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  • Where Do We Get Creative Inspiration?

    The Creative Mind
    Douglas Eby
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse. At least some people still embrace that idea, or at least like to use the concept. Novelist and author Steven Pressfield writes in his book “The War of Art” about pulling in creative power when we are doing creative work: “Power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    IttyBiz
    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    Logic+Emotion
    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Ursula K. Le Guin on Where Ideas Come From, the “Secret” of Great Writing, and the Trap of Marketing Your Work

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.” Since long before the question of where good ideas come from became the psychologists’ favorite sport, readers, fans, and audiences have been hurling it at authors and artists, much to their frustration. A few brave souls like Neil Gaiman, Albert Einstein, and David Lynch have attempted to answer it directly, or in Leonard Cohen’s case to delightfully non-answer it directly, but none have done so with greater vigor of mind and heart…
  • Why Community Managers Are the New Brand Managers

    99U
    behanceteam
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whereas brands used to push their products and messages out in what was essentially a one-way conversation, the social web has transformed it into a two-way conversation. Which means that we have to learn to speak authentically and honestly to our customers, and that we can’t hide when we make mistakes. To learn how to deftly navigate this new dynamic, we chatted up one of the most talked-about brands on the social web—Warby Parker, the eyeglasses-cum-lifestyle brand that has been a mad success from day one. Here, co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal breaks down how to be okay with…
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  • Ursula K. Le Guin on Where Ideas Come From, the “Secret” of Great Writing, and the Trap of Marketing Your Work

    Maria Popova
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.” Since long before the question of where good ideas come from became the psychologists’ favorite sport, readers, fans, and audiences have been hurling it at authors and artists, much to their frustration. A few brave souls like Neil Gaiman, Albert Einstein, and David Lynch have attempted to answer it directly, or in Leonard Cohen’s case to delightfully non-answer it directly, but none have done so with greater vigor of mind and heart…
  • Artist Francis Bacon’s Conflicted and Creative Life, Illustrated

    Maria Popova
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    “It’s all so meaningless, we may as well be extraordinary.” David Lynch has called legendary British artist Francis Bacon (October 28, 1909–April 28, 1992) “the main guy, the number one kinda hero painter.” Like Lynch’s films, Bacon’s paintings compel the way a scene from a nightmare does — a scream piercing the psyche, at once terrifying in its beauty and beautiful in its terror. “An artist must learn to be nourished by his passions and by his despairs,” Bacon once told an interviewer — an ethos he himself very much…
  • Voltaire on How to Write Well and Stay True to Your Creative Vision

    Maria Popova
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “Beware, lest in attempting the grand, you overshoot the mark and fall into the grandiose.” Centuries before Ezra Pound’s rules for how to write poetry and Edward Hirsch’s treatise on how to read it, French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Voltaire (November 21, 1694–May 30, 1778), who invented social networking, set down some invaluable advice on how to write verse in a letter to his then-protégé — a gallant young man-about-town named Claude Adrien Helvétius. Two decades later, Helvétius would come to write the book De l’esprit; or, Essays on…
  • The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: Comic Artists Reimagine Beloved Childhood Classics, from Tolstoy’s Fairy Tales to Harry Potter

    Maria Popova
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “One sign of a great work of literature or art is that it can be interpreted multiple ways, that it remains ambiguous, refusing to provide clear-cut answers.” “Tales are powerful instruments and should be wielded skillfully,” artist Andrea Dezsö told me in our conversation about her striking black-and-white illustrations for the little-known original edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Some of history’s most skillful wielding of tales has refused to bend to the false divide between “children’s” and “adult” storytelling…
  • The Difference Between the Beautiful and the Sublime, Animated

    Maria Popova
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    A 100-second anatomy of astonishment. Britain’s Open University has previously given us some illuminating animated explainers of the history of the English language, the world’s major religions, philosophy’s greatest thought experiments, and the major creative movements in design. They have now partnered with BBC broadcaster and In Our Time host Melvyn Bragg on a series adapting Bragg’s BBC4 podcast A History of Ideas into short animations that synthesize some of humanity’s most influential ideas. Among them is 18th-century Irish philosopher Edmund Burke’s…
 
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  • Why Community Managers Are the New Brand Managers

    behanceteam
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whereas brands used to push their products and messages out in what was essentially a one-way conversation, the social web has transformed it into a two-way conversation. Which means that we have to learn to speak authentically and honestly to our customers, and that we can’t hide when we make mistakes. To learn how to deftly navigate this new dynamic, we chatted up one of the most talked-about brands on the social web—Warby Parker, the eyeglasses-cum-lifestyle brand that has been a mad success from day one. Here, co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal breaks down how to be okay with…
  • Use Daily Rewards to Break Creative Blocks

    Hamza Khan
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo by Evan P. Cordes Renowned author Stephen King, who has published 49 novels that have sold over 350 million copies, writes at least ten pages each day. As a creative person, you’ve experienced writer’s block, even if you’re not necessarily a writer; software engineers, artists, or anyone that has to create things for a living is susceptible. We also all know the well-trodden advice of practicing even for just a little bit, at least once a day — But how does one actually stick to it? Product Manager at Twitter, Buster Benson, recently created 750words.com to help us…
  • 99U Book Giveaway: “Make Your Mark” + Free Kindle eReader!

    behanceteam
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Make Your Mark, our new business book for makers (not managers!) launches this week. It’s our third book in the 99U book series, which offers pragmatic, actionable advice for managing your time, your career, and your business. You can order the book here. To celebrate, we’re giving away three Kindle Paperwhite eReader devices pre-loaded with all three 99U books. (Not to mention a totally sweet carrying case that looks like the cover of Make Your Mark.) To enter, tweet your favorite piece of startup wisdom for creatives in the next 24 hours with this link and hashtag: amazon.com/99u…
  • Don’t Let Overthinking Kill Your Work

    Stephanie Kaptein
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Illustration by Koosje Koene Visual artist Koosje Koene says that when it comes to creating, you have to be jump right in. In an interview with The People Project, she explains her creative process: I am a do-er, if that’s a word. If I have an idea, I like to execute it, create it, or at least start planning the project. In Art School, we talked a lot about ideas, the ideas behind the ideas, and so on. It made me feel less enthusiastic about starting a project, since the idea wasn’t fresh anymore. All the thinking sort of sucked the passion and excitement out of me, and that showed in…
  • Get Better by Training like an Athlete

    Allison Stadd
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by Nike Labs 10,000 hours notwithstanding, practice doesn’t make perfect unless the way you practice is perfect. In last week’s issue of The New Yorker, James Surowiecki explores the recent “performance revolution” in sports, and how that approach to improvement has also raised the bar in business: [T]he way to improve the way you perform is to improve the way you train. High performance isn’t, ultimately, about running faster, throwing harder, or leaping farther. It’s about something much simpler: getting better at getting better. Thanks to more…
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  • Courage outweighs originality and perfection in creativity

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    You don’t have to be right, or best, or entirely original. But the myths we hear around those who are right, or who create the best or most unique work, are prominent enough to scare us into thinking we need to be those things in order to succeed. The telephone was not, for all its glory, an original idea. Nor was what Alexander Graham Bell created in his laboratory in 1876 the best possible solution for what the telephone could be, or would later become. We know this, of course, because we have remarkably more powerful telephones today. Telephones that can reach across the entire world…
  • "In many domains, such as the traditional fine arts, we can easily mistake domain-relevant skills for..."

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “In many domains, such as the traditional fine arts, we can easily mistake domain-relevant skills for creativity itself. If we can’t imagine being as good as the composer, then we assume that the composer is more creative than us. What we typically don’t imagine is the years of deliberate practice required to gain such expertise.” - David Burkus in The Myths of Creativity
  • Using the immeasurable complexity of everything to generate ideas

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How our brains naturally group things together is great for sanity’s sake, but it does little to empower our creativity. That doesn’t mean our innate structuring of complex concepts can’t benefit our creative thinking however. Most notably is our natural ability to group things in terms of relationships and proximity. We see an automobile not as an object comprised of an engine, doors, tires, screws, and bolts, but as one larger whole: a car. Similarly, we encounter ideas as being unified wholes, even when the thing we claim to be an “idea” is actually comprised of many…
  • The pursuit of your ideal creative habits

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t strive to be an artist, designer, writer, or dancer. Your energy is better spent developing the ideal behaviors and habits of those roles. Who is a writer but someone who writes, edits, and publishes? A dancer is someone who dances. An architect designs buildings. Yes, but the effort to fill those roles isn’t enough. And by approaching your passion as a means to an end (to become a writer, or an artist, or entrepreneur), the journey will be more challenging and ill-defined than if you focused on pursuing the habits of those roles. Rather than asking yourself: “Who do I…
  • "By putting half-formed thoughts on the page, we externalize them and are able to evaluate them much..."

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    “By putting half-formed thoughts on the page, we externalize them and are able to evaluate them much more objectively. This is why writers often find that it’s only when they start writing that they figure out what they want to say.” - Clive Thompson in his book Smarter Than You Think. If you find yourself in a mental rut, free writing is a great way to get out of it.
 
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  • The Uses of Science

    Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D.
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride. – Claude Bernard (1813–1878) read more
  • Embracing Imperfection

    Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D.,
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Can an ancient art help us deal with difficult emotions?read more
  • 3 Mysteries To Kill For

    Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Whether you spread out these intriguing mystery thrillers over several nights, or watch each series straight through, I believe you’ll be as happily engrossed as I was. Their psychological depth only adds to the fun.read more
  • How Much Does the Language We Speak Shape Our Identity?

    Sheila Kohler
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Can a different language change who we are? read more
  • Pockets of Reflection in a Busy World

    Nancy K. Napier, Ph.D.
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Where can we find pockets of reflection time in lives filled with busyness? They are there, to be sure, but it can feel like detective work to find them. Try. It's worth it. read more
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    Creative Every Day

  • Day 22: Concerto

    Leah
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Today, I decided to dive into a piece that has been unfinished for years! I love AEDM for getting me back to unfinished, unresolved pieces. I'm calling this one Concerto because it feels like a music piece to me. 
  • Art Every Day Month Day 22

    Leah
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today is the 22nd day of Art Every Day Month!  I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so. The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the…
  • Day 21: Fall Tree

    Leah
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    This month has gone so fast, hasn't it?! I hope no matter where you are on your creative journey this month, that you're having fun and making some discoveries. This month has been good practice in carving on small bits of creative time while Alex sleeps. His naps are so short that my time is also short, but I've been pleased with what I've been able to squeeze in by having my materials ready to go and working small. Sometimes limitations are a good thing! Less time to question, you just have to go!
  • Art Every Day Month Day 21

    Leah
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today is the 21st day of Art Every Day Month!  I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so. The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the…
  • Day 20: Sea Dreams

    Leah
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Sat down today with the notion that I wanted to work with dark blue. The rest just flowed from there! 
 
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • “Do You Want Something to Drink?” A Memory of Family

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    On my recent book tour, I usually began each night’s talk with a story about playing Super Mario Brothers with my grandma. Her name was Regina but we all called her Nana, and she’s been one of the most important people in my life for as long as I can remember. My grandpa died when I was five or six, and I spent a lot of time with Nana over the next few years. I lived in the Philippines for some of that time, and Nana came to visit. We played basketball and tetherball. Then I lived in Montana, and once again Nana came to visit. I had a difficult time for much of my childhood, some of…
  • Writing depends on the superficiality of one’s days

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Graham Green on writing a book: “I was trying to write a book that simply would not come. I did my daily five hundred words, but the characters never began to live. So much in writing depends on the superficiality of one’s days. One may be preoccupied with shopping and income tax returns and chance conversations, but the stream of the unconscious continues to flow, undisturbed, solving problems, planning ahead: one sits down sterile and dispirited at the desk, and suddenly the words come as though from the air: the situations that seemed blocked in a hopeless impasse move forward: the…
  • Re: “Let’s talk when you’re free”

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Productive people are never “free.” They don’t have 15 minutes on their lunch break to “have a quick call.” They don’t “kill time”—a terrible phrase. You can always put a window of time to good use if you work for it. Productive people schedule their priorities—not always their time, but always their priorities. When they don’t have something to do, they find something to do. By the way, it’s not that productive people don’t make time for friends, family, recovery, and play time. They do. But because they do, and because they have plenty of…
  • Don’t Forget to Register for Free Money Next Saturday

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Link: Register for $30 AmEx Credits If you’re in the U.S., don’t forget to register for free money “Small Business Saturday.” A few years ago, American Express created a new fake holiday to honor small business owners. As fake holidays go, it sure beats President’s Day—I like supporting small businesses, and whenever Small Business Saturday rolls around in late November, you have the chance to earn an instant rebate for every AmEx card you have. The instant rebate varies year by year, and this year it’s pretty good: when shopping at a local small business,…
  • Notes from Traveling Millennials: On the Road with Bud and Eva Simpson

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself When you’re young, it feels easy to appease your inner wanderlust by saying, “I’ll travel later in life.” Twenty-somethings Bud and Eva Simpson decided they didn’t want to live this way—and have spent the last year helping young adults learn to travel smart. Tell us about yourselves.   We’re Bud & Eva and we just married in March 2014. For us, the perfect moment is waking up to adventure on a crisp morning, sipping a cup of black coffee in a thick mug and asking, “Where will we go today? Who will…
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  • Installing the Dallas show…

    Hugh MacLeod
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yesterday Laura and I arrived at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, to hang the “Do Something That Matters” show for next week. Though we have over 80 pieces in the show (it’s a fairly large space, I’m happy to report), here are just a couple of photos just to give you a taste. ​DEC is an awesome space, Lots of natural light, ​and lots of cool businesses.  We’ll be running talks, cocktail events, etc. all week. The interesting thing is that most of the people attending those are from big companies. It’s always fascinating to see how the start-up vibe…
  • gapingvoid’s “Do Something That Matters” show in Dallas, November 10th-14th

    Hugh MacLeod
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
      [Details & RSVP here.] Gapingvoid is excited to announce that we are having our first show ever in Texas! We will be making our debut in Dallas, with our “Do Something That Matters” show, November 10-14th at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. An exhibit of nearly 100 thematic works will be on display, Hugh & Jason will speak about their two great loves: art and business transformation. Gapingvoid is hosting two evening events in partnership with our friends at Speakeasyand you’re invited! You can RSVP here. If you would like to meet with the gapingvoid team but…
  • New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

    Hugh MacLeod
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    “What If P.R. Stood For People And Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”. [You can get as a free Slideshare Deck.] That is the latest e-book/deck I just created with my old friend, the business author, consultant and #futureofwork ninja, Brian Solis. [Full disclosure: I just did the cartoons, Brian did the prose; both he and I had a lot of help from (A) my team and (B) from our sponsors, Vocus and Cision.] For those of you who don’t know Brian, he was one of the first people to understand how social media REALLY works in the business space, both as…
  • gapingvoid at Mailchimp

    Hugh MacLeod
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    [Me giving the talk at the Mailchimp offices in Atlanta, Friday morning.…] Last Friday, Jason and I were up in Atlanta, visiting the groovy cats at Mailchimp, the well-known Internet newsletter company. Our own Daily ​Cartoon runs on their platform; ​it is the centerpiece of how we talk to people.​ We had been invited to give a “Friday Coffee Morning Talk” to their staff. We chose the subject, “Why Art In Business Matters”. Afterwards we met a lot of the staff, and hung out with the CEO, Ben Chestnut, who I really clicked with. It was a great day out… Here are some thoughts…
  • “Surrounding people with ideas via Art, is how you get people to live them”

    Hugh MacLeod
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon etc.] I drew this cartoon during an internal gapingvoid meeting a few years ago. Creating “Visceral encounters with important ideas” inside organizations, is pretty much the gapingvoid business model. And yes, it’s designed to be emotional, designed to hit hard in the right brain. Like Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Ideas aren’t only able to change a business, they are the glue that…
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  • Freebie Friday #6! (Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers)

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Universal Specificity, or How To Write Blog Posts Everyone Will Like

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sharise asks, “I want to work with people on a variety of things. The basic goal is helping clients make progress on the goals and projects that are important to them, but this can be anything from writing a book, to finding a relationship, to starting a business. Does this mean I’m limited in what I can talk about because covering too many different areas is going to look scattered and unfocused?” This is what we call a very good question. Here is our answer. (We are writing this answer from the perspective of coaches, so if you’re not a coach, use your wonderful powers…
  • Should you jump? (Will the net appear?)

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This repost by request from Julie. Every now and again, you’ll hear the expression, “Jump, and the net will appear.” This is meant to mean that when you are in a situation where you want to make a big change and that big change involves a lot of (real or perceived) risk – such as jumping off a cliff – you should take the risk. While you cannot see a net now – and indeed, the net is not there now – it will “appear” when you take the jump. (Causality, while unstated, is implied.) For obvious reasons, some people have trouble with this advice. I was…
  • Freebie Friday #5! (Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch Multipliers”, which are…
 
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  • Slow Motion Crisis

    Richard Fernandez
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    After the first massive clash of arms in during the Great War, combatants on both sides began to extend their trenches to either side until the Western Front became one continuous trenchline.  Without anyone being quite aware of it at first, a vast stage was set upon which a tragedy would be enacted. In a somewhat analogous manner, the zones of global conflict are spreading to distant corners of the globes from their initial centers of gravity. Peter Shinkman, writing in MSN says ‘ISIS [is] making deadly inroads in Libya, Pakistan and Afghanistan”.  Osama bin Laden’s plan…
  • That Fearful Symmetry

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post explains why none of the major broadcast networks are covering the speech where president Obama is scheduled to announce amnesty for up to 5 million illegals.  ”ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS knew that their customers would not be happy if the President ate into time reserved for some of the most popular shows on television, including “The Big Bang Theory” and “Bones.” (Editor’s Note: If I wasn’t watching Obama’s speech, I’d be watching “The This Old House Hour.”)” It would be possible to…
  • Is the Cold War Back?

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    “The nuclear gun is back on the table,” writes Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times. “Both in private and in public, Russia is making explicit references to its nuclear arsenal”.  Speaking of the new tensions with Russia, Angela Merkel said, “who would have thought that 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, after the end of the Cold War and the division of Europe, and the end of the division of the world into two blocs, that something like this could happen right in the heart of Europe.” Anyone who thinks the East German population ended the Cold…
  • The Split-Level World

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It is a rich country with a poor southern neighbor.  Each year countless economic migrants attempt a desperate journey over arid terrain and fearfully cross the border fence in search of better jobs in the north only to add to a burgeoning population of illegal aliens.  In response the authorities have vowed to crack down on these migrants.  Early this year 250,000 illegals were deported.  ”Haggard and penniless,” writes the Economist,  they “are being dumped at the dusty and chaotic” border crossings by a government eager to reclaim jobs for its own citizens.
  • The Hippie Uniform

    Richard Fernandez
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through the modern miracle of the Internet it is now possible to buy hippie uniforms from China wholesale at “high quality and low prices”.  The phrase “hippie uniform” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but as the Washington Post’s article on mathematician Jonathan Touboul explains, it’s entirely natural. Most hippies are doomed to don — and to change — uniforms. Touboul concluded that is because “hipsters” define nonconformity in terms of the ‘perceived mainstream’ and because of delays in rebellion toward it,…
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  • Better Problem Solving With Framing

    Paul
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    When you’re looking to innovate, take advantage of an opportunity, or solve a problem… one of your first steps should be to define precisely or “frame” that opportunity or problem. Your frame is how you narrow and pinpoint what you choose to solve. Better framing leads to better solutions. Think of it like a picture frame, it has in the center what you want to feature. This old, wooden tugboat needs a lot of work. Among other things… an engine, new windows, paint… However, the priority is to fix the huge hole in the hull. That’s our frame. It…
  • Productive or Active?

    Paul
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • More Scoops of Business Growth Ideas on Tidbitts

    Paul
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We are proud to be contributing to the new “direct to fan” platform, Tidbitts. They’ve pulled together a wide variety of expert contributors who provide a weekly bite-sized chunk of interesting content. Idea Sandbox is providing innovative business growth ideas exclusive to the Tidbitts site. Tidbitts Teaser Tidbitts uses a paid subscription model of 99¢ per month. Not expensive, and exclusive. You’ll find similar content on Tidbitts that you do on the Idea Sandbox site… All the content written for Tidbitts is exclusive to that site! Check it out! The article…
  • Creative Problem Solving To Be Innovative

    Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Whenever we have a challenge – a client problem, trying to generate a new idea, developing strategy – we rely on the key steps below to solve our problem, creatively. We use this creative problem solving process to create ideas that we hope become an innovation. Stay Informed -Stay Informed of your own business, of your customers, of your industry, of your competitors. Problem Recognition – Problem Recognition is critical. It is the ability to notice that change is about to take place. Problem Identification – Once you realize you’ve got a problem the next step is to…
  • Brand Differentiation with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating scrub using…
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    Logic+Emotion

  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
 
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Use an Older Wii Remote with Smoothboard Software

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Back in August, I posted a three minute video of Matt Cooper, one of our new elementary teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, demonstrating how to setup an interactive whiteboard in a classroom “on the cheap” using a Wii Remote and free Smoothboard Software. After I shared that post with our faculty, our music teacher decided she wanted to give it a try. She ordered the “IR Sabre” infrared pen for $17.95 from WiiTeachers along with a new Wii remote. In part due to our crazy schedules, we’ve had trouble connecting for me to help her with this setup, but today I finally got…
  • STEMseeds is BACK on Saturday – Join us!

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Join Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a Google Hangout conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.” Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on…
  • New Snow Day iMovie Trailer Video

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Our youngest daughter, Rachel, is 11 years old and absolutely loves going sledding whenever we have snow (or even sleet!) in Oklahoma City. Today we went sledding in our 2.5 inches of snow that fell on Sunday and gave us all a “snow day” from school, and I created a new iMovie trailer of our adventures using the “Coming of Age” theme. Contrast that iMovie trailer with my February 2013 video, “Sleet Sledding,” created with the “Teen” iMovie trailer theme. Those are both very fun videos, and provided good excuses for me to “play” with…
  • Identity, Bias, Differences and Change

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In his Velocity 2014 New York Ignite talk titled, “Unicorns and The Language of Otherness” Aneel Lakhani makes some thought provoking points about identity. At 4:04 of the video he states: We have to separate our identities, who we are and who we will be, from who we were, what we have done, and what we have been, so that when we encounter something different or see change or see change in others, that is not a threat to our identity and it doesn’t hurt so much to accept change and to do change. That is a tall order! It’s very challenging to “separate our…
  • Stopmotion Project Tips & Advice

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I received some questions from a middle school teacher in Connecticut this weekend about classroom StopMotion projects. He also specifically asked about the tripods we are using for our iPads. This may be helpful to others, so I am sharing my email reply in this post. Hi! We are using the Makayama iPad 2 tripod mount for our green screen station, but it will work for stopmotion too. It works well but if I was ordering another one today I would go for a less expensive clamp based mount that would work with multiple iPad versions. It cost around $70 when I ordered it a few years ago:…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • tell your story. set yourself free. “I knew that my soul knew how to keep going, even in the darkest of dark.”

    lindsey
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Running fingers through long grass as it waves gently in the wind, feeling the breeze rustle in long hair, the scent of dew as it covers the earth, and cool, clean air floating on the breeze. Barefoot and running in the grass connecting with the energy of the earth, walking in the quiet company of the forest, placing a hand on the trunk of a tree and feeling its soul connect deep within. The electric surge of energy through the molecular structure of my very being and the purest bliss to breath in all that surrounds me. This is what it is to be alive, this is what it is to be free. What is my…
  • how to key into abundance by doing less

    lindsey
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    My latest class for the Entheos Academy for Optimal Living is up! Check out How to Key Into Abundance by Doing Less Here’s a taster of what’s included: To really receive abundance, we need to first be able to recognize it. I know so many people who are blind to the abundance in their life, because they’re focused only on how much they are being paid. They don’t see things like the free yoga classes or health or sailing club memberships they’re getting, the free mentorship and support from people who love them, the endless offers of help from friends, trips to family or…
  • we create our life in every moment

    lindsey
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Power of Presence 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge has launched. Create your life in every moment. Go from reaction to creation, choosing from limited options to creating what’s ideal, and arrive in a state of powerful presence. Starts Nov. 7. Early bird ends tomorrow. Time is limited. Click for more info and registration. Let’s rise. libreliving.com/the-power-of-presence/ Related posts: 21 day mindfulness challenge. you’re invited to The Power of Presence liberated life 2013. what will you create? [space is limited] Liberated Life 2013. What will you create? [registration…
  • spinning? 5 practices for getting back to your place of power

    lindsey
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you’re stuck in a spin, unable to access your personal power, don’t worry, there’s lots you can do. Try these 5 practices for getting back to your place of power. 1. Journal it out. Writing down your thoughts, especially the worry-based ones, can be a hilarious experience. A tiny moment can trigger a tidal wave of untruths. When we write down what’s going on in our mind as a result of one of those tiny moments, we see what we’re making something mean: “Because that one possibility didn’t work out, nothing is going to.” Or “Because that…
  • 21 day mindfulness challenge. you’re invited to The Power of Presence

    lindsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Power of Presence This 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge is about arriving in a state of powerful presence, a state where we move out of the sinking feeling of Quicksand and into the strength, calm and ability of the Power of Presence. Mindfulness can get us there. In any situation, at any time in your life, mindfulness can be the pathway and the practice to move you out of overwhelm and stress and into strength and peace. This 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge will introduce you to mindfulness, help you see where you are lacking it, and teach you the most powerful ways to bring it into your life,…
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Effects Of Clouds On A Solar Panel

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Solar panels hold a wealth of benefits, both for individuals and for the world at large. Economically, solar panels promise to lower the cost of electrical power. Environmentally, solar panels can give us cleaner power, sustainable power that will not require further damage to the environment. Solar power can reach remote areas. It can carry education, or urgently needed medical information. The effects of clouds on a solar panel, though, might diminish those and other promising benefits. The effects of clouds on a solar panel might make it far less efficient in certain parts of the world and…
  • Considering Going Solar? Read This Valuable Solar Energy Advice First!

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    You may want to use solar energy at work or home, but you might not know very much about it. Do some research on the topic, and find reliable professionals who can help you with this project. Continue reading to learn more about solar energy. Be sure the solar energy system you choose can efficiently and reliably store the energy it produces. You have two options here. You can either sell the excess power to the electric company to offset the costs during cloudy days, or you can get a bank of batteries that will allow you to get off the grid completely. You can have solar power even in a…
  • Check Out These Great Solar Energy Tips!

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Lately, solar energy has become extremely popular for homeowners and businesses alike. What are the reasons that have kept you from getting on-board with solar energy? If you are interested in finding out what solar power can do for you, keep reading. In this article, we will share information about solar energy. When using solar energy for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to start out small. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. Many different stores carry these, such as Walmart and Lowe’s. They are very easy to…
  • Advice To Learn About Using Solar Energy

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
 
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Malo finds the mother inside the men for Ace

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Frieze Films’ Malo 8 directed Expensive Girlfriend, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris’s new commercial for Ace maize meal. The ad follows two men who turn into their mothers when they give a friend some relationship advice. “The mother’s love intervention was such a simple and strong idea,” says Malo. “I laughed when I read the brief, but there was also a fuzziness that came over me as I pictured the mother suddenly standing there and giving advice to one of the boys. As a director, I am well versed in creating warm, heartfelt stories; I also love doing quirky comedic pieces. But this was…
  • Heineken® igNITE, the first interactive beer bottle

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Heineken® introduces its first ever interactive ‘smart’ beer bottle that lights up when drinking, when toasting and in sync with the beat of the music. Heineken® is taking the party scene by storm with ‘igNITE’, a brand new interactive smart bottle that is guaranteed to draw attention at Heineken® events across the world. When you drink, when the right music is playing and when you “cheers” to celebrate, igNITE will glow with a beam of light through your beer bottle. With igNITE, Heineken® offers a fun and interactive way to put yourself in the spotlight. The South African…
  • A work of ‘GENiAS’

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    ‘GENiAS’ is the first feature film offering from KHINC STUDIOS, an exciting new local film, television and distribution firm, headed by writer, director and producer Khalid EL – Jelailati. GENiAS synopsis Three young friends, Rassi (Shelton Salie), CJ (Richard Lukunku) and Dylan (Danny Ross) with a serious desire to become famous musicians are thrown into the deep end. When Dylan proposes turning to crime to help their aspirations, they soon discover that they aren’t cut out for a life of criminality. This dark adventure thriller from Director/Writer/Producer, Khalid El-Jelailati…
  • willowlamp unveils two new award-winning designs – the Geometric Storm and Mandala No.2!

    SA Creatives
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Since its inception in 2005, willowlamp, with architect Adam Hoets at the reigns, has pioneered an innovative method of producing highly intricate and unique decorative lighting designs by attaching ball-chain to laser-cut steel frames, using geometry and nature’s ‘blueprint’ as inspiration. The result is a vast collection of lampshades, pendants and chandeliers that can today be seen suspended from the ceilings of globally renowned hospitality, retail and commercial sites. Perpetually inspired, Hoets is evolving not only his existing designs, but his vision for future designs…
  • Industry heavyweights set to judge IAB Bookmarks

    SA Creatives
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The judging panel has been announced for the upcoming IAB Bookmarks. The annual awards continue to entrench digital as a recognised medium with a panel of industry experts in online publishing, marketing and building categories. John Dixon, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Brandsrock, in his role as Jury President, will oversee all judging assisted by three Jury Chairs in the publishers, marketers and builders sections during two rounds of judging to determine the shortlist and the winners list respectively. Dixon is a board member of the Association of Communication Agencies (ACA), and has…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Where Do You Get Creative Inspiration? – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    [Continued from Part 1.] “Before the dance of inspiration and perspiration can begin, there must be some raw material, some spark of inciting energy.” From the book The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process by Tona Pearce Myers. Actor Rose McGowan relates an experience that may be common for many creative people: being inspired by seeing someone else’s artwork or other form of creative expression: “After saving my allowance for ten years, I flew to Paris when I was 15 years old. When I visited the Musée Rodin, I was profoundly inspired by the story…
  • Where Do We Get Creative Inspiration?

    Douglas Eby
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse. At least some people still embrace that idea, or at least like to use the concept. Novelist and author Steven Pressfield writes in his book “The War of Art” about pulling in creative power when we are doing creative work: “Power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and…
  • Fear and Courage and Creating

    Douglas Eby
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    “The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and psychologists note creative work requires courage or dealing with our fears. His quote is from the book Artist to Artist : Inspiration and Advice from Visual Artists Past & Present, edited by Clint Brown. Arianna Huffington notes fear can impact creative communities as well as individuals. She writes, “After all, it’s next to impossible…
  • Pushed to Excel – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    [Continued from Part 1] What does creative excellence take? In his article How to Win American Idol, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman refers to research by Rena Subotnik and Linda Jarvin, who “interviewed over 80 top students at different stages of their musical careers and identified the traits important to succeed at every stage on the way to the top. “The three abilities that were absolutely necessary as a baseline were intrinsic motivation, charisma, and musicality.” But for musicians at an “elite” level of talent, “technical proficiency mattered less…
  • Pushed to Excel

    Douglas Eby
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    “I push people beyond what’s expected of them. I believe that is an absolute necessity.” How much does forceful mentoring help students achieve excellence, and when does it become abusive? Those issues are part of the movie Whiplash, apparently named after the jazz standard by Hank Levy. The quote above is by acclaimed teacher Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons) at a music school reputed to be “one of the best in the country,” explaining his teaching approach to one of his star pupils, Andrew (Miles Teller), who idolizes jazz drummer Buddy Rich, and has aspirations to…
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    Cruzine

  • Brilliant Digital Art by Larry Wilson

    Paul Viluda
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Larry Wilson aka MagicWax is a freelance illustrator living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. Let's take a look at some if his artworks. Read More
  • Concept Illustrations by Monori Rogue

    Paul Viluda
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Collection of creative digital illustrations by Monori Rogue, an artist / illustrator / avid gamer based in Taiwan. Enjoy! Read More
  • Digital Illustrations by Aaron Griffin

    Paul Viluda
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Aaron Griffin is a young 23 years old freelance digital artist from Halesowen, United Kingdom. If you're into quality fantasy or portrait illustrations, make sure to check out the artworks below. Definitely worth it! Read More
  • Concept Art by Wojtek Fus

    Paul Viluda
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Wojtek Fus is a talented Polish digital artist / illustrator currently based in Paris, France. Below you may scroll through several quality concept / female portrait illustrations selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Amazing Digital Illustrations by Sylar113

    Paul Viluda
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Sylar113 is a talented 20-year-old digital artist / illustrator based in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Below, you may scroll through over 30 amazing artworks selected from his portfolio. For more, make sure to follow the link at the very bottom. Enjoy! Read More
 
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    Tangible Development

  • Come see us at the summit!

    Vera Dordick
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    We hope you’re going to be at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) next week because it’s going to be jam-packed full of inspiration and ideas! More than 50 chief executive officers will share the hard lessons they learned growing their companies at the all-day session on on Nov. 122014 Sujata Chaudhry, a principal with Tangible Development LLC, will be one of the thought leaders from across the region to speak at the event. The second annual BOSS event will once again spotlight leaders from various industries throughout the region. Each will deliver 5-minute…
  • Life is Like a Salad Bowl

    Vera Dordick
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    I love that headline! This item from the Huffington Post is just one of the articles featured in this week’s Global Culture Report. Other topics this week include: the brain benefits of learning another language the mother and daughter-in-law conflict teaching a global mindset, and Latinos are Hawaii’s fastest growing ethnic group.   Glad we can help you catch up on the global culture news that affects your business!
  • Keeping up with global news

    Vera Dordick
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Even if you’re a news junkie, keeping up with the latest happenings can be time consuming. When you add global media and insights to the mix, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest reports, analysis and intelligence that can affect your business.  That’s why we’re happy to announce the Global Culture Report, our weekly compilation of news, features, blogs and studies about global business, attitudes and culture.  Subscribe to the updates and you’ll get insightful articles, blogs and analysis delivered straight to your inbox every week.  Don’t…
  • Power posing and global cultures

    Vera Dordick
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most people know that often, body language can say more than words, so it’s no surprise that Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on “Power Poses” is one of the most watched ever. Before you start striking a power pose at your next team meeting, however, you might want to take into account the cultural background of your counterparts. Yesterday’s New York Times featured Cuddy and her research and talked about how organizations from Zappos to Feed to Facebook are learning about her theories and practices. While it’s fascinating stuff, it may not translate well. As Westerners, we…
  • Closing the deal with multicultural clients

    Vera Dordick
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Educating staff to communicate and negotiate effectively is a key goal when working with our real estate and property management clients.  We’re really excited to have the opportunity to share our expertise with professionals across the state by contributing an article to the New York Real Estate Journal. Check it out here:
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    Michael W. Roberts

  • Making Time to Learn from Story

    Michael
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    When we realize that stories are more than mental escapes, we incorporate them into our lives as guideposts. I’ve been reading a comic book series called The Unwritten again. It’s been a while since I last read it, but whenever I do, it’s always so engaging. It’s a story about story. It’s a story about how we, as readers, imbue a tale with power and how authors / writers / creators can manipulate that power in the real world (along with more nefarious forces). It’s about belief. It delves into the history of the world’s stories, and it connects them with…
  • Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

    Michael
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    All of us need planned buffer zones or slack to avoid the domino-like consequences of over-planning. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar. You have an hour until you have to get to work. You woke up late, and now you need to get a shower, iron your clothes, double-check your project that is due today, and run by the drug store to pick up your prescription before the day starts. Of course, the water heater has been on the fritz, so your shower took a lot longer to warm up than you expected. Your clothes had a particularly resistant strain of wrinkle, and you’re missing the title page…
  • This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

    Michael
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    My daughter has Crohn’s disease. If you’re not familiar with that particular ailment (I wasn’t), then you should know that the disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can be a pretty severe disease, and it’s not something that just goes away. There are various methods of treating the disease, which I won’t dig into at the moment. The National Library of Medicine has a pretty good write-up about it if you want to know more. For my family, Crohn’s disease has meant a few things: My daughter Brenna (now 4 years old) has to deal with some…
  • The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

    Michael
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Goal-setting is a tricky thing. Half the “experts” out there will tell you to reach for the stars and come up with the biggest ideas you can possibly dream up, and the other half will tell you to start small. Kinda infuriating, right? Thankfully, there are alternative views to the all or nothing approach of big goals. You can still achieve big results in smaller increments, but it will take persistence and focus. In their book Rework, authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson say, “The longer something takes, the less likely it is that you’re going to finish…
  • How to Approach Uncertainty: Faith or Reason?

    Michael
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    For many, the question of how to approach uncertainty is defined by either faith or reason. Not both. It’s one or the other. Do you go by faith, hoping that things will turn out due to whatever good fortune may come along? Or, do you use reason to discover your way out of the problem? This question extends to far more than just individual decisions. The approach of faith or reason weaves its way into our worldview, determining how we not only make decisions but also how we create our opinion of why things happen and how we teach our children. Our viewpoints, however, get a bit muddied…
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Incredible Embroidered Sculptures of Butterflies, Moths & Other Insects

    Jahangir Agha
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    These beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita with various textile and embroidery techniques. Each piece is inspired from realism of nature then manipulated into the […] The post Incredible Embroidered Sculptures of Butterflies, Moths & Other Insects appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Mischievous Fly Climbing All Over A Peaceful Lizard

    Jahangir Agha
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    A playful fly causes mischief by climbing all over a peaceful lizard while it relaxes on a branch. The confident little robber fly had no problems walking straight up to the green crested lizard and […] The post Mischievous Fly Climbing All Over A Peaceful Lizard appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Photos

    Jahangir Agha
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Amazing artist from Tel Aviv, Dudi Ben Simon, creates fun optical illusions by blending two unrelated objects into one visually recognizable piece. He posts his clever photos on his Instagram account under the title “My […] The post Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Photos appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • A Rainbow of Carrots

    Jahangir Agha
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:27 pm
    We are all used to seeing and eating the carrot we know has Orange and ordinary colors but very few of us know that there is an entire rainbow of carrot colors. Researchers at USDA’s […] The post A Rainbow of Carrots appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Giant Wooden Pencil-Shaped Floor Lamp

    Jahangir Agha
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    The HB Lamp is a giant 5.5ft. tall pencil-shaped floor lamp with a 26ft. cord snaking out of its tip. This beautiful pencil lamp is the debut product from Michael & George in their first […] The post Giant Wooden Pencil-Shaped Floor Lamp appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
 
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    Farnam Street

  • How Do People Get New Ideas?

    Shane Parrish
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a previously unpublished 1959 essay, Isaac Asimov explores how people get new ideas. Echoing Einstein and Seneca, Asimov believes that new ideas come from combining things together. Steve Jobs thought the same thing. What if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and…
  • Simplify Your Life

    Shane Parrish
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing.” — Jerome Klapka Jerome After realizing that she no longer wanted her life to be so complicated, Elaine St. James set out on a path to improve the quality of her life while decreasing the complexity. Simplify Your Life shares 100 of her tips to slow down and…
  • Building a Business and Making Your Mark

    Shane Parrish
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    While ‘managing by bestseller’ is a misguided approach to fixing organizational problems, there is a lot to be learned from the leading experts and entrepreneurs on what’s different about building a business today. Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact, edited by Jocelyn Glei, features insights from twenty-one leading experts and entrepreneurs to explore the principles that propel some of today’s most successful companies. It’s about “applying the forces of business to creativity.” In the foreword to the book, Scott…
  • Ideas are not singular

    Shane Parrish
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it, or throw it away and come up with something better.” In January 2006, Disney announced it would spend $7.4 billion to buy its “cousin” Pixar Animation Studios. Many wondered about the fate of Disney Animation Studios itself – would Disney shut down the division that forged its identity, but had stagnated since its success in the early 1990s with films like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast? Would it leave hand-drawn animation…
  • Charles Dickens to The Times — I Stand Astounded and Appalled

    Shane Parrish
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    On November 13, 1849 a crowd of over 30,000 people gathered outside a prison in South London to witness the public execution of Marie and Frederick Manning. Marie and Frederick, a married couple, had recently murdered Marie’s wealthy former lover, Patrick O’Connor. Given that this was the first married couple to be hanged in over a century, the publicity was intense, and it became known as “The hanging of the century.” The event also attracted the pen of Charles Dickens, who shared his opinion with The Times and its readers. Devonshire Terrace, Tuesday, Thirteenth…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Trond Fausa AurvågQuietly Standing Out From the Crowd

    Tod Hardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    We originally published this interview on Feb 26, 2014, and re-post it here to celebrate the debut of season 3 of Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer. “Hi mom, meet Torgeir, a cute ex ski jumper with half of his brain still functioning.” Trond Fausa Aurvåg Last week we had the pleasure of introducing many of you to Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer.  This quirky little show, which is actually produced by Norway’s Rubicon TV, has essentially flown under the radar here in the US, but it’s been renewed for a third season by Netflix, continues to be one of the…
  • Mike Nichols: A View of Life Continues

    Jordan Ancel
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “All of life is Chekhov… It’s one big miss.” These words I have carried with me for more than twenty years, and they have been informing me on how I see the world and the people in it, and how I assess my life and the lives of others— with an honest tragi-comic sardonic humor. These words were spoken to me by my mentor, Mike Nichols, legendary director, comic genius, master storyteller. He passed away last night at the age of 83, and when I awoke to the news, the weight of it was immediate. It is the true end of an era. We know his accomplishments, I don’t need to recount them. We…
  • With Heavyweight Contender Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

    Sophia Stein
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Foxcatcher is an arresting, thought-provoking, absurdist drama of timely import.  Once again, director Bennett Miller reimagines a true-life story as a basis to explore the complex and perverse psychology of its central players.  Moreover, Foxcatcher shines a bright light to expose dark truths in regards to the corruption of the American dream. Much has already been written about the formidable, head-turning physical-vocal-psychological transformations by actor Steve Carell, who has utterly and astonishingly morphed into John du Pont, wealthy heir to the family fortune.  Du Pont reinvented…
  • MK Chavez: Two Poems

    MK Chavez
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    MK Chavez is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press), Visitation, Next Exit #9 (with John Sweet) and Pinnacle (Kendra Steiner Editions). You can find her recent and upcoming work in Generations, This is Poetry and Zone 3. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Conference, Antioch Writers Workshop and VONA. She is co-founder and co-curator of the Berkeley-based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-organizer of the Berkeley Poetry Festival and she likes getting sticky whenever she gets the chance. I Married the Small Press It happened like the things that happen when you…
  • If At All: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

    Sarah Elgart
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Coming this week to LA’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, whose history alone is inspiring and moving as a testament to the power of human spirit. The company’s original founder, a woman by the name of Yehudit Arnon, who just passed away last year, was a Holocaust survivor. At the age of seventeen, her mother and she were taken to Auschwitz – which only she survived. She then went on to Birkenau where she shared her natural gifts for dance and movement with fellow inmates. Hearing of her talents, the Nazis ordered her to entertain…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Crunchy toasted cacao & coconut muesli (gluten free)

    Jess Carey
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When I make muesli, I prefer to make a large batch – it keeps well in an air-tight plastic tub. The other great thing about this, and a fact that seems to be quite little known, is that oats actually are gluten free by nature, if they’re pure and processed on specialised equipment! Oats are also a great source of fibre and protein, and have also been shown to help lower cholesterol, heart disease, assist in weight management (by keeping you fuller for longer) and helps stabilise blood sugar and energy levels. They’re the ultimate super food, and my breakfast of choice, every morning!
  • Maccaroni

    Editorial Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Maccaroni is a small corner of the Borne neighbourhood in Barcelona where the Italian culinary tradition comes to life! A wide variety of dishes of homemade pasta combined with high-quality ingredients, seasonal, always fresh and authentic. It is clear that Maccaroni is an authentic pastificio. Every day they prepare fresh pasta (like Grandma’s) that you can buy and cook at home with the sauce you fancy. A novel concept where choosing the type of pasta and sauce becomes a feat. And if you are in a hurry, they also offer takeaway service. Che dici, mangiamo la pasta fatta in casa? Carrer…
  • I Origins

    Eva Vera
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The director of the successful low-budget film Another Earth (Grand Jury Prize and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Festival 2011) returns to the sci-fi genre with I Origins, the filmmaker’s second feature film, which combines drama, metaphysics, science and romance. The result could not be more satisfying. In the last Fantastic Film Festival of Sitges, I Origins won the Best Feature Length Film Award in the Fantastic Official Category in competition. Because, again, Mike Cahill has achieved his goal: a well-narrated, directed and acted film. The plot revolves around a…
  • Charmed by the unconventional Prague

    Pedro Gomez
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Prague is a world-famous city and it undoubtedly arouses great touristic interest. At first it looks like an architectural ensemble taken from a story from the Middle Ages; it seems as if witch hunt still existed there. There are countless attractions in the capital of the Czech Republic that turn it into a city with personality. However, we have the feeling of being in a city with great dimensions; cobbled short distances between the most important sights and low buildings with wooden roofs makes us feel as if we were in a lovely little village. I could focus on describing the typical…
  • 70s Ready to Vogue

    Editorial Team
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    PHOTOGRAPHER ISRAEL VEINTIDOS www.israelveintidos.com FASHION STYLIST AND COORDINATOR MARIA DEL PUY AYERRA www.mdpfashionadvisor.com MODEL MADDIE AMBROSINI from LOOK MODEL AGENCY www.lookmodelagency.com CLOTHES TRENDY MONDAYS www.trendymondays.com HAIR STYLIST ADRIEN FLAMMIER www.adrienflammier.tumblr.com MAKE UP ARTIST KAROLIN JONES LOCATION SAN FRANCISCO
 
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    Creativity Tech

  • Aereo Writes Its Final Chapter

    Gordon Platt
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Following its Supreme Court defeat in June, Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. A somber letter to customers on the Aereo homepage today confirms what we already knew: without its fallen business model the company is unable to make money as a legitimate service. While Aereo’s final fall from grace is delivered with some measure of it, there’s still a fundamental refusal to admit that some crucial tenets of intellectual property law prevailed. Instead, CEO Chet Kanojia (pictured above) chose to focus on the “significant challenges from the incumbent media…
  • YouTube Music Raises More Questions Than It Answers

    Gordon Platt
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    To paraphrase a familiar old adage ,”if you don’t like the music streaming solutions on offer wait a few minutes.” While Mark Twain’s original observation was about the weather in New England, the music streaming space is developing rapidly enough to be a replacement for the digital age. Just a couple of weeks ago we looked at the plans of various music platforms attempting to distinguish themselves from competitors. Then, just as things seemed to be settled for the rest of the year, last week Google finally unveiled details about the 800lb gorilla in the room:…
  • MPAA Launches WheretoWatch.com

    Gordon Platt
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    The MPAA’s six member studios have just released WheretoWatch.com, a search engine that makes it easier than ever before to find and watch your favorite movies and television shows online. The introduction of the site is as a powerful counter to pirate sites that claim they’re in business only because viewers have no legitimate means to access their favorite movies and television shows. In fact, today there are more than 100 legal online services delivering movie and television content in the United States films and 56 billion television episodes in 2013 alone.
  • 25 Years On, Germany Turns to Artists to Recall Berlin Wall

    Gordon Platt
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. In the case of the once-divided city of Berlin, former nexus of East and West Germany and the front line of the Cold War, the idea to temporarily retrace the path of the Berlin Wall proved deceptively complex. The “Border of Light” – eight miles of 8,000 luminescent balloons with a personal message on each – was set up last week following years of planning around the best possible way to commemorate Berlin’s historic reconnection 25 years ago. The Border of Light extending past the Bundestag | Image Credit: Mareike NL As…
  • Music Streaming Competition Forces Services to Focus on Fragments

    Gordon Platt
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    When it launched to U.S. listeners in 2011, Spotify didn’t have to do much more than turn up to build its user base and convert subscribers. The streaming music market was thin and its name alone, encompassing some 20 million tracks that can with it, proved to be enough of a revelation to attract tens of millions of monthly active users, with 3 million now signed up as paying U.S. subscribers. Since that early gold rush the listening landscape has changed, quickly; music streaming competition is hotting up. Existing competitors like Rdio and ramped up their promotional efforts, while…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • Can’t Finish Your Creative Projects? Get More Done With These 3 Powerful Strategies

    Leanne Regalla
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    You can’t win if you don’t finish your creative projects. [This is a guest post by Bryan Collins.] Do you struggle to finish what you start? Do you have projects that have been sitting in a purgatory of incompletion for weeks, months, or years? That collection of stories that’s been hanging over your head, that sketchbook full of plans that mocks you from the corner of your desk, or those song bits that are still taking up space in your phone, perhaps. Maybe you’re waiting for a huge void to miraculously appear in your schedule, or inspiration to come down out of the sky and…
  • 03 – How To Blast Through Challenges to Grow Your Creative Business with Jon Morrow [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/makecreativitypay/MCP_003.mp3″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary We all have difficulties in our efforts to build a successful business. It may simply(!) be a lack of confidence or it could be a physical or psychological condition that makes success an uphill battle. But what if you could only move your face? Can you be an entrepreneur under…
  • 02 – How Photographer David Molnar Grew His List By 12K in 3 Months (with Tips for You) [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/makecreativitypay/MCP_002.mp3″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary Don’t miss this interview with photographer David Molnar who grew his opt-in email list by 12,000 subscribers in three months. No matter what field you’re in, the lessons David outlines are applicable and can help you grow your list of followers – and clients – too.
  • 01 – Welcome to the Make Creativity Pay Podcast

    Leanne Regalla
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    [smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/makecreativitypay/MCP_001.mp3″] Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think!   Subscribe on Stitcher   Subscribe on iTunes   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows.   Show Summary In this first, short episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, you’ll hear why I’m so passionate about helping you to make good money from your writing, music, photography, art, or whatever craft you’re obsessed with. You’ll…
  • 30 Warning Signs That Spell Failure for Your Creative Business

    Leanne Regalla
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    You’ve probably wondered if you have what it takes. Is your creative business doomed? You love creating, whether it’s plucking out a story or a song, producing a new show, capturing a sunrise to preserve a moment forever, or crafting that silver into wearable art. But when it comes to making good money at what you do? That’s a different story. There are so many things that you’re juggling, and they’re all important. It’s easy to let things the things you don’t like to do slide, to rationalize or make excuses, or to tell yourself you’ll get around to them someday. On top of…
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    Creativity 101

  • Side Projects Save Your Soul

    shelli
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    The worst client I ever had pushed me to the limits of sanity. I’m not proud to say that I did reach a point where I was avoiding their phone calls. A cheap client who wanted everything for nothing and project creep was out of control. I reached a point where I just wanted to get the job finished, get the guy out of my hair and write it off as a bad experience, but it felt like it would never end. I found the client so demanding, difficult to work with and the project so soul destroying that I stopped building sites for clients for a few years after that. I have been through several…
  • In-Depth Guide To Creating Personas & Why They Help Produce Better Content

    shelli
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Jane Walker is 34 and lives in Manchester with her boyfriend of 5 years. They have a city centre apartment and one car. She works in a designer clothing store as a manager and loves the perks of discounted clothing. Her parents live an hour’s drive away and she sees them on average every two weeks. She has one sister who lives and works in London, but they are not very close. Jane works from 9.30am till 6pm and has to work every Saturday. She goes to the gym three evenings a week and meets her girlfriends for a drink every Friday night. Jane is internet savvy and uses email, facebook and…
  • The 12 Best Fonts For Design: Inspired by Massimo Vignelli

    shelli
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Celebrated Italian designer Massimo Vignelli controversially claimed “we use too many typefaces“. Depending on where you stand on typography/design will depend on whether you agree with the statement or not, I personally whole-heartedly agree with Vignelli and call for a greater degree of discipline in the usage of fonts. You can read an opposing article about this statement and listen to an interview with Vignelli here. Massimo Vignelli: © Gabriela Herman NYC photographer “There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence”. Massimo…
  • Prankvertising Halloween Viral Videos for Inspiration

    shelli
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Maintaining creativity requires input of ingredients. You get out what you put in. A selection of material ranging from reading a diverse section of books, magazines and blogs; cultural stimulation from galleries, cinema and video; and keeping abreast of what others in the industry are producing is minimum requirement. Prankvertising is a relatively new viral genre for YouTube. Set-up a practical joke situation, film, edit and post. Big brands are investing heavily in ever more sophisticated viral videos to expand their reach. I love practical jokes. I am the girl who turns off the light when…
  • 2 Brands Using Pinterest Creatively (the right way)

    shelli
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Being a creative type I have always been a visual hoarder. I would collect ideas, images, illustrations, ads, magazines, photos, leaflets, flyers. In fact anything that had a visual appeal to me would end up in one of my huge scrapbooks as a reference for when I wanted inspiration on a creative project. This led me to perfect the cough-and-rip technique for removing pages from magazines in public places such as libraries, waiting rooms and hairdressers. If I saw something that sparked an idea to me there was no way I was leaving without it or my creativity could potentially suffer a lifetime.
 
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    Megan Coxe

  • Popping up

    Megan Coxe
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This week, .Bk, the ecommerce company I work with, is putting on a pop-up shop. We’ve worked weeks and hours to create a beautiful but temporary retail space in Williamsburg and it’s exciting to see this project come to fruition. Pop-ups can be a great way for businesses to generate buzz and create new customers. But as with any venture, there’s also the potential for a huge disappointment. Design by Sante Miceli Studio. Photography by Sam Purcell. Here are five things you should consider before you pop-up: What is your goal? Is your primary goal local sales? Increasing awareness of…
  • Love Web Design? You Could Win $7,500

    Megan Coxe
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Who doesn’t love a good contest? I found out recently that the folks at JotForm launched a contest to celebrate their new Form Designer. And yeah, the grand prize is $7,500. You shouldn’t pass up this contest if you have an inkling of design skill. All you have to do is use the Form Designer to create an awesome web form, and you’ll be in the running. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are six other categories in which you can still win $500.   What’s the big deal with web forms? Says JotForm founder Aytekin Tank: Since the beginning of Internet, web forms have…
  • Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?

    Megan Coxe
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Should I get a Masters? This is a question I should have spent more time pondering before I got one – in Spanish Literature no less. The short answer: probably not. As others have pointed out, the costs of getting a graduate degree are generally very high, and in many cases, your salary afterwards doesn’t make up for that loss. Which has lead to the mantra, “the smart people are somewhere else.”   The big caveat is that if you want to teach, and certainly if you want to teach at the college level, you should get a Masters. Blogger and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk once…
  • Goal Setting and Loving What You Do

    Megan Coxe
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    “Do what you love!” the taxi driver proclaimed as he swerved around a car and just grazed two pedestrians when he took a left turn on a busy thoroughfare in Buenos Aires.  “I used to be an industrial designer, but the job made me sick. I was around so many chemicals, the hours were long, and it wasn’t making me happy. This I love,” he said caressing his taxi. “I talk to people from all over the world, like you. The hours are still long and the pay isn’t as great but I don’t regret it. Not for a second.” “Was he right?” I remember thinking as I stepped out of that cab.
  • Why Introverts Make Great Networkers

    Megan Coxe
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    You know those days when after work, you’re supposed to go an event filled with unknown and once-met business colleagues to do that thing where you shake hands with a slew of them and trade paper cards?  Many of you (myself included) would probably rather be at home reading a book, on Reddit, watching TV, or sharing a drink with a friend – or just doing anything else at all. The thought of one of these events might even cause you a bit of anxiety or a few nerves: the attempt to make an impression on strangers in a professional environment, the inane small talk, watching as others…
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    Creativity For Life

  • Thanksgiving Place Mats

    Deborah
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the fall, you can find all sorts of seasonal table decorations at any home décor or discount store. There are lots of nice designs to choose from, but wouldn’t you rather have something that fits your style perfectly? You can make your own Thanksgiving place mats quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and they can brighten […] The post Thanksgiving Place Mats appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video)

    Deborah
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    A little more than two years ago, Montreal/Toronto-based photographer Benjamin Wong was a mining engineer who took pictures on the side. In 2012, he quit his engineering career and threw himself into photography full time. He’s now an award-winning photographer admired for his “epic, surreal, fantasy storytelling.” “I am a self-taught artist who quit his […] The post Creativity Is A Way Of Life (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative Holidays: November 20 – 26

    Deborah
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Looking for some creative holidays to celebrate in the upcoming week? Look no further!   November 20th Use Less Stuff Day Post by Wellness News.     November 21st World Hello Day World Hello Day is observed annually on November 21 to express that conflicts should be resolved through communication rather than the use of […] The post Creative Holidays: November 20 – 26 appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life (Review)

    Deborah
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    We habitually view work and play as mutually exclusive opposites. But what if we didn’t? What if we could manifest whatever our heart desires from a place of fun, joy, and ease? What if having more fun could mean getting more done? In her newest book – Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest […] The post Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life (Review) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Pine Cone Thanksgiving Turkeys (Tuesday Tutorial)

    Deborah
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    Thanksgiving’s almost here! You’ve planned out your menu and invited your guests, and now it’s time to turn your thoughts to your Thanksgiving dinner table decorations. You and your kids can make a flock of these festive pine cone Thanksgiving turkeys to decorate the dinner table! Here’s What You’ll Need: Yellow and red felt Tacky […] The post Pine Cone Thanksgiving Turkeys (Tuesday Tutorial) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • THE CREATIVE LIBRARY PART THE FIRST

    Donald Rattner
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the discussion of creative thinking and innovation growing in volume on a daily basis, there is an ever accumulating collection of books on the subject awaiting those who want to be part of that conversation. That's the good news, and the mostly good news. For as this repository of information grows, so does the challenge of figuring out which tomes are worth reading, and which are better left on the shelf. Fortunately there are smart people out there who can help people sort out the must reads from the less must reads. One of the most credible authorities on creativity we…
  • BREAK OPEN YOUR WALLETS FOR APTO

    Donald Rattner
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    One of the proven methods for achieving innovation in design is to engage in what we call creative de-construction. By that we mean taking an object, "exploding" it into its constituent parts, and then re-constituting it by re-joining the parts using connections that are now flexible rather than fixed. Examples of products that have been re-imagined using this method include a candle holder, a knapsack, a clock, and toy cars. In each case what had been a monolithic object now becomes a mutable, modular one. The benefits of this deconstructive process are many. For one, users become…
  • THE CREATIVITY CATALOG IS PUBLISHED!

    Donald Rattner
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The subject of creativity has re-entered the public discourse with renewed importance in the course of the past decade. In part this resurgence of interest can be traced to economic factors, such as the competition among businesses vying for dominance in a global or contested marketplace that rewards the creators of innovative, ground-breaking products and services. To succeed in this environment individuals and companies recognize they must have the skills needed to exercise what is commonly referred to as creative thinking. For others the motivation is more personal and less material,…
  • DOCKS MODULAR FURNITURE FOR POOL AND PALAZZO

    Donald Rattner
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Spanish design duo Romero Vallejo took the easy way out when they came up with their DOCKS collection of indoor/outdoor furniture for Gandia Blasco. Well sort of. You see, they simply designed a single module out of which you can extract a nearly limitless array of different configurations for seating, tables and pedestals. That's what we call a great RODI (Return on Design Investment), both for you (the user) and them (the designer and manufacturer). Made of aluminum and inspired by industrial manufacturing and architectural design, the rectangular slatted module is both attractive…
  • MESSY OR TIDY: WHICH DESK IS BEST FOR CREATIVITY?

    Donald Rattner
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Messy or tidy — which is better? Historically, the evidence has favored the tidy camp. Cleanliness, as the proverb says, is next to godliness. The anthropologist Mary Douglas noted almost 50 years ago a connection between clean, open spaces and moral righteousness. More recently, psychologists have shown that the scent of citrus cleaning products is enough to raise people’s ethical standards and promote trust. Conversely, in another study, people were found to associate chaotic wilderness with death. But if messiness is so bad, why do so many people tolerate, and even embrace, it? Not…
 
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