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10/14/2022 – Issue 486

Oct 14, 2022 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights:  The State of Youth In America

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Happy Friday everyone –

It’s fall break here in Nashville and the fiery yellow leaves out my office window confirm it is well named.  Fifteen on Friday is back for its 486th week after several weeks of travel and meetings.  Back, but changing.  There was no master game plan when I launched this newsletter 10 years ago.  Over the coming weeks and months, I am going to be evolving the format and timing.  

So first off, at least for now, I’m going to shift to publishing every other week.  This should be a more sustainable pace given my overall bandwidth.  As I continue to write more (working on both a second book and what has turned into a monograph), I am going to give precedence to production vs. curation of content.

Second, I am going to work to distill each edition around a core theme.  The core theme will change from week to week, and may include multiple mediums – podcasts, videos, and books.  That will be accompanied by a selection of other ‘must-reads’ that in Fifteen on Friday tradition will be a jump ball of subject areas.  

Third, finding fifteen reads a week can be challenging.  Analyzing the readership statistics shows that the vast majority of people click on the top 7-8 articles.  So going forward, Fifteen on Friday may sometimes have fifteen articles, and maybe other times, the “Fifteen” in the name will just mean that it takes fifteen minutes of your time to read.  

Hopefully these steps create an email that you find even more interesting and valuable and also remains a sustainable labor of love here. 

Thanks for your support 



Topic of the Week:  The Rising Generation

The traditional greeting of the Masai tribe of Africa is “How Are the Children?”  This week’s curated deep dive looks at the state of the youth in the West, and not surprisingly, the answer to the question is not well.  

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