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  • “The best ideas…” (Hint: let it load.)

    Creative Something
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    “The best ideas…” (Hint: let it load.)
  • We Can Learn From Dyslexia How to Think Creatively

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    Rod Judkins, MA, RCA
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Dyslexia can be an attribute for innovation, idea generation and creativityread more
  • How a USB charger can save the lives of millions.

    Get Fresh Minds
    Katie Konrath
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In the developing world, cooking is a major health issue - and not for the reason you think. Despite all the advances in technology, nearly 200 million people in India and China still make their daily meals over ineffient wood stoves or open fires. This method of cooking emits large amounts of smoke, gas and carbon, polluting the air and poisoning the people who use them. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million worldwide die every year from the smoke generated by cooking and heating. The resulting indoor air pollution causes respiratory issues, lung disease and pneumonia, and…
  • Introducing Get Rich Slowly: A 52-Week Guide to Building Wealth

    The Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months nearly a year’s worth of work, we’re now ready to unveil Get Rich Slowly: the 52-week, action-packed course. *A 120-page Field Manual to Freedom *18 Interviews (audio + transcripts) with Personal Finance Experts *A Suite of Resources to Help You Budget, Save, and Invest *A New Lesson Every Week for a Year (52 detailed lessons) *Featuring a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (it will help you, or you don’t pay) –>Check it out over here A year in the making, the Get Rich Slowly course is a…
  • 11 Ways to Avoid Burnout

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    Sasha Vanhoven
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The latest Gallup poll (2012) revealed that 87 percent of employees are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” from their jobs worldwide. This means that, on average, burnt out employees outnumber the engaged employees 2 to 1. Traditional theories teach us that burnout is caused by working too many hours or enduring too much stress, but that’s a gross oversimplification of the matter. Not every person feels overwhelmed at the thought of delving into an inbox 96 new emails deep, and some people actually rely on pressure at work to perform at a high level.
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  • Love Undetectable: Andrew Sullivan on Why Friendship Is a Greater Gift Than Romantic Love

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Reflections on the cornerstone of our flourishing. “A principal fruit of friendship,” Francis Bacon observed, “is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.” Thoreau would “sometimes awake in the night and think of friendship and its possibilities.” St. Augustine described friendship as “sweet beyond the sweetness of life.” But what exactly is friendship — what defines its singular hallmark? Shortly after his dear friend Patrick’s death, Andrew Sullivan —…
  • Upside Down Day: Rare and Wonderful Vintage Children’s Book by the Head of NASA’s Public Affairs Office

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    An ode to those times when everything seems backwards. In 1968, less than a year before the iconic NASA moon landing, a charming children’s book titled Upside Down Day (public library) made its debut. What made it special weren’t just the vibrant illustrations by artist Kelly Oechsli, but that it was written by Julian Scheer — the head of NASA’s Public Affairs Office, responsible for enchanting Americans with the space program. There is something immeasurably wonderful about knowing that the person in charge of tickling the public imagination into embracing the pursuit…
  • Why Love Needs Space: Applying the Benjamin Franklin Effect to Romantic Relationships

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Empirical evidence for the healthy push-and-pull of love. You may recall the Benjamin Franklin Effect — that odd phenomenon of reverse psychology wherein doing someone a favor makes us like the person more. In this short “science experiment,” complete with a mandatory lab coat, the folks at SoulPancake set out to apply the Founding Father’s insight to the realm of romantic relationships. Though the task itself may appear silly and the quantitative finding hardly earth-shattering, beneath it lies a bigger and rather important qualitative point about the push-and-pull of…
  • Susan Sontag on Beauty vs. Interestingness

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Defying consumerism and the banality of the beautiful, or why our capacity for astonishment endures. “Attitudes toward beauty are entwined with our deepest conflicts surrounding flesh and spirit,” Harvard’s Nancy Etcoff wrote in her fantastic meditation on the psychology of beauty. Indeed, beauty is a complex beast surrounded by our equally complex attitudes, and who better to tease those complexities apart than the greatest public intellectual of the twentieth century? Months before her death, Susan Sontag — who had a lifetime of strong opinions on art and who coined…
  • Three Delightful Poems About Dogs from E.B. White

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A charming celebration from literary history’s premiere champion of the canine. Perhaps due to the occupation’s necessary solitude and the dearth of distracting human company it inherently requires, writers and their pets have always had a special bond. Chief among them was E. B. White — extraordinary essayist and satirist, celebrator of New York, champion of integrity, upholder of linguistic style. Over the course of his life, he owned — parented, rather — a dozen dogs, which inspired the infinitely wonderful writing collected in E. B. White on Dogs (public…
 
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  • Emails Are Not For Real-Time Requests (and Other Rules)

    Hamza Khan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Email by Christopher Holm-Hansen from The Noun Project You probably know of at least one person who uses emails for real-time requests. They annoyingly ask if you’ve read their emails, sometimes instantly after sending them. This expectation puts unnecessary pressure on you to interrupt your productivity by incessantly checking your inbox. For those of us working with such people, consultant Cyrus Stoller has come up with some rules on using multiple channels to reach each other instead of just email. With smartphones, we’re able to create a simple system of sorting and escalating…
  • 11 Ways to Avoid Burnout

    Sasha Vanhoven
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The latest Gallup poll (2012) revealed that 87 percent of employees are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” from their jobs worldwide. This means that, on average, burnt out employees outnumber the engaged employees 2 to 1. Traditional theories teach us that burnout is caused by working too many hours or enduring too much stress, but that’s a gross oversimplification of the matter. Not every person feels overwhelmed at the thought of delving into an inbox 96 new emails deep, and some people actually rely on pressure at work to perform at a high level.
  • Discover How You Really Spend Your Time

    Tanner Christensen
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Are you spending your time on the right things every day? We often misunderstand how we’re spending our time, which leads to lost productivity or overlooked routines. On The Daily Muse, Erin Greenawald presents a useful way of seeing just how you spend your time: draw it on a handy chart. Greenawald writes: The first step in becoming more productive is understanding where your time is going now! It’s simple—grab the [included] visual and then either print it out or open it up…using the paint tool (or your colored pencils), give each activity a unique color, and then color in each…
  • How One Man Went From IT to “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

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    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Moon designed by Sebastian Langer from the Noun Project For 20 years, Bryan Donaldson worked 9-to-5 as an IT Guy in Illinois. At 40, he had a wife, a kid, and a house with a big backyard. He also had a wicked sense of humor and a Twitter account. Two years and 40,000 followers later, he also has a new job as staff writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers. A recent piece for Vulture explains how he made the jump:  One of Donaldson’s longtime followers is Alex Baze, head writer and producer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. Last fall, when Baze began hiring for the writers’ room in…
  • Stop Trying to Be Hemingway: The Myth of Creative Routines

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    21 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Designed by Dmitry Baranovskiy for the Noun Project The creative routines of famous creatives has been popular internet fodder this year. The Pacific Standard thinks this obsession and trend of emulating famous artist’s habits is problematic, to say the least. The larger picture, says Casey N. Cep, is that most artists did not always followed these routines they’re known for anyways. In the end they would have still produced genius work regardless of the kind of breakfast they ate, hours they worked, or whatever office supplies they used. The idea that any one of these habits…
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  • “The best ideas…” (Hint: let it load.)

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    “The best ideas…” (Hint: let it load.)
  • Stepping back from creativity to move forward with it

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stress hinders creativity by using available brain energy for non-creative tasks, like worrying or uncontrollably eating a pint of ice cream. Because it signals to the brain that there’s danger nearby, stress restricts our focus by releasing tense-inducing biochemicals and reverting processes from one are to another (think: fight or flight, not fight and flight). Focused on the things causing us stress, we lose our ability to produce creative output. Occasionally the stress can provide a much-needed break from the work, but more often than not stress makes it hard to be creative. An…
  • "Because that’s where the quality is. It’s in the practice, the process, the struggle and repetition...."

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    “Because that’s where the quality is. It’s in the practice, the process, the struggle and repetition. It’s in the hours of contemplation at work, in the park, the shower and the Mexican restaurant around the corner. Creativity is not to be rudely shoved into being–” - James Victore talks in this video about speed versus quality
  • The importance of confidence in creativity

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Confidence is part of creativity that often gets ignored. Yet it’s confidence that allows creative exploration and insights to occur in the first place. An artist who sits down to paint but is thoroughly convinced that she “isn’t really a painter” is already heading down a path where options for creation are limited. At the end of the day, she’s more inclined to wind up with a blank canvas and a headache than an inspirational piece of artwork. Many of us who have a powerful creative drive refuse to let it become more than just a few occasional day dreams not because we…
  • "To have more creative ideas we need to evaluate not the color of the room or the size of our..."

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    “To have more creative ideas we need to evaluate not the color of the room or the size of our notebook, but instead whether or not we got a full night of sleep, what motivation we’re dealing with, our level of interest and curiosity, our ability to tinker and experiment…” - What really matters for having ideas and why the color of your room doesn’t matter
 
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  • 13 Risky New Novels That Succeed

    Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The 13 books reviewed here offer entertainment and mental stimulation, and are great examples of novelists who took risks and achieved their creative goals.read more
  • Shakespeare for Everyone

    Lisa Rivero
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Not only is this month the 450th birthday celebration of the bard, it is also National Poetry Month, both of which are reminders that poetry is not just for English majors. Poetry matters now more than ever, whether we read it or write it, because it forces us to pay attention: to a word, a phrase, a line, an idea, or an object, if only for a few moments.read more
  • The New "Happy," A Protest Anthem

    Kimberly Sena Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    I'm rethinking the peppy, Oscar-nominated pop tune "Happy" after reading about its new role as a protest anthem. How did this happen?read more
  • The Letters on the Blocks in Kindergarten Weren’t “Right”

    Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    After finding out that his condition was genetic my grandfather asked all of his grandkids, “What color is 3?” Turned out he and I shared colored letters.read more
  • We Can Learn From Dyslexia How to Think Creatively

    Rod Judkins, MA, RCA
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Dyslexia can be an attribute for innovation, idea generation and creativityread more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 21 – 27

    Leah
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/21/14 - 4/27/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 14- 20

    Leah
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/14/14 - 4/20/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 7 – 13

    Leah
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/7/14 - 4/13/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for April: Spring

    Leah
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of April 2014, the theme will be Spring. After this winter, I think an infusion of Spring is needed, straight away! As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2014 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here. I'll be posting about the…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 31 – April 6

    Leah
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 3/31/14 - 4/6/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Introducing Get Rich Slowly: A 52-Week Guide to Building Wealth

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months nearly a year’s worth of work, we’re now ready to unveil Get Rich Slowly: the 52-week, action-packed course. *A 120-page Field Manual to Freedom *18 Interviews (audio + transcripts) with Personal Finance Experts *A Suite of Resources to Help You Budget, Save, and Invest *A New Lesson Every Week for a Year (52 detailed lessons) *Featuring a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (it will help you, or you don’t pay) –>Check it out over here A year in the making, the Get Rich Slowly course is a…
  • Tomorrow: How to Leave Debt Behind and Master Your Money

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Six years ago I had the idea to start a blog. At the time I had no clue what I was doing—a status that hasn’t changed much over the years. But despite being clueless, I knew that I could look to others who had done it and see what worked for them. Then, in an attempt to steal adapt their strategies, I’d try to make a go of it myself. In the early days, the person I adapted from more than anyone else was J.D. Roth. J.D. was my blogging role model. I loved what he had done with a popular site called Get Rich Slowly. He wrote well, sharing stories and providing practical tips. He…
  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
  • A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
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  • Capitalism won’t be replaced with Socialism, but with something far more trippy

    Hugh MacLeod
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Everybody and their mother has been predicting the death of capitalism for the last couple of years, ever since the bankers screwed eveything up etc. That might be true, it probably isn’t. But even if it capitalism were to bite the dust, it doesn’t mean socialism will take its place. I imagine something else would have to emerge instead, something that Marx or Lenin  could not possibly have foreseen. This video explains the most likely scenario I’ve seen so far: Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things. Basically, the entire economy will be…
  • How to affect corporate culture in a meaningful way

    Hugh MacLeod
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    [Untitled drawing from 2003 etc.] [N.B. Harold has a new book out, "Seeking Perpetual Beta".] So I wrote a wee note to one of my favorite “Culture” thinkers these days, Harold Jarche: Speaking of the ever-changing nature of work… 1. Culture is a HUGE issue for business now. 2. Most CEOs don’t have a frickin’ clue what to do about it, and it’s keeping them up at night. Thoughts? Howard kindly wrote back: My view on culture is that it is an emergent property of all the interactions and behaviours in an organization. I think that if you want to change culture,…
  • Why “Culture” is not just another business fad

    Hugh MacLeod
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This was a rather flippant cartoon I drew yesterday in my notebook, that actually makes a serious point about our business model, namely: 1. Now that the ideas of “job for life” and “work-life balance” are well and truly consigned to the dustbin of history… 2. Now that we’re expected to answer work emails at 11pm on Christmas Eve… 3. Now that we’re expected to fly to Chicago in February, so we can get up at 6a.m. in time for a breakfast meeting and talk about nothing for five hours [This actually happened recently to a Geneva-based friend of mine]… 4. Now that instead of…
  • The Genesis Of The gapingvoid Business Model

    Hugh MacLeod
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    1. THE VALUE CURVE For those of you new to gapingvoid, I thought I’d tell you what the gapingvoid business model is all about, from my own unique perspective. My background is advertising. I often noticed while working on Madison Avenue that the problems clients were asking us to solve weren’t really going to do much good, even if our agency was doing a stellar job. What’s the use of doing an award-winning, attention-grabbing Super Bowl ad…if the product actually kinda sucks and nobody really likes it? [That happened a lot during the DotCom bubble, as we all know.] And why was the…
  • The Antidote Economy: “Authentic” living needs lots of “fake” people in order to pay for it.

    Hugh MacLeod
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    [Orignally posted at The Marfa Project etc.] This cartoon represents the great #firstworldproblem of our age. We’re all just trying to do too much, and it’s wearing us out. In a this *brave* new world of stimulus oversupply, we’re starting to see potential antidotes popping up everywhere, that besides providing gainful employment to our friends the hipsters, is becoming an increasingly important coping mechanism and necessary part of the overall economy. I call it “The Antidote Economy”. Bed & breakfast weekends in Vermont, Zen meditation retreats in New Mexico,…
 
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  • Should I Worry About Unsubscribes? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some context for the folks at home: The person emailing this question is taking Let’s Fix Your Business. There’s a whole lotta backstory of what happened before she asked this question, and a whole lotta stuff that happened after she asked this question. But for now, we’re going to take it as a little vignette, a slice of the life of an evolving ittybiz owner. The writer is, at the time of the letter, on the cusp of making SIGNIFICANT changes to the content she’s sending to her email list. It would not be unreasonable to assume a number of her subscribers are going to…
  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you are following the rules of the Internet Marketing Cool Kid, you have doubtless read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Alternatively, you have purchased Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and have read enough blog posts and articles about the anecdotes therein that you feel you may as well have read it, even if you have not. For those of you who have not read the book or the anecdotes from other people who have read the book, I’ll give you a brief executive summary: Some people are freakishly good. Now that your executive summary is out of the way, I’ll expand. Some people…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Dave’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome to part two!  Yesterday, Naomi answered a question from a student taking the Emergency Turnaround Clinic.  Today, Dave gives his answer to the same question. “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer a giveaway for three free sessions, winners drawn at random, for anyone who shared the post on social media and left a comment. And… crickets. So I asked several…
  • How To Incentivize Something That’s Hard To Incentivize

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
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  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
  • T is for Teaching

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Teaching is one of those evergreen triple-win opportunities. You rarely go wrong with it when you do it well. Think about it: If you teach something well, whatever you are teaching becomes clear in your own mind and you will become better at it. On the other hand, the people you are teaching to will learn something and they will grow. There is an additional bonus:  Teaching is a valuable gift and when you engage in teaching with genuine care, more often than not it will activate the power of reciprocation in the other person. When used right, it becomes your secret to high-leverage. Let’s…
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  • Catastrophe Inc

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Another catastrophe has overtaken John Kerry.  It’s almost routine now. The Middle East peace process that was going to fix everything has finally gone belly up.  John Kerry’s tireless overtures have somehow resulted in the Palestinian authority joining Hamas. You wonder how he did that. That alliance with the terror organization deep-sixed any hopes for a deal with Israel. The New York Times dolefully reports that things aren’t working out as planned: The unity pact, coming days before the April 29 expiration date for the American-brokered peace talks that have been the…
  • 48 Frames Per Second

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    How much do world leaders respect president Obama? “Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces,” writes the Daily Beast.  ”Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military” . “This wasn’t just about implementing lessons learned from [the 2008 invasion of] Georgia, it was about giving them a basis for a different kind of operations,” said Fiona Hill, a former top intelligence official on Russia, now with the Brookings Institution. “We should have been paying more…
  • The Undiscovered Country

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Daily Telegraph reports this Easter week that China is on course to become the country with the largest number of Christians in the world. “The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.” The new spread of Christianity has the Communist Party scratching its head. … Yet others within China’s leadership worry about how the religious landscape might shape its political future, and its possible impact on the Communist Party’s grip on power, despite the clause in the country’s…
  • Getting It

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of the most powerful political weapons in the world today was — is —  self-hostaging.  A party threatens to harm itself unless demands are granted. “Then it will be your fault.” This tactic was on full display in the Middle East. BREAKING: Palestinians Threaten to Dismantle the Palestinian Authority. Will the crisis in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations soon lead to the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority? Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a veiled threat stressing that he will dismantle the Palestinian Authority in his meeting with…
  • Outpost in the East

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    A Washington Post report that the US has decided to deploy ground forces to Poland, ostensibly to act as a tripwire to deter further Russian threats, raises some interesting issues. Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been…
 
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  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

    Paul
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    You’ve seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There’s no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there’s an ATM next door. Careful! We’d like to watch your stuff for you, but we’re busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there’s…
  • CapitalizeYourURLsAndHashTags

    Paul
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Check out these URLs: ExpertSexChange.com vs. ExpertsExchange.com How it is written: expertsexchange.com | How it is interpreted: ExpertSexChange.com What they meant: ExpertsExchange.com And these two… TeacherStalking.com vs. TeachersTalking.com How it is written: teacherstalking.com | How it is interpreted: TeacherStalking.com What they meant: TeachersTalking.com While the URLs are spelled the same, there is a big difference in the meaning depending on how they’re interpreted. We need to treat our messages as if they’re written for a billboard, posted on a highway, with a 65…
  • It’s Called A Presentation…

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • Great Brands Aren’t Display Cakes, They’re Real To The Core

    Paul
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    Today Idea Sandbox is Stop #3 for the virtual book tour featuring Denise Lee Yohn’s book: What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest. Before I jump into the questions I had for Denise… I want to summarize my take on the philosophy of the book… You’ve seen wedding cakes on display in the window of a bakery. Beautifully decorated, delicious-looking cakes. The baker doesn’t bake display cakes each day… they decorate hollow, plastic forms. These display cakes are an advertisement for the real thing. Serve…
  • “What Great Brands Do” Virtual Book Tour

    Paul
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today is Day 2 of the virtual book tour featuring What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest by Denise Lee Yohn. Author and Customer Loyalty expert Jackie Huba kicked the tour off on Monday at her site with: Q&A with the author of new book, What Great Brands Do Tuesday (today) Phil Gerbyshak posted a great video interview with Denise. Check it out… What to know the Secret of What Great Brands Do? Here is the tour schedule for the rest of the week! Wednesday – Idea Sandbox (You are here!) Thursday – Brand Autopsy with…
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  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
  • How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity

    Brian Cormack Carr
    24 Oct 2013 | 7:23 am
    Are you the type of creative person who only generates ideas and solutions when you’ve had your full eight hours of shut-eye? Or perhaps you find your mind firing off with so many bright ideas that you sometimes find it hard to get to sleep? Here’s how to consciously use sleeplessness to your advantage – by tapping its power to silence your inner critic and open you up to new streams of innovative thinking. I was a student when I first came across Dorothea Brande’s book Becoming A Writer. At the time, writing loomed large in my life: I was writing essay after essay for my…
  • Why You Need to Ask More Creative Questions

    Aaron Morton
    6 Aug 2013 | 6:25 am
    I love crime dramas, especially ones where the protagonist appears to have a psychological edge over everyone else, such as The Mentalist, Sherlock and Luther. The way they look at the crime scene from a different perspective and as a result get new insights into the case that ultimately leads them to the villain. The majority of times what leads the protagonist to get fresh insight is the quality of questions they ask. When I coach my clients, I do so with the understanding that the questions I ask influences the direction of their thinking. For example, if I ask you “What will…
  • IMPORTANT: If you want to keep receiving Lateral Action…

    Mark McGuinness
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    If you subscribe to Lateral Action via email… You can relax, there’s nothing for you to do. You’ll keep getting the latest blog posts as usual. Sorry to bother you, and have a great weekend. If you subscribe to the RSS feed… I’ve moved the Lateral Action RSS feed from Feedburner to Feedblitz, for a more reliable and better supported service. So if you’re subscribed via RSS and you want to keep receiving practical inspiration from Lateral Action, you need to subscribe to the new feed. You have two choices: Subscribe via email – the most reliable way to…
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  • How to Create a Haiku Poem

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    How to Create a Haiku Poem Start with a haiku walkabout I participated in a haiku workshop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • April is National Poetry Month

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    April is National Poetry Month What is poetry good for? Good poetry causes me to pause, reflect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine

    Linda Naiman
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine  features Rotman... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is Creativity?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Feb 2014 | 5:43 am
    What is Creativity? Revised Feb 17, 2014 Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our future leaders on business, innovation and their impact on society

    Linda Naiman
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Our future leaders on business, innovation and their impact on society Gen Y Millennials will soon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Great STEM Video for Architecture and Cantilever Spans Lesson

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Thanks to Brian Crosby, my 4th and 5th grade STEM students are in the midst of a mini-unit focusing on cantilever spans and architecture. Since our high stakes testing saga in Oklahoma of modified schedules is continuing this week, it’s good to have flexible lesson plans. After building the cantilever spans per Brian’s lesson suggestions, today I showed some of my classes how to use the iPad app “Explain Everything” to create a short, 3 slide narrated slideshow. In the midst of researching cantilever span architecture, I found this wonderful YouTube video (“How…
  • Meet New OKCPS Superintendent: Rob Neu (April 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This evening the board of Oklahoma City Public Schools approved the contract of Rob Neu as the new district superintendent. Interim superintendent Dave Lopez, former Secretary of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma, continues to serve as the district’s top leader until Neu will assume the reins later this year.   by  Wesley Fryer  Neu is an educator originally from Michigan, but has most recently served as the superintendent of schools in Federal Way, Washington, which is just south of Seattle.   by  Wesley Fryer  Mr Neu does have a…
  • Blogs I Follow (From a Feedly OPML Export)

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I received an email this weekend from a reader of one of my books who wanted an updated list of educational blogs I subscribe to and read. I updated my “Educational Blogs” page today with an updated linked list, and the following explanatory text: The following is a list (updated on 19 April 2014) of blogs to which I’m subscribed using Feedly. Many of these are educationally related blogs, but not all of them. I have eclectic interests. I have these (mostly) categorized in Feedly, but unfortunately the Feedly OMPL export function does not include categories. I converted my…
  • Book Review: “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” by danah boyd

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This semester one of my personal goals has been to read more books. I’ve been a subscriber to Audible.com since 2010, but had fallen out of the habit of listening to books on my drives and commutes in the past year, as well as reading books before bed. Over time my media diet had changed to consist almost entirely of blog posts and digital news articles I found via Feedly, Flipboard, and Twitter, and I’ve wanted to balance that a bit with more long form reading. I’ve recently finished listening to several books as well as reading one, and I’ve decided to write book…
  • Tender and Sweet First Grade Blog Comments

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Most of the teachers at my wife’s elementary school in Oklahoma City have starting using KidBlog with their students this semester for interactive writing, and students as well as parent volunteers are getting involved with commenting. This comment thread on a first grader’s photo post about his animal project is tender and sweet, including feedback from a sibling.   by  Wesley Fryer  How wonderful it is that adults as well as students are able to engage in interactive writing like this together, which is all MODERATED by classroom teachers! Can first…
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  • How a USB charger can save the lives of millions.

    Katie Konrath
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In the developing world, cooking is a major health issue - and not for the reason you think. Despite all the advances in technology, nearly 200 million people in India and China still make their daily meals over ineffient wood stoves or open fires. This method of cooking emits large amounts of smoke, gas and carbon, polluting the air and poisoning the people who use them. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million worldwide die every year from the smoke generated by cooking and heating. The resulting indoor air pollution causes respiratory issues, lung disease and pneumonia, and…
  • Busting assumptions about preventing teen pregnancy.

    Katie Konrath
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What assumptions are you making without even knowing it?  Are those assumptions preventing you from seeing real solutions to your challenges? When TV shows like "16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" launched, critics contended that those shows glorified teen pregnancy. They believed that starstruck young women would want to emulate what they saw on TV - much like young men imitated the Jackass stunts. But data shows that the opposite is true. Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College found that "16 and Pregnant” actually motivates teens…
  • Compelling new evidence for why innovators should target only one customer at a time.

    Katie Konrath
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently I wrote about why it's essential for innovators to go by the motto "less is more" when they're promoting an idea.  Turns out that "less is more" when deciding who to promote your idea to as well! The Journal of Consumer Research just published a fascinating article titled Overindividuation in Gift Giving: Shopping for Multiple Recipients Leads Givers to Choose Unique but Less Preferred Gifts. It's about how just thinking about giving gifts to more than one person negatively affects the gift-giver's ability to understand what the recipients really want. When you're promoting an…
  • Steal ideas like Cleopatra

    Katie Konrath
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    She was last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Brilliant and charismatic, she ruled over the great city of Alexandria and spoke 7 languages. And she stole ideas. After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra struggled against the politics of a divided Rome. So when the powerful general Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to explain her loyalties, the Egyptian ruler pulled out all the stops. Arriving in a treasure barge rowed by silver oars, Cleopatra dazzled in expensive silks and wore the biggest pearls ever discovered in her ears. She threw lavish banquets for Antony and his friends, all in the…
  • Fresh eyes see new opportunities.

    Katie Konrath
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Innovation doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes ideas with big impacts can result from simply looking at a challenge from an angle no one has ever considered before. A 14-year old in Pennsylvania recently found a way to save the US government nearly $400 million dollars - simply by considering something most other people overlooked. As part of a science project, sixth graders Suvir Mirchandani dove into a study of the cost of printing and ink. He discovered that by switching their default font, his school district could save $21,000 every year.  How?  Simple - fonts like Garamond are…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • pharrell williams Happy song + how its success was ignited by the power of peace

    lindsey
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    This is about the power of peace. And how it relates to the global success of Pharrell Williams’s song Happy. Getting this post straight to your inbox? Click here to see the videos. Did you know that when Pharrell and his team first released the song, they couldn’t get it on the air? And that in the music industry not getting a song on the air is like death to the album? Because reviews don’t sell music. Radio does. Airtime does. All that creative energy, the time, the effort, the perfecting. And…nothing. But Ellen liked the song. She was one of the first people who…
  • 6 inspiring women on their hardest lesson

    lindsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    I asked six inspiring women what their hardest life lesson was. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Georgia Esporlas, photographer georgiaesporlas.com My hardest lesson: Being a conceptual photographer, not selling out to the commercial consumer world, where I lose part of my identity, integrity and authenticity as a true artist because I don’t want to be a ‘Starving Artist’. What I learned is, I take the good and the bad with a grain of salt with each project or account I take on. I make sure that I execute my client’s vision with my own twist to it. So I can go home happy and…
  • what does being free mean to you? living wow and loving completely

    lindsey
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    What does being free mean to you? ‘Living WOW and loving completely.’ Lorie, coach, Master SPARK Creator and Lead Facilitator for the SPARK Essentials Women’s Program, Spark Creations. Introducing the LibreFree Project. Featuring dancers, artists, writers, designers, teachers. Lawyers. Philanthropists. Dreamers and doers. People who inspire us. It’s the way they live, the way they show up in the world, and who they are. Get all the LibreFree Project pics 1. on Facebook. 2. on Pinterest. Nominate Someone to be Featured Yup, it can be you. 1. Enter their name and email here.
  • I took it all off for peace.

    lindsey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Yup, I took it all off for peace. Not just pants and shirt. Everything. I stripped myself of anything that didn’t feel like peace. My job as a magazine editor. My seven-year relationship. My old apartment. It all went. I started working from home so I could wear yoga pants and hoodies. I got up every day to meditate and do my asana practice. I said ‘no’ to things that made me feel stressed. That meant people I’d been friends with, activities I used to do, and food that made me hyped and anxious. Peace was in. Everything else was out. I began to do things that felt like relief. One of…
  • what does being free mean to you? unlimited

    lindsey
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    What does being free mean to you? ‘My thought of freedom is not achieved yet. I am not certain I will ever have it. Because freedom for me has many dimension and forms.’ Yared, artist Introducing the LibreFree Project. Featuring dancers, artists, writers, designers, teachers. Lawyers. Philanthropists. Dreamers and doers. People who inspire us. It’s the way they live, the way they show up in the world, and who they are. Get all the LibreFree Project pics 1. on Facebook. 2. on Pinterest. Nominate Someone to be Featured Yup, it can be you. 1. Enter their name and email here. 2.
 
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  • Creativity and Improv

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    The other night I was invited to go to my first Improv performance. It was held in a meeting room at the Sunriver SHARC Center in Sunriver, OR. I had no idea how the evening would go or what to expect. I have watched improv on television and have always enjoyed it. The show Whose Line is it Anyway? is quite funny. I wondered if improv would be as entertaining on a local level. Triage is the name of the theatrical group that performed.  The evening was broken up into segments with the performers taking turns acting out different scenarios. Those scenarios were made up by the audience. For…
  • Creating Abstract Watercolors in the Snow

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Icy Conditions for Painting Since living in Central Oregon I have gotten to experience snow. We don’t get much snow where I am from so any accumulation brings out the kid in me. I have had a lot of fun this winter playing in the snow. One day I decided to do a little experiment with snow and watercolor. I wanted to see what would happen if you tried to paint with watercolors in the snow. I knew the painting technique would need to be pretty quick because of the cold and the fact that the temperature was below freezing. The snow was about a foot deep and it was in the 20′s. In…
  • Travel and Photography

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Uncropped Picture of Eagles When I travel, even if I am just going for a walk down the road from my house, I try to take my camera. You never know what might pop up that is photo worthy. Even driving I find that I often wish for my camera. You can ask my children about family vacations. I used to annoy them by pulling over on the side of the road to take a pictures of scenic areas numerous times during a trip. I got used to the “Not again!” comments coming from the back seat. If I am a passenger on a trip I take pictures as we are moving. These photos will not be worth showing…
  • Getting Creative with Your Christmas Greetings

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    20 Dec 2013 | 4:07 pm
    Merry Christmas! I have always wanted to create a more personal type of Christmas card to send out to my friends and family. Time always seemed to be a factor and I never got it together enough to make my own Christmas card. Well, this year was different. My husband and I have made a move and are in the process of remodeling a home in an area south of Bend, Oregon. This area has much colder weather than I am used to and it also has something I have never really been exposed to. Snow. Snow to a Texan is magical. Snow conjures up all sorts of images. Snow and Christmas just go together. I…
  • Creating With Found Objects to Save the Sea – A Great Cause

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:06 pm
    Henry the Fish If you are interested in being creative and helping the environment you might want to check out Washed Ashore.org. I ran across this organization a few weeks ago when my husband and I were traveling through southern Oregon. We stopped to do a little sight seeing in the coastal town of Bandon. The plan was to grab some lunch and possibly go through some art galleries. As we were searching for a parking spot for our truck and rv, I spotted some very unique sculptures on display. I made a mental note to go look at them more closely. I had no idea at the time what they were all…
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    HOW Design » Creative Freelancer Blog

  • Are You a Good Fit for a Virtual Team?

    Damien Golden
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Or maybe you are ready to build your business larger and want to become a Virtual Team leader. Either way, you want to set yourself up for success.Let’s talk about becoming part of a Virtual Team first. A good Virtual Team member has many positive attributes, so maybe you want to take a quick personal inventory to see if the structure would work for you.First, are you highly motivated? If you’re a solo-preneur and have had some success, chances are you’ve been a good self starter and if so, you might work really well within a Virtual Team.Do you have good communication skills?Are you an…
  • An Action Plan for Freelancers

    Ilise Benun
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    In the latest episode from the Speaker Podcast Series for this year’s Creative Freelancer Business Conference, I talked with Corwin Hiebert, a business manager for freelancers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs, about how to create a Business Action Plan, which is much simpler (and can be better for creative professionals) than a traditional business plan.One of the questions we covered is about goals: do you need to know your goals before creating a plan to achieve them? And what if you don’t? What if you don’t quite have a clear idea of where you want to go or what you…
  • Speaker Podcast Series for CFBC 2014

    Ilise Benun
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    If you’ve missed any of my Q&A interviews in the Creative Freelancer Business Conference Speaker Podcast Series, bookmark this link where you can find all 7 of them so far.You’ll hear a taste of the sessions being presented by Doug Dolan, Jen Lombardi, Tom Tumbusch, Alina Wheeler, Douglas Davis, Jason Blumer and Dana Manciagli — and there are more to come!And for more of the Q&A interviews I do with creative professionals on marketing, pricing, business development and more, check out the Marketing Mentor podcast stream here.The post Speaker Podcast Series for CFBC…
  • Freelancers: A room full of potential clients!

    Tom N. Tumbusch
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Success Tips for this year’s Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour at HOWLive/CFBC.Last year I made enough new client connections at the first Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour to cover the entire cost of my trip to the Creative Freelancer Conference in San Francisco—including travel, meals, and all that jazz—and I’m still getting good gigs from the contacts I made. Designer Kristin Kieffer, who worked on one of the same projects, did even better (see Ilise’s recent post for more details) and other freelancers came away from the evening with success stories…
  • Why Luke Mysse won’t be at CFBC this year

    Ilise Benun
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    For all of you who’ve been to the Creative Freelancer Business Conference and loved keynote speaker Luke Mysse (and his annual rants), you might be sad to hear he won’t be attending this year’s upcoming event (May 12-16 in Boston).But there’s a very good reason! Luke will be riding his bike across America to stop Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). (You can help too—see his crowdfunding page below.)In the video below, Luke tells the story of his family leaving it all behind to cycle across America this summer to help save the lives of severely malnourished children. Learn more about…
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  • The Missing Piece: Editing

    Chris
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    I feel like there is an lot of fantastic advice out there about writing, but most of it is about getting started. Mantras such as… "Write a thousand words per day" – Chris Guillebeau …are fantastic, but what about editing? Yes, I know editing is part of writing but to me the verb write means […] The post The Missing Piece: Editing appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • The Big Question: Should You Work for Free?

    Chris
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:50 am
    This is a hotly debated topic in the world of freelance, consulting and in the service businesses. It’s not as black and white as a yes or no answer, but if you want my default it’s no… Like anything, there is a little more to it, so we should do a deeper dive in to […] The post The Big Question: Should You Work for Free? appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • Book Update – Progress So Far

    Chris
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:42 am
    I wanted to post a review of how I got on with my book in January, and also the plans for Feb. Writing I finished the first draft of the book at the beginning of January. It’s 35,000 words at the moment, which seems about right based on my research for this kind of content. […] The post Book Update – Progress So Far appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • Marketing Plan For My Upcoming Book

    Chris
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
    I wanted to share my plans for marketing my upcoming book. Again I do this to hold myself accountable, as well as to share the process. As I mentioned previously, I am following the blueprint outlined in the excellent Authority guide by Nathan Barry. Here’s my plan… Pre-Launch 1. Really Useful Posts on My Blog […] The post Marketing Plan For My Upcoming Book appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • 10 Lessons Learned Starting a WordPress Service Business on The Side

    Chris
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:07 am
    I have been running a WordPress Business on the side for a few years now, and I built it to the position where I could quit my job and pursue that and other projects full time. My day job was delivering large scale technical projects for large retailers, so I know a thing or two […] The post 10 Lessons Learned Starting a WordPress Service Business on The Side appeared first on Chris Stott.
 
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Punk Art defined-AJ van Niekerk

    SA Creatives
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Who is AJ van Niekerk and what do you do? At the age of 24, I still do not have a title behind my name. I have different titles. Some people say Illustrator, others say artist, some say designer and some say photographer. I Studied Fine Art at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. My focus was to study and learn about poster design, hand drawn illustrations, live band photography and other different mediums. Now I consider my self as an Illustrator. Creating posters, illustrations and paintings. How would you define your style or art? Punk Art. I find my work very simplistic but also in…
  • Grolsch Design Competition

    SA Creatives
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Calling all design schools and artists and designers, Grolsch invites you to put your best design to the test and design a new label for the Swingtop bottle. The label that makes us jump out of our seat will win… What’s the prize? It depends on how you enter… See, we understand that not every creative is the same, so why should all categories be the same? So if you want to get your hands on some cash or a nifty new Mac, then read on below, enter, and yours could be the number we are dialling on the 30th of May. How to enter:  -Participants must enter by submitting their graphic design…
  • CANNES LIONS NAMES IJE NWOKORIE AS NEW DESIGN JURY PRESIDENT

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Cinemark, the local representatives of Cannes Lions and its affiliates, are passionate about both great film and advertising making this the perfect synergy to bring you the latest information from the world’s premier advertising festivals. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the largest and most notable awards honouring creativity in brand communications has appointed Ije Nwokorie, the new Global CEO of Wolff Olins as the Design Lions jury president. Ije replaces Karl Heiselman following his recent departure from Wolff Olins to Apple. Born in America, Nwokorie spent his…
  • Ghana rounds off the Loeries Africa Roadshow

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    The Loeries African Roadshow reached its final destination in Accra, Ghana, last week on 16 April. After a whirlwind trip that stopped at four other cities – Harare, Dar es Salaam, Lagos and Nairobi – it came to an end at the La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel. A number of people mentioned their excitement at the Loeries coming to the city, with Colin Charles, Executive Creative Director at Publicis West Africa and a regional judge at this year’s Loeries, saying that he was “humbled” to be part of the event. West Africa – Nigeria and Ghana in particular – holds an important key to…
  • IAB SA Bookmark Awards moved to February 2015

    SA Creatives
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    The Awards, a key part of the local advertising, publishing and digital industry calendar, are into their seventh year. Conceived by Nikki Cockcroft during her tenure with the IAB (formerly DMMA), the awards have been instrumental in entrenching digital as a recognised medium, and have brought numerous agencies, publishers and individuals into the spotlight. Last year the awards broke records again with over 600 entries across 45 categories. Cockcroft stepped down as Head of Bookmarks in March 2014. “The IAB and the digital industry as a whole express our profound gratitude to Nikki for all…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Are Brains of Artists Different?

    Douglas Eby
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With more and more brain imaging studies in the media, relating to different areas of human behavior including being creative, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of imaging technology. The image is from an article whose authors comment, “The brain is said to be the final scientific frontier, and rightly so in our view. “Yet, in many quarters, brain-based explanations appear to be granted a kind of inherent superiority over all other ways of accounting for human behaviour. “We call this assumption ‘neurocentrism’ – the view that human…
  • Setbacks and Mistakes and Innovation

    Douglas Eby
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:33 pm
    What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products: “Did you know, for example, that Post-It-Notes were the result of what 3M Company researchers at first thought to be a bad batch of glue? “Then there was Thomas Sullivan, a New York City tea importer who, in 1908, found that the sample tins of tea he normally sent to customers had become more expensive. His solution was to send less tea and to have the samples…
  • A Calling to Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    What leads, urges, even compels so many of us to be creatively expressive? Given that everyone is creative to some degree, why do many people choose careers in the arts, or work that actively engages their creativity? Most of us will never be actors or other filmmakers – especially ones that are seen and acknowledged publicly – but many of those creators talk about what calls them to engage in creative work, despite the challenges. One example: Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress on March 2, 2014 for her role in “12 Years a Slave.” In her…
  • Painter Robert Genn on Art and Happiness

    Douglas Eby
    23 Feb 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In an issue of his newsletter, artist Robert Genn notes that in his book “Against Happiness” writer Eric Wilson “disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face.” Wilson thinks that with our “feel good” culture and the “widespread use of happy drugs, everybody’s trying to be cheerful and there are no decent dollops of melancholy and sadness. When this happens, art becomes bland, unchallenging and redundant.” Genn notes, “Dr. Thomas Svolos of the department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine thinks Wilson is right.
  • Creative People, Trauma, Addiction: Colin Farrell

    Douglas Eby
    16 Feb 2014 | 9:12 pm
    “Basically, I’d been fairly drunk or high since I was 14.” Colin Farrell Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction? There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people may be childhood trauma. In his article Emotional Trauma: An Often Overlooked Root of Addiction, David Sack, M.D. writes, “A history of childhood neglect or sexual, physical or emotional abuse is common among people undergoing treatment for alcoholism and may be a factor in the development of alcohol use disorders… “Trauma has…
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    Cruzine

  • Traditional Portraits by Michael Shapcott

    Paul Viluda
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Michael Shapcott is a 32-year-old Central Connecticut-based painter, known for his daring color palette and emotionally charged portraits. His work deals with highly detailed graphite underdrawings which he then paints with colorful washes in oil and acrylic paints. In addition to painting, Shapcott creates art videos that track the process of painting a painting and show his unique style of working. Below you may scroll through the very best from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Michael Shapcott
  • Mixed Media by Callie Fink

    Paul Viluda
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Callie Fink is a young 19-year-old artist / illustrator based in Tustin, California. As you may see below, she enjoys working with mixed media, watercolor, and graphite. Get inspired guys! Visit Callie Fink
  • Digital Art by Johannes Voss

    Paul Viluda
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Johannes Voss aka Algenpfleger is a 25-year-old professional freelance illustrator and digital painter from Leipzig, Germany. If you’re into digital concept art, make sure to scroll through our picks below. Get inspired! Visit Johannes Voss
  • Cool Concept Art by David Nakayama

    Paul Viluda
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    David Nakayama aka DNA-1 is a 35-year-old American concept artist and comic book artist from Hawaii, currently based in Santa Clara, California. Below, you may scroll through 20 inspiring artworks handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit David Nakayama
  • Amazing Illustrations by Phong Anh

    Paul Viluda
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Phong Anh aka Claparo-Sans is a 26-year-old self-taught artist / illustrator based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Below, you may scroll through several amazing digital illustrations handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Phong Anh
 
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    Tangible Development

  • Shifting demographics drive changes in your business

    Vera Dordick
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As demographics change and your customer base becomes more global, you’ll need to make a cultural mind shift to capture those new multicultural clients.  A good example of how market changes can affect your day-to-day work is the property management industry. Every property manager knows that spending time and effort to retain residents is more cost effective than working to attract new ones: Each resident turnover is estimated to cost a property around $3,000. While much has been written about strategies for enticing residents to renew, little is said about the different challenges…
  • Remote team communication gets complicated

    Vera Dordick
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remote teams face special challenges in communicating effectively. Make that a global remote team and cultural differences  complicate the matter even further. The more cultures included on the team, the more complex the interactions. In working with global teams, we’ve noticed that electronic communication becomes a default for many people. Sure, electronic communication is convenient, direct, efficient, and immediate. It’s also rife with opportunities for misunderstanding. Image courtesy of sixninepixels/FreeDigitalPhotos.net When you send or receive an email, you don’t have…
  • Retain renters from other cultures

    Vera Dordick
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:25 am
    Multifamily property studies and surveys have shown that each resident turnover costs an average of almost $3,000!  For property managers and owners, it obviously pays to retain residents.  In the case of renters from other cultures, being aware of different  communication styles and cultural preferences is key to making them feel comfortable while keeping your community profitable. We’ve added to Slideshare the third and final installment of our series on how to maintain a profitable and culturally diverse rental community. How to maintain a culturally diverse rental community from…
  • Cultural beliefs and multifamily properties

    Vera Dordick
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    We’ve posted onto Slideshare Part Two of our series about how cultural differences affect property leasing and management.  Check it out here: Cultural beliefs affect property rental from Tangible Development LLC
  • It’s all greek to me!

    Vera Dordick
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
    Or arabic. Or finnish. Or gibberish. When you’re having a language communication issue, remember what we likely sound like to one another.  If you don’t understand the other person very well, they likely don’t understand what you’re trying to say either.  Oh yes, if they yell at you it doesn’t make them any better understood, does it?
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Mischievous Everyday Objects

    Jahangir Agha
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Inspired by the funny series of bent objects by Terry Border, Ian Thomas decided to create his own, incredibly funny everyday objects series called “Stuff That Comes Alive When I Go to Sleep.” “The first […] The post Mischievous Everyday Objects appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Japanese Manhole Cover Art

    Jahangir Agha
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Just about anywhere in Japan you can find amazing artworks on manhole covers, each more beautiful and intricate than the next. Photographer S. Morita has been photographing these artistic manhole covers for the past several […] The post Japanese Manhole Cover Art appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • A Unicorn Farting A Rainbow Cake

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    Cake artist Natalie Sideserf amazed us again with her new unicorn farting rainbow cake. Unicorns may or may not exist. However, it’s a fact that they are filled with wonderful rainbows. To eat the beautiful […] The post A Unicorn Farting A Rainbow Cake appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Creative Street Arts By OakOak

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    French artist hiding behind the name OakOak from Saint-Etienne has come up with site-specific, fun and imaginative street arts. Where others see simple cracks in the wall or shadow on the ground, OakOak envisions something […] The post Creative Street Arts By OakOak appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Camera-Shaped Coffee House

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    A two-storey rectangular coffee shop modeled in the shape of a vintage rolleiflex twin lens camera built by a former helicopter pilot. He has great passion for photography and vintage cameras, and lives in the […] The post Camera-Shaped Coffee House appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • The Heart of Humanity

    Shane Parrish
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    “What distinguishes the risks I’m interested in from mere bravado is that they are taken in the interest of what one is committed to…” Hubert Dreyfus is the preeminent expert on Heidegger so much so that in fact the various copies of Being and Time in his office are held together with rubber bands. In 1965 he took on the entire computer science department of MIT and in so doing explained the key differences between humans and computers. The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems, explains the problem: Dreyfus claimed that…
  • Mental Model: Complex Adaptive Systems

    Shane Parrish
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Today let’s explore the concept of the Complex Adaptive System and see how this model might apply in various walks of life. To illustrate what a complex adaptive system is, and just as importantly, what it is not, let’s take the example of a “driving system” – or as we usually refer to it, a car. (I have cribbed some parts of this example from the excellent book Complex Adaptive Systems by John Miller and Scott Page.) The interior of a car, at first glance is complicated. There are seats, belts, buttons, levers, knobs, a wheel, etc. Removing the passenger car seats would make this…
  • How Complex Systems Fail

    Shane Parrish
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A bit of a preface to this post. Please read the definition of Antifragile first. While the article below is interesting, the reader should read with a critical mind. Complexity ‘solved’ with increased complexity generally only creates a lot of hidden risks, slowness, or fragility. A short treatise on the nature of failure; how failure is evaluated; how failure is attributed to proximate cause; and the resulting new understanding of patient safety by Richard I. Cook. 1. Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems All of the interesting systems (e.g. transportation,…
  • The Stoic Reading List

    Shane Parrish
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    “The impediment to action advances action.What stands in the way becomes the way.”— Marcus Aurelius You know the section after the last chapter that everyone ignores? Well that’s one of the first things I read. This is how I read a book. This is part of systematic skimming and allows me to get a feel for the author’s vocabulary, a sense of what the book is about, how arguments are structured, and references and sources. It’s also a good place to find new reading material. I received a pre-release copy of Ryan Holiday’s new book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The…
  • Our Loss of Wisdom

    Shane Parrish
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Practical wisdom is the combination of moral will and moral skill.” — Aristotle Barry Schwartz, author of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, on our loss of wisdom. A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule, as the janitors knew when to ignore the job duties in the service of other objectives. A wise person knows how to improvise, as Luke did when he re-washed the floor. Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Made in America Comes to LA

    Chiwan Choi
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I’ve been bedridden for about a week and a half now, since the day after the LA Times Festival of Books (Damn you, LATFOB!) when my right ankle stiffened up and then both of my legs became only good for transmitting a whole lot of pain. Fine, fine. That was overly dramatic. Speaking of dramatic, during my 10 days sitting and lying in bed all day, I’ve managed to watch all the episodes of Game of Thrones (Half-Man! Half-Man! Half-Man!), which has led me to, among other things, thinking of the mechanisms of society, the inevitability of politics, and the vicegrip around a community’s…
  • How Culture Moves: LA’s CicLAvia Example

    Adam Leipzig
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Why does some creative culture spread, while other creative culture arrives dead? Why, for example, are people prowling the streets of Bristol, England, right now hoping to discover Banksy’s next work, while few notice when new street art appears in nearby Chippenham? Why is the worldwide movie-going audience buying advance tickets for Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man 2, and running away from Johnny Depp in Transcendence? What makes culture move beyond the small embrace of its creator to become part of the bigger social fabric? Recently, I’ve been exploring these questions, seeking Laws of…
  • UFOs of Cinema Courtesy of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival

    Sophia Stein
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The San Francisco International Film Festival makes room for “unidentified flying objects of cinema,” boasts gifted Director of Programming, Rachel Rosen.  Selections are determined independent of any prescriptive quotas.  Her seasoned staff of professional curators aim to be “as inclusive as possible” in culling cinematic treasures from the more than 4,000 submissions they receive from around the world. Over the next 15 days, the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens this evening, will screen 74 narrative features, 29 documentary features, in 40 languages…
  • The A to Z of Dance

    Sarah Elgart
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Is it a dance film? A commercial? A contest? An alphabet anthology? It’s all of the above. And above all, it’s a feast of movement. It’s the A to Z of Dance. This little three and a half minute clip, which is also a dance contest for Diesel Jogg Jeans, hit my Facebook pages just a few days ago, and I tried to resist coming back to it but found that I couldn’t. The very fact that it successfully spans so many forms, and especially that it employs dance for its power to mainline the jugular of youth culture, is part of what makes it work so well. K is for Krump From Classical to Krump,…
  • Writing Prompt: Pictures from a Magazine

    Charity Hume
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Charity Hume brings you a new writing prompt for a new week. When we focus on a particular image, sometimes the results can be surprising. Our minds are full of emotional depths and stories that want to be told, and looking at art, at photographs, or concentrating on a single object, can give us a powerful way to focus. Scan through a magazine of your choice, and tear out a page with an image that speaks to you more powerfully than any of the others. In this one magazine, it’s your favorite.  Concentrate on the feelings, sensations, memories and snippets of conversation that your mind…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Conflict drives me

    Ligia Roca
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “People are a lot more than just people”, ponders Fernanda Giardino, in an attempt to explain that we are no more than references, influences and, as she defines herself, past contamination, that hybridize with life itself and become something new. The Brazilian artist is the synthesis of that, beginning with the signature of her works as Nanda Biot, a family name she never had, borrowed from her great grandfather. She avoids limiting herself only to photography, her art is much more diversified and embodies all sorts of imagery debate. She asserts her vocation comes from when she…
  • The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra)

    Eva Vera
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the most beautiful love stories hits the Spanish cinemas from the debuting Indian Ritesh Batra. In the main role in his moving and simple story the director and screenwriter has wisely cast Irrfan Khan, one of the most internationally popular and beloved Indian actors, who played the main character in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Life of Pi (2012) and a supporting role as a show host in Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle and LoveleenTandan (2008), also awarded at the Oscars. In The Lunchbox, Khan’s delicate and touching performance has earned him the Best Actor award in the 8th Asian…
  • Collaborative Consumption

    Agustin Puig
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It is 2014 and cars do not fly. Skateboards do not fly either; lights do not light up with our voice in almost any home, and we are definitely far from inhabiting other planets. The image of the future we who grew up without the Internet had for the new millennium does not look like this archaic present. Instead, banks have our money, the social gap is growing, medicine is not accessible to all, the economic crisis deepens everywhere, and it does not look like everything is going to improve. In contrast, we have managed to get connected in a way that probably very few guessed. Now we have…
  • Zusammensetzung

    Luis Corzo
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wake up early and do everything correctly. Everything correctly. Establishing a perfect square lifestyle is hard for a crazy and unorganized human being like me. I am too sensitive. I am too human.
  • Sonniloquio

    Editorial Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Somniloquy or sleep-talking is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep.
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
 
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    i heart creation

  • Earth Day!!!

    I'm the universe
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Let’s celebrate mother Nature not just for today but, everyday. She is unquestionably the greatest artist. Today, I and my four year old son had fun creating these flower circles! We are grateful from our heart, for the amazing gifts of nature and for the wonderful web of life that surrounds us. continue>> Read more….
  • Happy Easter!

    I'm the universe
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Easter marks the begining of spring! Flowers bloom. We are enrapt by the beauty unfolding around us, as the earth awakens from it’s long time slumber. It’s a wonderous time of regeneration. Days feel brighter, sunnier and energising. It is the day associated with the resurrection of Christ. continue>> Read more….
  • Spectral Easter Basket

    I'm the universe
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    My 7 year old daughter is in first grade now. We presented this handmade basket to her current homeroom teacher Mrs. ‘S’.She was so thrilled! May she have a blessed Easter with her family. Creating this “one of a kind” basket was so fun! We stuffed it with some school supplies. continue>> Read more….
  • Welcome Wild Flowers

    I'm the universe
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Wildflower are the unpretentious children of nature, beaming blissfully under the glorious sun. Look upon them with thine loving eyes. Wherever you happen to meet them, greet them with grace & joy as they do unto you, Nature’s gifts put upon the earth in bounty, with a purpose to make you smile! Copyright – All rights reserved. You are welcome to use the free picture above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. The poem is copyrighted. The picture & poem cannot be used for resale without the prior permission from it’s…
  • Fall in love with Hyacinth!

    I'm the universe
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Hyacinths make beautiful fragrant gifts. They grow from bulbs and bloom in early spring. We just love their refreshing, lingering fragrance. This plant is specially chosen for Mrs. ‘A’ (my daughter’s kindergarten teacher). During Easter/spring break, her home will be filled with it’s pervasive sweet scent. Hyacinths are supposed to be symbols of rebirth which seems befitting for the occasion. I felt that of all the blooms, white ones had the most intoxicating scent. continue>> Read more….
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    all three aces

  • Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

    Ram
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
      Book Review: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister Author: Tabrik C Publisher: Hachette India Number of Pages: 319 Price [INR]: 350 Genre: Fiction (Political Thriller) The story evolves around Siddhartha Tagore, the newly elected Prime Minister of India. He is the wrong man in the most powerful place. He has his heart soaked deeply in love and Mozart that anything else makes no sense. I would have titled the book ” The Mozart Man”. Tabrik talks so much about Mozart in so many chapters that his music has set the tone in this fast paced book. Siddhartha Tagore is a difficult…
  • Students !

    Ram
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:38 am
    Location – A remote countryside school for the aged in northern India. Synopsis – A new and young English teacher, Mr. Rahul arrives from Mumbai to teach a batch of twenty students between the age of sixty to seventy. Rahul : Good morning to all of you. This is my first day at this school. I understand that you are all very nice, good and obedient students. That’s what, Mr.Panicker, your correspondent told me. You have all been in this class for a month. So, let me begin by testing your knowledge. Hmm. Your name Sir. ” I am Pramod, Masterji “, he answered. OK…
  • The Chase

    Ram
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:02 am
    This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. This time we’re aiming to make it more creative! Your post must contain the word Friend and you have just 5 sentences to complete your story. Tagged: blogadda contests, desi india blogs, flash fiction, Indian author, indian blog, short fiction, short story, wordpress indian blog, write over the weekend
  • Winning

    Ram
    25 Feb 2014 | 2:08 am
    What does “winning” mean to you? Before going into that, let me congratulate the  “India Today” group for choosing this topic as their theme for the India today conclave 2014 which is going to be held in New Delhi on March 7th, 2014. Every one of us wants to be a winner. The strictest dictionary meaning of “winning” would be ” the act of one that wins ; victory. ” The world we live in is mostly tribal in nature. It’s views sway with the majority’s views, rather than being individualistic. It looks at people as winners only if they…
  • The Debut

    Ram
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:25 am
    Pyarelal was breaking his head, inside his air-conditioned recording studio. He had beads of perspiration running all over his forehead. Still, no magic was happening. He had exhausted all his ideas in the morning and sent the CD to his director Ajay Panicker, but,  Ajay did not pick a single tune from the CD. He normally would call his music director and chat over a glass of beer. But today, he played the CD at home, and found it useless. He called Pyarelal and used harsh words. No one talks to Pyarelal in that way since he was a ” name ” in the music industry and in business…
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • My First Nude Painting, a Self Portrait

    Lucy Chen
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    LOVE TRIANGLE © Lucy Chen, 40″x22″, oil on linen Artist’s Collection I have much to say, and I think I say it best with imagery and paint. So here is my almost-life-size self portrait, and it is my first attempt at a nude painting. I quietly posted this on my Art Works page under the Self Portraits category two weeks ago, but it took me quite a while to decide if I should make this sort of “announcement” with a blog post.  Because I do worry that some people will get the wrong impression – the Internet is in no shortage of people posting selfies for the…
  • Through Tears of Joy, I See Myself as I am

    Lucy Chen
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Here’s a story about a couple expecting their first child, which Simon Sinek shared on the School of Greatness podcast: The husband was sitting in the couch when the wife called out from the nursery, “Honey, come and see if you like this wallpaper I chose for the nursery.” He called back “yes, it’s great” without getting up to see the wallpaper, thinking he just needed to say the right things. “No.  Come and see it,” the wife demanded, “I’m serious.  Tell me if you like it.” So he got up, walked to the nursery.  Here was his…
  • How to Get in the Flow

    Lucy Chen
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    © Lucy Chen, charcoal on paper “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Tweet this! Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee Being “in the flow” is not just a state exclusively experienced by the athletes.  As artists, we have had these experiences, too. It is a state of doing, feeling or being where times becomes illusion, slowing down or flying by.  All our six senses are open, and…
  • 101 Inspirational Art Quotes

    Lucy Chen
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ©2014, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen Being an artist is fun and exciting. It is also hard work. There are times when it is hard and we feel powerless, or even scared. During such times, we just need to keep pushing forward and keep creating. So in that spirit, here are 101 quotes that will keep you inspired and motivate you to push forward. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~ Scott Adams Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~ Stella Adler Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in…
  • How to Decorate Your Home – The Only One Thing You Really Need

    Lucy Chen
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every time I come home and open the door, first things I see are paintings of my children. Is there an empty wall or table in your home that is crying for attention?  Are there “under-utilized” corners in your rooms? Have you been told to make your home “more you” by filling corners and empty spaces with things that are supposed to express you?  Posters, paintings, and other decorative things? This may sound a little counter-intuitive, specially coming from an artist, but I seriously think that you should NOT simply fill the empty space without a clear intention. …
 
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    Creativity Tech

  • White and Whedon Waste No Time with New Rush Releases

    Gordon Platt
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Joss Whedon at the 2010 Comic Con | Image Credit: Wikipedia Crank it up, crank it out; so say the White new music and Whedon new movie schools of release scheduling. No sooner had Jack White broken the Guinness World Record for cutting and releasing a new record – under four hours start to finish, fact fans – for Record Store Day on Saturday, than his creative peer Joss Whedon threw a curve ball at the traditional movie marketing strategy. Announcing his new film ‘In Your Eyes’ (trailer below) to coincide with its premiere ar the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City,…
  • For the Love of Authors, Read More Before Unleashing Mass Digitization of Books

    Gordon Platt
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Mass Digitization: What about authors? | Image Credit: opensourcewav   The Authors Guild and creative industry advocates are calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse a district court decision that could unleash a wave of unrestricted digital access to books under copyright. Back in November of last year, Judge Denny Chin rejected a lawsuit from the Authors Guild against the Google Books project, leaning heavily on the benefits to the public to afford Google ‘fair use’ protection. Along with seven other organizations and support groups, the…
  • The One Thing Pirates Can Never Steal From the Movie Industry

    Gordon Platt
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    An audience views a film using 3D glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Online content theft has clearly taken its toll on the entertainment industry since the turn of the century. Music was the first to be hit hard following Napster’s arrival, with the publishing industry quick to face challenges of its own. The movie industry was able to fend off the worst of piracy for a short time due to the sheer size of film files. But connection speeds quickly caught up and we now find similar problems for film, the top 10 most pirated of 2013 alone comprising tens of millions of illegal views.
  • Three Potential Legal Strikes… Will Kim Dotcom Be Out?

    Gordon Platt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
      The Megaupload legacy is unraveling for Kim Dotcom (Photo credit: Ricard Clupés) Kim Dotcom’s legal team will be working overtime this year. In addition to the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing battle to have the Megaupload founder extradited from New Zealand,  Dotcom is now facing major lawsuits from the MPAA and RIAA. Neither the movie nor the record industry in the U.S. have much time for the man, with both groups citing his Megaupload file-sharing service as a source of “massive copyright infringement,” before it was shut down two years ago. The triple…
  • To Effectively Update U.S. Copyright Law, Outdated Industry Stereotypes Must Be Abandoned

    Gordon Platt
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    © copyright symbol | Wikipedia Regular readers will know we’ve been following the congressional review of U.S. copyright law with great interest this year. Although there’s a lot to take in, and powerful stakeholders from both the creative and technology industries involved,  it has been encouraging to watch the dialogue unfold. Against the backdrop of recent hatchet burying between Google and Viacom, there is also reason to hope that all parties can align to create meaningful changes to copyright law that better serves everyone. All of which makes it all the more disappointing…
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  • Tony Furlong Liverpool Playwright and Author

    Wyatt Christman
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Tony Furlong has been a writer for 17 years famous for such plays as ‘Night Caller’ about a taxi driver in Liverpool on Christmas Eve. Tony is now moving from Comedy to writing books the first of which is a series on self-help. He helped his daughter-in-law with panic attacks and then wrote a book called Panic Attacks. From there did his first book on Amazon called How to Increase Your Self-Esteem and Avoid Becoming a Circus Elephant. The basic idea being that early on the circus elephant can’t pull the chain out of the ground, as it grows it continues to think they can’t…
  • Michaela Cristallo, Designer, Writer, Founder of For the Creators

    Wyatt Christman
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Michaela Cristallo is a designer, writer and found of For the Creators website (links to free ebook and creative manifesto!). She works in an artist warehouse with 6 other artists which means she is always around other creatives. She has her own space with workbench where she does sewing and fabric work. She took a moment to share her creative habits and how she has come to inspire other artists. Removing the Isolation Michaela talks about the journey of isolation many creatives feel. Much of this comes from friends and family not doing the same kind of work. When you connect with other…
  • Laura Quilligan Fiber Artist

    Wyatt Christman
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Laura Quilligan is a fiber artist living in Taos NM. She creates “wearable art” such as silk scarfs. She has been doing this for 12 years. Laura took a moment to talk about her creative habits, the space she uses, and why she considers working with silk such an interesting artistic process. The Artistic Beauty of Taos Taos has been transformational for her after moving from the Bay Area. The colors, the sky, the spaciousness and the light are spectacular for art. Part of her move also allowed for a larger studio with three large tables instead of one small. Laura likes to be…
  • Hakim Bellamy Poet, Journalist, Actor

    Wyatt Christman
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM, an Actor, Journalist, and Dad. He took time out to talk about his creative habits alongside some of the work he has been doing. This includes teaching kids at detention centers to think differently through poetry. Hakim is working to develop a model project that is part of PREA, Prison Rape Elimination Act. At the heart Hakim looks to transform through poetry, community interaction, and other creative elements. Check out the show notes and listen as Hakim gives wisdom through an economy of words that connect. The show is also…
  • Ken Robinson on Killing Creativity

    Wyatt Christman
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:09 pm
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