FYI March 19, 2020

On This Day

1284 – The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporates the Principality of Wales into England.[1]
The Statute of Rhuddlan (Welsh: Statud Rhuddlan [ˈr̥ɨðlan]), also known as the Statutes of Wales (Latin: Statuta Valliae) or as the Statute of Wales (Statutum Valliae), provided the constitutional basis for the government of the Principality of Wales from 1284 until 1536. The Statute introduced English common law to Wales but also permitted the continuance of Welsh legal practices within the Principality. The Statute was superseded by the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542 when Henry VIII made Wales unequivocally part of the “realm of England”.[1]

The statute, which was enacted on 3 March 1284 after careful consideration by Edward I,[2] takes its name from Rhuddlan Castle in Denbighshire where it was first promulgated on 19 March 1284.[3]



Born On This Day

1844 – Minna Canth, Finnish journalist, playwright, and activist (d. 1897)
Minna Canth (IPA [minna ka:nt], born Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnsson, 19 March 1844 – 12 May 1897)[1] was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper’s shop and living as a widow raising seven children. Her work addresses issues of women’s rights, particularly in the context of a prevailing culture she considered antithetical to permitting expression and realization of women’s aspirations. Her play The Pastor’s Family is her best known. In her time, she became a controversial figure, due to the asynchrony between her ideas and those of her time, and in part due to her strong advocacy for her point of view.

Minna Canth is the first woman to receive her own flag day in Finland, starting on 19 March 2007. It is also the day of social equality in Finland.




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Chamath Palihapitiya gets it.

Here is his how he ends his annual shareholders letter.

“Living a life of purpose and forgiveness
As we enter the final years of the Gilded Age and usher in the Progressive Era, a more civilized culture will hopefully abound. Today, it’s not just the stock market but also the fragmentation, polarization and judgement that are at all time highs.

Is this really the hallmark of a society that is progressive? No. It’s the remnants of unhappiness, resentment and anger that personify the Gilded Age. That said, it’s so much easier to be happy and see the bigger picture when you focus on what matters. So how does one focus on what matters? I’ve found it possible by asking questions like “what matters to me?” and “what is important to me?” These may sound like the most basic questions but they are also the most critical. And especially now, these are the questions that need lucid, non-judgemental answers from each of us.

For me, I have learned that my family, my health and what I know (knowledge) are the most important things that matter to me. Work, money and friendships are important but come strictly after the first three. What doesn’t matter? Everything else, particularly, what others think about me and my decisions.”

Rusty Guinn and Ben Hunt get it, thank you Epsilon Theory.

“There will be families who rely on schools during the day to permit them to work, who also work in service jobs in public places which expose them unduly to the risk of infection, who also have poor health insurance options. These are families who would struggle financially to grapple with any one of these problems….

What can full-hearted Americans do?

Take care of service vendors: If we own or run a business where we can do so ethically, we can find a way to keep paying the people and businesses we have worked with and may not be able to soon because of social distancing. Do we cater a weekly lunch from a local restaurant for the team? ….

Let friends and neighbors know NOW how you’re ready to serve: We have elderly neighbors who in some regions will soon be discouraged from – or may just be personally frightened about – going out, even just to the store.

Give to local organizations who support these needs: Coronavirus the Disease doesn’t care who we are. Coronavirus the Economic Event, on the other hand, does. Its burdens will fall unevenly on the millions of families with children who rely on retail and hospitality sources of income. Some will very likely have basic material needs – food and shelter. Find the organizations who provide these things. Support them generously….. ”

It takes guts and empathy and work to understand what role your brand can play in all of this to serve your customers.

But I promise you if focus on truly being there to support, and if it leads your team to reassess why you’re here and what you’re here to do, you can be a stronger beacon for those right when they need it…

Right when people are looking for someone to be there to lean on.

Right when people looking for packs to join and be a part of.

Right when people hoping that they can trust in their relationships not to let them down…

Great things are built in down markets, because great companies double down on their mission now, reaping the rewards as things rebound.

As always, I’m here, so reach out if I can help,

xx David
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