Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Fiat Chrysler’s Cheapskate Strategy for the Future of Driving

The late Sergio Marchionne kept the automaker from pouring money into research, and that approach might just pay off.

Fiat Chrysler’s Cheapskate Strategy for the Future of Driving

Why Can’t Europe Do Tech?

This is the best moment in decades for the continent to battle its way back to relevance. Its startups need to act like it.

Why Can’t Europe Do Tech?

How Do You Explain the ‘Obvious?’

There’s nothing more persuasive than the obvious. To appeal to it is to ask people to be bigger, better, more noble — to take a sweeping look at the facts, admit what is plain and do the right thing. Tell me with a fixed gaze and an air of confidence that something is obvious. I will be tempted to believe you, if only to join in the clarity and sense of purpose that comes with accepting what is staring me in the face.

How Do You Explain the ‘Obvious?’

385 Feet of Crazy: The Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

Alt-aviation wizard Burt Rutan set out to design a plane that could haul rockets to the edge of space. Then he persuaded Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen to build a dual-fuselage beast with a wingspan longer than a football field.

385 Feet of Crazy: The Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

The Case for Slow Design

Make art, not products

The Case for Slow Design

We Discovered Helium 150 Years Ago. Are We Running Out?

The versatile gas lies at the center of a complex, fragile global market.

We Discovered Helium 150 Years Ago. Are We Running Out?

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