Improve in Interviews


MIT recently released an interesting new program that can help users portray themselves more confidently in job interviews and other social situations. MACH – My Automated Conversation Coach – is a system that can portray a virtual interviewer on your computer. Conversing with you, it simultaneously analyzes and takes record of your body language, eye contact, facial expressions, and tone and tenor of your voice. The prototype then has the capability to provide you with reports on how you did – if you looked away and were distracted too much, talked too quickly or mumbled. If made widely available, MACH could prove to be a great tool for job seekers.

(Illustration by Phil Marden)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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