Lunchtime Links: The Other Shoe Drops for Livestrong

The charity's high-profile founder, Lance Armstrong, resigns from its board after continued fallout from his athletic career. Also: Pinterest gives its users privacy.

First, he lost the victories. Then, he lost his chairmanship and most of his sponsorships.

Now, Lance Armstrong is further severing his relationship with Livestrong. That and more in today’s Lunchtime Links:

Lance Armstrong’s last stand? On Monday, the Livestrong Foundation announced that Armstrong would voluntarily resign from its board, less than a month after he resigned as the high-profile charity’s chairman. “We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families,” the group’s chairman, Jeff Garvey, said in a statement. While he will no longer have a direct role in how the charity is run, he will remain the “inspiration” for the mission, as well as its largest individual donor. There are many lessons from this – both structural and ethical in nature. If you ran Livestrong, how would you move forward?

Is it any wonder that we’re habituated to believe that sitting in straight rows of chairs is how we should sit when we’re learning new things?

Pin in private: Need to throw some ideas together for a project, but need the results to be just a tad bit … y’know, secret? Pinterest has you covered, having just launched its much-requested secret boards feature last week. According to the company’s blog, you can pin as many as three secret boards. “You can use secret boards to keep track of holiday gifts, plan a special event, or work on a project you aren’t yet ready to share with the rest of the world,” the company writes, though we’re guessing the last one is probably most useful for event planners.

The challenge of change: According to Adrian Segar of Conferences That Work, we may be so used to the methods we use to learn things that different tactics become ineffective. “And while we’re being taught in school, we sit in straight rows of chairs so other kids won’t distract us while all this knowledge is shared with us,” he explains. “Is it any wonder that we’re habituated to believe that sitting in straight rows of chairs is how we should sit when we’re learning new things?” He says that even though this format is the worst for facilitating peer-to-peer interactions, we stick with it.

How things really go viral: The above clip, uncovered by SocialFish’s Maddie Grant, nails it. Sadly.

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(Illustration; Photo by austincameraguy/Flickr)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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