It's a bright, fresh but cold day in Dublin. I'm halfway through Friday and there's a long weekend lined up ahead. Lots going on and I'm looking forward to making the most of it. First though, here's what I discovered this week:
Earlier in the week I took part in a 'Business Strategy & Modelling' workshop hosted by Daphne Lopes. Originally from Brazil, Daphne moved to Dublin in 2010 and is now Head of Customer Success Partnerships at This Is Productivity. After the workshop I asked her would she be interested in doing an interview for this blog and she agreed. You can check it out by clicking here. She's super smart and a fascinating person to chat to - definitely give it a read when you can.
“Sometimes the answer lies not in thinking outside the box, but in creating a completely different box.” - Naveen Jain
I came across an article in MIT Technology Review about a new chatbot that can help with anxiety and depression. Woebot is a Facebook chatbot developed by Stanford University researchers that offers interactive CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), and aims to deliver a virtual, digital therapist that's both insightful and empathetic to millions of people at once. I chatted with Woebot myself and he/she/it is a promising bit of tech. You can find out more and strike up your own conversation with Woebot via their website.
I've had difficulty sleeping for as long as I can remember. For years it used to be the inability to fall asleep, tossing and turning for hours. However over the past 6 months or so it's the staying asleep that I'm having a problem with. I frequently wake up in the middle of the night or wake up before my alarm yet still feel wrecked. I few people mentioned trying this bedtime concoction so decided to give it a shot. The formula is simple: a cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey. I know how disgusting that sounds, but it's not too bad. It's not tasty - but not too bad. I've been trialling it over the past few nights and I'm waking a little more refreshed and maintaining energy levels a little better than before. Going to keep at it and see how I get on!
Check out this live version of James Bay's 'When We Were On Fire'. Niiice.