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  • If You’re Not Learning Something New, It’s Time to Move On

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    Hamza Khan
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Tanase Bruno If you think you’re going to work at your current job for more than three years, think again. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure of workers between the ages of 25 to 34 is only three years. That’s less than a third of the tenure among people aged 55 to 64 years old. The study, conducted every two years, is slightly down from 2012 when millennials’ average tenure was 3.2 years. For some of us, the idea of being a “lifer” can be nauseating. You’d much rather do…
  • Can You Achieve Enlightenment through Drawing?

    Lucy Chen Fine Art
    Lucy Chen
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Life drawing, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen I’ve been going to a life drawing class every Friday since February, and I’m loving it! My teacher is Paul Miller, an Archibald finalist.  He is a very passionate artist and he has a beautiful glowing soul! He also talks about drawing, painting and art in a way that a kung fu master would about martial arts, or an enlightened monk would about the thousands of miles he’s walked.  But isn’t art like that anyway? Can we achieve enlightenment through drawing?Click To Tweet Life Drawing, ink on paper, by Lucy Chen I strongly…
  • As Great as Picasso

    Lucy Chen Fine Art
    Lucy Chen
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This morning, my 5-year-old took a photo of my with his iPad (which he named Wii-Gee), and used it as a reference to draw my portrait. I was very impressed as I told him, “Wow, Alan, it looks great!  It looks quite Picasso!” Alan asked, “Who is Picasso?” “A very great artist.” I answered. “Mama, you are a very great artist, too.” Alan replied, matter-of-factly. And that made my day!  I am FEELING GREAT! Have you got a child or grandchild who totally admires you and your work?  Aren’t we lucky? Related posts: What a Two-Year-Old Can…
  • This I Believe: Thomas Mann on Time and the Soul of Existence

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    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    “The perishableness of life … imparts value, dignity, interest to life.” “The best thing about time passing,” Sarah Manguso wrote in her magnificent meditation on ongoingness, “is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know.” More than half a century earlier, the great German writer, philanthropist, and Nobel laureate Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875–August 12, 1955) articulated this idea with enchanting elegance in NPR’s program-turned-book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of…
  • Find Inspiration in Travel: Both in Your Own City & Abroad

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    Stephanie Kaptein
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Heedae Yun Traveling is at the top of every ‘How to’ list for finding new ideas and inspiration. However, travel for the sake of travel can quickly become a chore-like task when you’re simply checking off landmarks from a city guidebook. Bonnie Reese, a previous design researcher at Frog, recommends making your own “must-see” list based on personal passions instead of the more general ‘Must-See’ recommendations of travel guides. For Reese, that includes hitting up pools and public bathhouses wherever she travels: Another less academic passion of mine, is…
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  • This I Believe: Thomas Mann on Time and the Soul of Existence

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    “The perishableness of life … imparts value, dignity, interest to life.” “The best thing about time passing,” Sarah Manguso wrote in her magnificent meditation on ongoingness, “is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know.” More than half a century earlier, the great German writer, philanthropist, and Nobel laureate Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875–August 12, 1955) articulated this idea with enchanting elegance in NPR’s program-turned-book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of…
  • What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A poetic and precise formulation of what it means to be a great artist, a great woman, and a great human being. “Stories are a meal,” one wise father told his eight-year-old daughter a long time ago. “But poetry is a glass of water, perhaps even a single drop that will save your life.” That’s precisely what poetry became for Cheryl Strayed as she hiked a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to put herself in the way of truth and beauty in a thoroughly transformative experience that became the magnificent memoir Wild that then became a major motion picture. In…
  • Tell Me What to Dream About: An Illustrated Nocturnal Adventure of Imaginative Possibility

    Maria Popova
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Because who doesn’t want to be eating teeny-tiny waffles surrounded by teeny-tiny animals? “Something nameless hums us into sleep,” Mark Strand wrote in his bewitching ode to dreams — perhaps the same nameless something that has compelled us, for as long as the written record of human thought has existed, to seek an explanation for why we dream at all, what actually happens when we sleep, and how dreaming relates to our waking lives. Nearly a century after Freud’s eccentric niece named Tom explored the fascination of dreams in a most unusual children’s…
  • Thoreau on Libraries and His Ideal Sanctuary for Books

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Those old books suggested a certain fertility … as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in.” “We have an obligation to support libraries,” Neil Gaiman asserted in contemplating our responsibilities to the written word, adding: “If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future.” More than a century and a half earlier, another great man of letters extolled the value of libraries with equal wholeheartedness. From The Journal…
  • Beastly Verse: From Lewis Carroll to William Blake, Beloved Poems About Animals in Vibrant and Unusual Illustrations

    Maria Popova
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    “Stories are a meal. But poetry is a glass of water, perhaps even a single drop that will save your life.” Half a century after Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls, legendary artist Tomi Ungerer’s illustrated compendium of famous authors’ verses about brothers and sisters, another singular illustrator of our own era applies the concept to a different domain of the human experience — the inclination toward thinking with animals in making sense of our own lives. In Beastly Verse (public library), her spectacular picture-book debut, Brooklyn-based illustrator and…
 
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  • Find Inspiration in Travel: Both in Your Own City & Abroad

    Stephanie Kaptein
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Heedae Yun Traveling is at the top of every ‘How to’ list for finding new ideas and inspiration. However, travel for the sake of travel can quickly become a chore-like task when you’re simply checking off landmarks from a city guidebook. Bonnie Reese, a previous design researcher at Frog, recommends making your own “must-see” list based on personal passions instead of the more general ‘Must-See’ recommendations of travel guides. For Reese, that includes hitting up pools and public bathhouses wherever she travels: Another less academic passion of mine, is…
  • If You’re Not Learning Something New, It’s Time to Move On

    Hamza Khan
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Tanase Bruno If you think you’re going to work at your current job for more than three years, think again. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure of workers between the ages of 25 to 34 is only three years. That’s less than a third of the tenure among people aged 55 to 64 years old. The study, conducted every two years, is slightly down from 2012 when millennials’ average tenure was 3.2 years. For some of us, the idea of being a “lifer” can be nauseating. You’d much rather do…
  • The Best Teams Act Like Musicians

    behanceteam
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    In September of last year, The New York Times produced a video using 3D point capture that rendered members of the Kronos Quartet as “dot clouds,” flickering in and out of existence in accordance with each musician’s participation. The result was a beautiful electronic illustration of the dynamic “ecosystem” that is the string quartet. It’s no coincidence that the Times picked a string quartet (a small musical ensemble of four players: two violins, one viola, and one cello) as opposed to a choir or symphony orchestra (which are both much larger) for its…
  • A Better Way to Say “No”

    Allison Stadd
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Victoria Bellavia “No” can be a time saver, a boundary builder, a reputation protector, and a frustration preventer. But how do you say no gracefully, respectfully, and firmly? Email templates are great, but what about if the ask is in person on the spur of the moment — how do you avoid the automatic guilty yes? Memorize this one-line, knee-jerk response: “Let me check on something and get back to you.” This answer breaks the time-worn habit of agreeing to projects or tasks before you have time to truly consider if it’s something you can and want to do. It allows…
  • More Important Than Having a High IQ is Having “ICE”

    Tanner Christensen
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Your IQ (or intelligence quotient) is the abstract capacity at which you are able to process information. While IQ is certainly important for life and work, it turns out that cognitive intelligence isn’t everything when it comes to success. Just as important as your IQ is your CQ (curiosity, or creativity, quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). Having exceptional ability in one quotient—like intelligence—is great, but having a good balance between all three areas (ICE) is what helps propel those we call “geniuses” to excel. Over at the Harvard Business Review Dr. Tomas…
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    Creative Something

  • Every idea starts messy, keep moving

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The messiness of our ideas can often be daunting or discouraging. But if we stick through the mess, if we keep working on the idea, we not only end up with something polished and powerful, we set ourselves apart from the 90% of others who gave up. Writers are all too familiar with the mess of creativity. When a writer first sits down to write, the words on the page end up being more of a jumbled mess of lines and phrases than any sort of cohesive piece. If you sit and watch an esteemed painter you’ll see a similar process: the painting always starts out with some sporadic lines, a…
  • Looking for the right idea will cause you to overlook the creative ones

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you intend to come up with the right idea or find the right solution to a creative problem, you’re unlikely to do so. The reason is simple: thinking there is a right or perfect idea in the first place means you already have some concept of what that idea is or is not, which means you already have some initial idea in your mind. How can you expect to think creatively if you are already thinking of ideas in the context of what you already know? To be creative is to think of novel and valuable ideas, not tried-and-true ones. You can’t stumble to somewhere new if you’re only…
  • "Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating."

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    “Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating.” - John Cleese, via Scott Belsky on Twitter.
  • Why we sometimes can’t recall things we know we know

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself unable to think of a word you know you know? You feel as though the word is on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t quite remember it, no matter how hard you concentrate? In those moments of tip-of-the-tongue thinking, your brain has become stuck in an unhelpful loop. Our brains recall information by “re-creating” them thanks to associations between working memory – what we’re trying to think about – and information from the past related to it. Neuroscientist Paul King explains: “When attempting to recall something specific, like a name, we…
  • The bold creative is the loud creative

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    The first step toward any creative endeavor is to of course do the work. However you can, with whatever you have. It’s only by doing something with your ideas that you’re able to explore them fully. This means: putting the brush against the canvas, typing the 10,000 words, or pressing the shutter button on the camera. Whatever the creative work is for you. Arguably more important than the work itself is what comes next: sharing what you create. The value of sharing your work cannot be overstated. Too often we shy away from sharing our drafts, our rough sketches, our concepts or…
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Sitting Can Drain Brain Power and Stifle Creativity

    Christopher Bergland
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Sitting has become an epidemic. Not only does sitting increase health risks and obesity—sitting can also stifle creative thinking and disrupt cognitive engagement.
  • 8 Myths About Creativity

    Susan K Perry Ph.D.
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Admit it: we all have more than enough excuses and rationalizations for why we aren't doing the creative work we claim to value. Could creative myths be contributing to your procrastination?
  • 7 Core Values for Writers

    Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    In light of a recent business survey, I found values expressed by successful businesses that can also benefit the literary trade.
  • Don't Aim for Happiness

    Theodore Dalrymple M.D.
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Loss and melancholy cannot be avoided. Poetry assists acceptance better than manuals of happiness.
  • Walking to Boost Creativity

    Nigel Barber Ph.D.
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    We are all familiar with the health problems caused by obesity. These problems are peculiar to a modern sedentary way of life and are virtually unknown in physically active subsistence societies. Now evidence builds that physical activity is crucial for brain health, and even for creativity.
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 20 – 26

    Leah
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/20/15 - 4/26/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 13 – 19

    Leah
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/13/15 - 4/19/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 6 – 12

    Leah
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:26 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/6/15 - 4/12/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for April: Poetry

    Leah
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. To go along with National Poetry Month, for the month of April 2015 the theme will be Poetry. My husband took the image above, while reading one of my daughter's favorite book of poems (a Shel Silverstein book that used to belong to me) at bedtime. She calls the pages with poems that have no illustrations "invisible poems." Isn't that cool? As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 30 – April 5

    Leah
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 3/30/15 - 4/5/15.  The widget below is…
 
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLII

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. 10 Travel Hacks The Tourism Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know — Featuring comments from me and several other experts Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance — Lots of contrarian advice here. I still like my to-do lists, but I appreciate this perspective Traveling to Cuba? Book one of the 1,000 listings available on Airbnb — While you’re waiting for the Park Hyatt Havana to open, here are some alternatives How to Be Funnier — A new…
  • Writing a Three-Line Poem Every Day for a Year: Yvonne Whitelaw’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself As I wrote in The Happiness of Pursuit, a quest need not be an athletic struggle or travel adventure. I loved this story of how this former medical resident wrote a haiku every day for a year. Introduce yourself. I’m Yvonne Whitelaw. I was born in Britain, but raised in Nigeria and the United States. I’m a stay at home mom and former physician. I decided to tweet a haiku a day for 365 days, even though I barely knew what a haiku was and had never actually written one. Interestingly, the practice of daily haiku writing has…
  • “Most Ambitions Belong to the Past”: Reflections on A Neurosurgeon’s Final Year of Life

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    I recently stumbled upon an essay from Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who died earlier this year at the age of 37. I read the whole thing several times and was struck by several passages, including this one: “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a…
  • “Happiness Depends on You”: On the Road with Scott Bold and Michelle Eshleman

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dreams can change, as was the case of Scott Bold’s childhood dream. The younger Scott wanted a good job and decent salary, but his adult self wanted something else. So along with his girlfriend Michelle Eshleman, they set out on a different course. Introduce yourselves. I’m Scott, and my girlfriend is Michelle. We were both working successful but stressful jobs (engineering for me, counseling for her) in Washington, DC. I had worked my whole life to have a job I liked, and was disappointed to instead feel like I was…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLI

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Momentum — A new community from longtime friend Jenny Blake Traveling Is Exhausting — Alyssa’s notes on adventuring through Europe 27 Sites with Royalty-Free Stock Images — Tons of photos for your blog posts or social media My Creative Burnout — The author of “How to Survive Creative Burnout” navigates a setback When Is Cheryl’s Birthday? — A math problem from Singapore (aaaah! so difficult) The Secret to Never Being Frustrated Again —…
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  • Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin

    Valerie Urso
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    (This was a cartoon I drew for Seth’s excellent book, The Dip. You can purchase the print here.) My old friend and frequent book collaborator, Seth Godin has a new online course out on Udemy, entitled “Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course”. I checked it out, I liked it a lot. But instead of just reviewing it, I’d thought I’d use this opportunity to ask Seth ten questions. Voila:   1. OK, the basic skinny: What’s the course about, and why now? This is the golden age for freelancers. More opportunities, more tools, more leverage than ever before. But for many freelancers,…
  • Engagement? What engagement?

    Valerie Urso
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
      (purchase here) As you know, a lot of the art we do at Gapingvoid is for the “Employment Engagement” side of our clients’ business. That’s a good thing. Helping people to hate their jobs less (or love their jobs more, depending on your perspective) is time well spent. According to Gallup, only 13% of American workers are engaged with their jobs. I’ve seen other figures say similar things, namely, 80% of people don’t care for their jobs very much. Engagement? What engagement? We could argue the exact numbers, but we can all agree that the cost to industry is high. According…
  • This Week At Gapingvoid: March 30 – April 3

    Valerie Urso
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    order now We get tired. We stop caring. Happens to the best of us. It’s self-preservation. The downside of empathy. Sometimes the world seems overwhelmingly full of darkness. This cartoon is a happy way to remember, we’re not responsible for everything. We’re just responsible for our small part. order now Everyone aspires to greatness on some level. This is as true for companies and teams as it is for individuals. And what gets in the way of achieving greatness? Usually it’s nothing too complicated. Simple stuff like good manners, keeping your word and yes, open and honest…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: March 23-27

    Valerie Urso
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
      purchase Last week at SXSW Interactive, I attended this panel about women in tech. As I sat there, I started to wonder – why are we all at this panel on career hacking “for women”? It’s 2015. Tech’s about disruption. Maybe it’s time to disrupt our attitudes. “Dent” spread all over Austin at SXSW 2015.It’s one of our original favorites, and we’ve made a limited edition of only 100 available for Gapingvoid fans.Dent SXSW 2015 18 * 24 Limited Edition of 100 prints $199.00 purchase In reality, you never know if your idea…
  • Observations from SXSW 2015

    Valerie Urso
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We just got back from a very intense and wonderful few days in Austin, where we attended SXSW Interactive. Here are my notes: SXSW Interactive is more “business” than “social” now. It used to feel like Spring Break a decade ago. But then we got older, we started going to bed earlier, we spend a lot more money – we have a professional focus that wasn’t there before.   Laura and Alex at the Gapingvoid booth. Don’t even try to fit everything in. No longer possible. Gapingvoid founder/CEO Jason Korman on the right. Don’t for a second think that your little piece of cute,…
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  • This Is Not The End Of Your Story

    Naomi Dunford
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Had I gone to college, I would have studied history. I like history. The reason I like history is the same reason I like marketing and law. The facts don’t matter as much as the stories surrounding the facts. Most of the non-fiction books we read around here are history related. (Unless you wrote a book, of course. If you wrote a book, I read it and I loved it. Sensational. Better than Gladwell!) My beloved has a book called Lincoln and His Generals, originally published in 1952. It’s about, well, Lincoln, I guess. And his generals. I had a thought about Lincoln and I thought you might…
  • Should You Really Join A Mastermind Group? (A Potentially Contrarian Opinion)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I had a chat about mastermind groups today. You know – mastermind groups, networking groups, meetings with alliteration in the name. (Women Who Work! The Wednesday Wowers! The Networking Nerds!) Basically, we’re talking formalized methods of getting together to support one another. The person I was talking to is on the fence. She dreams of a mastermind group that truly supports her. She wishes for a group of business owners who are her “right people”. She is hoping to find her tribe. Her conflict stems from two places. One, she doesn’t know if those people exist.
  • How To Stop Your Business From Sucking Up All Your Time

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Once upon a time, I got cranky about a book I read. I responded with How To Double Your Revenue and Profit. Really. The fifth of five steps in that article was “Get a ****ing system already”. If you don’t have systems, your business is pandemonium. If your business is pandemonium, it eats your life. I’m sure you have experienced this to one degree or another. For some people, systems are easier said than done. I am one of those people. For other people, even saying the word out loud causes them to make a sort of hacking noise. It sounds a little like throwing up. Over the years, I…
  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When I was in the process of quitting smoking, I was having a discussion with somebody and heard myself say this: “God, I’m just trying SO HARD, you know?” After making this (in hindsight quite self-pitying) statement, I had a thought. “Am I trying hard?” Like, I’m certainly thinking about it a lot. I’m guilting myself a considerable portion of the day. I’m embroiling myself in the drama a lot. Sure, I’m putting a significant amount of effort into talking about how difficult it is, self-flagellation, whining, reading endless articles on…
  • How to price your entry level products

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ann wants to know how to set prices for entry level products.  She asks: Dear Naomi– I have a question about entry level products. You have said that they are not [ultimately] meant to be money makers [and that their real value is helping customers see what your paid offerings look like so that they can trust your higher priced offers]. I had arrived at the idea that I needed to offer a low priced product so that people could feel they know me a little before considering whether they want to buy coaching. My question is — What about creating products that do make money? Where…
 
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  • President Wile E. Coyote

    Richard Fernandez
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    “We’re sort of seeing the world order cracking around the edges,” says Robert Kagan, a conservative author and historian whose writing has caught the president’s attention. “The only thing Obama can hope is that it doesn’t completely collapse while he’s still president.” Him and everybody else. Michael Crowley in Politico writes, “Obama took office vowing to end America’s wars. Now we’re in at least five, and U.S. officials are unsure what to do about it.” In the meantime the public can listen to him tell jokes.  That is probably the highest and best use of…
  • The Saudi Blockade

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Is there a blockade around Yemen?  Who is blockading whom?  Where will it lead? Helene Cooper of the New York Times says the administration is claiming credit for turning back a flotilla of Iranian ships which may have been carrying arms for Tehran-backed rebels. “Pentagon officials on Friday credited the deployment of an American aircraft carrier group in waters off the coast of Yemen for a decision by Iran to turn back a naval convoy suspected of carrying weapons bound for Shiite rebels.”  From this one might get the impression it is the Obama administration that is…
  • Live and Let Live

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Adam Taylor of the Washington Post says there are 250,000 people eager to migrate to a country which may not exist, at least not in the conventional sense. The country, called Liberland,  is based on territory nobody wants. Disputes in the Balkans left a kind of no-man’s-land there for the taking.  ”Since the Yugoslav Wars … a few other territories went unclaimed by either side.” One of those unclaimed territories is a 3 square mile patch by the Danube River. This created an opening for  Vít Jedlička, a 30 something Czech Euroskeptic who believes…
  • Up to 1 Million Libyan Refugees Waiting to Board Ship for Europe

    Richard Fernandez
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    Yesterday, survivors of the smuggler’s boat that overturned off the coast of Libya rest on the deck of an  Italian Coast Guard ship in Valletta’s Grand Harbour. The UN estimates more than 800 people were believed to have drowned in the weekend sinking of a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe, making it the deadliest such disaster in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi, File) According to EU’s border chief, up to one million refugees are waiting on the Libyan beach to board ship for Europe. “Up to one million migrants could reach Europe from Libya…
  • Escape From Humanity

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Drownings in the Mediterranean now account for 75% of all illegal immigrant deaths worldwide, the waterways filled with a constant stream of people from Africa and the Middle East fleeing their culture in the hope of re-establishing it again on the European shore.  In 2014 the number topped 200,000, twenty times greater than number than four years before.  The numbers for 2015 are on track to equal 2014. The overwhelming majority now come from Syria, which is largely destroyed.  ”The civil war, which began in 2011, has left over 220,000 dead so far. Over half the 22 million people of…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Great Leaders Think Dirty Thoughts

    Paul
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    As we climb the corporate ladder, we catch on that people on the lower rungs do the tactical, heavy work. Further up the ladder, they get to sit at desks and focus on strategy. So, we set our sights on the upper rungs, work hard to get promoted to a job where we can stop getting our hands dirty, and use our minds instead. To be in the role of big shot, we focus on big picture strategy and try not to even think about the details. This is where the mistake happens. If you dismiss the detail work associated with your strategy, there is a chance those details may never be thought through. Those…
  • Creativity Is More Practice Than Magic

    Paul
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    As problem solvers our role is to support companies, clients, and customers by solving their business problems. We’re asked to help drive sales, increase traffic, and build community. These challenges, and others, are solved through our ability to combine ideas in new and meaningful ways. That’s creativity. Creativity is sparked by our imagination. Unfortunately, most of us have been conditioned to quell our imagination to pursue lives as “serious adult business professionals.” Deep inside, unheard and hidden lies that imaginative kid who used to ask, “Why not?” The few “chosen…
  • Rules Of The Garage

    Paul
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    [The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Their approach to business became known as the “HP Way.” And later the title of the book David Packard wrote about building HP. (The HP Way). They started their business in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California. (That garage has been dubbed the…
  • Delivering Customer Service at Hooters

    Paul
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    On Saturday I had hot wings and a beer at a Hooters restaurant. For those of you not familiar with Hooters… They are a US-based restaurant chain best known for their hot buffalo wings and Hooter Girls – attractive waitresses dressed in low-cut white tank tops and skin tight orange shorts. They are a privately-held company with more than 430 locations 28 countries. The chain began operations in 1983 with their first restaurant in Clearwater, Florida. E3 Service While their slogan is “Delightfully Tacky, Yet Unrefined” it obviously requires more than spicy chicken wings…
  • Love What You Do

    Paul
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    I received an email from a friend who works at Starbucks. In the auto-signature of her e-mail was this “Love What You Do” graphic. It is just one element hiring teams use to communicate enthusiasm for working at Starbucks. Potential candidates see this ‘badge’ in the emails from Starbucks as well as in other materials… Candidates begin to experience the passion partners (employees) have for the company and their work partly through this e-mail bumper sticker. Starbucks is one of those companies that has a thick culture. I’m sure you’ve heard this…
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    Logic+Emotion

  • Hillary's Logo Stinks. Here's What To Do About It.

    David Armano
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Hillary Clinton recently announced her intention to run for president of the United States of America with a logo that looks partially inspired by Fed Ex, partially an "I'm with Stupid" T-Shirt and something from the 80s (not in a good way). In short, it stinks. Full disclosure, I'm not voting for Hillary, but this is not a political opinion piece. It's about good strategy, design, execution and branding--all important things in the worlds of business or politics. In fact, some of the information in this piece may even be useful to her and her team as she crafts her image and message in the…
  • Video Killed The Television Star: Why Total Fragmentation Is The New Norm

    David Armano
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Moment in time—the world seems obsessed with the renaissance of app led live video streaming and the rivalry between MeerKat and Twitter backed Periscope. Debating who will win is a moot point. The real winner is digital video in all its forms—especially if it involves a popular app like Snapchat or a mobile optimized popular platform such as Netflix. The demise of traditional television happened somewhere around the time that YouTube began gaining popularity alongside with DVRs that empowered us to skip ads. Since then, things have only gotten worse for traditional, tied to the box…
  • It's Not The Size of SXSW, It's How You Use It

    David Armano
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Before SXSW Interactive had even gotten a chance to take its first breath, media outlets like Mashable were already asking if it had jumped the Shark? The sentiment is understandable. After all these years, SXSW is still kind of enigma. Some call it a conference and others say its more of a festival. Some say this year's SXSW felt "somber" while others asserted that fresh break through technology such as MeerKat, reasserted its relevance as a place where new startups can get their footing and enchant early adopters in the process. Other's still question its value for marketers and agencies…
  • MeerKat Is The Next Big Thing. But For How Long?

    David Armano
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Live video streaming is nothing new. Many have tried it—and it's always sort of taken off, but never really went "mainstream". MeerKat might just change all of that. But how will we know? For starters, it's got a really good shot at stealing the show at SXSW next week—a venue that's been known to uncover the next big shiny object in social. It was after all, SXSW that put Twitter on the map, then subsequently Foursquare and more recently though with less impact, Vine.  But what exactly is MeerKat? Part Snapchat, part Twitter, and part video streaming app—MeerKat lets you effortlessly…
  • Ruling The "Aggregators" With Creative and Editorial Talent

    David Armano
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Once upon a time I was a Creative Director. Creative Directors typically come from one of two backgrounds—"art" or "copy". Having more of a visual design foundation, I started there—but also learned the techniques of "concepting" and getting to what's known in the marketing industry as "a big idea". Things were simpler back then... Big Ideas vs. Ruling The "Aggregators"Today, if you want your message and or communications to break through—you must understand how the "aggregators" work. What's an "aggregator"? Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Text Apps, Snapchat, Flipboard... it's…
 
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Arts & Health Infographic

    Linda Naiman
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Arts & Health Infographic Want to learn more about the connection between the Arts and Health? This infographic by Arts Health Network Canada, provides some of the highlights of a [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark? I received an interesting newsletter from Marshall Goldsmith today, about being the optimist in the room. He says, “When people initiate a personal campaign to [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “Innovate or die” Why innovation matters

    Guest Contributor
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    “Innovate or die” Why innovation matters If you are serious about innovation, then you likely keep track of what is in the offing. A great resource for future scanning is the [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creativity Coaching

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Creativity Coaching Companies that embrace creativity outperform peers and competitors on key business performance indicators, including revenue growth, market share and talent acquisition, according to a recent study [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creative Anarchy: Book Review

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Creative Anarchy: Book Review Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success When I was a designer of marketing communications in a former life, [...] Creativity at Work [[ 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

  • Enlisting Student Moderators for Classroom Blog Posts

    Wesley Fryer
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    What a beautiful sight this was today in our school library! A team of 4th and 5th grade student volunteers, who have been working as mentors in our enhanced eBook project, are now helping moderate both comments and student posts on the 22 classroom blogs we have at our school.    by  Wesley Fryer  I wish we had enlisted the help of students to do this at the start of the year! Basically, students are checking to make sure there is not any profanity, bullying, or other inappropriate text in the comments or posts. If they have a question about whether a comment or post is appropriate,…
  • Attend a Summer 2015 iPad Media Camp in June, July or August

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Summer 2015 will be my fourth year to present and lead 3 day iPad Media Camp professional development workshops. This summer iPad Media Camp will be offered six times, and three of these sessions are open for public registration. These include: 17-19 June 2015 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 20-22 July 2015 (Olathe, Kansas) 3-5 August 2015 (Manhattan, Kansas) Online registration is now available for all three of these sessions. Registration for the June and July sessions is available via EventBrite, while the August session registration is being handled by Kansas State University. iPad Media…
  • Strong Reactions to Today’s Note on Makeup Work

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Update 4/16/2015: I emailed Rachel’s teacher and she decided to change her policy on late work and redone assignments. She is going to accept late work with a penalty and redone assignments within a reasonable time limit. The following tweet (which I’ve archived as an image on Flickr using the free Chrome extension “Awesome Screenshot”) received a bigger response than anything I’ve shared in a long time. Our daughter had me sign this progress report after dinner tonight. Sadly I think these kinds of justifications are still common in many classrooms. I’m…
  • In Oklahoma Education, We Have to Stop Pretending

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Scott McLeod (@mcleod) has thrown down the gauntlet: What are five things we need to stop pretending about in education? We have to stop pretending… http://t.co/jhU5rnYkXl cc @gcouros @smartinez @wfryer @coolcatteacher @web20classroom #edchat #edtech #cpchat — Scott McLeod (@mcleod) April 13, 2015 Here’s my list. When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… We are giving elementary students a grade in “science” when we haven’t provided any opportunities all year for them to conduct an experiment, measure something, collect any data, or form a…
  • Learn About Coding & Minecraft: Saturday April 18 at PLAYDATE OKC (free!)

    Wesley Fryer
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Would you like to learn more about free apps students can use at school and at home to learn basic computer programming? (These include HopScotch and Scratch Jr.) Would you like to learn more about Minecraft and MinecraftEDU, including ways these programs can be used by students to create simulations, learn problem solving, and practice collaboration skills? If so, please join other educators on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, at John Rex Elementary School in downtown Oklahoma City from 9 am to 1 pm for our third PLAYDATE PD event. FREE registration is available via EventBrite. Learn more about…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith

    lindsey
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Related posts: keeping the faith. 5 ways to keep the faith in the face of fear Inspiration: Practice, Faith inspiration: feed your faith
  • three things you need to know when you want to trust the universe

    lindsey
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    You know those moments when you feel like you’re working really hard and nothing’s happening? Those moments where the thing–you know, the thing you’ve been calling for, and has been calling you–just isn’t happening? And you keep hearing that you just gotta trust the universe, trust that it will all turn out, that the money will come. You say to yourself: “I’ve been trusting. I’ve been trying to be patient, and letting go of the outcome, while at the same time holding my vision…” And still…crickets. Here’s 3 Things…
  • 5 things people who succeed know to be true

    lindsey
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Dreamers and Doers I talk with a lot of people who feel called. Not just dreamers, these are people who cannot imagine continuing on without listening to that something that is driving them and pulling them in another direction. Are you one of these people? Do you ever feel like the calling is too hard, or like giving up? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. The people I talk with have been there. And here are 5 Things that People Who Succeed Know to be True 1. Developmental psychology teaches that life keeps handing us the opportunity to grow as a human being. When we get pressed…
  • What to do When You Just Can’t Accept Yourself {guest post}

    lindsey
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Have you ever gotten caught up in believing that you just need to accept something about yourself or your experience that doesn’t feel right? Probably. Doesn’t everyone in the world of wellness and spirituality teach us to practice acceptance? Well, if you’ve struggled with practicing the art of acceptance, then this article is for you. If you’ve found yourself frustrated or sad or angry time after time when trying to arrive at a place of acceptance, you aren’t flawed. Sometimes the advice to “just accept the way things are” doesn’t cut it. Let…
  • how do I hold myself accountable?

    lindsey
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Accountability vs. Desire Keri was flummoxed. She couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t getting things done. “I’ve got these few things on my to-do list, and I just keep avoiding them. I need someone who’ll help me get things done.” And I said to her what I say to everyone who tells me that: “I don’t help you get things done. I help you figure out why the things on your to-do list aren’t lighting you up to the point where you can’t STOP yourself from doing them.” At the core of “Why am I not doing this?” is another…
 
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    latest solar news

  • Energy Efficiency: The Impact Of Renewable Power

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    For most of the past decade, the term “global warming” has been tossed around, but just what does that mean exactly? Simply place the global warming is the gradual increase of the temperature of the atmosphere of the earth. Due to the greenhouse effect global warming is attributed to carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants to the harmful effects of sunlight to pass through the earth’s atmosphere. With NASA confirms that over 90% of the experts agree that global warming is due to human causes, we must act! Although many activists and organizations constantly urging people…
  • Build Your Own Solar Panel System

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    The failure of the North 2003 affected 45 million people in eight US states. Those who use alternative energy sources like solar panels have been able to benefit from its independence from the network. No food is spoiled in refrigerators, not sitting in the dark for them. The Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, said the electricity consumption and production have steadily expanded, resulting in increased load on a system is not designed for such a large load, which means that many people are turning to solar panels for security, as well as financial and environmental reasons. Solar…
  • What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Solar System Installer

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    With non-renewable sky rising energy costs each year, people are turning to solar energy. As you can see, the trend now is to focus on going green and most companies and private owners are on the lookout for green energy production. Now you can create, either of their own solar panels or hire a solar panel installer qualified to do the work for you. But remember that before putting hire a solar installer, there are a number of things you need to know to get the full benefits. With the popularity of installing solar panels to generate electricity, the solar system has become a very lucrative…
  • Pros and Cons of Employing Solar Powered Lighting

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Solar landscape lighting is an excellent choice to decorate and brighten up your home garden and pathways of the night. Like other types of outdoor lighting, solar lights also have their own strengths and limitations. The advantages and disadvantages of using solar garden lights: Benefits He uses renewable energy Solar garden lights allow us to exploit the sun’s energy, a renewable source of energy. As the sun shines solar lamps have the energy to light up the night. This lighting system is working at its best when it receives plenty of sunlight during sunny days. Easy to install Solar…
  • Americas Electric Grid Left Unprotected!

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    Red electric left unprotected against EMP and solar flares; It would take the US $ 2 billion to fix … -Opinion- We here in America do not realize how old our infrastructure. See were the first in a number of areas. It was good, it gave us a great advantage over the rest of the world. The problem is that now a disadvantage. Its been over 50 years since our main electrical infrastructure has been established. Hurricane Sandy showed a flash of vulnerability. When the storm hit New York and New Jersey, which has almost erased all coastal areas of both states. But there was another…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Entries opened for Arts and Designs competition

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    South Africa’s most substantial Arts and Designs competition announces 2015/2016 competition intake Un-established artists and designers stand a chance to change their careers through financial support, recognition, mentorship and guidance by entering the 2015 PPC Imaginarium Awards. After a successful inaugural competition in 2014, the PPC Imaginarium Awards is back; and is still South Africa’s richest arts and design competition. Having evolved from the longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, the PPC Imaginarium encourages artists and designers to create and express their…
  • WINNING NEW CREATIVE LEADERSHIP FOR NET#WORK BBDO

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    When Brad Reilly was handed the creative reins earlier this year to take Net#work BBDO to the next level, it was with minimal fuss or fanfare.  Whilst there may have been much industry buzz about “Net#work’s exciting new -generation creative leadership” and “ECD Reilly ushers in a thrilling, bold new chapter for Net#work”, even the odd “return of the prodigal son”, Brad simply got on with it.  Ninety days down the line with a highly respected new body of work for the likes of Tusker in East Africa and SA’s very own iconic Chicken Licken, plus a prized Lotto pitch win under…
  • Hero Film pioneering Virtual Reality video experiences in SA

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    With Microsoft’s announcement of Hololens, Google’s heavy investment in Magic Leap and, now Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR, all signs are pointing to Virtual Reality as the next great wave of technology that will revolutionise the ways we create, consume and share content.  Internationally, Virtual Reality technologies and industries are in the early stages of development; and Cape Town-based Hero Film (part of independent marketing and communications agency group, Hero) notched up what is likely a first in production for South Africa when they showcased three…
  • Afrikaans is a very effective advertising language

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    “We have to be pro-active to take Afrikaans forward. To support the Pendoring Advertising Awards as a Platinum sponsor is part of the plan,” says Dr Theuns Eloff, chairman of Die Dagbreek Trust. “A group of concerned Afrikaans institutions brainstormed the Trust’s spending strategy because we believe that Afrikaans is entering a time of crisis that needs serious intervention. This brainstorming brought forth a revised strategy that is aimed at making a drastic change to the future of our language in the next five years. Within this framework, we will support projects with far-reaching…
  • To Delay Means To Kill campaign

    SA Creatives
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    TWIGA Moscow decided to demonstrate what happens when we are not able to act immediately.  An hourglass shaped installation with a little girl inside appeared in the centre of Moscow . Day by day earth poured over the girl’s head slowly burying her. Within 3 days the girl was buried  50%  which further emphasised the fact  that 50% of people die after three days of being missing.
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    The Creative Mind

  • A Healthy Ego To Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    How does a healthy self-concept impact our creative work? Don’t we need a big ego, fame and money for creative expression? One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” Many people recognize the need to modulate this kind of unhealthy ego in order to facilitate the creative process. But we need to be careful about labeling attitudes as “egotistical” or “narcissistic.” Creativity teacher and writer Julia Cameron has commented,…
  • Being Curious to Be More Creative

    Douglas Eby
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker Curiosity fuels artistic and scientific exploration, and is a characteristic of gifted and creative people. It is also a strength and trait that encourages personal growth. Psychologist Todd Kashdan thinks “Curiosity appears to be a fundamental motive in facilitating industry and creativity. Writers, artists, inventors, scientists, and others engaged in the creative process often refer to curiosity to describe the compelling psychological need to work at their craft. “Without curiosity, the act of…
  • Introvert Power To Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    “When I began this book, I wanted to resolve the paradox of meditating in the mosh pit — to emancipate introverts from the constraints of an extroverted society. But the reality of the mosh pit woke me up to something new.” Psychologist Laurie Helgoe also writes in her book “Introvert Power” about her early life – perhaps you can relate, especially if you are introverted and/or highly sensitive: “I’ve come to see the mosh pit as an apt description of American society — and of my childhood home. I was number nine of ten creative, mostly LOUD kids…
  • Leaky Attention and Being More Creative

    Douglas Eby
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    “Poor sensory gating, the ability to filter unnecessary stimuli from the brain, correlated with a higher number of lifetime creative achievements.” Being a highly sensitive person may include letting an unusually high level of information in to our nervous systems, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed by emotional and sensory input at times, but may also help explain why sensitive people are often artists and creators. Marcel Proust wrote: “From the sound of pattering raindrops I recaptured the scent of the lilacs at Combray; from the shifting of the sun’s rays on the…
  • The Artist As Outsider

    Douglas Eby
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Being a misfit or outsider can be distressing or downright painful, especially as a teen, but many artists say it is part of their experience that helps them be more creative. Writer Anne Rice talks about being “a bad student, I daydreamed in class, wrote stories in my notebooks. I learned the basics, but most of my active intellectual life was outside of school. It was acutely painful because [my sister and I] felt different, like misfits. Our individuality was almost irrepressible, but I wanted to fit in.” [Book Magazine interview Sept/Oct 2000.] [Photo from her Facebook page.]…
 
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    Cruzine

  • Brilliant Digital Art by Renee Chio

    Paul Viluda
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Renee Chio is an animator / illustrator born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. In the past she worked for Anima Estudios as a 2D Artist. Let's take a look at some of her artworks. Read More
  • Portrait Illustrations by Bryan Lee

    Paul Viluda
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    Bryan Lee aka FunkyMonkey1945 is an artist from the United States specializing in beautiful female portrait illustrations. Let's take a look at some of them. Read More
  • Amazing Illustrations by Guweiz

    Paul Viluda
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Guweiz is a talented digital artist / illustrator based in Singapore. Below, you may scroll through over 30 inspiring artworks selected from her portfolio. Read More
  • Cosplay Photography by Natasha Firsakova

    Paul Viluda
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    Natasha Firsakova is an artist based in St. Petersburg, Russia, specializing in cosplay photography. Below, you may check out some of her artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Concept Illustrations by Elin Tan

    Paul Viluda
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    Collection of creative digital illustrations by a 19-year-old artist from Australia, Elin Tan. Enjoy! Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Cultural skills critical for talent development

    Vera Dordick
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Developing talent in your organization is a multifaceted process that spans a variety of disciplines.  But no matter the industry, cultural skills are critical.  Given that those who can successfully navigate a multicultural terrain will be most successful, we are so excited to be presenting at the Talent Development Summit presented by the Hudson Mohawk chapter of the Association for Talent Development. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s on the agenda:
  • Demographic drama for property managers

    Vera Dordick
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Without a doubt, New York City is a unique place, and when it comes to demographics, the city’s singularity is even more apparent. Last week, as we were pulling together information for a presentation at the LandlordsNY Symposium, I faced a dramatic demographic profile with regard to the city’s foreign-born residents. First, some stunning comparisons can be made: New York State has the second highest percentage of foreign-born residents in the country, second only to California. Texas and Florida round out the top four. There are more foreign-born residents in New York City than there…
  • Come see us at the summit!

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

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

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

  • The Last Thing We Need Right Now is a Vision Statement

    Shane Parrish
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In this excerpt from Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?, Louis V. Gerstner Jr. says something I wish tech companies would heed. I said something at the press conference that turned out to be the most quotable statement I ever made: “What I’d like to do now is put these announcements in some sort of perspective for you. There’s been a lot of speculation as to when I’m going to deliver a vision of IBM, and what I’d like to say to all of you is that the last thing IBM needs right now is a vision.” You could almost hear the reporters blink. I went on: “What IBM needs right now is…
  • The Mortality Paradox

    Shane Parrish
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    David Foster Wallace, in an interview with Larry McCaffery, found in Conversations with David Foster Wallace, comments on our dread of both relationships and loneliness. It’s always tempting to sit back and make finger-steeples and invent impressive-sounding theoretical justifications for what one does, but in my case most of it’d be horseshit. As time passes I get less and less nuts about anything I’ve published, and it gets harder to know for sure when its antagonistic elements are in there because they serve a useful purpose and when they’re just covert manifestations of this…
  • Miracle Grow for Your Brain

    Shane Parrish
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Right now the front of your brain is firing signals about what you’re reading and how much of it you soak up has a lot to do with whether there is a proper balance of neurochemicals and growth factors to bind neurons together. Exercise has a documented, dramatic effect on these essential ingredients. It sets the stage, and when you sit down to learn something new, that stimulation strengthens the relevant connections; with practise, the circuit develops definition, as if you’re wearing down a path through a forest. I’ve talked about how different I feel after yoga or a long walk; things…
  • The Reasons We Deny Luck

    Shane Parrish
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    One of the reasons that we deny the role of luck is that it acts as a cold counterbalance to the notion of hard work. At every stage in our lives we are taught that the best way to make our way in the world is by hard work, tenacity, and grit. And while I believe there is a lot of truth to this, it also causes some perverse consequences. For instance, when we’re successful, we’re hesitant or even ashamed to admit that luck played a role because we somehow feel that diminishes what was under our control. Conversely, if we’re hit with bad luck, it’s culturally reinforced…
  • Saying No: How Successful People Stay Productive

    Shane Parrish
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    This upcoming weekend is the first online seminar that I’ve ever offered on increasing your productivity. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen out there today and I think it has the potential to change how you invest your time. The seminar is going to be fast-paced and full of ideas that you can immediately put into action. One of the things we’re going to talk about is why to-do lists are rarely as effective as scheduling time. “Scheduling,” says Cal Newport, “forces you to confront the reality of how much time you actually have and how long things will…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • LIVE PLACES: The Strip

    Maurice Amiel
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Introduction By “strip” I do not mean those sections of thoroughfares coming into cities with their procession of gigantic signs and illuminated roof lines of motels, service stations, diners and used cars dealerships, manufacture outlets, etc. … nor their oasis-like antennas at truck stops. The strips I refer to are of the more urban types, whether the classic strip-mall or simply activity-dense portions of neighbourhood main streets, and at intersections, that have a characteristic “local color” in terms of types of business, clientele and physical relation to the environment they…
  • Support the Global Anti-Bullying Campaign

    Cultural Weekly
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Abuse has no boundaries, no borders. It’s everywhere and can touch anyone’s life. We’re here to do everything we can to prevent it from touching one more life. In conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and the Center for Abuse Awareness in the USA, AbuseHurts International has formed as an umbrella agency that will assist abuse-related organizations around the world. The focus for this particular campaign is BULLYING. The Fall of 2015 will see the launch of a world-wide anti-bullying awareness campaign and AbuseHurts International will be managing the…
  • Holly Prado: Three Poems

    Holly Prado
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Holly Prado is a poet from Nebraska. Her recent publications (2012) include poetry featured in the literary review Malpais Review and in Askew magazine; in Chiron Review (2014) and regularly on the poetry/art blog timestimes3.blogspot.com. She and her husband, Harry Northup, are founding members of Cahuenga Press, a poets publishing cooperative which has been publishing books of poetry since 1989. Paper for Wanda Coleman Vivid air, the air December brings in this good desert California; nothing visible on Sunday, early, except the air — bringing us translucence, which will of course…
  • Drilling Down in Chicago’s South Side Ganglands

    Branko Tubic
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Nearly three years ago, an unsuspecting session of listening to local music motivated a 25-year-old Chicagoan to begin a campaign that aims to rescue lives. That day, Julien Drayton, a native of Chicago’s often-seedy Ashburn neighborhood, created the R.I.P. Chiraq (pronounced shy-rack) Foundation after the music he was listening to appeared to be nothing more than a celebration of the criminal lifestyle that plagued his neighborhood and many others across his hometown. The music that unsettled and later inspired Drayton is called drill. Drill music, or drilling, is a hyper-local style of…
  • The Distribution Equation

    Adam Leipzig
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Congratulations! You just finished your movie, which puts you at the edge of the winner’s circle—lots of people start movies and are never able to bring them out of post-production to the light of day. You finished yours. You made it micro-budget, for $400,000, and it’s awesome, or so your friends tell you. Your investors are happy, but also nervous: Will they get their money back? Let’s say your friends are right, and your movie is awesome. You even manage to go further, and get your film into a festival, maybe Tribeca. Grateful festival audiences will see it, and distributors, too.
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    i heart creation

  • I ♥ Earth

    I'm the universe
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    East & west are not two opposite sides of a coin, because our earth is spherical and not flat. Whenever east and west meet at any given point, it’s always the “center”, whatever may be the point of views.     © Copyright The above text cannot be used for commercial purpose.
  • Conversing with the universe

    I'm the universe
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    In the depths of silence our heart talks with the universe, reverberating the sound of unity. Consciousness as the source of an underlying universal unity, pervades all the diverse creation. When one attunes to what is unsaid, unheard and unseen, they transcend into to that realm, which is wordless, profound and transparent, being concordantly whole with the […]
  • For the woman of action – Mrs. G !

    I'm the universe
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Mrs. G is my daughter’s second grade teacher. Her devotion to action inspired us to create this colorful basket for her. What we love about her, is her dedication & love for sharing her knowledge with the kids. She’s one person who leads others, by example, to be their best. She is candid and smart. […]
  • Peek a boo, I see you !

    I'm the universe
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    You are welcome to use the free pictures above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. This pictures cannot be used for resale without the prior permission of it’s photographer who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
  • Our Living Room – A Lively Art Gallery

    I'm the universe
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Here’s something that my kids and I had created over the summer. It was fun! It’s good to indulge in colors once in a while. Our living space has been transformed into a lively art gallery. Who doesn’t like to be surrounded by bold vibrant colors, who doesn’t want to capture the colorful essence of cheerful […]
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  • The Waiting Room

    Ram
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Priyanka was all drowned in sweat. She was perspiring. God! What had happened to her? It was spine chilling cold in her  air-conditioned office. The office, that  she was so used to, day and night. Rather,day shifts and night shifts for four years till now. Life hasn’t been the same when she landed on this job after graduation. An IT career, her parents dreamt of. Infosys was her dream, for a girl from a far away smaller city like Salem. She got what she wanted. Her parents pushed her out of the house as soon as she graduated, and talked with pride about their daughter, to all their…
  • Team-By-Lines-Chapter-5

    Ram
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Read the Fourth chapter here. The incessant caressing of the sunlight trickling in through the curtains awakened Tara. Taking a deep breath, she stretched and with a smile got up from the bed. The other side of the bed was empty. That meant that Shekhar was extremely serious about his ongoing project. Listening at the study room door, she heard Shekhar snoring away to oblivion. Tara allowed him to sleep and walked towards the kitchen to begin a new day. She had breakfast with Cyrus and Roohi. Silence reigned in the room as all of them were preoccupied with their own thoughts. “Do you want…
  • You are watching

    Ram
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “You are watching the news hour tonight, and with you is……………..” Click. Enough I thought. I shut off the TV and threw the remote on the bed. It was 11pm on August 14th, and the nation was waiting to hear the PM’s Independence Day speech the next day. “No news is good news”, I mumbled. The mindless chatter of spokesperson’s  from various party’s went on their usual daily grind, throwing daggers at one another. Wasn’t this a daily spectacle conducted by most of the TV channels? Gosh. What a waste of time! I switched…
  • The Hot Seat

    Ram
    25 May 2014 | 3:24 am
    The war cries have already begun. The new Indian Prime Minister is yet to take oath. His invitation to all SARC country heads has created a stir as expected. What will the politicians and the news channels do? Their daily bread and butter is another man’s agony. Normally NEWS is nothing but seeing or reading about a helpless situation, a helpless man, or a woman in any part of the world. As we may all know most of the “NEWS” is negative in nature. So a wise man said to me ” Don’t watch the news channel before retiring to bed.” He may be right. Now, let me…
  • A Bright Summer Day

    Ram
    9 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    This time we’re having at a mother’s day special! Your post must contain the word MOM and you have just 5 sentences to complete your story. This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. Tagged: blogadda contests, blogadda wow, desi india blogs, flash fiction, Indian author, short fiction, wordpress indian blog, write over the weekend
 
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • As Great as Picasso

    Lucy Chen
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This morning, my 5-year-old took a photo of my with his iPad (which he named Wii-Gee), and used it as a reference to draw my portrait. I was very impressed as I told him, “Wow, Alan, it looks great!  It looks quite Picasso!” Alan asked, “Who is Picasso?” “A very great artist.” I answered. “Mama, you are a very great artist, too.” Alan replied, matter-of-factly. And that made my day!  I am FEELING GREAT! Have you got a child or grandchild who totally admires you and your work?  Aren’t we lucky? Related posts: What a Two-Year-Old Can…
  • Can You Achieve Enlightenment through Drawing?

    Lucy Chen
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Life drawing, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen I’ve been going to a life drawing class every Friday since February, and I’m loving it! My teacher is Paul Miller, an Archibald finalist.  He is a very passionate artist and he has a beautiful glowing soul! He also talks about drawing, painting and art in a way that a kung fu master would about martial arts, or an enlightened monk would about the thousands of miles he’s walked.  But isn’t art like that anyway? Can we achieve enlightenment through drawing?Click To Tweet Life Drawing, ink on paper, by Lucy Chen I strongly…
  • Why Aren’t You More Passionate about What You Do, and How to Change That

    Lucy Chen
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 12″x12″, oil on linen board, by Lucy Chen Original available $185. Click Image for Purchase Info. The first time I held a brush in my hand and put paint on canvas in November 2011, it felt like magic. Oh, the feeling of fulfilment!  Even when you were frustrated and the result was far from satisfactory. There!  Right there, you saw with absolute clarity what you were born to do! Magic? Corny? Or Scientifically-Proven? If you’ve somehow “stumbled on”  your passion like I did, you can certainly relate.  But if you have not yet found your…
  • What Does Eternity Mean to You?

    Lucy Chen
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    THE PROMISED ETERNITY 14″x18″, oil on linen board, by Lucy Chen Original available $325 Click Painting for Purchase Info I posted this new painting on Facebook last week to ask people what they feel about it, without giving out the title. The answers I received varies from “suicide” to “relaxing in nature”. But the common thread, regardless of whether it feels like self-mutilation or enlightenment, is a feeling of serenity, of letting go, a feeling of release and a reach for the higher spirit. What does “the promised eternity” mean to you?Click…
  • How to Paint a Plein Air Still Life

    Lucy Chen
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    After a “serious” study of Vermeer’s painting, I wanted to get loose and simply have fun painting the brilliant colors from life. FRIENDS WELCOME (plein air) 18″x14″, oil on linen panel, by Lucy Chen So I set up my easel on the patio just outside my front door and painted the scene right there.  Nothing serious.  Not looking for a perfect picture.  Just pure fun! I hope you’d enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed painting and making the video for you. Want to Watch the Detailed Start-to-Finish Video? This small 18″x14″ plein air still life…
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    Creativity Tech

  • California Attempts Early Intervention for 3D Printing IP

    Gordon Platt
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Makerbot 3D Printing store – NYC California is always ahead of the curve when it comes to rolling out new technology, but the laws that protect associated intellectual property often lag behind. That seems to be something that the state will try to remedy in the case of 3D printing, as copyright is considered and factored into new legislation around even its early uses. The bill in this case, AB-37, refers only to reminders about intellectual property infringement in California’s public libraries but it could be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to one of the hottest –…
  • How Can HBO Curb Game of Thrones Piracy?

    Gordon Platt
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    With popularity comes piracy, we know this as a defining characteric of the digital age. For all the initiatives and appeals to use legitimate, safe viewing channels, illegal torrents and piracy sites stubbornly spring back up to serve inconsiderate or unwitting fans. Nowhere is this more evident than when a new Game of Thrones season rolls around, as it did this past weekend. HBO’s flagship show was the most pirated television show of 2014 – and for several years before that – and, sure enough, it leaked over the weekend before the broadcast of its season 5 opener. Millions…
  • Why Piracy Could Topple Tidal’s Competitive Edge

    Gordon Platt
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    The streaming music market is a competitive space, ruled for the moment by Spotify but with new services entering all the time. Last week was the turn of Tidal, a Jay-Z backed venture with significant artist power behind it, as the star-studded press launch involving Beyoncé, Madonna, and many more demonstrated. Among the new platform’s distinguishing competitive features, high quality “lossless” audio and exclusive content are the most compelling. Unfortunately, the latter faces major competition itself, albeit from an illegitimate source, as piracy sites  thrive on the…
  • The Other Side of Innovation: How Tech Lobbying Distorts the Law

    Gordon Platt
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) warns that scaremongering tactics from tech sector lobbying is preventing real dialogue on issue that matter to American consumers. The report summarizes its findings as follows: “The problem is not just that populist policies are wrong, but that populists’ use of fear, distrust, and confusion are detrimental to objective policy debates and undermine the public good.”   Putting forward the term “Techno Populism” – or tech populism – to describe this growing trend, the…
  • Let the Great Cable Unbundling Commence…

    Gordon Platt
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s been on the horizon for several years, but cord-cutters could finally be celebrating 2015 as the year they  move all media consumption online. With recent video on-demand service announcements from Apple and HBO, DISH Network’s Sling TV, and this week Sony’s new Vue service, Add to these developments the rising popularity of existing streaming options like Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon’s Fire TV, and the tech-driven brave new world of television would appear to be here. View image | gettyimages.com   Of the various services and packages being unveiled, two…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • 09 – Moving Past Fear to Creative Invincibility with Josh Pais [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to actor, director, writer, and teacher Josh Pais about moving past fears and anxiety to get your best work out into the world. [ I did this interview a while back, but it’s one of my favorites and I hope you’ll…
  • 13 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for Free (Even if Oprah Calls)

    Leanne Regalla
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard one of these familiar stories: “We’d love to have you as part of our event, but we don’t have a budget.” “You’ll be in the newspaper and our flier. It will be great exposure!” “Submit your work to our contest, we’ll feature the best entry at our upcoming event.” “We can’t pay you, but it’s for a great cause!” Whatever reason they give, the bottom line is the same: they want you to work for free. They expect you to be excited to see your name in print or on a marquee. They imagine that you’d love donating your time,…
  • 07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Do you have so many interests that it’s hard to decide what to work on next? Do you struggle to get your work out consistently? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, prolific writer/musician/artist/comedian Bob Baker talks about deciding between multiple passions,…
  • 06 – PR Basics for Creatives with Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Ever wonder how creatives get publicity? Or – would you love to be your own PR person? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR publicity about how artists should approach PR. Learn what activities are a good use of your time and…
  • 11 Compelling Reasons Creatives Should Teach (And 7 Signs You Shouldn’t)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    [Read to the end of today’s post to get details of a free half-hour coaching bonus ($99 value) that I’m offering to any of my readers who sign up for Danny Iny’s Course Builder’s Laboratory (aff.) before Thursday, January 29th, 2015.] Do you have so many paying customers that you’re turning people away? Are folks pounding down your door for your writing, art or design projects, stage production, or latest musical compositions? Are you wondering how you’ll ever work through your waiting list? Or are you still dreaming of that magical day? Let’s face it. It can take a while…
 
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    Creativity For Life

  • Creativity – The Creative Act Of Listening To A Talking Frog (Video)

    Deborah
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    A global entertainment icon and beloved Mississippian explains the meaning of life. Creativity is a tough thing to measure, and while a lot of people think that you either have it or you don’t, Kermit the Frog is here to tell you otherwise. Kermit the Frog is an entertainment icon known worldwide for his appearances […] The post Creativity – The Creative Act Of Listening To A Talking Frog (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Have Big Dreams

    Deborah
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Have Big Dreams, You Will Grow Into Them    The post Have Big Dreams appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Five Ways To Make Your Organization Innovative

    Deborah
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Creative ideas are what turn ordinary companies into innovative market leaders. These companies see the end result first and then build a path to achieve those results. A safety zone needs to be established. Often, failure is punished but success is not rewarded. We must remember that failure is the second cousin to success. We […] The post Five Ways To Make Your Organization Innovative appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative DIY – Paper Clips (Tuesday Tutorial)

    Deborah
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In today’s Tuesday Tutorial, Jennifer from My Purpley Life teaches you how to make quick and easy creative DIY Paper Clips using Stickers and Embellishments! Use them for your planners and/or as a bookmark. These cute paper clips will add a smile to your face! About Jennifer Jennifer shares her life, ideas, tips, and reviews […] The post Creative DIY – Paper Clips (Tuesday Tutorial) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative Education – How To Keep The Spark Alive In Children & Adults (Video)

    Deborah
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Orson Scott Card discusses the importance of creativity and how it can be fostered, and creative education. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. His most recent series, the […] The post Creative Education – How To Keep The Spark Alive In Children & Adults (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • Creatives Live Longer (And Sometimes Prosper)

    Donald Rattner
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Researchers have long been studying the connection between health and the five major personality traits: agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness. A large body of research links neuroticism with poorer health and conscientiousness with superior health. Now openness, which measures cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, has emerged as a lifelong protective factor. The linchpin seems to be the creativity associated with the personality trait—creative thinking reduces stress and keeps the brain healthy. A study published in the…
  • New Book Gets Grown-Ups Coloring Again

    Donald Rattner
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Johanna Basford, a Scottish illustrator, has sold more than 1.4 million copies of her coloring book for adults, “Secret Garden.” Such books are being marketed as a creative, meditative pastime.It may surprise fans of Johanna Basford’s intricately hand-drawn coloring books that the artist is, by her own admission, “pretty bad” at coloring. “I can’t stay in the lines,” she said sheepishly. Not that it matters. Ms. Basford’s coloring book “Secret Garden,” a 96-page collection of elaborate black-and-white ink drawings of flowers, leaves, trees and birds, has become a global…
  • Ruutu Vases

    Donald Rattner
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    One (or is it two?) of our favorite designers just came out with a collection of vases that use light as a medium for personal creativity. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's Ruutu Vases are diamond shaped so they can be placed snugly against one another in a limitless array of possible combinations. Each vase in the collection is cast in a different colored glass, which produces a gorgeous multicolor effect when arranged in groups. The different sizes is of practical benefit too, making it a little easier to accommodate different flower arrangements or types of things. Available for purchase here.
  • Science Shows Why Creative People are Happy People

    Donald Rattner
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    As a kid, whenever I’d hastily compose a picture of a cycloptic blob or attack an unoffending piece of paper with angry orange scrawl, I’d proudly shove the picture in my mother’s face, already knowing what she’d say. “Ooh!” she’d gasp. “How… creative!” There’s no concrete definition of creativity, but most experts agree it’s got something to do with the ability to come up with new ideas, new links between ideas, and novel solutions to problems (with or without destroying a pack of Crayolas). But here’s the kicker: Forget the image of the brooding artist alone in a…
  • If You Want to be Creative, Leave The Country

    Donald Rattner
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Is being an expat the source of Karl Lagerfeld’s creativity? According to a new study, it might be. Having the right kind of expat experience is good for creativity in the fashion industry, says a study from Columbia Business School and the France-based graduate business school INSEAD. The study looks at 11 years of collections from 270 fashion houses that have been ranked for creativity by fashion buyers and journalists. The authors determined that when the creative directors in the fashion industry had lived abroad, they tended to be more creative. Along with earlier research, says…
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    BrainDirector

  • What Is Attraction? An Ultimate Guide For You

    Abia
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    This guide will help you understand the ins and outs of attraction. There are many great things about attraction and creating attraction. The first and most important part is that it is uncontrollable meaning with the right attitude and techniques, you should be able to attract almost anyone. Women are rarely logical when it comes to relationships. Women have a gut-level reaction that creates attraction. Never try to attract women in a logical way. The game of attraction is about what works so stick to whatever works even if if does not make any sense to you. How To Create Attraction With…
  • How To Stay Fit And Beautifully Healthy All Your Life

    khuram imtiaz
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Health is everything. I believe that health is just another name of life. If you are healthy, you seem to enjoy everything. You are brave in the face of challenges that life throws at you. You enjoy most of your relations. And if you are not healthy: Living seems like an uphill battle. You do not enjoy your relations and you often face failures in your professional and personal life. You success depends on your state of mind and happiness is a state of mind. Luckily it is very easy to live a happy and fit life. All you have to do is to follow some simple guidelines. We are going to discuss…
  • 8 Simple Tips That You Can Easily Follow And Lose Weight

    khuram imtiaz
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    This article introduces you to eight simple ways you can use to lose weight. The tips provided are really simple and the best part? They actually work. It took me some time to research and find these simplest methods to lose and control weight but well i did find them. ( Presentation located at the bottom of the page ) Your Personal Mantra Can Help You Lose Weight Your attitude and beliefs go a long way deciding what you will and what you will not achieve in your life. If you believe something is possible, it will become your reality sooner or later. Before you do anything, you must develop…
  • Brain Training Not Only In English But Also In Urdu And Hindi

    khuram imtiaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Brain Director aims at providing people with free brain training and brain fitness resources. We have been providing information in English so far but things are going to change. Our goal is to help those who seriously need help and most of the people who need help do not know English. We are not here to help people only from English speaking countries like America and Canada but to help the world. I have been awake all night and right now as i am writing this sentence it is 6:30 pm so pardon me if i end up making language mistakes. You know sleep deprivation has negative impact on…
  • How To Change Your Life In A Matter Of Hours

    khuram imtiaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Do you ever feel sad and bad about your life? May you you are not happy with your life because you are not where you always wanted to be. Everyone including me has an idea of destination. I know where i want to be and what i want to achieve in my life. Same goes for you. But do we always achieve all the things we desire? Nope. Can we? Yes! how? That is what we are going to talk about in this article. One thing i always believed in all my life is a firmly held belief that we should never be a quitter. The moment we quit is the very moment game over with all the hope dead. We mess up our life…
 
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    The Artist Myth

  • The Talent Myth

    Mike Roy
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    There has always been a lot of excessive attention placed on raw talent.It’s easy to understand why. The youthful prodigy that practically emerges from the womb playing concertos makes a much more compelling story than the quasi-talented hard worker.But the unfortunate result of our pursuit of the next rare natural genius is skewed perception … and there is no greater victim of this perception than the average everyday artist who thinks that they have no shot at greatness. (Or even just a shot making a living doing their art.)The fallout of this myth is heard whenever the average…
  • The Sellout Myth

    Mike Roy
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    There are few concepts more destructive to an artist’s ability to have a sustainable business than the Sellout Myth.I cringe when I hear its signature sound of entitled belligerence:“Art is only pure when it’s given freely.”“You want money for this? You’re selling out!”“You want to get paid? You should do your art for free.”Unfortunately, many artists who have legitimate, wonderful, inspiringly original gifts to share with the world are held back from sharing them by the fear that they will receive this accusation.A Selling Artist Isn’t A Sellout ArtistThe outcry of…
  • How To Get More Traffic To Your Online Gallery or Portfolio Site, Part 1

    Mike Roy
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We all could use some more eyeballs on our work.But like a busy city, the internet is crammed full of noise and lots of people clamoring for relevant attention.There are a lot of opinions and ideas about how to get more internet based traffic to your online gallery or portfolio website. But which ones are the most effective? Which ones are worth actually doing? You could spend a lot of time trying out a number of different ways to get more people to your site, but at the end of the day, which traffic-inducing methods are really worth your time investment?In this article I’ve assimilated…
  • 15 Ways To Get Creatively Motivated

    Mike Roy
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    We’ve all been there.We want to be productive artists who get recognized for our work… but we just can’t seem to get off our duff and actually create the art.It’s kind of a chicken-and-egg situation, when you think about it… we want to have the benefits of being an artist, but we don’t necessarily want to actually do the work. It’s not that we’re lazy… it’s just that it’s hard! So we don’t do what it takes, and so we don’t get the benefits… it creates a cycle of listless wanting that results in discouragement…
  • 11 Ways Artists Can Better Manage Their Time

    Mike Roy
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As artists, we often struggle with time. Perhaps it’s because we intuitively discovered the theory of relativity centuries before Einstein was able to formally describe it. We discovered that the creative process tends to operate independently of time. This is evident in the way that we tend to lose track of time when we’re deeply involved in creating our art.Or, perhaps it’s because we live in fear the old bugaboo “Mister Deadline” who is ever-present, especially for artists who do commercial work. He lurks and sneaks up on us when we’re not expecting him, and then rips our…
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    Creatamin

  • Interviewing Beeple: One Completed Artwork Every 24 Hours

    Wazir Rohiman
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Mike Winkelmann a.k.a Beeple from Wisconsin, USA, is a multi-talented creative whose works include animations, Vj-ing, and illustrations. Beeple’s short films have been screened at various established media-arts powerhouses such as the ARS Electronica and the Biennale of Sydney, among others. He strongly believes in the ‘open-source’ concept and has published a series of his work under Creative Commons. Some of which have been used by Electronic Dance Music artists; deadmau5, Skrillex, Avicii and many more. Beeple also produces artworks for Brainfeeder, an indie record…
  • Sculpture Artist David Mesguich on his Creative Process

    Wazir Rohiman
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Starting off as a Graffiti artist, David Mesguich always had an interest in spaces that “separate and divide up”. Having travelled to various cities of different cultural and social backgrounds, he now uses the creative energy he gathered to create colossal geometric sculptures and installations. Most of his work are mainly displayed publicly in France and Belgium. The sculptures are simply taken and left on location for a couple of weeks, without getting any formal permission to do so. David’s installations are experimental in nature and engage with their specific context…
  • Designer & Entrepreneur Brett Mellor on his Creative Process

    Wazir Rohiman
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    From a very tender age, Brett Mellor always had a tendency to build and make things. And like all creative individuals who grew up playing with legos, he never let go of his urge to create and his resilience. This led him to tread his path in the Creative field later in life. Brett is now an Industrial Designer and young entrepreneur who has amassed a great set of skills throughout his various creative journeys and endeavors. He is still passionate about testing and building products. His fascination with the Creative process and the prototyping of ideas is what drives him to design. He…
  • Interview On Creativity With Designer And Illustrator Dan Schlitzkus

    Wazir Rohiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Meet Danny Schlitzkus the founder of ShlitzART based in Seattle, USA, where he is also currently the Art Director and Senior Designer. Dan is a brilliant artist who has been in the Creative field for an admirably long period of time. He has worked with a variety of clients both small and big, including Microsoft and Copic. Danny is the recipient of numerous awards, which you can find out more about here. Dan shares with us his Creative Journey and what it took to become a Designer and Illustrator. He also gives us an insight into what it is like to thrive and grow in the Creative…
  • Conversation on Creativity with Ari Weinkle

    Wazir Rohiman
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Ari Weinkle is a talented Designer and Artist from Boston, USA, who recently featured on The Creators Project. He has a passion for generative art, he also specialises in experimental typography and conceptual design. In 2010, Ari won the Rhode Island School of Design Degree Award. He is also twice the recipient of the AIGA BoNE awards, both received in 2011 and 2013 respectively.   Ari’s inspiration comes from various sources. His work is inspired by Native American Iconography, Japanese Aesthetics, Semiotics, Metaphysics and Philosophy. Merging all his inspirations with…
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  • A Silent Goodbye

    Logan Tabor
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    A lazy slant on Route 301 guided the mix of fallen snow and ice to the side of the road in a mangled grayscale.  The trip was over.  We now struggled to outrun the steady pace of the errant ice storm at our heels.  It was as if the crooked hand of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries were pushing us southward — a cold and malevolent finger occasionally sweeping the friction out from under our tires.  The wilted scenery tipped its hat and sneered in the rear view as we passed cautiously over the Potomac. “how appropriate…” …I thought to myself.  These…
  • Trust Your Ears, But Be Aware That They Can Fool You

    Logan Tabor
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Given the amount of equipment and product in the shop at Cage Amplifiers, the environment was surprisingly clean.  There were racks and shelves stocked with an encyclopedic selection of tubes, capacitors, resistors, brackets, nuts, screws and anything else one might need for a build. There were notes of Dewey Decimal-esque classification here…but I had not the time to document the evidence… The tidy shop in Damascus, MD, smelled like the inside of an old Hammond mixed with the melted transformer wax of an AC30.  All the woodwork was done right there in the shop, a job that…
  • Assorted Sea Critters

    Logan Tabor
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I sat across from Hanan and his beautiful fiancé, Molly, in a quaint sushi parlor in Cliffside Park, NJ.  Hanan and I had exchanged emails and phone calls numerous times in the months prior, but had never met face-to-face. After completing a stiff nine-hour drive over highways littered with furious 18-wheeled monsters, my editor and I were in desperate need of raw food and good conversation.  We entered the restaurant with a familiar quickness and began saying our hellos. after a few brief formalities… …the four of us settled into casual chatter.  I had been following…
  • Pickup Vocabulary

    Logan Tabor
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Bill Arnsparger has always been fascinated by the construction of guitar pickups.  A thin wire wraps around a bobbin, and leads to an odd-looking set of electronic components.  This takes the vibration from a metal string out to an amplifier and through a speaker.  For many of us, I’m sure, this has always been a bit of a mystery, but for Mr. Arnsparger… …this system has been an inspiration. “I had seen a book by Jason Lollar and I kept putting off buying it until around 2005 or ’06. One day I finally decided to get it.” Arnsparger decided to build his…
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Iceberg

    Logan Tabor
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    I feel like, most of the time, you can just tell when you’ve experienced something special and unique.  The reasons why may not always be completely obvious, but you know when you walk away that what you’ve just witnessed…was great.  With that said, when I was greeted by the staff at Chicago Fretworks… …I was made to feel right at home Looking around the shop, I could see a pretty clear division between the areas for instrument repair and amplifier repair.  It was also becoming clear that this shop and its services reached much further than I had originally…
 
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