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  • The most valuable ideas are the ones that get shared

    Creative Something
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    You don’t have to share all the work you do. You can write without an audience. You can build without a customer. You can imagine, ruminate, and tinker, and do it all without ever intending to share your thoughts or ideas with another person. That’s more than ok, embrace that from time-to-time. But the only way to make ideas valuable (even for ourselves) is to get them out of our heads and out into the world where other people can interact with, question, tear apart, and build-upon them. To turn our ideas from intangible “concepts” into something more malleable is certainly…
  • Is It Possible I’m Wrong?

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    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I have been wrong about a lot of things. I thought YouTube was a fad. I was certain the iPad would be the undoing of Apple. (Don’t even get me started on the Kindle.) And those are just the generic things, the ones that didn’t cost me any money. What about the things that did cost me money? A random sampling: 1. Things don’t sell in the summer. For the longest time, I would not let anyone here even suggest running a major promotion between June and August. I had it in my head that nobody was around, or nobody was paying attention. In my imagined world, an entire quarter of…
  • Do You Hate Your Business Sometimes?

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    Naomi Dunford
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Once upon a time, I worked at a cardboard factory. It was my favorite job ever. I got to build boxes all day, nobody bugged me, and I was home by three. It was the most laid-back company I’d ever even heard of. Phoebe on Friends had a harder job than I did. I loved it. Sometimes it kind of sucked, though. Sometimes, when I had to get up at 5 in the morning after staying up most of the night fighting with my (still teenaged) husband, and then having to switch buses in the rain while it was still dark out? Not fabulous. After a while I was made a supervisor of sorts, and I was transferred…
  • The Luck Myth

    The Artist Myth
    Mike Roy
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    It never ceases to amaze me how we are so fascinated by the concept of luck.It’s fickle, unpredictable, and cantankerous. And yet an entire city, Las Vegas, has been built on the very concept of it. Millions of dollars change hands in lotteries, horse races, and poker games. People may go through elaborate rituals in an attempt to both avoid bad luck and obtain good luck.I hadn’t had much experience with games of chance in my life, until one day when I visited a casino while shooting a commercial there. My producer gave me ten dollars to play with and encouraged me to try it on some of…
  • Use chaos to break through your creative blocks

    Creative Something
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all feel stuck at one point or another in our work. Ideas can overwhelm us, next steps can seem far away and hopeless, or we might simply feel uncertain about exactly what to do. Whenever I’ve personally felt stuck, it has always felt like something very real and almost tangible was missing, but I am never quite sure exactly what that missing piece is. In those moments of stuck-ness, we either feel like giving up or rushing forward head-first. Neither are ideal solutions to the problem of getting stuck, because neither helps us identify what it is that got us stuck in the first place. As…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Teenage Sylvia Plath’s First Tragic Poem, with a Touching Remembrance by Her Mother

    Maria Popova
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Once a poem is made available to the public, the right of interpretation belongs to the reader.” “Darker emotions may well put on the mask of quite unworldly things,” Sylvia Plath observed in a BBC interview shortly before she took her own life. But the seed of those dark emotions started sprouting many years earlier, when Plath was still a teenager — quite a common life-stage for the first onset of depression. In the introduction to Letters Home: Correspondence 1950–1963 (public library) — the same magnificent volume that gave us teenage…
  • The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics, Animated

    Maria Popova
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How a lineage of scientists pieced together the puzzle revealing the dual nature of the universe. Ever since Heisenberg stood on the shoulders of giants to pave the way for quantum mechanics, this captivating branch of science and its central fact — that light can behave both as a particle and as a wave — has challenged us to grapple with the perplexing duality of the universe, inspiring everything from critical questions about the future of science to mind-bending meditations at the intersection of theology and astrophysics to philosophical children’s books. That central…
  • The Magic Box: A Whimsical Vintage Children’s Book for Grownups About Life, Death, and How To Be More Alive Every Day

    Maria Popova
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    “This book was written outside the cemetery wall … in memory of life, the wonder & pain of it & the unspeakable worthwhileness of every second of it.” “Death is our friend,” wrote Rilke in a beautiful 1923 letter, “precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” And yet most of us spend our days dreading this inevitable and natural conclusion to the human journey, casting death as life’s ultimate and most hateful antagonist — a fear that invariably contracts our…
  • Amanda Palmer Reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s Poem “Life While-You-Wait”

    Maria Popova
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Consolation for those moments when you feel “ill-prepared for the privilege of living.” One spring evening not too long ago, I joined the wonderful Amanda Palmer on a small and friendly stage at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and we read some Polish poetry together from Map: Collected and Last Poems (public library) — the work of Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska (July 2, 1923–February 1, 2012), for whom we share deep affection and admiration. When Szymborska was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996 “for poetry that with ironic precision…
  • Thomas Mann’s Moving Tribute for His Dear Friend Hermann Hesse’s Sixtieth Birthday

    Maria Popova
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “I… love the man, his serenely contemplative, kindly-mischievous air, the fine, deep glance of his poor weak eyes, which with their blueness light up the gaunt, sharply cut face…” Nothing sustains creative culture more sturdily than the invisible scaffolding of kinship between artists supporting each other through the merciless cycles of criticism, acclaim, and indifference. Among the most heartening such dyads are Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877–August 9, 1962) and Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875–August 12, 1955), who provided each other with a steady supply of…
 
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  • Essential Objects: Tools That Make You Want to Work (Even on a Monday)

    99uteam
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Like a brand new pair of running shoes gets you excited to go the gym, the best office supplies get you excited to get back to work—even on a Monday. We rounded up 10 of the objects that keep us whistling on our way to work every day of the week. Outdoor Voices Tote ($40) We’re all about making things happen, and this durable, recycled Baggu canvas tote couldn’t be a better helper. Outdoor Voices says their motto is “Doing things is better than not doing things,” which makes us feel like they just get us. Bin Bin Wastepaper Basket ($55) Sometimes it’s just better to scrap it…
  • Two Time-Tricks to Help Avoid Creativity’s Rabbit Holes

    99uteam
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Yasmine Gateau Creative blocks are an obvious foe to work; however, getting lost in creativity can be just as inefficient. Although we strive to reach those moments where we can get completely lost in our work, we also lose all sense of time. We usually don’t view this a problematic as we deem the time as productive. However, when we use our creativity as our profession and have multiple clients, losing track of time can be a huge pitfall. During the FITC Conference, director and illustrator Ash Thorp explains how he avoids getting trapped within his own creativity: I set a timer, an…
  • Bevel’s Tristan Walker: The Best Ideas Are Brewed out of Authenticity

    seanblanda
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    At 18, Tristan Walker had never even heard of Silicon Valley. By the time he turned 30, the New York City-native could boast of successful stints at cornerstones like Twitter, Foursquare, and as an entrepreneur in residence with the legendary venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.  It was there, after working alongside some of the brightest minds in American business, that he hatched a plan to launch his first (and if you ask him, his last) venture: Walker and Company, a health and beauty company for  people of color. Walker’s reasoning is straightforward: African Americans…
  • Why You Should Wear the Same Thing to Work Every Day

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    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Donghyun Lim Each work day we’re confronted with roughly 35,000 micro and macro decisions. Whether its choosing between #0099FF and #3399FF, or deciding to entirely change careers, you’re likely familiar with the feeling that experts describe as “decision fatigue.” With every decision you make, you’re using up the finite supply of mental energy allocated to you each day. According to Roy F. Baumeister, co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, the act of making decisions for work uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to…
  • Expand Your Thinking, Not Just Your Skillset

    99uteam
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    by Sébastien Thibault Often when we set out to better ourselves in our chosen creative field, the first place we turn is to our core skillset. If I am a painter, I will learn a new painting technique. If I am a designer, I will learn a new rendering program. We are taught that the better we are at our job, the further we will go in our career. However, this can only take us so far. Yes, your skills are very important. For example: if you have an amazing idea, but cannot communicate it through your sketching abilities, the idea will be lost. Yet, what good are your sketching abilities if you…
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  • The most valuable ideas are the ones that get shared

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    You don’t have to share all the work you do. You can write without an audience. You can build without a customer. You can imagine, ruminate, and tinker, and do it all without ever intending to share your thoughts or ideas with another person. That’s more than ok, embrace that from time-to-time. But the only way to make ideas valuable (even for ourselves) is to get them out of our heads and out into the world where other people can interact with, question, tear apart, and build-upon them. To turn our ideas from intangible “concepts” into something more malleable is certainly…
  • When one thing can spark more ideas than 10,000

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maybe it’s just me, but I believe we live in a culture that wrongfully prizes having 100 ideas over 10. Surely there’s a reason for this common belief. Edison and his team of engineers worked through 10,000 different ideas before finding the right one for constructing the ideal filament for the lightbulb. Additionally, there’s ample evidence that having a quality of ideas can lead to quality ideas. This should come as no surprise, and I’m certainly not arguing against the value of coming up with a great number of ideas. The more ideas you are able to come up with, the…
  • What's the hardest part of the creative process?

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve spent some time thinking about this question over the last year or so. What is it about the creative process that prevents us from utilizing it more often? If creative thinking is so powerful, why aren’t we doing it all the time? Without a doubt: we all have the capacity to think creatively at some level or another. Curiosity and exploration are innate abilities we’re born with. So what is it about creative thinking that prevents us from utilizing it more often? I’ve wondered if it’s the amount of work required to find new concepts that can be combined.
  • Use chaos to break through your creative blocks

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all feel stuck at one point or another in our work. Ideas can overwhelm us, next steps can seem far away and hopeless, or we might simply feel uncertain about exactly what to do. Whenever I’ve personally felt stuck, it has always felt like something very real and almost tangible was missing, but I am never quite sure exactly what that missing piece is. In those moments of stuck-ness, we either feel like giving up or rushing forward head-first. Neither are ideal solutions to the problem of getting stuck, because neither helps us identify what it is that got us stuck in the first place. As…
  • The Creativity Challenge!

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thinking creatively on-the-spot can be hard and sometimes even a little scary. But it doesn’t have to be. The Creativity Challenge is for anyone who wishes they could take their craft or hobby to the next level, who is stuck trying to solve a creative problem at work or home, who dreams of writing a book or some other creative endeavor. Basically everyone who wants to be more creative. Buy now: Amazon ‒ Barnes & Noble ‒ IndieBound (ISBN: 1440588333) Through the 150 unique creative challenges spanning 200 pages within The Creativity Challenge, you’ll find your footing on…
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • The Homospatial Process in Creativity

    Albert Rothenberg
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The homospatial process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel Laureates in the sciences. It consists of conceiving two or more discrete entities in the same mental space or location, a conception leading to the articulation of new identities. The wide use in creativity and Does and Don'ts of use are specified.
  • The Truth About Cremation

    Susan K Perry Ph.D.
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.
  • Organizational Insights

    Gary Klein Ph.D.
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Organizations are usually driven by a desire to cut errors and increase efficiency, and while these goals are important, they aren't enough. Organizations also need to foster discoveries. They can help workers adopt an Insight Stance by changing how they conduct progress reviews and how they react to conflicts and confusions.
  • The Two Directions of Creativity

    Drew Boyd
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Most people think the way you create an idea is to start with a well-formed problem and then brainstorm a solution to it. What if you turned that around 180 degrees? It sounds counter-intuitive, but you really can innovate by starting with the solution and then work backwards to the problem.
  • What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer

    Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Dylan is a short film written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and is based on a interview done with Dylan Winn Garner. The film follows a young trans man as he explains his story, his exploration in the trans community, his family's acceptance of his identity, and ultimately his physical and emotional transformation.
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: June 29 – July 5

    Leah
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:28 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 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 6/29/15 - 7/5/15.  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 Theme for July 2015

    Leah
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. July's theme is Slow. And apparently I've taken it to heart, sorry for being slow with this post and check-in this week. Summer always seems like a time to slow down a bit. We are all sick here again, so the pace has definitely slowed down, but we're also enjoying lazier days with the sprinkler and popsicles and bare feet.  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…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: June 22 – 28

    Leah
    21 Jun 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 6/22/15 - 6/28/15.  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: June 15 – 21

    Leah
    14 Jun 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 6/15/15 - 6/21/15.  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: June 8 – 14

    Leah
    7 Jun 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 6/8/15 - 6/14/15.  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

  • A Short Note to My Amazing Readers

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Hey everyone, First, if you read the blog, and especially if you’ve been around for a while: you really are amazing. Thank you. Second, I’ve written here for more than seven years without a break—and I’m not anywhere close to being burned out. Why put a pause on something you love and find meaningful? Breaks are boring. This week, though, my family experienced an unexpected loss that has left us all shaken. While I would like to keep publishing posts without missing a beat, the reality is that I need to step away from the blog for a bit. How long is a bit? I’m not entirely…
  • The Five-Year Road Trip: Two Adults and Two Teenagers Live Full-Time in an RV

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dissatisfied with the typical suburban lifestyle, the Boyinks packed up their teenagers and hit the road. For the past five years, they’ve lived together in an RV, traveling America, meeting like-minded families and having adventures. Introduce yourselves! We are Michael, Crissa, Harrison, and Miranda – parents and two teens originally from West Michigan. Five years ago, we packed an RV for a one-year road trip and ended up with a new life. Beyond seeing amazing places, we have more friends and better friendships…
  • Creative Ways to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Reading: How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year I enjoyed each of these stories that have been floating around. If you want to be negative, there’s at least one major point you could critique about each of them. The woman making tons of money on Etsy isn’t actually handcrafting most of her items, which is the guiding value of Etsy. The Rideshare Guy is essentially trading time for money. The poets, well, I guess you could say it’s more of a party trick than real poetry. All of these criticisms ignore one…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Courage, Happiness, and Gratitude — What if you took the stage with no idea of what to say? Jordan from the Air — An aerial tour of one of my favorite countries The Modern Nuns — From a Star Trek enthusiast to a former trade union worker, women share their stories about why they chose the religious life Working with Amazon Publishing — Behind-the-scenes with an author who’s tried a few different approached All Our Sons — A real-time map of…
  • Join Us for Sunset Yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 11

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Link: Sunset Yoga in PCS In less than two short weeks, we’ll welcome many people from all over the world for the fifth annual WDS. WDS itself is long sold out, but as mentioned previously, you can still sign up for a few events that bookend the main weekend: Worldwide Waffles: Make History by Eating Breakfast WDS Academies: 11 Half-Day Workshops on Specific Topics Note: These activities will also sell out. Worldwide Waffles currently has about 150 spots left (out of 600), and several Academies are already fully booked. If you want to participate, don’t wait until the last minute to…
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  • Employment UX is a visceral experience

    Valerie Urso
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    (purchase here) Back in the nineties, I used to have a corporate job in a big office on the 26th floor, in downtown Chicago. The office had a certain smell. Not a bad smell, just the usual, clean, synthetic corporate office smell. When I was new there, and still terribly excited to have such a blue-chip organization to call my own, I loved that smell. Every morning when I’d walk into the office, the smell would ignite my senses and I’d immediately get all excited to have a well-paid corporate job. It was a chemical trigger. Then as time passed and my career at the company tanked, the job…
  • Some new thoughts on Brand Storytelling

    Valerie Urso
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
      [Content marketing: One of the @Rackspace cartoons I drew recently for Robert Scoble’s weekly newsletter A decade ago, my buddy Tom Foremski quit his high-status job in journalism as the tech correspondent for the London Financial Times, to go become one of the first professional tech bloggers out there. Back then there was no Techcrunch or Re-Code, there was no proven business model, it was just him and his laptop. It was a very brave, pioneering move for the time. Around the same time, I was doing a little bit of pioneering myself, being one of the earliest content marketers to use…
  • What matters

    Valerie Urso
    8 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    [visit the store]   Every now and then I’ll do a pretty random cartoon. This one qualifies. I’ve always liked churches and religious architecture in general. They’re like constant spiritual reminders in the landscape. Here, I imagined being somewhere in the desert in the Levant. Maybe Israel or Syria or even further East, and seeing an ancient holy place… A church, mosque or temple of some sort. The actual religion doesn’t matter so much. What matters is the “A-Ha!”.
  • If you’re waiting in line for a career, you’re doing something wrong

    Valerie Urso
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
      [get the print] Back when I lived in London in the ‘Nineties, I vaguely knew this Irish journalist, call him Simon. He was a flatmate of an old school friend of mine. Simon wasn’t famous or anything, but he was always working. He was pretty successful. He drove a nice car, ate in fancy places and seemed to enjoy his life. Of all the journalists I knew personally, he was by far the most self-assured. What was his secret? It wasn’t that he was smarter or a better writer than the other journalists. There are plenty smart people who can write well in that trade. What made him…
  • 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,…
 
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  • No Growth Plan Is Ever Going To Sound Reasonable

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    No growth plan is going to sound reasonable. Let’s say that you’ve got an eye on growing your revenue at a significant rate. Maybe you’re hoping to double it, or maybe even triple it. Maybe you’re considering adding a zero or hitting a specific round number that seems desirable to you. You think, “This is the year that I’m finally going to hit [insert big number].” That’s exciting stuff. (Well, at least in theory. It’s generally exciting until you start thinking about what you would need to DO to make it happen. And how much of it…
  • Is Your Objective Narrow Enough?

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Recently, I found myself in a Denny’s. Sometimes there’s not much to do in a Denny’s other than stare at a bottle of ketchup, and so stare at a bottle of ketchup I did. This particular bottle of ketchup was a little bit special. It was cobranded – Heinz and Trivial Pursuit – and on the back was an invitation to scan a QR code to “start the fun”. The fun refers, I assume, to a version of Trivial Pursuit that you can play with your family while you wait for your food. This kind of thing is always really funny to me. My idea of a pleasant meal is one…
  • 5 Netflix Must Haves For Entrepreneurs

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    At some point, everybody’s got to take a break. For your breaking pleasure, here’s a list of five great films for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be. No matter what’s going on in your business, one of these is sure to hit the spot. Mr. Holland’s Opus Musician and composer Glenn Holland takes a teaching job to support his growing family, but he always means to get back to his music. Life gets in the way, the years turn into decades, and it seems like our hero never gets his dream. Or does he? Richard Dreyfuss’ Mr. Holland is one of his very best performances.
  • Is It Possible I’m Wrong?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I have been wrong about a lot of things. I thought YouTube was a fad. I was certain the iPad would be the undoing of Apple. (Don’t even get me started on the Kindle.) And those are just the generic things, the ones that didn’t cost me any money. What about the things that did cost me money? A random sampling: 1. Things don’t sell in the summer. For the longest time, I would not let anyone here even suggest running a major promotion between June and August. I had it in my head that nobody was around, or nobody was paying attention. In my imagined world, an entire quarter of…
  • Do You Hate Your Business Sometimes?

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Once upon a time, I worked at a cardboard factory. It was my favorite job ever. I got to build boxes all day, nobody bugged me, and I was home by three. It was the most laid-back company I’d ever even heard of. Phoebe on Friends had a harder job than I did. I loved it. Sometimes it kind of sucked, though. Sometimes, when I had to get up at 5 in the morning after staying up most of the night fighting with my (still teenaged) husband, and then having to switch buses in the rain while it was still dark out? Not fabulous. After a while I was made a supervisor of sorts, and I was transferred…
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  • Sandbox

    Richard Fernandez
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A picture doing the rounds of Facebook  shows a picture of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and actor George Takei, who called Thomas “a clown in blackface” for dissenting with the majority decision on gay marriage.  The caption says: “Thomas votes for the party that freed his ancestors.  Takei votes for the party that put him, personally, in an internment camp.”  The irony comes from the fact that there is often something more powerful than experience.  That impulse is the need to belong.  Intern me, only let me belong. The Hill has an article showing…
  • Southern Flank

    Richard Fernandez
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Suddenly NATO’s southern marches are astir with trouble. The European Union’s heady advance into Eastern and Southern Europe has produced serious challenges. The most obvious flashpoint is Greece. Robert Kaplan writes in the Wall Street Journal that admitting Greece to the EU was a mistake, but now that Brussels has turned it into a cornerstone of its edifice there is no prising it out. On purely economic grounds, Greece should never have been admitted to the European Union in 1981 and might have been ejected from the eurozone months ago. But what many European policy makers…
  • Who’s In Charge of the Oncoming Train

    Richard Fernandez
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:22 am
    A sense of palpable depression came over conservative America after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare subsidies and decided that gay marriage was a constitutional right.  Many felt as if the America they knew and loved had been abducted by space aliens and replaced with something new and hostile.  In contrast to this emotional devastation the left seemed buoyed by euphoria. “Look ma, I’m on top of the world!” Yet over the same period the liberal landscape fell apart even faster.The last decade has witnessed a vertiginous decline in Washington’s economic, political…
  • Greece is the Word

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    News that Greece has closed its banks for an indefinite period has fueled anxiety among pundits that things are not going as well as expected.  Mohamed El-Erian, chairman of Barack Obama’s global development council, writes in the Guardian that “from the Greek crisis to Russia’s incursion in Ukraine, leaders must act fast to ensure that they can dissipate each crisis before it merges with the others.”  There’s a storm coming, he says, and Someone’s got to stop it. Dark clouds are lowering over Europe’s economic future, as three distinct tempests gather: the…
  • You are the Someone

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Two news stories, each from a different side of the Atlantic, talk about the same thing but in different ways. The British Daily Mail has an article headed by a picture showing ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui “with his AK47 – casually passing abandoned inflatables as a group of men keep their distance behind him”. Rezgui isn’t even holding his weapon at the ready.  He knew the men only 10 yards behind him wouldn’t sprint the distance to tackle him. He is walking with the confidence of a wolf among sheep. One commenter wondered what Someone was doing while this…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • How To Be The Champion

    Paul
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As my high school history teacher Tom “Moto” Pile used to challenge we students: He used to goad… Do you have what it takes? Do you have MOX….ie?! Are you gonna suck it up, or are you too LA…zy!? You gotta have GUMP…shun! You gotta want it! In re-telling, he sounds mean. But, it was actually good, tough love. Moto taught history class the same way he coached his winning baseball teams at Edwardsville High School… With energy, moxie, and pushing students further than they knew they could. Moto knew some of us had it in us. These were some of my early…
  • 5 Clever Business Lessons From The Sport Of Orienteering

    Paul
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Ever heard of Orienteering? Orienteering is an outdoor sport where you have to figure out where to go based on figuring out where you are. Running a business in today is a lot like Orienteering. I figure there are Orienteering lessons we can apply to Marketeering. Here’s what I found… In Orienteering, competitors race through unfamiliar (and often rugged) terrain with the use of map and compass. The object: be the fastest to traverse to each pre-marked checkpoints. Participants use natural and man-made landmarks to understand where they are, and where to head next. There is no set…
  • Brainstorming: Sponge Versus Sieve

    Paul
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    One of the reasons we find brainstorming intimidating is that some people are better than others in squeezing ideas out of their heads. These people – while amazing because they seem to have magical powers and some conduit to divine inspiration – make the rest of us feel stupid and doubt our creative ability. Why can’t I pop out ideas like that? I guess I’m just not creative? This is what old school brainstorming was about. People sitting in a room squeezing out ideas. Sponge style. When I hear people say brainstorming is broken or doesn’t work… I know…
  • Productive or Active?

    Paul
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • Participants versus Attendees

    Paul
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    I don’t think I’ve shared this story with you. One of my great bosses at Starbucks marketing used the expression, “The price of admission is participation.” What she meant was, if you want the privilege of being in the meetings the price you paid was adding value with thoughts and suggestions. One way to make meetings more efficient is to scan your invite list and weed out those who are simply attendees and keep the participants. Attendees are typically involved because they are people who like or want to stay in the loop. They don’t necessarily have a vote, but…
 
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • The Age of Insight

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Age of Insight The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present If you are fascinated […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let the Elephants Run: Book review

    Linda Naiman
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Let the Elephants Run: Book review Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything If you are interested in unlocking your creativity, you will love David Usher’s new book Let the Elephants Run. You […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast426: Civil War History at Harpers Ferry

    Wesley Fryer
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    This podcast features an audio recording of a presentation by U.S. Park Ranger Creighton Waters on July 1, 2015, at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Creighton mainly tells the story of the brief capture of Harpers Ferry in 1862 by Confederate forces led by General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson. 12,419 Federal troops surrendered to Jackson, which made this the largest surrender of US forces in history until the Battle of Bataan in World War II. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to photos of Harpers Ferry on July 1st as well as other historical links…
  • Reflections on ISTE 2015 by Shelly and Wesley Fryer

    Wesley Fryer
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This is a 22 minute video reflection by Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) about the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia. Check the shownotes below for links to resources, apps, and websites we mentioned during this conversation. This will be converted into an audio podcast later too! Shownotes; Lexia Reading Core5 (@lexialearning) MyOn Reader (@myonreader) Spelling City (@spellingcity) Osmo (@playosmo) PBS Learning Media (@pbslrnmedia) Shelly’s workshop: PBS Learning Media 101 FlipBoard (@flipboard) Wes’…
  • Traveling with Airbnb? Consider Checking Crime Maps First

    Wesley Fryer
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Last week and this week several members of our family have been and are visiting Philadelphia and Washington D.C. We were in Philly to attend part of the 2015 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, and are visiting friends as well as sightseeing in D.C. for the 4th of July weekend. We’ve used Airbnb for several years on family vacation trips, and have had VERY good luck with the service and the lodging we’ve secured in different places. That hasn’t changed this summer: We still love Airbnb, and still highly recommend it to others. This…
  • Periscope Reflections from ISTE 2015 on the Soledad O’Brien Keynote

    Wesley Fryer
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    This is an archived recording of a Periscope broadcast on June 28, 2015, from the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. People interviewed in this broadcast included Shelly Fryer (@sfryer), Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne), Rodney Turner (@techyturner), Julie Lindsay (@julielindsay), and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer). We primarily reflected on the opening ISTE 2015 keynote by award winning journalist Soledad O’brien. The complete video runs 16.5 minutes. Referenced resources in the video included Google Cardboard, the AUtoAZ podcast Rodney does with Jenny Ashby (@jjash), and Julie…
  • Comparing TeachMeet and EdCamp PD Models

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    This afternoon at the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, I interviewed Kyle Calderwood (@kcalderw) and Ben Hartman (@techcoachben) about the first “TeachMeet” event held this year at the conference. Check out the Twitter hashtag #TMISTE15 to see some of the shared learning from today’s event. Both Kyle and Ben discussed what is unique about the TeachMeet model and how it is different than EdCamp. Both models focus on teachers sharing ideas, but TeachMeets generally have a fixed schedule of shorter presentations, while EdCamps have longer discussion sessions and is more…
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    latest solar news

  • Why Solar Energy Is a Good, Renewable Energy Source?

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    These days we hear a lot about using organic products, biodegradable products, recycling plastics, etc., to minimize carbon footprint and save the environment. But we do not realize that unless and until we minimize consumption, we can not really save our environment. For example, look at the world consumption; Today’s products are manufactured, used and disposed of at a higher rate than the earth can accommodate in a less harmful way. Therefore it is important that we move to green alternatives now, otherwise, will be covered by pollutants and toxins produced in the normal course of…
  • Most Efficient Solar Panels

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    In trying to create the most efficient solar panels, pay special attention to the portion of the backsheet of the panels. A backsheet layer is the solar panel which solar cells are arranged. The other side of this backsheet, more precisely in the upper middle area is the junction box. A backsheet are often made of vinyl fluoride or PVF which is similar to PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, the material used in pipes and water pipes. P.V.F. It is commonly used in aircraft interiors and vehicles. DuPont, the US chemical company founded in 1802, created in the 1940s, polyvinyl fluoride polymer (PVF).
  • What Is a Photovoltaic System?

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    This is a common question from the uninitiated. A photovoltaic (or PV System) is an installation of solar panels that can be used to provide electricity and if you generate more energy than it needs, can be fed back to the network. Domestic photovoltaic systems have two main options installations. Existing properties tend to opt for a mounting system “roof”, where the panels are sitting slightly above the roof surface. This causes the least disruption of the structure and the tiling of existing coverage. The alternative is a system of “roof” where the panels replace…
  • How to Buy an Ideal Solar Power System for Your Home

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Concerned about the sudden increase in their electricity bills? You want to get rid of this problem? Why not switch to solar energy and live a tension free life thereafter! As electricity prices are increasing day by day, people began to feel the pain of this abrupt question mounting. Many owners of the world are moving towards a better option and expense, ie, “solar energy”. Installation is no doubt that this type of power system in your home is the best way to use the sun’s energy and cut all electricity bills, but there is a big question that arises here, namely,…
  • Use Solar Energy to Earn a LEED Certification

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    LEED certification for buildings or commercial facilities by installing a solar power system is a way to save costs on your bottom while establishing energy independence. As a happy side note, LEED designation and use of solar energy is also a very effective way to generate additional positive PR and word of mouth for your business. If you plan to build a new plant or upgrading of an existing building in the near future, consider adding a solar energy system to reduce or eliminate their dependence on local public services providers. LEED certification reduces operating costs Probably the most…
 
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    SA CREATIVES

  • THE RISE AND RISE OF BBDO AFRICA

    SA Creatives
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    The growth and importance of Africa is undeniable and whilst others look for dots on the map, BBDO’s focus on the work and talent has carved a different path in the region. The approach has been to partner with Clients who are pioneering a new creative landscape across the region with a focus on world class creativity that puts Africa on the map. BBDO now has a body of outstanding work, across several brands, which has been recognised commercially and at regional awards. This has now culminated with a Gold and a Bronze Lion at Cannes for Made of Black, for Guinness. This is the only gold…
  • Cavendish gets Cosy

    SA Creatives
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    Cavendish Square’s newly launched Beyond Words campaign is in full swing with shoppers delighting in the experience-orientated campaign. Inspired by the tactility and crafted nature of product and fashion design, the creative team behind the concept at NATIVE VML created a typography series out of products and cast a dancer for the campaign. ‘Cosy’ – the first imitative word of the campaign, was chosen to reflect the winter season and is made up of warm, thick knit blankets, a trend of the season and the perfect material to make you feel really cosy. “Cosy reflects the…
  • NEW BMW i8 HITS THE BIG SCREEN WITH A BANG – REALLY!

    SA Creatives
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    With a cinema campaign that has seen the all new BMW i8 launched in an innovative and adrenaline-packed way, BMW and Cinemark have boosted this brand extension within BMW on the most effective platform: the big screen. “The campaign recently ran in cinemas and what really stood out about the activation is that it capitalised on areas that are unique to the big screen such as the cinema walls, the Incredible Dolby’s sound technology at a 5.1 mix and the fact that 80% of the ad is in a dark cinema, thus enhancing sensory experiences for the audience,” comments Marketing Manager for…
  • 2015 Pendoring judging panel appointed

    SA Creatives
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    The judges for this year’s Pendoring Advertising Awards have been appointed and represent some of the top creatives in the country, as well as some of the best and most awarded agencies in South Africa. Two panels of judges have been appointed, one for the Afrikaans entries and one for the other nine vernacular languages. Entries can be in any of our country’s official languages, excluding English. The judges for the Afrikaans entries are: Konstant van Huyssteen, creative director, FCB, Cape Town Claudi Potter, senior copywriter, Joe Public Ricardo Rocha, executive creative director,…
  • TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris leading SA creativity at Cannes

    SA Creatives
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    It was tremendously tough at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, but Johannesburg-based agency, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris rose to the occasion to take the award-winning lead in the radio category and showcase the effectiveness of their disruptive concepts. TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris roared to scoop two gold awards and one silver award in the much-contested Cannes Lions Radio category. “The Radio Jury for this category was primarily looking at the strength of the creative idea as well as its execution, and with the use of our disruption philosophy we managed to give them just…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Use Your Imagination

    Douglas Eby
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    In her Harvard Commencement Address, author J.K. Rowling spoke about the “uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not” as “the fount of all invention and innovation.” She also noted the power of our imagination for understanding other people’s challenges. She worked for a time for Amnesty International, and says she used some of that experience in creating her ‘Harry Potter’ books. But she also commented that “many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never…
  • Fear and Your Writing

    Douglas Eby
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:38 pm
    “It scared me sometimes when I was writing it; at times I had to stop—I frightened myself.” That is an admission by novelist A.M. Homes – see more of her quotes below. If an aspect of your creative work scares or upsets you, should you change that part of the painting, or modify that design element in your performance, or stop exploring what that character is doing in your novel? Janet Fitch teaches a graduate fiction seminar in the University of Southern California, and is author of White Oleander and Paint it Black. She notes about writers experiencing strong…
  • The Creative Mind – Something Running All The Time

    Douglas Eby
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Stephen King has commented about his creative mind: “It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” He also said that even when he tries to take time off from writing, “My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed.” As a creative person, you may relate, especially if you are introverted. In his book “Why Smart People Hurt,” psychologist Eric Maisel notes that one of the challenges every smart person experiences is “Dealing with a racing brain that, because it doesn’t come with an off switch, inclines itself toward insomnia,…
  • Being Vulnerable To Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    “We too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.” Brené Brown adds, “In our culture, we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty.” Vulnerability is a word with a number of meanings that can make many of us keep away or “protect” ourselves – meanings like “the inability to withstand the effects of a hostile environment” or “capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt.” But there are also…
  • Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:47 pm
    “The unconscious is our best collaborator.” Director Mike Nichols added, “I try to let the participants [in my movies] have downtime before shooting and after rehearsal, so our secret collaborator can do its work.” [AARP Magazine Jan/Feb 2004] From post: Collaborating With Our Shadow Side. “All of us have a dark side.” Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central goes on to explain: “This dark side includes qualities we don’t dare reveal to others. It’s the traits we are ashamed of and embarrassed about. It’s the traits others have rejected. It’s the…
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    Cruzine

  • Amazing Portraits by Monica Sutrisna

    Paul Viluda
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    Monica Sutrisna aka Mon Mon is an artist / illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her artistic style is fixed on monochromatic Kpop fan art contrasted by an intense color palette and unusual pattern designs. Enjoy! Read More
  • Digital Illustrations by Svetlana Tigai

    Paul Viluda
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    Svetlana Tigai aka Tsvetka is a talented 26-year-old digital artist based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Below, you may scroll through several creative artworks selected from her portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Digital Illustrations by Liam Peters

    Paul Viluda
    26 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Liam Peters is an illustrator originally from Brisbane, Australia, living in the United States. Liam is currently self-employed doing freelance digital illustration from his home just outside of Dallas, Texas. Let's take a look at some of his artworks. Read More
  • Awesome 3d Art by Toni Bratincevic

    Paul Viluda
    26 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Toni Bratincevic is a self taught digital artist born in Split, Croatia. Currently he's working in the United States for Blizzard Entertainment. Below, you may check out several 3d artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Portrait Illustrations by Diego Fernandez

    Paul Viluda
    18 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Diego Fernandez is a digital artist and illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Below, you may scroll through over 30 amazing female portraits selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
 
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    Farnam Street

  • Summer Hours Are In Effect

    Shane Parrish
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ll be taking time over the summer to live, reflect, and enjoy. That means fewer posts than normal. (I’ll aim for 3 or more posts a week but no promises.)The weekly newsletter, Brain Food, will continue as per usual with multi-disciplinary awesomeness delivered right to your inbox every Sunday.I’ll also be onboarding some help over the summer. Thanks to the membership program, I’ve been able to hire someone part-time.If you need a fix, make sure to follow me on facebook, twitter, and instagram.Thanks for being amazing, — Shane-- Sponsored By: Greenhaven Road Capital:…
  • Winifred Gallagher On Living a Focused Life

    Shane Parrish
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “The American dream is no longer just to get rich quick, but also to enjoy doing it, the new captains of industry offer various best-selling decalogue for achieving this goal. Their tips range from philosophical (learn from your failures) to the practical (never handle the same piece of paper twice). There’s one insight into both productivity and satisfaction that they inevitably share, however: the importance of laser like attention to your goal, be it building a better mousetrap or raising cattle. Unless you can concentrate on what you want to do and suppress distractions, it’s hard…
  • How David Allen increased Drew Carey’s Productivity

    Shane Parrish
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Comedian Drew Carey outsourced the development of his productivity strategy to David Allen, author of the cult classic, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, who “taught him how to adhere to specific next steps rather than abstract larger goals.”Allen’s system, outlined in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, focuses “on the minutiae of to-do lists, folders, labels, in-boxes.”When he began working with overtaxed executives, he saw the problem with the traditional big-picture type of management planning, like writing mission…
  • The Wisdom of Crowds and The Expert Squeeze

    Shane Parrish
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    As networks harness the wisdom of crowds, the ability of experts to add value in their predictions is steadily declining. This is the expert squeeze.In Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Michael Mauboussin, the first guest on my podcast, The Knowledge Project, explains the expert squeeze and its implications for how we make decisions.As networks harness the wisdom of crowds and computing power grows, the ability of experts to add value in their predictions is steadily declining. I call this the expert squeeze, and evidence for it is mounting. Despite this trend, we still…
  • Why Our Relationship With Ourself is the Most Important of The Three Marriages

    Shane Parrish
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    “We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.”The most difficult of David Whyte’s three marriages, found in The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship, is the marriage to the self, which lies beneath both the marriages of work and relationships.Work, Self and Relationships: Together these form The Three Marriages.What is heart-breaking and difficult about this inner self that flirted, enticed, spent time with and eventually committed to a…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • American Prison: Beyond the Binge-Watch

    Jo Scott-Coe
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    If the success of Orange Is the New Black offers any indication, it seems fair (and gross) to say that prison has become “pop”—for a Twitter moment, anyway. Even the cover of the Economist June 20-24 proclaims, “Jailhouse Nation: 2.3 million reasons to fix America’s prison problem.” Progressive-glam MSNBC has been boosting its ratings with weekends of Lockup since 2005. Everybody (white? middle class?) seems suddenly if temporarily agreed upon the disgrace and “inefficiency” of prison conditions. We all exchange nods over restaurant pasta and craft beers about…
  • Beatrix Gates: Two Poems

    Beatrix Gates
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Beatrix Gates is the author of Dos (Finishing Line Press), and her poetry collections include In the Open, a Lambda finalist, and Ten Minutes. She has published in Tupelo Quarterly, Bloom and The Kenyon Review with poems upcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal and Anthem. Gates, with Electa Arenal, translated Jesús Aguado’s The Poems of Vikram Babu (HOST), and they shared a Witter Bynner Translation Award. As librettist for “The Singing Bridge,” Gates received support with composer Anna Dembska from the NEA, LEF and Davis Foundation for the premiere at the…
  • In touch with your inner child?

    Michael Blaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Have you been able to get in touch with your inner child?Not really. I think he’s hit puberty and won’t talk to me any more. The post In touch with your inner child? appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • Life After Birth Celebrates America’s Birthday

    Carol Green
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Let freedom ring! The post Life After Birth Celebrates America’s Birthday appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • Poetry Contest: Submissions Are Open

    Alexis Rhone Fancher
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest has begun!!! Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, three finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly. The Rules You may submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems. What do we mean by unpublished? If it has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, then it is published. Sole exception: if you have posted it only on your own blog or social media, and you take it down and leave it…
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    i heart creation

  • Please have some papad!

    I'm the universe
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Today I share with you how to make papad. Papads are thin, crispy, savory disc shaped accompaniments to meals. There are different styles of papad depending on the ingredients used in their making. Papad (also refered as papadum in the west) has many varieties like, urad, moong or besan(chickpea flour) etc. Please enjoy some papad with raita and khichdi! continue>> Read more….
  • Please have some cucumber raita!

    I'm the universe
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Today I share with you a recipe for cucumber raita. It’s a great ayurvedic, sattvic and vegetarian side dish. No special culinary skills are needed to make this dish. It is very simple and easy, anyone can make it.  It’s a delicious and wholesome side dish for summer season. Cucumber raita is a cool dish for hot weather. It is served as an accompaniment to basic Indian meal. Here, please have some with khichdi. Enjoy! continue>> Read more….
  • Please have some khichdi!

    I'm the universe
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    Today I share with you mung dal khichdi. It is an ayurvedic vegetarian recipe. It is a simple, easy to digest sattvic delight. Though not a staple food, people enjoy eating this all over India. It is sometimes served as prasad in temples or gurdwaras, it is also offered to people who are sick as their metabolism slows down and khichdi is their food of choice because it is easy to digest. More often than not, a heavy meal is followed by khichdi at a later time of the day, as a light alternative. I make khichdi on occasions when I want to cook something easy with minimal effort and few…
  • Prized paintings…

    I'm the universe
    8 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Remember, in one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned about how our home has been transformed into an art gallery, all this was actualized thru our intuitive kids, who are quite creative and artistic. I have a lot to learn from them, they are my ingenious gurus. I am bedazzled and want to learn their one-of-a-kind naive art, that they are gifted with. If you want to create naive art with your kids this summer, here’s how we did it… continue>> Read more….
  • Teeming tulips transpiring…

    I'm the universe
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
 
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • When Is Our Heart Pure?

    Lucy Chen
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Life Drawing in Soft Pastel, by Lucy Chen In “The Lord of the Ring: the Fellowship of the Ring“, Elrond said that the race of men had failed when Isildur refused to throw the ring into the fire of Mount Doom to have it destroyed. I wonder, what if it was Elrond who was holding the Ring. Would the elf have enough strength against its seduction?  Did he fully understand the nature of the Ring? And what about myself? When I said that my parents were quick to be negative, that my former landlord was difficult?  Did I fully understand their situations? But I do know that my heart is…
  • How to Paint an Alla Prima Portrait in Two Hours or Less

    Lucy Chen
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    You saw this painting titled The Promised Eternity in an earlier post, and we even discussed what “eternity” meant for each one of us. Thank you for sharing your personal stories and openly talked about our “faith”.  It is often overlooked, but I think takes courage to be open about who we are, and what we believe. The Process It just flowed, and I finished it in under two hours.  Don’t we wish it’ll always be the case? The Palette Using a limited palette helped to keep it simple: White, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre and Magenta. When in doubt,…
  • My Story with Flat White

    Lucy Chen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    my one-hour still life study. oil on board. Standing in a queue to make my first American coffee order in a cafe in San Fransisco, I kept reminding myself, “don’t say ‘flat white”, they do not have that in America.”  But guess what I said when the barista asked what I wanted.  Yeah, I said “soy flat white, please”. The first time I saw the name “flat white” was in the cafeteria of the University of New South Wales, during the first semester of the first year of my B.Commerce degree.  Its name was so curiously intriguing.  Was it really…
  • What Grandmas Can Do with an Artist Grandchild

    Lucy Chen
    10 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What do you do after dinner in the evenings? Do you watch TV? Do you read a book?  Do you consciously choose what you do? My dad, step-mum and grandma have come to visit us from China since March.  What grandmas can do while staying with their artist grand-daughter is to be her model.  The photo above shows me sketching her portrait in ink. But one week was all they could bare staying in my house before they all moved to live in my mum’s place.  Can you guess why? Why my grandma could not bare living with me My grandma needs to watch TV from 5.30am to 9.30pm, and I do not have a…
  • 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…
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    Creativity Tech

  • Swift Apple Music Reverse Shows Beggars Can Be Choosers

    Gordon Platt
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    What a difference a weekend makes. We had barely finished hitting the ‘Publish’ button on last week’s article about Apple Music’s inequitable free trial terms, which both indie artist collective Beggars Group and pop star Taylor Swift pushed back on immediately, and Apple has already responded. In a significant demonstration of artistic influence, the Cupertino company this weekend reversed its initial decision not to pay artists for music streamed during their three-month trial period. In response to Swift’s open letter-style Tumblr post, “To Apple, Love…
  • The Price of Free? Artists Respond to Apple Music

    Gordon Platt
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Within days of last week’s Apple Music unveiling, the media focus was on streaming services and how the new entrant would stack up against the likes of Spotify. For artists, however, the question marks hovered more over the service’s free three-month trial. After all, if the customers aren’t paying during that time, who will compensate the artists whose music they play? It turns out that the answer is a simple “nobody will pay,” as Apple’s leaked take it or leave it contract to artists made clear. View image | gettyimages.com Although we’re only…
  • Putting Artists and Transparency First, Amazon Drops the MIC

    Gordon Platt
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    When it comes to bait-and-switch lobbying, the MIC Coalition recently raced to the head of the pack. Citing everything from innovation to consumer welfare as its primary focus, the tech sector-backed interest group really exists to negatively influence the debate around royalty rates paid to musicians. Despite amassing a series of high-profile members with significant sway across the world of music and technology, that thin veneer of listener-friendly activism has quickly been stripped away as those organizations attempt to drive down royalty rates, which are due to be renegotiated later this…
  • A Creative Celebration as Copyright Turns 225!

    Gordon Platt
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    As the calendar crossed into June after this weekend, an important date quietly ticked over for U.S. creators: the 225th anniversary of the first U.S. Copyright Act. Passed in 1790, when the country itself was barely into its teen years, the act holds an esteemed place in American history as one of the earliest laws passed by our First Congress. View image | gettyimages.com The Declaration of Independence is rightly hailed as our nation’s most important historical document. The unassuming and admirably concise copyright act lines up not far behind it as a cornerstone of national…
  • Google’s Artistic Give and Take: Skrillex Edition

    Gordon Platt
    29 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    It’s common knowledge in the creative world that Google has a strange way of showing its appreciation to artists — sort of a give with one hand, take (much) more with the other approach. At the company’s grandiose (some would say overblown) I/O 2015 event yesterday we were “treated” to an example of this. To demonstrate the new contextual search abilities of its Google Now service the company gave a shout out to Skrillex, the dubstep icon who undoubtedly receives hundreds of thousands of listens and search queries every day. View image | gettyimages.com While the…
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  • Creative Cools Tools for Making Cooking Fun

    Donald Rattner
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    One of my most distinct memories of childhood is the experience of unwrapping the silver foil around a Nestle's Crunch Bar. This is the chocolate bar that embeds what I always imagined were Rice Krispies in your everyday milk chocolate. Of course, the real thrill was actually eating the thing. Something about the crunchiness of that extra ingredient lifted this particular delectable above all others in my impressionable mind. That's all changed, of course. In adulthood Nestle's products became synonymous in my mind with all the downsides of sweets – weight gain, tooth decay, temporary…
  • I'm Speaking at Creative Mornings in Boston

    Donald Rattner
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:46 am
    Good news! I've been invited to give this month's talk at Creative Mornings in Boston. So now I'm inviting you to be my guest at the event. It's all happening starting at 8.30am on Friday, June 26th 2015 at District Hall, an stunning new space designed by Hacin + Associates that's positioned itself to be "a new home for innovation in Boston." It couldn't be a more appropriate venue, because the title of my talk is "Creativity in Residence: Revolutionary Techniques for Transforming Home Into an Incubator of Innovation." The talk explores the intersection of design and creativity, and…
  • For Just $12 These Shoes Will Grow With Your Foot

    Donald Rattner
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Any parent knows, a growing child burns through shoes as fast as you can buy them. But if a child’s foot grows, why don’t we have a shoe that grows along with it? That’s what Kenton Lee, pastor and founder of the nonprofit Because International, wondered when he saw the toes of children at a Kenyan orphanage, bursting out the front of their old shoes. And so by working with the Oregon-based shoe design studio Proof of Concept, he developed an ingeniously simple solution: A pair of sandals that expand as easily as a belt. "We started out with the goal of creating a functional shoe. We…
  • Bring Back Kindergarten The Way It Used To Be

    Donald Rattner
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    What do Frank Lloyd Wright, Helen Keller, Buckminster Fuller and scores of groundbreaking artists of the early 20th century have in common? They all played with blocks. Not just any blocks, mind you. They played with blocks designed by Friedrich Froebel, a radically revolutionary German educator of the mid-19th century who gave us the institution we now know as kindergarten. Froebel's blocks, or Gifts as they were known, were just one part of a vast educational program that forever changed our understanding of how children learn. And creativity was at the center of it. This is a story…
  • I Speak in Buffalo

    Donald Rattner
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    From June 17th to 21st 2015 I'll be attending and teaching at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute conference in Buffalo, New York. My sources tell me it's the oldest annual gathering in creativity studies. The conference is hosted by the Creative Education Foundation and focuses on three main areas: creativity, innovation and leading change. My session is Creativity in Residence: Transforming Home into an Incubator of Innovation. It runs for 90 minutes and include a Keynote presentation and exercise session. Click here for a list of this and other sessions in the Extending…
 
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    BrainDirector

  • Young Girls Crush And Love Problems And Solutions

    Abia
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Young girls are often confused as they are often faced with love and crush issues. In this post we are going to take a look at some of the questions posed by these girls and then we will be reading the solutions to their problems. Question – I’ve fallen in love with my teacher! This term we have a new French teacher. He’s from Paris and speaks with a really cute accent. I think I may have fallen for him. I spend all day thinking about him, writing poems for him and wishing for the next French lesson. All my friends say it’s just a crush but to me this feels like true love.
  • Common Mates – Dates And Social Media Mistakes

    Abia
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Social media and mobile technology have changed the world forever. You are the first generation of teens to have so many amazing ways to communicate with each other. Apart from text messages, messenger programs, web forums and emails you also have social networks like Facebook and Twitter (to name but two) as well as all the smartphone apps that are continually emerging. Social media is a great way to keep in touch, have fun, post pictures from your life and generally extend the social networks you have in the real world. Of course it’s important to practise safe behaviour –…
  • Teen Girl Physical And Psychological Issues And Solution

    Abia
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    I’m writing to you because my emotions are out of control and I don’t know what to do. Some days I feel fine, but others I feel like everything in my life is awful and there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. It started last year when some girls from my school started to bully me on YouTube. They would post awful videos where they would say some really nasty things about me. It got really bad until my mum found out and called my school. Ever since then my moods have been really up and down and I’ve hardly wanted to leave the house. Now whenever something bad…
  • Parents And Teen Girl Problems With Their Solutions

    Abia
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    I get so angry with my parents! My parents never seem to see my point of view on anything! I get so angry with them. They make jokes about me being a ‘typical teen’ but it’s not funny. I feel so trapped by all their silly rules. Sometimes I feel a bit out of control. Once I smashed up my bedroom and another time I lashed out at my dad. I feel like I hate my parents sometimes! Solutions No matter how angry it might make you feel, you don’t have the right to hurt your parents or to smash up their home (even if it’s your room). Next time you get angry like this you need to…
  • Eating Disorders And Other Common Issues With Girls

    Abia
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    Question I eat to cheer myself up but it just makes things worse! been bullied about my weight. It really hurts because I’ve tried so hard to lose weight. The worst thing is that when people say nasty things about me it makes me want to hide in my room and eat even more to make myself feel better. My mum is overweight too and so doesn’t see it as a problem. I’ve tried asking her to cook healthy meals but it’s not her thing. Everything she cooks is either deep fried or served with chips. She also fills the cupboards with cakes, sweets, chocolate and crisps. I know that…
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    The Artist Myth

  • How Everyone Can Benefit From A Charity Art Auction

    Mike Roy
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:20 am
    This is, quite literally, what a stampede for art looks like. (Click the video below.)This depicts the scene at a recent art event called Canvas For A Cause, benefitting the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. The annual art auction was held at ReelFX Creative Studios in Dallas, Texas, and it raised more than $22,000 for the little tykes over at the hospital, which receives over 360,000 patients each year. The Medical Center treats all kinds of pediatric conditions ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology, organ…
  • Rich Artist, Poor Artist

    Mike Roy
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Do you have a rich mindset… or a poor one?I wasn’t born a natural entrepreneur. I had to be trained. ~ Robert KiyosakiA few years ago I read an amazing little book. You may have heard of it. The book is called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.Robert makes it very clear at the outset that he is not the best writer in the world. But there’s something very special about this little book… maybe it’s the lack of fluff that makes it easy to read. Maybe it’s the compelling story of the contrast between two foundational influences in his life, his two “dads”.His…
  • The Luck Myth

    Mike Roy
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    It never ceases to amaze me how we are so fascinated by the concept of luck.It’s fickle, unpredictable, and cantankerous. And yet an entire city, Las Vegas, has been built on the very concept of it. Millions of dollars change hands in lotteries, horse races, and poker games. People may go through elaborate rituals in an attempt to both avoid bad luck and obtain good luck.I hadn’t had much experience with games of chance in my life, until one day when I visited a casino while shooting a commercial there. My producer gave me ten dollars to play with and encouraged me to try it on some of…
  • The Passion Myth

    Mike Roy
    4 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    How many times have you heard the following phrase related to not just creative endeavors, but just about any venture that requires human effort and will to accomplish?“All you need is passion.”Hearing this phrase always causes me to scratch my head. Because the way I understand passion, giving it control of any aspect of your life is like driving on a narrow road with a cliff to one side… and then giving the steering wheel to a crazy person.What is Passion?Passion is basically defined as a very intense emotion towards a person or thing.It has served as the catalyst for a…
  • The Isolated Artist Myth

    Mike Roy
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    For many people, both artists and non-artists, being creative seems synonymous with being aloof, isolated, and lonely. For an artist, being alone most of the time is even considered necessary in order to create their best work.But is that really true?Typical Statements of The Loner Artist StereotypeHere are statements you might hear from someone who observes an artist in their natural habitat:“Artists are all about themselves.” “Artists don’t like to associate or work with other people.” “Artists tend to be aloof, selfish and don’t listen to other viewpoints.”…
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    Raymazing

  • Test Shoot: Ashley’s War on Paint

    raymazing
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Sometime in April I agreed to let Ashley Lynch throw paint on herself on my rooftop. Oh and of course I would be documenting this ridiculous act of creative experimentation. When she first proposed this concept, I thought she was fucking with me but nope. She was serious about coloring herself. It took a couple of retries […]
  • Recap: Wekfest LA 2015

    raymazing
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    In 2011, I travelled down from San Jose to participate at my first WFLA held at Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Then I moved to New York in 2012 and I haven’t experienced Wekfest LA till just recently. I think it’s amazing to see what the Wekfest culture has grown into over time. Half a […]
  • Getaway: Surprise Spring Day

    raymazing
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Circa sometime around March of this year. A beautiful spring day appeared one Saturday in NYC so Christina [my roommate] and I decided to get active with nature. I used Zipcar.com for the first time to rent a car then we drove to the tip of NY/NJ border to hike a trail called ‘Surprise Lake’ I’ve got […]
  • Recap: Wekfest Japan 2015

    raymazing
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Last month I had the opportunity to work in Japan. Personally and professionally, I had a crazy yet incredible experience. No, I did not just go there to try out all the curry and ramen although I can’t deny a lot of my time was spent chowing down on some curry. During the trip, I covered Wekfest Japan 2015 […]
  • 5 ways to get a job in New York City The Renee Story

    reneeandrevelry
    28 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    I’m Australian. Purge all your best Crocodile dundee impersonations, now. Let it out, knives and all. We also have boxing kangaroos and every deadly animal known to man either living in your bathroom or chilling on the patio. I would know. An innocent, alcohol-infused wall climber landed me an overnight stay in the E.R. Apparently […]
 
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    Creatamin

  • Lessons In Creativity From Seth Godin

    Wazir Rohiman
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Seth Godin is a legendary creative soul who has 18 bestseller books published in 35 languages around the world. The once founder of Yoyodyne and Squidoo, now part of Hubpages. A regular TED speaker and marketing superstar. But what’s even fascinating about Seth is his passion for bringing the best out of people. “Woah this guy must be a genius” – you think. Well, yes, he is and he is also recognised as a Demigod on the Internet! Certainly because he is among the few people who truly understand the real power of interconnectedness and the positive impact of the internet. Seth’s…
  • Conversation On Creativity With D’lo DeProjuicer

    Wazir Rohiman
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    Simo Mafuxwana a.k.a D’lo DeProjuicer is a front-end web developer, avid photographer, graphic designer and filmmaker from Strand, Cape Town – South Africa. He is also the co-founder of the Own-Appeal and the Founder of and Head of Content for Thngs Of That Nature. Simo was recently nominated for the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders 2015 awards. D’lo has a passion for Creativity and this has led him to venture in various fields and helped him connect to other like-minded individuals. He shares with us his personal story and connection with Creativity. Wazir Rohiman…
  • Conversation On Creativity with Mau Morgó

    Wazir Rohiman
    13 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Mau Morgó is a young graphic designer, visual artist, surfer and all-round Creative from Barcelona. He started his Creative Career at Mucho but his creative journey started at a younger age. He is now a freelance designer and also the co-founder of We Die For Beauty. Mau was recently recognised and awarded as an Emerging Talent by Sitges Next. He shares with us his Creative passion, his process as well as the stunning visuals he designs. Wazir Rohiman (WR): When and how did you first realise that you had a calling towards the Creative field? Mau Morgó (MM): I was an awful student and…
  • Ken Hughes On The Importance Of Play And Creativity

    Wazir Rohiman
    7 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    TED and TEDx curated videos are always full of incredibly valuable and awe-inspiring contents. We recently stumbled across a TEDx lecture that instantly turned on the light bulb for us! If there is another lecture that absolutely need to be added to our list of 5 Ted Videos On Creativity You Absolutely Need To Watch, it’s is definitely the one by Ken Hughes. He might look like he’s drinking from the fountain of youth. But don’t be duped by his forever-young looks. He actually has acquired an immense experience in Creative living, by practicing what he calls Time-bending. Ken…
  • Jonathan Tilley: Listen To What Creativity Is Telling You

    Wazir Rohiman
    5 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    In our previous post, 5 Ted Videos On Creativity You Absolutely Need To Watch, we featured an incredible speaker who gave an amazing lecture on why you should listen to what Creativity is trying to tell you. Jonathan Tilley, the man on the TEDx stage giving this lecture has a long career in the Creative fields. He started at the age of nine! Jonathan has since then been an actor, choreographer, voice-over artist, singer, director and has accomplished many other roles. Jonathan now focuses his Creative energy on helping Creative people transition into successful Creative Freelancers. He is…
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    How to focus

  • We don’t watch TV. Television is overrated.

    Ebony Barber
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
      The day we said goodbye to TV (for real). I used to spend my evenings winding down after a long work day, collapsing in front of the TV until my eyes could no longer stay open and I was forced to peel myself off the couch and head to bed. I used to avoid doing anything after work that remotely felt like work – it became my lazy time, where I would shut out the world, veg out and escape into the world of my favourite reality TV like The Bachelor, The Block, Survivor, The Amazing Race, cooking shows,… Read More The post We don’t watch TV. Television is overrated. appeared…
  • Treat Yourself (without blowing the budget)

    Ebony Barber
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
      Whenever I accomplish a mini goal along the way to my big goal, I take time to treat myself with something that feels rewarding and strengthens my inner sparkle. Celebrating the little steps along the way is a great way to boost your productivity, your motivation and your energy to keep focused on that big dream. If you keep buying expensive shoes, new clothes and perfume, you’ll soon be broke and it will end up costing you your diamond life. So instead, I’ve come up with a list of ways to treat yourself without breaking the bank and that… Read More The post Treat Yourself…
  • Why We Procrastinate Series – Reason #2 Fear of Failure

    Ebony Barber
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
    What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail? The greatest lesson I have learnt in life is that my fear stems from my imagination. It is my mind that creates the worst case scenarios. The fear of failure is born in our mind when we let our imagination focus on the wrong path. The post Why We Procrastinate Series – Reason #2 Fear of Failure appeared first on How to focus.
  • The Power of Small Wins – Celebrate Progress

    Ebony Barber
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Big wins are great—but they're not going to happen everyday of our lives. So what is the best, most powerful way you can keep momentum channeling into your beautiful, grand, purpose driven goals? The answer is celebrating small wins. Here's how... The post The Power of Small Wins – Celebrate Progress appeared first on How to focus.
  • The Power of Observation. Think like a designer (or scientist if you dare).

    Ebony Barber
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The power of observation. The difference between how scientists, artists and brilliant minds' train their attention is that they train their brain to focus on relevant features and disregard those that are less significant. The post The Power of Observation. Think like a designer (or scientist if you dare). appeared first on How to focus.
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • See Through Illusions of Scarcity, Find Abundance

    P
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Abundance. Wealth. Overflow. Excess. Cornucopia. Life. Infinity. This is real. Life is abundance. Lack. Poverty. Scarcity. Limited resources. No love. This is illusory. There can only be abundance. There can be an illusion of lack and poverty and limited resources. The illusion of lack is part of the abundance. There is enough for everyone. The […]
  • The Universe Talks in Frequency, Not Words

    P
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    An affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be present tense, positive, personal and specific. What you focus on, you attract more of. The energetic vibration you send out, attracts experiences of a similar vibration. All matter […]
  • Acceptance and Surrender – Die Before You Die

    P
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Disclaimer: I am not saying you should kill yourself. Allow me to explain. By surrendering to what is, in this moment – not fighting and resisting it – I die before I die. Total acceptance of what is already accepted into existence by existence itself. What a relief. It’s done. I’m done. My fate is […]
  • 4 Simple Tricks to Never Wait Again

    G
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    We’ve all done our share of waiting. Waiting to receive something in the mail. Waiting for Christmas Eve. Waiting for our birthdays. Waiting for a date to show up (haha). Waiting for something in the future that lacks in the now. This lack does of course not exist. Waiting implies that there is a future […]
  • Guest Post from P: How Loving the Process Gets You the Results You Desire

    P
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    I recently wrote a guest post on how being free from outcome and loving the process brings about your desired results. I touch subjects such as presence, law of attraction, love and also include a way of viewing the fabric of time and timelines that may propel you into a new paradigm! “When you enjoy […]
 
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    CreativInn

  • How you could be part of the contributors to recover the lost history of the world.

    Olivier
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    History is not only written by historians, it is a collective story where all kind of people around the world play their part, whether they are ordinary tourists who just took a random photo on the street, or an engineer recording for a future construction work, they could be helping everyone else to witness the […] The post How you could be part of the contributors to recover the lost history of the world. appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Crowdfunding could bring your dream alive, and here is why

    Olivier
    17 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    You have a dream It is a unique idea that could possibility bring you a fortune and let your creativity blossom. This creative dream could be starting your own fashion brand, or to develop a new tech gadget that could beat the next iPhone. You have also summoned a team of experts, who would back […] The post Crowdfunding could bring your dream alive, and here is why appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Exercises to Encourage Creativity

    Olivier
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The post Exercises to Encourage Creativity appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Can sharing data make the world a better place?

    Olivier
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Cures for disease, increased food production and higher graduation rates are most likely not the first outcomes you associate with big data. Worrisome incidents of data being stolen from major retailers and other businesses that have recently made the news may be more familiar. Those stories bring an important point to light and it’s vital […] The post Can sharing data make the world a better place? appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Not just for future scientists: STEM education spurs creativity, teamwork and problem solving

    Olivier
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    There’s no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society’s radar. President Barack Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping up across the country and hundreds of thousands of parents, educators and policymakers convene annually at STEM conferences […] The post Not just for future scientists: STEM education spurs creativity, teamwork and problem solving appeared first on CreativInn.
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