Wednesday's News & Ideas - 6/7/2017

  • Trump & Catholic values
  • Museum of Failure
  • Islamophobes want to recreate Crusades
  • Evolving nature of board-president relations
  • Storytelling & data
  • Thoughts of a spiderweb

Pence defends Trump as a champion of Catholic values
Religion News Service: Vice President Mike Pence — a onetime altar boy who became an evangelical Protestant — proclaimed President Trump a faithful supporter of Catholic values at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, an event that sought to set aside any friction between the president and the pope.

What designers can learn from the Museum of Failure (yes, it exists)
Fast Company Design: “I just got sick and tired of all these success stories,” says the museum’s founder. “We glorify success so much, but at the expense of demonizing failure.”

Islamophobes want to recreate the Crusades. But they don’t understand them at all.
The Washington Post: They weren't a clash of civilizations, or a war of Christianity against Islam.

Swift and silent exits
Inside Higher Ed: A recent spate of college president departures shows evolving nature of board-president relations.

Telling your data story well
Stanford Social Innovation Review: An important part of telling your organization’s data story well is picking the right storytelling technique for your audience.

The Spark

The thoughts of a spiderweb
Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.