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  • Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    “Genius gives birth, talent delivers.” “All of us, we’re links in a chain,” Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work. Mark Twain put it much less mildly in his lively letter of solidarity to Helen Keller: “Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.” Indeed, there is compelling evidence that we as a culture are allergic to originality. But count on Jack Kerouac…
  • Embracing uncertainty in creative work

    Creative Something
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I have no idea if what I’m working on is right, more than half the time. Arguably, it’s the same for any of the creative individuals we look-up to as well. Austin Kleon is an artist and writer I admire, and it seems that lately almost everything he does is golden, but I’m willing to bet he’s simply doing things he enjoys doing, without any preconception of whether or not they’re “creative” or going to be “successful” or not. Just look at the lives led by Picasso, Einstein, Jobs, Chanel, O’Keeffe, and others; they never pursued creating something…
  • You can have the perfect process, but without a purpose it will...

    Creative Something
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    You can have the perfect process, but without a purpose it will do you no good.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A journey to where the semicolon meets the soul. Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at us — definitions predicated on who we should be in relation to some concrete or abstract other, some ideal, some benchmark beyond the boundaries of who we already are. One of the most important authors of our time, Ursula K. Le Guin has influenced such celebrated literary icons as Neil Gaiman and…
  • “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple...

    Creative Something
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true.” Jonathan Harris The only way to become is to do, and the best way to do is to do what you can, with what you have now. Start.
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    Brain Pickings

  • The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Time and Gave Rise to the Modern Tyranny of the Clock

    Maria Popova
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    How the invisible hand of the clock powered the Industrial Revolution and sparked the Information Age. While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as Steven Johnson puts it in the excellent How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World (public library), “how amazing it is that we drink water from a tap and never once worry about dying forty-eight hours later from cholera.” Understanding how these everyday marvels first came to be, then came to be taken for granted, not only…
  • Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical: A Minimalist Picture-Book about How We Become Who We Are

    Maria Popova
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    A brilliant conceptual graphic story about how we get our stripes of character and identity. It is said that “who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.” But it depends perhaps even more on who loved each other before they came to love us — parenting shapes not only our psychological constitution, from our capacity for fertile solitude to our relationship with achievement, but perhaps most palpably our physical. Genetics bestows its blessings and curses upon us with more uncompromising despotism than any of the other cards we’re dealt in life. How…
  • Happy Birthday, John Dewey: On War, the Future of Pacifism, and Our Individual Role in Peace

    Maria Popova
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “The present task of the constructive pacifist is to call attention away from the catchwords which so easily in wartime become the substitute for both facts and ideas back to realities.” Philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer John Dewey (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) is one of the most influential minds of the twentieth century. His enduring insight on the true purpose of education and the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity resonates today with growing relevance amid our struggle to cultivate wisdom in the age of information. But nowhere was Dewey more…
  • Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man

    Maria Popova
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A journey to where the semicolon meets the soul. Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at us — definitions predicated on who we should be in relation to some concrete or abstract other, some ideal, some benchmark beyond the boundaries of who we already are. One of the most important authors of our time, Ursula K. Le Guin has influenced such celebrated literary icons as Neil Gaiman and…
  • Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

    Maria Popova
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    “Genius gives birth, talent delivers.” “All of us, we’re links in a chain,” Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work. Mark Twain put it much less mildly in his lively letter of solidarity to Helen Keller: “Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.” Indeed, there is compelling evidence that we as a culture are allergic to originality. But count on Jack Kerouac…
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  • How to Deal (or Not Deal) with Phone Calls

    Hamza Khan
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No Phone by Scott Lewis from The Noun Project Do you get pissed off whenever someone asks you to setup a “quick call” to chat? Gary Vaynerchuk bets that you do: We have gotten to a place where everything happens on our time. You watch the TV show when you want to watch it, not because it airs on Wednesday at 8 (7 central). You text because you can respond to that person on your time. In a thoughtful tirade against phone calls, Dharmesh Shah, founder of HubSpot, left some important takeaways for how to deal with phone calls (and by extension, meetings), including: To avoid…
  • Learn the Rules & Then Break Them

    Stephanie Kaptein
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Scott Dadich’s spread for an article on Ridley Scott in Wired Magazine. Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Scott Dadich says it’s time to start getting it wrong. In the field of technology design, we have figured out how to do it right. We have beautiful, sleek devices that are an ease to use – and it’s getting boring: …once a certain maturity has been reached, someone comes along who decides to take a different route. Instead of trying to create an ever more polished and perfect artifact, this rebel actively seeks out imperfection—sticking a pole in the middle…
  • You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few years back after one of my more impassioned lectures, a young buck in the back row raised his hand. “Mr. Victore,” he said, “I understand what you’re saying about taking risks in your career, but I’ve got rent to pay.” I was shocked by his defeatist attitude, saddened at how the practicalities of life had already beaten this young creative soul down so that his biggest ambition in life was to pay rent. Gone was adventurous youth. This kid was no longer the hero of his own life, willing to face his fears and slay the dragons that kept him from his reward. He was…
  • Use the Restroom Test to Make the Most of Conferences

    Tanner Christensen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Toilet Paper designed by Collectif Intro from the Noun Project Being shy or introverted doesn’t mean you can’t network like a pro at events. Over at Atomic Spin, Phil Kirkham gives us three tips on how to get the most from a conference or event. Our favorite is The Restroom Test, a way to check how well you’re doing at mixing and mingling with your fellow event-goers: Take a walk to the restroom and back and see how many people that you did not know previously nod in recognition or say Hi. By the second day of the conference, I could count on getting at least 5 nods of recognition…
  • Paul Jarvis: Find Your Rat People

    Stephanie Kaptein
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Illustration of Paul Jarvis’ rats Web designer and author Paul Jarvis wants you to find your “rat people.” These are the people who are passionate about the same things as you, in Jarvis’ case, that’s pet rats. Not everyone is going to have the same interests and that’s perfectly alright. However, stay away from those who insult you because of who you are. The ones who think your work is useless or worse, disgusting don’t truly matter. Their dissension should fall on deaf ears because they’d never support you, pay you or join your secret club. When you give up trying to…
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    Creative Something

  • Embracing uncertainty in creative work

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I have no idea if what I’m working on is right, more than half the time. Arguably, it’s the same for any of the creative individuals we look-up to as well. Austin Kleon is an artist and writer I admire, and it seems that lately almost everything he does is golden, but I’m willing to bet he’s simply doing things he enjoys doing, without any preconception of whether or not they’re “creative” or going to be “successful” or not. Just look at the lives led by Picasso, Einstein, Jobs, Chanel, O’Keeffe, and others; they never pursued creating something…
  • “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple...

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true.” Jonathan Harris The only way to become is to do, and the best way to do is to do what you can, with what you have now. Start.
  • Tons of great apps are on sale this week in the App Store. Get...

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Tons of great apps are on sale this week in the App Store. Get 50% off on some top creativity apps, including my creative writing app Prompts.
  • You can have the perfect process, but without a purpose it will...

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    You can have the perfect process, but without a purpose it will do you no good.
  • "Everyone who became great at something has a similar story: For years, they worked on their craft..."

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    “Everyone who became great at something has a similar story: For years, they worked on their craft every day, even if they weren’t in the mood. Always pushing, practicing, working, and improving…Yes it takes thousands of hours of practice, but that’s good news! It’s a clear path and it’s under your control.” - Derek Sivers on How to change, or build, your career. Appropriate time to announce that I’ve joined the Product Design team at Facebook. It’s taken me a long time to build up the knowledge, capabilities, and portfolio to get to this point in my career. I’m fortunate…
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  • Exit Here, But Only If You Really Really Want To

    Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    What does a party supplies shop have to do with death? When the shop owner has become involved in supplying an easeful death to selected clients by way of helium, a plastic hood, and some tubing. With humor and sensitivity, this novelist tells an original more
  • Confessions of a Comedy Dominatrix

    Judy Carter
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Aren't all stand-up comics practitioners of sadomasochism? Just last week while standing onstage at the Hollywood Improv I realized I’m a dominatrix, a comedy dominatrix. read more
  • How to Turn Conflict Into Creativity

    Jeff DeGraff, Ph.D.
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Harmony is overrated. Innovation is about bringing together individuals with diverse strengths who can push against each other and build something collaboratively that they never would've come up with on their more
  • What Do You Search for in a Work of Art?

    Molly S. Castelloe, Ph.D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Two visual artists tap into spiritual states of more
  • Medication Doesn't Necessarily Impact Creativity

    Sarah Fader
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The hesitancy to take psychiatric medication because it might stifle creativityread more
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check-In: October 13 – 19

    12 Oct 2014 | 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 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/13/14 - 10/19/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • CED Check-In: October 6 -12

    5 Oct 2014 | 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 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/6/4 - 10/12/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Art Every Day Month 2014!

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Art Every Day Month is once again right around the corner! Every year for over ten years now, I have been creating daily for the month of November and inviting others to join in. It is a low pressure challenge for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to create daily for a month. Low pressure means, if you miss a day, brush yourself off, and get back to it. No worries. By art, I'm talking broadly. So you could be cooking, taking pictures, writing music, crafting for the holidays, painting, sculpting, writing poetry, making jewelry, sewing, knitting, art journaling, you name it. You…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for October: Flight

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
      At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of October 2014, the theme will be Flight. I was thinking of the geese flying south this time of year when I came up with this theme idea.  As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2014 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is…
  • CED Check-In: September 29 – October 5

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    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 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 9/29/4 - 10/5/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Lessons from the Journey: Misadventures Produce Confidence

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Misadventures produce confidence. At nearly every stage in my journey to every country in the world, something went wrong. I became stranded, was nearly deported several times (and then actually deported once), screwed up my travel plans, and generally caused havoc wherever I went. Ah well—it was all worth it. One time I rented a car in Italy for a…
  • Mini City Guide: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Nominate your favorite obscure destination. The destination this week was nominated by reader Annette O’Neil. Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share?
  • Big Bonus Ending: Last Day (Really) to Fly & Stay for Nearly Free with 70,000 Points

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Link: 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Bonus (Ending Soon) **** Update: The 70,000 point offer has now ended. The card still offers 50,000 points and has gone back to having no annual fee in the first year. **** It’s finally going away! The best credit card signup bonus we’ve seen all year will revert to 50,000 points (still a good deal, just not an amazing one) sometime on Sunday morning. Previous Posts: Limited-Time Offer: 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points Can You Get a Business Card Without Having a Business? Can You Get More than One Chase Ink Card? As I’ve said a few times, this is a great…
  • “The only reason to be in business is to be great.”

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    A conversation with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. Interviewer: The role of an editor is much broader today. Is there anything you feel uncomfortable doing, or is there anything you’re doing that you hadn’t expected to enjoy? D.R.: I enjoy all of it to one degree or another. There are days when you might enjoy it a little less, due to one crisis or another. It is absolutely vital, to me, in a period of technological evolution and sometimes financial stress that I and my colleagues not only put out a fantastic magazine and Web site and all the rest, but also that we are smart…
  • Plan in Advance When You’ll Begin to Worry About Something

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Before a big talk, I used to stress out for weeks. The feeling began with a sense of being unsettled (and not the good kind). I was anxious and unsure of how to resolve it. Finally, at least a few days beforehand, the talk took over my mind and became all I could think about. All other work fell by the wayside. I knew I could probably give a decent talk, but the problem was that I couldn’t really get anything else done during those critical days leading up to it. Then I learned something. I learned the secret of deferring my anxiety. Instead of allowing the talk to stress me out for weeks…
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  • New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

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

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

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

    Hugh MacLeod
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here, or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here When gapingvoid was still in its infancy, I drew the gun cartoon above. Before gapingvoid, I had pretty much spent the first half of my career being an ad-industry grunt, and not a very good one a that. Though I received an incredible education from the experience, I was glad to leave that world behind, when the time came. I spent the next decade after that, fighting like hell to find a better alternative. I had a lot of ups and down, but once Jason and I started working together on gapingvoid, Boom! It…
  • Creativity at Scale: “What is scarce and valuable are creative cultures *within* organizations.”

    Hugh MacLeod
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    [Like this cartoon? Sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here.] “Creativity at scale” is a nice idea. It’s the lifeblood of large organizations. The companies who can execute more good ideas, more often, win over time etc. The trouble begins when you think it can be replicated without great added costs or great effort to yourselves, that all you have to do is hire a few consultants, hire a few intern designers, pull a few levers and Voila! Instant masterpieces 24/7. If only… From the gapingvoid perspective, the problem with producing “Creativity at scale” isn’t a lack of…
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  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
  • Should You Have A Signature Service?

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It is generally accepted as lore that if you want to be a Very Important Coach Indeed – or, in fact, be able to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones – you must have a Signature Service. A signature service, also known as “Off The Shelf”, “5 Step Program”, and a few other things that enterprising gurus have trademarked – basically means factory coaching. The client comes in one end, goes through a prefabricated set of steps in a pre-assigned set of time and hocus pocus alakazam, comes out fixed, whole, and ready to refer rich friends to you. So. Is a signature service…
  • Do I Really Need to Pick a Niche?

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The word on the street is (and kind of always has been) that you MUST pick a niche or your business will fall into obscurity, and you will end up in the streets panhandling next to all the other poor saps who didn’t pick their niche. (And all the while you’ll be begging for scraps, because one of your fellow panhandlers “niched down” his location to in front of the bus stop, thereby taking your best prospects before they even got to you. Oh, the humanity.) This is a particularly frequent piece of advices for coaches. And it should be, because many coaches articulate their target…
  • How Big Does My List Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While we’re getting the new coaches’ class ready to open up this week, we have another question for all you coaches out there. (Actually, this applies to everyone, so whether a coach or not, keep reading anyway.) So! You have a list, are getting a list started, or sitting around thinking “Eeek! I really need to get a list going. And the thing you’re particularly wondering about is how many people you need to get on this list so you can make the money already. The answer to that question is pretty simple, but it’s going to sound a little complicated. Let’s start from the…
  • Which Coaching Model Makes More Money?

    Naomi Dunford
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    As we get closer to the release of our upcoming just-for-coaches class, we have more questions in the proverbial mailbag to answer. (The two previous questions are here and here.) Today’s question is the ever-common, “What will make me the most money as a coach?” question. Mmm, money. There are more than a few different business models out there for coaches, but it’s probably safe to say that they can be boiled down to four different ways of making money. First, there’s the Big Group model. In the Big Group Model, you’re looking to get as many butts in the seats as possible. Live…
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    Belmont Club

  • Nameless

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Spengler (David Goldman) observes that the Muslim world is experiencing a “social unraveling on a scale not seen in the region since the Mongol invasion”. It’s at 18 million refugees and counting. “There are millions of young men in the Muslim world sitting in refugee camps with nothing to do, nowhere to go back to, and nothing to look forward to. And there are tens of millions more watching their misery with outrage. Never has an extremist movement had so many frustrated and footloose young men in its prospective recruitment pool.” Actually it’s worse than…
  • The Return of the Face

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    A few days ago Peggy Noonan demanded of the political class in the Wall Street Journal to answer the question “who do they think we are?”   Our leaders she said, were treating the public like moronic children on the subject of Ebola. It is my impression that everyone who speaks for the government on this issue has been instructed to imagine his audience as anxious children. It feels like how the pediatrician talks to the child, not the parents. It’s as if they’ve been told: “Talk, talk, talk, but don’t say anything. Clarity is the enemy.” And why not? For altogether too…
  • Hollywood And Tanks

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    The promotional material for the Brad Pitt movie Fury dramatizes an encounter between a platoon of Shermans and a Tiger 1 in where the Shermans get the worst of it.  It exemplifies the by now well known line that it took five or six Shermans to take out a single Tiger. I was somewhat surprised in later life to learn that this might not be true, which was shocking.  While there is no doubt that a Tiger or a Panther was much better armored and gunned vehicle than the average Sherman, some scholars have argued that as a weapons system the Sherman was the superior of either armored fighting…
  • Dual Control

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    The selection of political Ron Klain as ‘Ebola czar’ has been criticized on the grounds that he has no medical or public health qualification.  But relatively little attention has been focused on the word ‘czar’ itself.  The term ‘czar’ in the American sense, begins with FDR. It loosely described a type of inter-agency coordinator with the authority “to go outside of formal channels and find creative solutions for ad hoc problems, the ability to involve a lot of government players in big issue decision-making, and the ability to get a huge…
  • The Flying Dutchman

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Which of us in childhood was not captivated by a print, or perhaps a portrait of the Flying Dutchman, ”a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. … If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom.”  Which of us thought such a thing could actually happen … in the Caribbean? If the public thought that allowing a nurse with Ebola symptoms to fly commercial air was the worst possible…
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    Lateral Action

  • Business for Authors and Creatives: a Conversation with Joanna Penn

    Mark McGuinness
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What are the biggest challenges facing creatives who start out in business for themselves? Should you quit your day job or start building your creative enterprise in your spare time? How are your creative and business challenges likely to change over time? How do the massive changes in the publishing industry in recent years affect writers’ career prospects? With so much competition, how can a new author get people to pay attention to their book? How can you exploit the intellectual property in your work, to create more income (without working extra hours)? Are writers better off…
  • How Your Creativity Can Save You in a Crisis

    Mark McGuinness
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Image by nikkytok via BigStock As Gregory Sampson awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found his bed transformed into a gigantic slab of stone. He couldn’t see the change – the room was pitch-black, so opening his eyes or closing them made no difference at all. But he could feel it. The bed was rock-hard. And cold. There were no sheets. His pillow had vanished. Lying there on the cold stone in darkness, he could hear nothing but the sound of his own breathing and his heart thumping in his chest. Reaching out on one side and then the other, he felt nothing but stone. Rolling…
  • Travel the World as a Suitcase Entrepreneur: a Conversation with Natalie Sisson

    Mark McGuinness
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In recent years the term ‘digital nomad’ has become a buzzword for a new way of living and working – travelling the globe with a laptop and living in a succession of exotic countries, all the while running a business from the road. Plenty of hype and myths have grown up around the subject. One suspects there may even be a few armchair nomads. But there are people out there walking (and flying) the walk – and Natalie Sisson is one of them. I ‘met’ Natalie online several years ago via our blogs. Whenever I hear from her it’s rarely from the same place…
  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

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

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

    David Armano
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Imagine taking a trip to New York city. As always, it's crowded and bustling but it's also a nice day. You want to get around and see the sights but the idea of waiting on a corner to land a taxi or spending a portion of your day underground don't appeal to you. You're active and enjoy finding ways to incorporate e exercise in your day. You come across a bike sharing station with blue bikes and an interactive kiosk that helps you decide where you should go next. You use your credit card to obtain a bike and you're off and running, feeling a sense of empowerment that you've taken matters…

    David Armano
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    I could be wrong. In the early days of social media, when Facebook was still for college kids—Twitter seemed like an utterly useless fad to most people. But I was really intrigued by it and stuck with it and connected with others, ultimately building an audience and a real time stream I could dip in and out of whenever I wanted to. That was 2007. Fast forward to 2014 and it's not Twitter my network is talking about—it's "Ello", a social network built on the promise that it won't touch your data nor will it ever give in to advertising. Its manifesto is posted in plain sight on the…
  • 5 Ice Bucket Envy Filled People To Avoid

    David Armano
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like millions of others, I recently filled a bucket full of ice and water, shot a video and called on a few friends to do the same. While not required to, I also donated to the ALS association because it seemed like the right thing to do.  Is the infamous "Ice Bucket Challenge" working? According to the New York Times, the campaign has raised over 13 million dollars compared to the 1.7 million raised last year at this time. So is there a down side? According to my social feeds—kind of. While I don't agree with them, here's a snapshot of some of the feedback I've seen in addition to the…
  • Should You Help Someone You Don't Know? Yes.

    David Armano
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Meet Justin Levy.I know Justin, but in a world of having many connections, "knowing" someone doesn't mean much, and Justin and I don't talk every day—in fact we've have had only a handful of interactions. But a status update on social media caught my attention and hasn't lost it since. Recently, Justin posted the following: And since then, he's undergone one of several surgeries for his shoulders which were both badly injured due to the violent nature of the seizure. To make matters even more unnerving, a brain tumor has been found and he's scheduled to have the majority of it…
  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Comments to the Oklahoma City Board of Education: Oct 20, 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This evening I spoke during the “public comment” time at the board meeting of Oklahoma City Public Schools. I specifically addressed the need for more technology funding at Classen School of Advanced Studies. (ClassenSAS) In many ways, ClassenSAS is the leading academic high school in our district, but that is NOT the case when it comes to educational technology. ClassenSAS is currently the most “technology poor” high school in Oklahoma City Public Schools. While ClassenSAS does not qualify for the same grant and Title I funding opportunities as other OKCPS high…
  • Free MinecraftEDU Server Remote Control Options for Mac Users

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Next week I’m starting a three part, six day MinecraftEDU lesson with my 4th and 5th grade STEM students which will be a mathematical “building challenge” similar to but a little different than what I had students do last year. Last semester I had students work in groups to complete a “permeter/area building challenge,” and students worked in “Creative Mode” using a “Cooperative Building Challenge World” I created using MCEdit. (For more details, see my January 2014 post, “Initial Minecraft Competition World Created with…
  • Paper Slide Video PD Reflections From Wichita

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I recently had an opportunity to share some professional development workshops with teachers in Wichita, Kansas. This was a repeated, 2.5 hour BYOD workshop on “Mapping Media to the Common Core,” and I focused primarily on interactive writing (with TodaysMeet) as well as quick-edit videos using YouTube Capture and paper-slide videos. I have a variety of resources relating to Paper Slide Videos on the Narrated Slideshow / Screencast page of Mapping Media. These are two compilations of paper slide videos the teachers created in the workshop in the morning and afternoon, using iPads…
  • Igniting Innovation with the 2014 K-12 Online Conference

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    This month is a particularly exciting time to be or become a “connected educator!” Monday officially kicked off the FREE 2014 K-12 Online Conference, and I’m honored this year to serve as the pre-conference keynote speaker. If you have not already, please set aside 40 minutes and check out the keynote video which you’ll find on as well as on YouTube. The 12 contributor videos included in the keynote area also available on this YouTube playlist, and I’m adding conference participant videos shared in response to the keynote video challenge.
  • Mapping Media Vol 1 Chapters Available as Separate eBooks

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I’m pleased to announce  individual chapters  of ‘Mapping Media to the Common Core: Volume I” are available as separate eBooks for $2.99 each on I’ve updated the book/eBook descriptions on the “About” page of the Mapping Media website. Whether you are a current teacher, a pre-service teacher, or an instructor/professor teaching educational technology courses, the availability of these chapters as individual eBooks will hopefully offer you (and possibly your students) affordable flexibility in accessing these e-texts. The combined…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • i met an owl in the woods {listening for miracles}

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    All my life I’ve wanted to see an owl. Not behind glass, not in cage, but an owl in the wild, just standing there, all tall and stately, being wise and wonderful. There’s a park I go to in the early morning, when the birds are the first ones awake and the air is clear and clean. In the sun they’re singing, winging their way from treetop to treetop, calling out and finding each other, chasing and ducking and diving through the air. In the rain they’re tucked onto the branches beneath the pine needles and the leaves, hopping and floating, chirping quietly. On this…
  • how to be your own guide for life {video}

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    clarity There are always decisions, choices, and pathways to navigate. Life is full of opportunity. And, for lots of us, indecision and confusion. “How do I know which choice is the right one? How do I trust my gut? How do I choose the right pathway?” These are all questions that come up over and over again. Laced over top of all of them, for each person I’ve ever helped through this process, is the burning desire to do what’s right for them, not what other people want them to do. Something is calling. It’s truth, it’s wisdom, it’s the guide within you. And you can be your own…
  • a navajo medicine man sent me a blessing on the wind. it arrived

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    bright white puffs of smoke They would puff up in random places—the corner of the kitchen where the window met the ceiling, in front of the door to the hallway, above my bed. Puffs of smoke, clear and white and round. It didn’t make any sense. I wasn’t burning any candles, hadn’t been cooking, hadn’t lit a match. I peeked outside, into the courtyard—no one was there. No gardener having a cigarette or neighbour sitting with incense. I opened to door to the hallway, there was nothing. And yet the puffs of smoke kept coming, pauses in between them where I considered what on earth…
  • 1.5 minutes of love + uplift. for you

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    “It’s about choosing love over fear, working with our mind and our thoughts so that they serve instead of undermine us, and receiving the miracles that happen when we live in this way.” xoL Related posts: clearing other people’s energy from your body in 5 minutes what I learned in 2010: it’s all about love welcome spring. weekly inspiration + uplift
  • meltdowns, and other gifts from the universe

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    In the moment of meltdown, there’s always truth emerging. In the instant we decide that we just can’t keep going on this way anymore, the way opens. When we’re spiraling and spinning out of control, the moment we let go is the moment we begin to fly. I had this moment not so long ago. A Yes that Was a No I’d made some pretty important decisions, said “yes” to some new opportunities, but something just didn’t feel quite right. But I was busy, running my business, coaching, finalizing the latest 30-day challenge, and keeping up with friends and family.
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    My Creativity Blog

  • 21 Days of Meditation

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Red Meditation with pen and ink I joined a group called “21 Day Painting Meditation”. This group is sponsored by author, Whitney Freya. If you click on Whitney’s name a link will take you to her blog. Whitney is the author of The Artist Within. Many of you have probably already read the book or been on Whitney’s website. Whitney is a coach, artist, and creativity muse. I decided to sign up for the 21 days of meditation for several reasons. First of all, I am always interested in learning how others teach. I also enjoy it when I am pushed by a schedule to do something…
  • Creating Art as a Meditation

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Meditation is good for the soul. It can be an escape from the stress of a busy hectic life. About 7 years ago I went to a workshop to learn how to meditate. I thought there was some special way that it had to be done. I struggled with making my mind settle down, to stop the constant jibber jabber. That jibber jabber was my mind constantly telling me this and that, sending me back in time to regrets or forward in time to worries. I was not living in the present. The workshop was wonderful. I bought a guided meditation on CD to meditate with. It helped me to focus. Closing my eyes and listening…
  • Travel Using Technology to Create Great Art Work

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Do you like to travel? I do!!!!! When you travel do you spend tons of time taking pictures of the area, the people, the scenery, the food, etc.? I do. Do you create art work from your travels? I do. Do you get to travel as often as you want? No. So what if you could travel for free and never have to pack a bag? Sound enticing? Absolutely! You can travel and create art work using a very simple application on the internet called Google Maps. Not such a new idea is it? But it is new to me. I have used street view when I was interested in looking at real estate that I was interested in, but…
  • Inquisitive Minds Want to Know

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    I have noticed a trend. If you are ever on Facebook or other social media sites you will find all types of quizes people take on line to learn about themselves. Remember the games we used to play as children with a paper design where you had to pick a color and then a number and then you got an answer to a question? Now you can go on Facebook and take quizes about all types of things such as: What color is your aura? What Disney character are you? What color are you? What star would you most likely get arrested with? The list could go on and on. The types of quizes that I see available are…
  • Creativity and Improv

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

    SA Creatives
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Through the line advertising agency Ireland/Davenport have bolstered their offering with a new content division aptly named VIRUS.  Co-developed with Nevo Hadas of &Innovation and staffed with industry stalwart, the division will add significantly to the agency’s offering mix. Nevo Hadas is an early pioneer of the South African Web Industry who has helped build international Award winning agencies, including Tool Communications as digital director in the late 90s and more recently Gloo, where he was a non-executive director for 3 years. His experience also includes relaunching the MSN…
  • OUTsurance takes new direction for life insurance adverts

    SA Creatives
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    New TV ad campaign, ‘What you get out of Life’, utilises evocative and emotive storytelling to change grudge-purchase perceptions. OUTsurance has once again dared to do things differently, this time with its latest life insurance television commercial campaign. AIR Films’ stunning collection of TV ads captures the intimate development of relationships between family members over a time span of 15 years. The three ads, which aim to change the perception of buying life insurance from that of a grudge purchase to one that pays something back, use real-life situations to show how OUTsurance…

    SA Creatives
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture are launching an open call for proposals from artists and institutions to be part of the SA-UK Seasons project, a shared programme of activities, opportunities and communications. Selected proposals will receive a grant to activate existing relationships or create new connections within the arts. The call for submissions will run from 14 October until 23 November 2014. The SA-UK Seasons project will build on arts initiatives already developed by the British Council Connect ZA programme, which connects the creative…
  • Barnard Gallery – Alastair Whitton – Upcoming Exhibition

    SA Creatives
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Barnard Gallery, in conjunction with MOP6: Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale is pleased to present Glimpse, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Alastair Whitton. Drawing on cultural sources including literature, history, art and the Bible, Whitton is known for conceptually engaging work that is essentially concerned with the ways in which we recognise, recall and navigate the world around us. He graduated from the Natal Technikon School of Art in 1994 and subsequently furthered his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He is the recipient of a number…
  • Dookoom burns down the farm in controversial new music video

    SA Creatives
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Larney Jou Poes, Dookoom’s incendiary new music video, premiered on City Press on Sunday and on Vice’s music channel Noisey last night. The first track on theirnew EP, A Gangster Called Big Times, Larney Jou Poes tells the story of a farm uprising in the Western Cape, an area where tensions have flared regularly between farmers and workers. “Farmer Abrahams had many farms; many farms had farmer Abrahams,” sings Cape Flats underground legend and Die Antwoord collaborator Isaac Mutant, updating the children’s gospel song Father Abraham. “I work one of them, and so do you, so…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Pushed to Excel – Part 2

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

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

    Douglas Eby
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Imagination…discovers the real.” Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was a daughter of poet Lord Byron, and worked with polymath Charles Babbage, who called her The Enchantress of Numbers. The computer language ADA was named after her, in recognition of her work that helped originate software and computers. Ada Lovelace talked about her passions for creative imagination and math: “Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently … It is that which feels & discovers what is, the REAL which we see not, which exists not for our senses. “Mathematical…
  • Multitalented: So Many Choices

    Douglas Eby
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    One of the myths of creative and multitalented people may be that they can choose whatever personal and career paths they want. Having many interests and abilities can make for a rich and satisfying life, but also be a source of stress, especially at crossroads like choosing college majors. Gifted education specialist Tamara Fisher quotes Bryant (a pseudonym), a graduating senior who lists his possible future careers as “applied psychologist, scientific psychologist, college teacher, philosophy, mathematics, architect, engineer.” He says, “I find it difficult to choose between careers…
  • Chaos and Creative Expression – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    [See Part 1] Author Malcolm Gladwell (‘Outliers: The Story of Success’; ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking’ and other books) has commented, “Anyone who is in a creative space…you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit. Creative people…their brains are messy. Their imaginations are messy. “Why, because they don’t want to throw anything out…they believe on some level that there is always something of interest or value in whatever they encounter.” From my post Developing Creativity: Embrace Chaos. This photo of a…
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  • Digital Illustrations by Leos “Okita” Ng

    Paul Viluda
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Leos Ng Okita is a digital artist / illustrator situated on the tiny island of Singapore. His client list includes names like Applibot, Games-Workshop, Legend of 5 Rings, Privateer Press or Sony Online Entertainment. Let's take a look several amazing artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Creative Concept Art by Marko Djurdjevic

    Paul Viluda
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Marko Djurdjevic is a talented concept artist / illustrator based in Germany currently working as an art director for Sixmorevodka. Below, you may scroll through several of his artworks. Enjoy the collection! Read More
  • Hot Manga Illustrations by CanKing

    Paul Viluda
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Collection of various creative digital manga / anime illustrations by CanKing, an artist from Taiwan. For more, check out his dA page. Enjoy ... and get inspired! Read More
  • Inspiring Art by ErNaste Nassimo

    Paul Viluda
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    ErNaste Nassimo is a Bulgarian artist / painter specializing in vibrant canvas portraits and walls. Amazing stuff ... make sure to check out our selection below ... and get inspired! Read More
  • Concept Art by Zezhou Chen

    Paul Viluda
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Zezhou Chen ( 陈泽舟 Chén Zé Zhōu) is a young freelance concept artist and illustrator based in China. Below, you may check out several artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Keeping up with global news

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

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

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

    Vera Dordick
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    An inclusive and effective corporate culture has to go beyond the four walls of your company for success in a global market. This and many other aspects of creating a more productive and collaborative work environment are the focus of the Capital Region’s next BOSS Resource Forum: Energizing Corporate Culture. We’re excited to be highlighting the critical role of cultural intelligence in today’s business setting at the forum this Wednesday, July 16. A diverse and experienced list of Capital Region business leaders will be speaking about tackling big issues in fostering an…
  • We have a new certification!

    Vera Dordick
    28 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    We’re really excited about our latest news:  Tangible Development has now been certified to deliver cultural awareness training using the Cultural Orientations Approach (COA)! The COA is a leading suite of best practices tools and frameworks for understanding, managing and leveraging the phenomenon of multinational culture in human organizations and interactions. This culturally based, behaviorally driven assessment provides business executives and their teams with a framework to understand their individual behaviors. It centers on the Cultural Navigator a unique web platform that has…
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    Michael W. Roberts

  • The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

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

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    In Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes, author Maria Konnikova mentions the dangers of satisficing for investigation and decision-making. Even though satisficing sounds like a made-up word, it is a concept that has actually been around since the 1950’s. Here is the definition Konnikova supplies, in the context of the great detective and those who would do lesser work. [O]nce we reach an estimate that sounds satisfactory to us, we stop thinking and consider the problem resolved. We’ve successfully captured the required point of view. That tendency is known as satisficing, a…
  • The Difference Between Persuasion and Manipulation

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    According to, persuasion is “the act of causing people to do or believe something.” We persuade people everyday, and we can see that there’s clearly a self-interest in the effort. You need to get someone to change from the beliefs they held—beliefs that in some way served them—to a viewpoint that will serve your worldview. Persuasion isn’t evil. It’s just one of the many ways that we interact with those around us. Maybe you are coming at it from an altruistic mindset. You want to see the world become a better place. Maybe you just want to make…
  • Right Where You Are

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    My whole life, I’ve believed that I needed to get somewhere and to achieve something in order to fulfill some sort of grandiose plan. No matter how hard I tried, I was never getting “there” because “there” kept moving, and it left me very disoriented. Only recently have I truly begun to understand that my value isn’t determined by what I do. At the end of my life, my personal achievements won’t be what was most important to the rest of the world. It’s the “how” more than the “what” that will make all the difference. That idea is both liberating and frustrating at the…
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • This Rock Looks Like an Elephant

    Jahangir Agha
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Photograph: wikimedia About 90 km south of Paris you will find Fontainebleau, described as one of the best bouldering areas in Europe. The most famous boulder in the area is surely the famous elephant-shaped rock. […] The post This Rock Looks Like an Elephant appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Watermelon Carvings By Self-Taught Artist Clive Cooper

    Jahangir Agha
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Vancouver-based sculptor Clive Cooper turns watermelons into crazy works of art. Cooper is a government worker by day, and a sculptor of watermelons, pumpkins, strawberries and other perishables by night. He’s never taken a sculpting […] The post Watermelon Carvings By Self-Taught Artist Clive Cooper appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Amazing Drawing with Sharpie Pen On Nissan Skyline GTR

    Jahangir Agha
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    Car enthusiast and a member of the U.S. Military, hated the silver color of the Nissan Skyline GTR sports car so he and his artist wife decided to transform the casual car into a one-of-a-kind […] The post Amazing Drawing with Sharpie Pen On Nissan Skyline GTR appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • White Bones Painted on Black German Shepherd Dog

    Jahangir Agha
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Reddit user brynmarele painted this sold black German Shepherd with non-toxic face paint using two different brushes. “Her name is Nixe! It only took me about 20-30 minutes to paint and I sort of worked […] The post White Bones Painted on Black German Shepherd Dog appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Cynicism Creatively Conveyed Through Minimalist Illustrations by Eduardo Salles

    Jahangir Agha
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Young illustrator, copyrighter and designer, Eduardo Salles, has great sense of humor and has a formula which encapsulates his ironic commentary on the internet, politics, TV and daily habits: Design + humor + social critique. […] The post Cynicism Creatively Conveyed Through Minimalist Illustrations by Eduardo Salles appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • How to be 10% Happier

    Shane Parrish
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Think you had a bad day? Dan Harris had a panic attack on live TV in front of millions of people. Something had to change. He knew it. Almost immediately after the panic attack on the air he was assigned to cover religion, which introduced him to meditation, which made him, as he puts it, 10% happier. He wrote about his on-air panic attack in great detail in his fascinating book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story. Harris argues that meditation has a PR problem. … largely because…
  • Brené Brown on The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

    Shane Parrish
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She’s a researcher-storyteller and author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, a book that argues we should embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and engage in our lives. In this TED talk, a follow-on to her one on vulnerability, she engagingly brings us into the “unspoken epidemic” of shame and explores what happens when people confront their shame head-on. I think the main point of her two TED talks is to embrace…
  • No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most

    Shane Parrish
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.“ Atul Gawande is one of my favorite writers. Aside from the amazing work he did getting us talking about the power of simple checklists, he’s also pointed out why most of us should have coaches. Now he’s out with a new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, which adds to our ongoing conversation on what it means to be mortal. I learned about a lot of things in medical school,…
  • To Give or Take? The Surprising Science Behind Success

    Shane Parrish
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“The principle of give and take; that is diplomacy—give one and take ten” — Mark Twain Was Twain right? It certainly seems so. The world is full of people who operate with that fuel. For them it’s all about taking. Lest you lose your faith in humanity, the world is also full of people who believe that on some level, karma or otherwise, it pays to be nice. The question arises as to which is the better strategy. Is it better to take or to give? So much of life depends on how we interact with others. We all want to be friends with givers. We have a way of eliminating takers…
  • What Book has the Most Page-for-Page Wisdom?

    Shane Parrish
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is what happened when I asked twenty-seven thousand people “What is page for page the book with the most wisdom you’ve ever read?” My thinking was, and still is, that you need to filter what you read. Reading, I mean really reading, is not simple. It’s time consuming. So aside from finding time and remembering what you read, you want to make sure you’re reading the right things. There are a few approaches to this filtering. One is to employ the Lindy Effect. But another approach that I use personally is, and this is really going to sound simple, to ask smart…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Diana Raab: Four Poems

    Diana Raab
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Diana Raab is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and blogger, and author of eight books, including four poetry collections. Her work has appeared in over 500 publications. She teaches writing for healing around the country and is widely published in national trade and literary magazines. Her latest poetry collection is Lust. She is regular blogger for Huff50 and for BrainSpeak. Pick Up it wasn’t your offer or the way you said it. it wasn’t the way you did it or how it made me feel. it wasn’t the time of day or the month or the year or the shape of the moon caressing us or how the sun…
  • The Springs Opens in DTLA

    Cultural Weekly
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The Springs, a unique, first-of-its-kind community wellness center, featuring an in-house juice bar, raw vegan restaurant, holistic treatments, and yoga studio, opens on Saturday in LA’s Downtown Arts District.  Co-founders Jared Stein and Kimberly Helms describe The Springs as an urban oasis that offers a multifaceted range of services unlike any other in the country. “We moved here from New York and couldn’t believe that nothing like The Springs existed. We just wanted a well-designed oasis for urbanites that combined all of the elements we live by in our health-conscious…
  • Halloween 2014 Protocol

    Carol Green
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Halloween 2104 Protocol, Life After Birth by Carol Green The post Halloween 2014 Protocol appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • Why Theatre Will Survive

    Adam Leipzig
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    If life’s but a walking shadow, how many shadows are cast along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame?  The answer is 10 million a year; it is the city’s premiere tourist destination.  A visitor recently stopped me and asked. “Are all American cemeteries are like this?”  He imagined the celebrities had been interred below their bronze names. Hollywood’s Chamber of Commerce invented the Walk as a marketing gimmick. When it opened in 1960, with glamorous festivities, the Walk made international news.  Its five-pointed stars are made of red terrazzo, cut into five acres of black terrazzo…
  • Sonjia Norman: Hunting with Passion and Compassion

    Rebecca Koppenhaver
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Exclusive Interview with the Hong Kong-based designer and environmental activist Sonjia Norman is a fashion stylist, an environmental activist, a mother, and a self-described “hunter.” She is busy. The daughter of a Korean mother and a South African father, the former lawyer decided over a decade ago that her creativity had more to offer the world than her full-time law career would allow. She quit her job and never looked back. Born with a flair for creation and fashion, she began designing clothing for Hong Kong’s well-heeled fashion paramours, which led to the opening of her…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Ramble On

    Editorial Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Got no time to for spreadin’ roots, The time has come to be gone. And to’ our health we drank a thousand times, it’s time to Ramble On.” Led Zeppelin
  • Le P’Tit Troquet

    Jess Carey
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I found this place last year by chance, while browsing TripAdvisor reviews of Parisian restaurants. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, other than something on the way to the Moulin Rouge from our hotel near the Eiffel Tower. What we found was a gorgeous little bistro, with the friendliest staff we’d encountered in Paris. We also found an amazing and surprisingly well priced dinner menu – from memory, it was around 30 euro for an entrée, main course and dessert each. My three courses looked like this: Entrée: salmon, apple and fennel salad Main: Beef bourguignon (meat so…
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (Ned Benson)

    Eva Vera
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Presented in Cannes, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them finally arrives at our cinemas in this reduced version after Harvey Weinstein, big tycoon in the film industry famous for his skills with marketing and promotion, acquired the distribution of its rights. Initially, the film of the New Yorker Ned Benson was composed of two different films that narrated separately the vision of each of the members of this love story, a romantic drama, starring James McAvoy (Atonement, The Last King of Scotland) and Jessica Chastain (nominated twice in the Oscars for Zero Dark Thirty and the Help) and…
  • Amsterdam Dance Event

    Editorial Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The nineteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will take place from the 15th to 19th of October 2014. Over the last three years the world’s leading event for electronic music has almost doubled in size, and ADE’s organizers are confident of maintaining above average year on year growth rates for the foreseeable future. At the 2014 edition, the organization expects 350,000 visitors from around the world. The record breaking 2013 edition of the ADE focused on the 25th anniversary of dance music in the Netherlands, which was marked by a number of special events including the…
  • This month, our website’s pattern was made by Saskia Martindale.

    Editorial Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Saskia Martindale is a young English artist. She lives in Suffolk, UK, and she just started to study Illustration in Brighton University. Her parents are both artists too, so it runs in the family! Her favourite thing is to draw faces. On a recent trip to Berlin she filled a sketchbook with faces of people on the subways. She also loves working in bright colours and one day she would love to go to India: “All the vibrant colours, smells and spices mixed with the rich culture is very tempting… as is Japan with it’s beautiful scenery (and of course unlimited fresh sushi!). Drawing…
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    i heart creation

  • Optical illusion with gestalt effect

    I'm the universe
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I would like to share with you a drawing I made today. It’s colorfully striped creating a wavy optical illusion in the eyes of the beholder. It truly is an artful creation demonstrating the gestalt effect. I used simple crayons that were lying around my house. Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did. Enjoy!continue>> Read more….
  • Celebrating

    I'm the universe
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Like all the creatures who constitute our web of life, elephants are divine. Here they are symbolized as “Ganpati”. Just as (Om) is the aural representation of universal  consciousness , Ganesh is the visual representation of the same.  I used orange, as it is the color of sun (the source of energy). The blue lotus symbolizes enlightenment. The blue lotus is rare and hard to find, it is native to Himalayas. continue>> Read more….
  • Chalk Drawing

    I'm the universe
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I ♥ summer! Here are couple of chalk drawings I and my kids created recently on our driveway. Please enjoy! It was fun! We love to stay outdoors in summer. The weather is warm, bright and sunny everyday continue>> Read more….
  • Doodled Butterflies

    I'm the universe
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hi everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the summer. Here’s a doodle I created recently. They are not at all, as pretty as the real butterflies that you see outdoors. Purposefully patterned, warm & bright colors would make lovely accent to an otherwise indoor plain wall specially in winter when the real butterflies migrate away. continue>> Read more….
  • Happy Father’s Day!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    I ♥ dad ~ Please share this sentiment with all the great dads in your life everyday and always!
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • The Beauty in Simple Things

    Lucy Chen
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Three Bowls and Three Small Bowls Diptych, oil on panel, 12″x24″, by Lucy Chen It was my birthday yesterday (28 September), and we drove 3 hours north from Sydney to Port Stephens to watch dolphins and whales, to make sand art with the kids and to collect small rocks from the beach to take home. It was wonderful! To reflect upon my journey of 32 years, I can see that I’ve always loved the simple things – simple arrangements, simple designs, and a simple way of thinking and living. This is what I want to say in my Three Bowls and Three Small Bowls Diptych – the…
  • Still Life with Decanter, Lemons and a Plate

    Lucy Chen
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Yellow and Turquoise 16″x12″x1.5″, oil on stretched linen canvas, by Lucy Chen Original available for $250 You know I love Vincent van Gogh, don’t you? I love his “Still Life with Decanter and Lemons on a Plate” (c.1887) so much, that I had to paint something with a similar setup – with a decanter, lemons and a plate, setting against a patterned and colorful backgrounds. Here’s Vincent’s painting on the left, and how mine looks in an interior space (my own home). Still Life with Decanter and Lemons on a Plate c.1887, by Vincent van…
  • Plein Air Still Life, Rosanna

    Lucy Chen
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    ROSANNA 12″x12″, oil on panel, by Lucy Chen Have you tried painting a still life “en plein air” (meaning “outdoors”)? I took what I learned from my first plein air still life attempt, and did it again with a small pot of Rosanna. It is a petite that has flowers that look like a hybrid of roses and carnations, and deep green leaves that resemble Chinese cabbage. Oh, and the 3rd tip about painting outdoors (find the other two tips here)? Wear a hat! The post Plein Air Still Life, Rosanna appeared first on Lucy Chen Fine Art.
  • How a Magical Coincidence Leads to a Floral Painting

    Lucy Chen
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:37 pm
    PINK AND TURQUOISE ©Lucy Chen, 14″x10″, oil on panel My husband bought me a small pot of flowers from the supermarket when he went to get a few office supplies.  It was inexpensive, but it was also a priceless gift because I loved it. You didn’t know this about me, but I am now a hobbyist gardener.  I’ve dreamed of having big beautiful gardens of my own since my early teens.  But I’ve never had the chance to grow anything, until now. The little plant’s name tag was missing when my husband brought it home.  But in order to care for it properly, and I…
  • What Does Art Do

    Lucy Chen
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    THE SUNFLOWERS ARE MINE 18″x14″, oil on panel, by Lucy Chen Original SOLD Prints available here My grandmother has rubbed shoulders with death many times in her youth – she had several punctures of both of her knee joints, as well three intestinal obstruction repair surgeries in her twenties.  That, in the 1950s China, did not come with small risks.  She almost died, or had wished she had. It was miracle when her first granddaughter was born and came into her care, that her health had started to improve dramatically.  Before her granddaughter turned three and was returned…
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    Creativity Tech

  • Spotify Outreach Angers Artists, Even As Analysts Back It Up

    Gordon Platt
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    In its short history, Spotify has been held up as both a paragon of, and a parasite on, the modern music business. Making as much music as possible available to listeners in exchange for a small monthly subscription, or even just ad revenue for a majority of users, Spotify has always come in for criticism from a segment of the artists it purports to serve. As a part of this ongoing struggle to convince creators that theirs is the horse to back in the race to win streaming music market share, Spotify last week held closed sessions with artists and their reps in Los Angeles, Nashville and New…
  • On Pirate Bay Search, Google Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    Gordon Platt
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Friend or foe of pirates? Google still needs to decide. | Image Credit: Wikipedia Here we go again… Rarely does a week pass by when Google doesn’t infuriate on the intellectual property front, and here’s our entry for this week: having finally stripped infamous content theft site The Pirate Bay from its suggested site search – or “Autocomplete” – function some time ago, the company has opted the site in to an even more destructive new feature that encourages the discovery of stolen content. What this boils down to, in yet another fine example of…
  • How to Undercut the Eighties in 3.25 Seconds

    Gordon Platt
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    If you ever spent day after day in the 80s puzzling over the reliably infuriating Rubik’s Cube, you might not want to watch this video. In this quick video summary, take a look at how what looks like a mutated smartphone utilizes modern programming to take on the toughest toy of that decade:     And there you have it! A little over 3 seconds to solve a puzzle that once had some scratching their heads for days. If it’s any consolation, human “enthusiasts” have also smashed this puzzle down to seconds. Unfortunately we’re still beaten by the machines, as…
  • Unlikely Allies: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Partners with BitTorrent

    Gordon Platt
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Torrent sites and outspoken artist advocates aren’t usually two groups that you’d expect to find aligned on a viewpoint, let alone a full blown creative project. The issue of course is that BitTorrent and sites of its ilk are widely associated with piracy. Since the early days of Napster and illicit MP3 blogs, the technology has rapidly evolved to “torrenting.” The two camps can however come together, it seems, as Thom Yorke’s album release via BitTorrent hopes to prove. #142926421 / Illegal downloaders habitually turn to torrents as their first…
  • Legal Online Movie Sites Cover 94% of Popular Content, Study Finds

    Gordon Platt
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    An intriguing new report from consulting professionals KPMG finds that the overwhelming majority of popular and critically-acclaimed movie titles are available to U.S. consumers through legal online channels. The study, entitled “Film and TV Title Availability in the Digital Age,” took into account premium content across 34 major video on-demand (VOD) platforms during December 2013, where it was able to find 94% of the movie titles in its sample ready and easily accessible for paying viewers. #175513028 / The study cuts through some of the confusion in the industry…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • MCP001 – Welcome to the Make Creativity Pay Podcast

    Leanne Regalla
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Show Summary In this first, short episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, you’ll hear why I’m so passionate about helping you to make good money from your writing, music, photography, art, or whatever craft you’re obsessed with. You’ll learn about upcoming interviews with experts who have been where you are now and who want to help you achieve your dreams. You’ll also find out how to submit a question live that I can answer on an upcoming show. This is the first of three episodes I’ll be launching at once, so you don’t have to wait to get to the…
  • 30 Warning Signs That Spell Failure for Your Creative Business

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

    Leanne Regalla
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    You’re trying to grow your email list. You wish it was easier and more straightforward. You know that having that having a solid, engaged list of fans is essential for writers, performers, crafters, and creatives of all kinds. You’ve seen how excited, loyal fans will pull out their wallets and buy from you, and that the effort you invest in building your list opens doors to greater opportunities. So you put out the signup sheet at your shows, display the business card fishbowl in your studio waiting room, and add the “sign up for my newsletter” box in your website sidebar. But…
  • 10 Steps to a Killer About Page for Artists and Creatives

    Leanne Regalla
    22 May 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Have you ever wondered if you can really be any good at this marketing thing? You’re a writer, musician, artist, photographer, entertainer, or crafter. You’ve got the website, but you’re pretty sure it’s not the best it can be. You imagine attracting hoards of raving, loyal fans, but you’re not sure how to find them. You’d love to sell more stories, more songs, or more sculptures – or maybe grab publishers’ or gallery owners’ attention. You have this nagging suspicion that your website could work harder for you, boosting your marketing efforts even while you sleep or…
  • 12 Truths Successful Creatives Know About Making a Living (That You Don’t – Yet)

    Leanne Regalla
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    You’d like to make money from the work you love most. You think you can spin your hobby into a full-time or part-time income. But you get heart palpitations when someone asks you how much you charge for your highest priced photo, art print, or handcrafted artisan bowl. Maybe quoting a fair sum to perform at a birthday party or wedding makes you break into a cold sweat. You encourage customers to counteroffer or negotiate. I get it. You might think it’s simply not possible to make good money at your dream (and you might be right, doing the same things you’ve been doing). Or maybe you…
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    Creativity 101

  • Creating a persona: the Why? and the How?

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Jane Walker is 34 and lives in Manchester with her boyfriend of 5 years. They have a city centre apartment and one car. She works in a designer clothing store as a manager and loves the perks of discounted clothing. Her parents live an hour’s drive away and she sees them on average every two weeks. She has one sister who lives and works in London, but they are not very close. Jane works from 9.30am till 6pm and has to work every Saturday. She goes to the gym three evenings a week and meets her girlfriends for a drink every Friday night. Jane is internet savvy and uses email, facebook and…
  • Brighton SEO: The Thinks You Can Think If Only You Try

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    In September 2014 I delivered a presentation to a packed house at Brighton SEO titled: The Thinks You Can Think If Only You Try. The slide deck was uploaded to Slideshare and promptly made SlideShare of the day on the home page after less than 24 hours. The post Brighton SEO: The Thinks You Can Think If Only You Try appeared first on Creativity 101.
  • How To Be Better at Marketing Through Life Experience

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    The diversity of Ogilvy David Ogilvy had countless jobs before he came to Madison Avenue. Some of the roles that he attributes to his success include working in the kitchens of The Majestic in Paris under a tyrant chef, selling Aga cookers to housewives door-to-door and being a social worker in the slums of Edinburgh. These diverse roles helped shape his character and gave him invaluable life skills needed to understand how to reach consumers through his words and advertisements. Ogilvy started his agency a little late in life and in his own words Had neither the time nor the money to wait…
  • Why Design Matters to SEO

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    What is design? When I refer to the term Design, in this instance I mean graphic design specifically – Design in relation to product design has other connotations and theories and is not included in this discussion. Design is about communication. Design is the visual representation of information in a clear and structured manner. If you stop and think for one minute, without design we could not have books, newspapers, posters, road signs, maps, advertisements or websites: information would be reduced to long strings of words which would be almost inaccessible. Design groups content…
  • The 12 Best Fonts For Design: Inspired by Massimo Vignelli

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