The Weekly Stripe – 7.12.18 As Spotify unveiled its annual Wrapped feature earlier this week, it elicited joy and shame in equal part. We got thinking about music and what role it plays in our lives – here are five fun reads. We know music is pleasurable, but why? Many answers have been offered What makes good music? The Economist tries to find out Book Excerpt: How music fans built the internet What do Jaws, Jimi Hendrix and Classical music have in common? New Yorker’s list (and links) of notable performances and recordings of 2018 Weekly Stripe The Weekly Stripe 04.1.19 The Weekly Stripe 14.12.18 The Weekly Stripe 7.12.18 The Weekly Stripe 30.11.18 The Weekly Stripe 16.11.18 The Weekly Stripe 09.11.18 The Weekly Stripe 02.11.18 The Weekly Stripe 26.10.18 The Weekly Stripe 19.10.18 The Weekly Stripe 28.09.18 Articles Cash, staff and people free retail 2018 Year in Review Know-How Moves Markets It's Time To Celebrate Maintenance Imagining the Future PechaKucha: The Future of Design Thinking Doing Ethnography in AirSpace What happens After Authenticity: Polysemic Consumption. A new theory of taste and social differentiation Products, People and The Imaginarium Taking the Plunge Riding smartly with CityMapper: Ethnographic snippets from a Smart Ride journey across Central London How to talk to your robot Aligned teams just know what to do Investment as Consumption: Why Crypto Works It was the research what did it – Rupert Murdoch in consumer research shocker 2017: Looking back and peering forward Co-Living: Housing as a Service Why we need to make research harder to understand Why we need to make research harder to understand Subverting the structure of meetings to help teams go further faster To Have and Have Not: Exploring Grammars of Sharing in the Context of Pooled Mobility The UX-ification of research Switchboard – or why native messaging Apps are the future of mobile research Material Abstractions: using maps in ethnographic research Injecting insights or creating meaning? Is Subscription the Key to a Well-Ordered Life? How do consumers feel about the Amazon retail takeover? The Subscription Convenience Myth The Laggards of Innovation The AI Mirror Urban Friction: An Elegy Identity Politics: Tread lightly when jumping on the bandwagon Dàigòu Agents: Outsourcing taste in search of the ‘real deal’ Making meaning in AirSpace The Magic of Innovation 5 lessons on how to hack in big organizations Hack culture and the death of strategic research? Why hedgehogs shouldn't hack The Fool on the Hill Learning to Live with Alexa Ethnography, magpies and shiny things Ethnography in a parallel world Insight Hidden in Plain Sight Cracking the Cultural Code of Wearables Radio and the rebirth of social computing Going with the Gut: The Case for Combining Instinct and Data EPIC 2016: Strategy as an unfolding network of associations That was the year that was The Ideas Factory: Book Review What I think about when I think about running Home truths and the Green Deal Knowing a country: a post-Brexit polemic Menus, mental maps and voice All change? India 20 years on 10 steps to Embodied Strategy: EPIC 2015 paper summary Bring back the bodies Presentations and publications Segments, Social Facts and Shared Experiences Is the Internet The Answer? Why footballers aren't stupid What research can learn from start-ups Why qual researchers are hipsters Bad queues and why shopping can't wait Reflecting on EPIC 2014 Coca-Cola Life - why full fat is more natural The problem with sharing on Spotify Coping with the complex Minimal viable innovation Finding a place in an ageing world Chilling computers – the frightening potential of the Internet of Things Wearable Futures Welcome to the new seriousness Home sweet home!