized apps living on your home screen or desktop, providing just the information you need, right when you need it. But beyond time and the weather, what do you really need? Well, a widget that hit #1 in the App Store this week, called Locket, has an answer: Photos. Photos from only the closest people in your life, that appear on your screen automatically. It’s the cross between a digital photo frame and a barebones social network. Locket is the latest viral sensation in social media. But you know what? Its best ideas are here to stay. Read my story here.
—Mark Wilson, @ctrlzee
 
co.design
Locket, the #1 app in Apple’s App Store, uses a trick hiding in plain sight

The photo sharing app isn’t just a viral sensation. It figured out how to use widgets the right way.

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impact
Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan

The citizen-driven plan that the city is considering now would create the largest car-free area in a city anywhere in the world.

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work life
Parents are in crisis. It’s time to reinstate pandemic paid family leave

When school abruptly goes virtual or a family member needs to quarantine, paid leave can be the only way for millions to keep their jobs.

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With this $125 million investment, there’s about to be a lot more mushroom leather

As fashion brands look for more sustainable alternatives to leather, the Bay Area-based biotech startup Mycoworks is perfecting a version made from mycelium, the root-like part of mushrooms. The company, which just announced a $125 million Series C funding round, is now scaling up production.

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the great resignation
Is the Great Resignation BS? Statistics show it’s not all that

The next time you hear about the Great Resignation, a senior lecturer of the Questrom School of Business at Boston University says it’s important to understand it isn’t quite as great as it seems.

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co.design
The U.S. electric grid is horrifyingly outdated. Here’s how to modernize it

To tackle the climate crisis, the grid needs to be transitioned to carbon-free wind and solar.

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leadership
This little-known leadership principle can provide clarity during uncertain times

Two of Verizon’s leaders maintain that too many leaders fail to appreciate the nuance that leadership demands, overemphasizing authority and control instead of autonomy and support. They share a management philosphy that offers a better way forward.

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remote work
5 ways to help remote employees find connection, and thrive

Remote workers who have never been in the same room with their managers and coworkers can face extra challenges with connection and culture.

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impact
Companies need to confront how work conditions affect the well-being of their employees

To build a healthier future of work, employers need to stop offering cosmetic wellness programs and instead make sure work itself is promoting wellness.

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co.design
What devastating floods look like once you remove cities from the equation

Not nearly as bad.

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NEWS
Why global leaders are terrified about ‘social cohesion erosion’
According to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), “social cohesion erosion” is the fastest-growing threat to our planet since the COVID crisis struck.
If you think it sounds scary, you’re not alone. According to the WEF, it’s “perceived as a critical threat to the world across all time spans . . . and is seen as among the most potentially damaging for the next 10 years.” 
Social cohesion worsens upon rising divisions and polarization in society—as income inequalities are exacerbated by the pandemic’s lopsided recovery, for example. Put simply, it’s the crumbling of civil society. 
However, risk-mitigation efforts do exist, including those for poverty alleviation, human health crises, and basic resources security.
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