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  • How to Change When Change Is Hard: Lessons from a Timid Mouse

    The Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I was coming back from a run up and down Mount Tabor in Southeast Portland. I know the route well. It’s about a 5-6 mile loop from my house, depending on which path I take. More often than not, when I’m home for a while I run it at least once a week. As I neared my neighborhood toward the end of the run, I noticed a cat in a driveway. Being a cat person, I often say hi to felines when I see them out and about on my run. Cats being cats, sometimes they follow me for blocks, intent on being my friend for life, and other times they can’t be bothered to acknowledge my presence. This cat, I…
  • The Many, Many Problems With “Follow Your Passion”

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    The 99U Team
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    A lot of career advice is built around slogans like “follow your heart” or “follow your passion.” A popular YouTube video, “What If Money Was No Object?” narrated by British writer Alan Watts, suggests that unless you ask yourself “What makes you itch?” and pursue the answer, you will “spend your life completely wasting your time.” Taken literally, however, the idea of following your passion is terrible advice. The Problem with Passion In 2011 I co-founded 80,000 Hours, a non-profit focused on helping people to find satisfying careers in which they will have the…
  • Think you've tried every way to be creative there is? Think again

    Creative Something
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    “This isn’t a book that you pick up right before bed in order to help lull yourself to sleep. This is the sort of book you wake up early for so that you can be sure to get your challenge in first thing. Whether it’s filling out one of the many scattered blank pages with your own creative genius, or flipping through to find the perfect topic for today, it’s up to you to determine what this book will ultimately become through your own use.” Tipsy Writer put together a great review of my book The Creativity Challenge. Be sure to catch the lengthy interview at the bottom of…
  • The Silent Music of the Mind: Remembering Oliver Sacks

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    “I had no room now for this fear, or for any other fear, because I was filled to the brim with music.” I was a relative latecomer to the work of Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015), that great enchanter of storytelling who spent his life bridging science and the human spirit — partly because I was not yet born when he first bewitched the reading public with his writing, and partly because those early books never made it past the Iron Curtain and into the Bulgaria of my childhood. It was only in my twenties, having made my way to America, that I fell in love…
  • Solving Problems in Your Dreams

    Psychology Today - Creativity
    Kristian Marlow
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.
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    Brain Pickings

  • The Silent Music of the Mind: Remembering Oliver Sacks

    Maria Popova
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    “I had no room now for this fear, or for any other fear, because I was filled to the brim with music.” I was a relative latecomer to the work of Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015), that great enchanter of storytelling who spent his life bridging science and the human spirit — partly because I was not yet born when he first bewitched the reading public with his writing, and partly because those early books never made it past the Iron Curtain and into the Bulgaria of my childhood. It was only in my twenties, having made my way to America, that I fell in love…
  • Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life

    Maria Popova
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “I felt his pain deeply, and his beauty, and his knowledge.” In the late 1950s, a young woman named Lois Sorrells Beckwith did what many passionate book-lovers find themselves doing — she fell in love with an author through his work; not with the writing alone, but with the man. That man was Jack Kerouac and the book that tipped Lois over the edge of infatuation was his newly published novella The Subterraneans (public library), a semi-fictional account of a fervid romance. But then Lois did something few ardent readers would dare to do. A native New Englander then living in…
  • August 31, 1837: Emerson’s Superb Speech on the Life of the Mind, the Art of Creative Reading, and the Building Blocks of Genius

    Maria Popova
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.” On August 31, 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered one of the most extraordinary speeches of all time — a sweeping meditation on the life of the mind, the purpose of education, the art of creative reading, and the building blocks of of genius. He was only thirty-four. Titled “The American Scholar,” the speech was eventually included in the indispensable volume Essays and Lectures (public library; free…
  • Goethe on Beginner’s Mind and the Discipline of Discernment in Your Media Diet

    Maria Popova
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    “One must be something in order to do something.” By the turn of the 19th century, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749–March 22, 1832) was not only the world’s most celebrated poet, “the Olympian” of literature, but also a polymath of varied interests, from his fascination with the science of clouds to his psychological theory of color and emotion. In 1822, the German writer Johann Peter Eckermann met and befriended 73-year-old Goethe, who became his mentor and even let the young man, barely thirty at the time, live at his house for a while. For the…
  • The Iron Giant: The 1968 Classic Celebrating Humanity’s Capacity for Harmony, Reimagined in Gorgeous Illustrations by Artist Laura Carlin

    Maria Popova
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    A parable of peace, a love letter to the cosmos, and a reminder of the vulnerable and vivacious humanity that unites us beneath our surface squabbles. “The Iron Giant came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Taller than a house, the Iron Giant stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness. The wind sang through his iron fingers. His great iron head, shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom, slowly turned to the right, slowly turned to the left. His iron ears turned,…
 
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  • The Many, Many Problems With “Follow Your Passion”

    The 99U Team
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    A lot of career advice is built around slogans like “follow your heart” or “follow your passion.” A popular YouTube video, “What If Money Was No Object?” narrated by British writer Alan Watts, suggests that unless you ask yourself “What makes you itch?” and pursue the answer, you will “spend your life completely wasting your time.” Taken literally, however, the idea of following your passion is terrible advice. The Problem with Passion In 2011 I co-founded 80,000 Hours, a non-profit focused on helping people to find satisfying careers in which they will have the…
  • 99U Is Hiring a Staff Writer / Associate Editor

    seanblanda
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The creative world is building in complexity. Competition is intensifying as creatives everywhere must outrun globalization, outsourcing, and automation to build a body of work amongst an ever-shifting technological landscape. Those that are thriving in this environment are adopting brand new mindsets and processes. That’s why 99U is looking for a whip-smart editor to monitor, report, and provide insights on those successfully navigating these issues for our fast-growing audience. Sound like you? Let’s talk. The Staff Writer / Associate Editor is the advocate for our growing…
  • Screw Inbox Zero: Here’s a Better Plan

    Allison
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    There’s never enough time. There never will be enough time. Time management is a doomed battle, especially for creatives who are constantly juggling a variety of projects.  In an article on Quartz, writer and psychologist Tony Crabbe describes how our modern obsession with time management grew out of the Industrial Revolution, when factories needed to coordinate hundreds of people’s shifts in synchronicity. That tidal shift from the concept of task management to time management is responsible for what has today become a monumental issue: We are all way too busy, scrambling to get…
  • Wil Reynolds: The Hidden Danger of Confusing Outputs for Outcomes

    The 99U Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    About this presentation Reynolds started Seer Interactive—a leading SEO and online marketing agency—in a small apartment back in 2002. Since then, the company has grown to more than 100 people. However, scaling the company was not without its growing pains. In this energetic talk, Reynolds shares how he learned to put a “lid on his hustle” and made sure his values weren’t compromised as his company grew. “Getting things done means giving things up,” he says. “It can’t all fit. You need to have the border.” About Wil Reynolds In 2002, Wil…
  • 2016 99U Conference: Ticketing Is Now Open!

    seanblanda
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Registration is now open for the 2016 99U Conference! The official dates are May 5th–May 6th, 2016 at Lincoln Center in New York City. You can apply for tickets here. The 99U Conference remains steadfast in its mission: to arm you with battle-tested insights to help you build an incredible creative career. When you spend each day pushing your ideas across the finish line, it can be hard to think critically about the “why” and “how” of your day-to-day. This is why, each year, we gather 1,000 members of the 99U community at Lincoln Center in New York City for the…
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    Creative Something

  • Think you've tried every way to be creative there is? Think again

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    “This isn’t a book that you pick up right before bed in order to help lull yourself to sleep. This is the sort of book you wake up early for so that you can be sure to get your challenge in first thing. Whether it’s filling out one of the many scattered blank pages with your own creative genius, or flipping through to find the perfect topic for today, it’s up to you to determine what this book will ultimately become through your own use.” Tipsy Writer put together a great review of my book The Creativity Challenge. Be sure to catch the lengthy interview at the bottom of…
  • If you’re not the person bringing ideas to the table...

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you’re not the person bringing ideas to the table, somebody else will. Perhaps, but even if that’s true, the ideas somebody else shares won’t be the same as the ones you can. Because only you have seen the world through your eyes, with your mind. Only you understand, or have questions about, or are moved by, things unique to your experience. We often forget that the bridge between the best idea and the rest, is perspective. A result of believing this fallacy is that we either spend all of our energy seeking out an impossible “best” idea, or we don’t bother…
  • Small steps toward energizing your creativity

    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    To think creatively requires more energy than our typical, behavioral mode of thinking. After a while, going about your regular day and doing mundane or routine tasks can become almost entirely effortless for the mind. You don’t have to think very much at all when it comes to daily routine because it’s more efficient not to, to simply do what you’ve always done, as you’ve always done it. But to think creatively is to break away from the typical or expected, and instead pursue details, differences, and possibilities. Creative thinking is hard work, not only for the…
  • "If you look at the world both critically and with wonder, there are lessons to be learned..."

    22 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    “If you look at the world both critically and with wonder, there are lessons to be learned everywhere. Every object, experience, relationship, environment, phrase—everything—has locked inside it an insight it wants to share.” - Christopher Simmons is out to show the world that there is no creative problem that can’t be solved by eating a hamburger.
  • What we get by demystifying creativity

    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Technology, decades of research, and a powerful curiosity have enabled us to begin to understand the inner working areas of the mind. Creativity is one such area that has captivated neuroscientists, psychologists, artists, and innovators, for centuries. Yet, today creativity remains a remarkably complex and highly mysterious subject, even to those who specialize in understanding it. I’ve spent much of the past eight years researching and writing on creativity, and though I feel like I have a better understanding of exactly what we talk about when we talk about creativity, I feel no closer…
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

    Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.
  • Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board

    Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Conflict is inevitable when you put such a wide variety of perspectives on one advisory board—and that's a good thing.
  • A Tribute to Letter Writing and to Oliver Sacks

    Susan R Barry Ph.D.
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    My friendship with Oliver Sacks blossomed through an old fashioned medium, letter writing.
  • Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

    Drew Boyd
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.
  • Solving Problems in Your Dreams

    Kristian Marlow
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: August 31 – September 6

    Leah
    30 Aug 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 8/31/15 - 9/6/15.  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: August 24 – 30

    Leah
    23 Aug 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 8/24/15 - 8/30/15.  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: August 17 – 23

    Leah
    16 Aug 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 8/17/15 - 8/23/15.  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: August 10 – 16

    Leah
    9 Aug 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 8/10/15 - 8/16/15.  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: August 3 – 9

    Leah
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:46 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 8/3/15 - 8/9/15.  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

  • How to Change When Change Is Hard: Lessons from a Timid Mouse

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I was coming back from a run up and down Mount Tabor in Southeast Portland. I know the route well. It’s about a 5-6 mile loop from my house, depending on which path I take. More often than not, when I’m home for a while I run it at least once a week. As I neared my neighborhood toward the end of the run, I noticed a cat in a driveway. Being a cat person, I often say hi to felines when I see them out and about on my run. Cats being cats, sometimes they follow me for blocks, intent on being my friend for life, and other times they can’t be bothered to acknowledge my presence. This cat, I…
  • 100 Days Without Fear: A Daily Video Experiment

    Ashley Mudra
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago, Michelle Poler moved from Venezuela to New York to pursue a Master’s Degree. While she was there, she started a project called 100 Days Without Fear to systematically combat the things that she was afraid of. This fun project recently wrapped up with daily videos of her teaching a Zumba class, crowd surfing, posing nude for a drawing class, interviewing strangers, and attempting dozens of other interesting tasks. Check out a few of them below or directly on the project page.       Hat Tip: Booooooom
  • The Emotional Balance Sheet

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Link: Emotional Balance Sheet I often enjoy the personal finance columns by Carl Richards. In a recent one, he explains how to create an “emotional balance sheet” to quantify (or at least tally) your non-financial assets. Carl tells the story of how he and his wife Cori made the choice for her to become a full-time mom, despite the fact that the family would lose more than $1 million in earnings over the next twenty years. He’s quick to point out that the moral of the story isn’t “all mothers should stay home with their children”—which is good, since presumably many readers…
  • Happiness Is a Superpower

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I heard something in a dialogue recently. One character was complaining about being unhappy, and the other character replied, “You have a misguided notion of what makes you happy.” The sentence made me stop and think. Most of us, at different times, have a misguided notion of what we think will make us happy. We go around trying out different prescriptions and remedies. Maybe the new thing will work … or maybe I should go back to the old one? Maybe there’s still something else out there, just waiting to be discovered? That’s why the alternative to misguided notions—true…
  • Travel Hacker and Ethical Fashionista: On the Road with Lauren K. Lancy

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Not only is Lauren Lancy a travel hacker, using miles & points to see the world and return home to New York, but she’s also merged travel and fashion with her new project, The Kindcraft. Introduce yourself! I’m a fashion designer and trend forecaster from Brooklyn. At the end of 2012, I traded New York City’s concrete jungle for the jungles of Southeast Asia. Now, instead of designing for fast fashion brands, I advocate for slower, more thoughtful and ethical kinds of fashion. My interest in handmade…
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    IttyBiz

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Let’s talk about profitability. In an ideal world, every single activity in your business would lead to immediate money in your pocket. Post a tweet? Ka-ching! Send up a new blog post? Ka-ching! Organize your desk? Ka-ching! This is what we all secretly wish a magical genie would make possible for us. (Well, truthfully, not me. I’d prefer the Ka-chings! to arrive, well, just because.) In your business, you kind of know what activities are profitable for you. Generally, there are a few core things that either make you money now or demonstrably make you money on a regular basis. If…
  • How Innovative Are You Willing To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Innovation has become a weird word. It conjures up images of inventing the next iPad, or revolutionizing an industry, or doing something so epic that IT. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. But it didn’t always mean that. It used to also mean “figuring out a way to do something you didn’t think could be done.” Sure, inventing Post-It notes was innovative. But so is bartering with a web designer so you can get that $1,500 website without having to pay the cash you don’t have. So is taking a laptop with a broken screen and plugging a used, $50 monitor you got on eBay into it.
  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
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    Belmont Club

  • No Ordinary Time

    Richard Fernandez
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    The news spotlight is on the US electoral drama.  Everything outside the circle of media brilliance is momentarily in shadow, most especially Obama administration’s governance record.  They persist in a singular state of invisibility.  Scandals, domestic crises, foreign conflicts — none have been resolved.  It is just that the newspapers don’t talk about them any more.   Matthew Continetti of the National Review thinks that the normally raucous anti-war groups, even Obama himself, have fallen deliberately silent. The anniversary of the U.S. war against the Islamic…
  • That Old Time Religion

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Howard Fineman, writing in the Huffington Post described the Democratic Party he was hoping would be born.  He characterized the struggles within the party over its future direction in the following way: If Biden is to have a chance, he’ll have to somehow reach out to minority voters, who so far seem cool to or even estranged from Sanders and Clinton. He’d also have to somehow reach out to a new version of the party that is out there waiting to be born. It is a yet-to-be-defined mashup of Black Lives Matter; pro-immigration activism; non-European cultural consciousness; tolerance of all…
  • The Alinsky Man

    Richard Fernandez
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Watch Jorge Ramos of Univision getting tossed out of a Trump press conference by security after trying to pressure the Donald into answering him in the video below this post.  Instead of responding to Ramos, Trump lets security show him the door.  Afterward Trump allows that he has no problem letting Ramos back in, and the Washington Post reports the subsequent conversation between the two men. After Ramos was allowed back in, a showdown over immigration ensued. “Good to have you back,” said Trump to Ramos. The two talked about building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, about Trump’s…
  • Wanted: Rubes

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The headlines of the hour pertain to what journalists are calling The Great Fall of China.  Following the devaluation of the China’s currency, evidence of a slowdown and the flight of capital, global stock markets fell in what is now being called ‘Black Monday‘. The US Dow Jones index crashed more than 1000 points within minutes of opening before stabilising to trade around five per cent lower on Monday. It’s an unprecedented move for the Dow which has never lost more than 800 points in a single day. Stockmarkets in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain also plummeted…
  • Altered State

    Richard Fernandez
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:55 pm
    French officials have praised the coolness of off-duty US Marines who jumped a terrorist preparing to attack a passenger train.  Their actions prevented what might have been a massacre.  The incident brought to mind an email I received from a Marine officer in 2008, then recently returned from a stint commanding an infantry company in Anbar, expressing regret he not been in Mumbai at the time of the terror attacks (his civilian employment had set him to traveling) because he felt he might have “done something”. He devoted the next email paragraphs analyzing the movements of the…
 
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Exit the Wheel, Take the Escalator

    Paul
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    You know that swift glide-y feeling you get when you walk on an escalator. You’re moving faster than you normally would with the same effort. That’s the feeling we all want when we work. Instead, it often feels more like running in an exercise wheel. We spend lots of energy and break a sweat; we are working hard. However, when we exit the wheel at the end of the day, we find ourselves in the same place we started.   Many productivity tools help us manage what’s on our plate. I’ve looked through my books and have found a few techniques that – instead of…
  • Four Situations, Why You Would Need To Brainstorm

    Paul
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    While there are innumerable reasons for hosting a brainstorming session, the purpose for meeting can be summarized with four situations. They are the need to meet to: (1) Fix Something / Solve Problem,   (2) Grow Something,   (3) Think-Up Ideas / Fill Idea Pipeline, and   (4) Innovate / Create Something New (1) Fix Something / Solve Problem This is what is traditionally thought of as Creative Problem Solving (CPS). You’ve identified that you have some sort of problem (or ‘opportunity’ as some prefer to call it), and need to brainstorm some solutions. Perhaps…
  • “How to Solve Problems” 1947-style

    Paul
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    I recently discovered this 8th grade arithmetic book from 1947 on the bookshelves at my parents’ house. It’s got a great collection of images that match the mid-century art style of Idea Sandbox. In addition to the images, I found this piece on page 304 providing suggestions for students on problem solving. [click for larger view]  HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS Before you try to work any problem, read it carefully to be sure you understand it; then follow this plan: Find what the problem tells. Find what the problem asks for. Decide what process or processes should be used and in…
  • How To Think Big At Work (And Life)

    Paul
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    “Where success is concerned, people are not measured in feet and inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think, determines the size of our accomplishments.”   Great words of wisdom from David Schwartz and his book The Magic Of Thinking Big. Written 50 years ago, (even before the era that the American TV show Mad Men takes place), his words are as powerful now as I’m sure they were back then. A concept which supports “big thinking” is asset-based thinking. Asset-based thinking…
  • Thwart The “Idea Killers” with BINGO

    Paul
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    We’re all familiar with the game BINGO. Fill out the game card, get five in a row to win. Yell, “BINGO!” Nearly as many of us are familiar with business jargon-based BINGO cards. These cards feature overused phrases and jargon we leverage and maximize like low-hanging fruit. Online, you can find BS Bingo, Ad Agency Jargon Bingo, Social Media Jargon Buster, and many more… Sure these are fun to scan… it is amazing to realize how much jargon we really do use… they also can serve as a helpful tool. Killer Phrases One key reason new and potentially innovative…
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creative Renewal at Culterra Magica Under the Tuscan Sun

    Linda Naiman
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Creative Renewal at Culterra Magica Under the Tuscan Sun An unforgettable art holiday When I first saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, I was enchanted by the beauty of Tuscany and day-dreamed about how […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Awaken your senses to spark creativity

    Linda Naiman
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Awaken your senses to spark creativity A fun way to ignite your creative spark is to awaken your senses by listening to music and painting what you hear. I’ve created workshops based […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Handy Features of Google Classroom

    Wesley Fryer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:28 pm
    This week I taught my first workshop on Google Classroom to faculty at my new school, and we learned some exciting things together during the session. Having good answers to the question “how do my students turn in their digital work to me as a teacher” is SO important in schools today, and Google Classroom provides some powerful and simple options. If your school or district uses “Google Apps for Education” (GAFE – it’s totally free and without cost to sign up and use) and you’re an upper elementary, middle or high school teacher, or…
  • Changing Mindsets: STEM Is NOT Content Areas in Isolation

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    As this fall semester has started, I’ve heard several stories about STEM classes and STEM teachers in other schools that have troubled me deeply. Some paraphrased quotations from new, full-time STEM teachers, have included: I’m going to teach some math lessons, and then we are going to do some hands-on science experiments. Later in the semester we are going to do some technology projects. Another one was: I hope I can mainly teach my STEM classes this year in whole group settings. Statements like these almost break my heart, because they reveal fundamental misperceptions about…
  • Developing & Writing a Pitch for your Book

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    The past two years I have worked with several other local authors in Oklahoma City to organize a wonderful writing conference called, “Write Well, Sell Well Oklahoma City.” The first year it was a 1 day conference, the second year it was a day and a half. This year’s conference will be two days on October 23-24, 2015, at the newly opened Crossings Church Community Center in The Village. Registration is available via EventBrite. To give people a preview of the great workshops and breakout sessions which will be offered face-to-face at the conference, the Write Well, Sell…
  • Planning for Smart School Network Management

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
    As a new school technology director, I’ve been visiting with lots of folks lately about the ways school networks can be configured to manage network bandwidth for users, safely keep the network fairly open for content access by students and faculty/staff, and also provide for network accountability when administrators want to know “who did what” on the school network. Today I presented day 1 of iPad Media Camp for 40 teachers in Las Vegas, Nevada, who teach at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School (@faithlutheranlv). They are 1:1 with MacBook laptops at the high…
  • Book Recommendations from Stacy Nelson

    Wesley Fryer
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Today I had an opportunity to attend day 1 of a 2 day workshop on “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.” This is an outstanding book I first heard about thanks to Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) about 5 years ago and his helpful habit of blogging his notes for many books he reads. Our presenter, Dr. Stacy Nelson, shared numerous book recommendations throughout his engaging and interactive workshop. Here are linked tweets to the 13 books he recommended, plus one more by an author Stacy mentioned. I’ve also created a List.ly list of these books, with links…
 
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • money love. 5 steps to loving money and have it love you back

    lindsey
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Money Love Lately I’ve been talking to a lot of people about money. It’s a funny thing, this money thing. It gets us all worked up–no matter how much of it we have. And a lot of us are carrying shame around money. No matter how much of it we have. Money Shame We’re ashamed that we have more than other people. We’re ashamed that we have less than other people. We believe that the number in our bank account is a reflection of our value as a human being. We buy more than we can afford and spend more than we have, so that we feel better about who we are. Or, we hold…
  • Q+A: What if I Don’t Want What Everyone Else Does? [video]

    lindsey
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Today’s question is: What if I don’t want what everyone else wants? If you’re outside the box, leaning into a life beyond what everyone else wants, this one is for you. Watch for the part about what you’ll need to do to get what you really want. Receiving this straight to your inbox? Click here to watch the video. Q+A: What if I don’t want what everyone else wants? If reading’s more your jam, the written version is here Here’s the thing that might be unexpected. When I get this question or dive into inquiry around this with people it often leads to this…
  • How to Take Intuitive Action

    lindsey
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    In this post I’m sharing the two keys to intuitive action. There’s a magic, a mysticism, a way of living where the unexpectedly delightful happens. Where we exist in a state of flow, of ease. Of grace. And it happens when we take intuitive action. When we begin to test out the truth that there is a part of us that knows. A part of us that can see the way the thoughts in our mind attempt to solve things with straight-forward logic and linear thinking. That part giggles. That part laughs with joy and delight. That part says “Oh, you funny, lovely you–you are trying to…
  • how do I trust it will all work out?

    lindsey
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Today’s question is: How can I trust it will all work out? This is one I get a lot and one I just LOVE. Today I’m going to share with you the most important thing I learned about trusting and how you can implement it in your own life. You can watch the video here. If reading’s more your jam, the transcript is here Will it Work Out? If you’re like me and so many other people, at some point you begin to wonder if what you’re creating will work out, if what you’re dreaming of will come true. You might even wonder if you’re crazy to think that it will. More Than Manifesting…
  • how do you define success?

    lindsey
    27 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Is this You? Do you feel caught up in the busyness of life, without joy or fulfillment? Are you getting run-down and resentful? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. Many of my clients have been there. In my experience, busyness without joy or fulfillment and getting run-down and resentful is often a side effect of not slowing down enough to ask what success really means to us. What’s important? Why are we doing what we do? Does it matter? What does Success Mean to You? Coach Robert Holden asks some powerful questions about success. 1. What is success? 2. What is success in…
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    latest solar news

  • Woman completes solar-powered bike ride across US

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Last week 34-year-old Marissa Muller completed a solo, cross country bicycle ride in 80 days. Her custom bike was powered in part by solar energy, and the impetus for her trip was to show Americans the possibilities of solar power. NewsHour’s Saskia de Melker has the story.
  • PV Solar Panel Glass

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    The glass in a solar panel is designed to protect solar cells, but at the same time as the light efficiently and reached the solar cells efficiently without thinking. When we ask, “How does a solar panel”, tempered glass, which is the material used in the real panel must be part of our discussion. The reason is simple, is not easily broken and when it does not produce sharp pieces of glass that can cause harm to a person when it breaks. A tempered glass is as the glass material of the window of his car. Tempered glass panel also helps provide stiffness. If you have experienced the…
  • A Drone Found A Man With No Chill Sunbathing On Top Of A 200 Foot Wind Turbine

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    It’s summer and the beaches are packed – so this guy got some private sunbathing time sky high A drone pilot scoping out a giant wind turbine stumbled upon a man sunbathing on top of it. Woken from his nap by the noise of the drone, he sits up, gives a wave, and looks rather nonplussed as the drone moves in further for a good look.
  • India Opened The World’s First Solar Powered Airport

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The southern city of Kochi is now the proud home of the first airport in the world solar energy. On August 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) -India international largest in terms of passenger traffic to any ordered 12 megawatts (MW) of solar projects fourth airport. The airport already had a solar power plant of 1 MW, which can produce 4000 units of electricity per day. With its new solar power station, the airport can now produce 60,000 units of electricity per day, which is more than enough to meet their daily needs. “We initiated a pilot project in February 2013 as part…
  • How Does a Solar Panel Work

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    You should be aware that solar panels are classified into two types, these are; ground mounted installations of solar panels mounted on the roof and installing solar panels. Both are technically similar as they are designed to absorb solar energy. However, the only difference between them is their ability to provide comfort adjustment. Here, however, it is how all the solar panels work. Photovoltaic solar panels are covered with silicon crystals. When struck by sunlight, these crystals produce current that carries cable must be stored in batteries. The panels are usually held in an aluminum…
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    CHRIS STOTT

  • Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man – Wait But Why

    Chris
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    This is a fantastic series on the excellent Wait But Why blog. There amount of research and time that goes in to these posts is insane. Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man – Wait But Why.
  • 2015: Looking Forward

    Chris
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Looking Forward 2015 This is the second part of my 2-part end of year review process, you can read the first part (long!) here. A fundamental mistake that I made last year was not regularly reviewing the goals I’d identified at the beginning of the year and making sure that I was taking actions towards them. In fact, I didn’t even take any action in a couple of areas because I hadn’t laid any out. That is something that I really need to rectify in 2015. There are lots of ways of structuring the looking forward part of your reviews, and I very much want to keep it simple and not…
  • 2014: A Year in Review

    Chris
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    A few times I’ve written an end of year review, I did it last year and it’s something that I want to continue. Looking back at my looking forward post last year I see that I had very ambitious plans, which I’m sad to say none of which have come to fruition. I do have a tendency when doing my reviews to be a bit self deprecating, but the facts don’t lie and I’ve not hit any of the targets I set out for my self. I didn’t really execute effectively, or succeed on, any of my business goals. I didn’t build my SaaS. I didn’t publish one book, let alone two and I didn’t earn…
  • Quitting A PhD To Build Online Businesses

    Chris
    7 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    I love stories of people breaking away from an undesirable career to choose themselves and create their own businesses. I myself used to devour such stories and they played a huge part in giving me the push to go self employed. What follows then is John Accardi’s story of how he built two profitable businesses in a short space of time. I left a Georgetown University PhD and started 2 online businesses My name is John Accardi. I’m 25 years old and 6 months ago, I dropped out of the neuroscience PhD program at Georgetown University. Not only did Georgetown grant me a full scholarship,…
  • The Power Of Review

    Chris
    1 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The power of review I’ve been journaling on and off for several years. I find that when I take the time out to review things it helps me to improve quicker. I’m trying to incorporate more reviewing in to my life. Reviewing, and reflecting is an important part of self improvement. When I sit and write in my journal, or write these posts it gives me the chance to review what I’m doing, how I’m doing it and how Ito improve. Constant improvement is something that I strive for in my life. Sometimes life gets in the way and it can be months, weeks or even years before…
 
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    SA CREATIVES

  • MZANSI MAGIC NEW TV SERIES THE ROAD

    SA Creatives
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    New series The Road airs tonight on Mzansi Magic. Velocity Afrika and Black River FC shot the exciting trailer for the series. The Road By day we lived in black and white, by night we lived in full colour. Velocity Afrika and Black River FC take you back to Sophiatown 1955, in a thrilling new trailer for The Road, premiering on Mzansi Magic 31 August. Credits: AGENCY INFO Agency: Black River FC Executive Creative Director: Ahmed Tilly Agency Producer: Iolanthe Grobbler Agency Art Director: Larissa Elliot PRODUCTION INFO Production Company: Velocity Afrika Director: Mpho Twala Producer: Mei…
  • Momentum ‘Goodbye’ directed by Erik Van Wyk

    SA Creatives
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    Erik van Wyk delivers a cinematically striking commercial for Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock with his unmistakeable craftsmanship and wit, reflecting the forward-thinking nature and proficiency of Momentum as a brand.
  • Combined statement regarding accusations of irregular judging activity at the 2015 Loerie Awards

    SA Creatives
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) received a written complaint from a member agency’s Chief Creative Officer, which included an accusation of irregular judging activity at the 2015 Loerie Awards and a breach of the Loeries rules pertaining to the eligibility of entries from pan-African and Middle East agencies. In response to these serious allegations, the ACA and Creative Circle initiated an enquiry into the veracity of the claims. The enquiry’s mandate covered the actions of the Loeries CEO and the judges in carrying out their adjudication tasks as well as applying…
  • 21 ICONS SEASON THREE (THE FUTURE OF A NATION) FEATURES ATHI-PATRA RUGA

    SA Creatives
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Athi-Patra Ruga ? “Performance art is about looking for the mundane in everyday life, and augmenting it so that people can actually see the art in it.” On 6 September 2015 on SABC 3 at 19h27, the acclaimed short-film series 21 ICONS will feature the first icon of its third season: The National Arts Festival’s 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art, 31-year-old Athi-Patra Ruga. 21 ICONS traces South Africa’s history over the course of its three seasons, moving from the fight for freedom to the country’s growth during democracy, and concluding with a vision of the future.
  • The MediaShop partners with empowerment initiative

    SA Creatives
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:58 am
    The MediaShop has confirmed its involvement, for the next three years, in the Ciao Bella initiative, which aims to empower young women to better their lives and provide them with a foot into the media and advertising industry. “This amazing initiative was created by one of our own, our HR Manager for the Group Alarece Eaton, through Eaton Consulting Services,” says The MediaShop’s Group MD Chris Botha. “Empowering young women and giving them an opportunity to live their life to the full is one of Alarece’s and our passions. We’re pleased to have a part in improving these young…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Drumming and Brainwaves and Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    There are many personal reports and research studies on how meditation can help people be more creative. For example, In his post 5 Keys To Freeing Up Creativity From David Lynch, David Silverman comments that multitalented artist and movie director David Lynch has “talked about freeing up his subconscious to write screenplays using TM [Transcendental Meditation]. “He believes the process helps him catch ideas on a deeper level. He feels meditation expands his consciousness, giving him access to more and deeper information, which make hunting ideas more exciting.” In another…
  • Using Your Creative Voice

    Douglas Eby
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
      Do you express yourself creatively – or in other ways – as fully and authentically as you want? If you’re like most of us, the answer is No. For one thing, our inner dialogue can be less than helpful or encouraging. Author Pearl Cleage points out some of the ways our inner critic may dampen our creative voice: “I think one of the things that writers and creative artists generally have to deal with is the censors that we have in our heads, the voices that we have that say you better not tell that and don’t tell that, and people will think you’re not a…
  • Joss Stone – Artist and Empath

    Douglas Eby
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD is perhaps the leading expert on high sensitivity, or more technically, sensory processing sensitivity. She explains that the trait includes a higher level of empathy: “Highly sensitive individuals are those born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively. As a result, sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious…” Continued in my article Being Highly…
  • Cultivating Creativity and Healing in Our Shadow

    Douglas Eby
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    “Seeds find nourishment in the dark.” Author and teacher Mark Matousek writes about the challenges and rewards of solitude, and refers to May Sarton’s “fantastic book” Journal of a Solitude. He comments that she “reminds us that solitude may be indispensable but that doesn’t mean it’s easy,” and quotes from a poem of hers: “I can tell you that solitude/Is not all exaltation, inner space Where the soul breathes and work can be done Solitude exposes the nerve Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it.” Matousek…
  • Art Is Being In The World

    Douglas Eby
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it? How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what you do about being one. Artist Robert Irwin, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, in 1970 abandoned his studio practice. In a recent interview, he comments: “Philosophically, I had taken the whole thing apart and realized one day that I was doing certain things that were very simple — and I realized that’s not how we see the world. “We don’t see the world in a frame. And pretty much my understanding of the history of modern…
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Incredibly Talented Dog Trains & Rides Horses

    Jahangir Agha
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Border collie Hekan proves he’s no one-trick-pooch by helping his owner to train horses. The talented one-year-old’s name is a shortened form of ‘he can do anything’ and he lives up to this every day […]The post Incredibly Talented Dog Trains & Rides Horses appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Breakfast Mugshots: Creative Dad Turns His Kids Into Superheroes

    Jahangir Agha
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    Creative father Lance Curran turns his kids into morning superheroes, by holding a well-placed coffee mug over their faces. The resulting photos make it look like Captain America, or the Joker are sitting down for […]The post Breakfast Mugshots: Creative Dad Turns His Kids Into Superheroes appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Polar Bear Waves Hello

    Jahangir Agha
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    “It was a surreal experience to be in the presence of these magnificent creatures,” writes Laura Keene of photographing this seemingly approachable pair of bears in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Keene says they stood […]The post Polar Bear Waves Hello appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Kids Can Fall Asleep Anywhere

    Jahangir Agha
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Babies and children have the great ability to sleep any time any where. Previously featured how a super-talented mother like Queenie Liao turned her sleeping baby into magical works of art but our little ones […]The post Kids Can Fall Asleep Anywhere appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Lazy Monkey Riding A Macaw

    Jahangir Agha
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    A lazy monkey hitches a ride to the top of a tree – sitting on the back of a macaw. The squirrel monkey hopped onto the bird and wrapped his arms around its neck to […]The post Lazy Monkey Riding A Macaw appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
 
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    Farnam Street

  • Bias from Association: Why We Shoot the Messenger

    Shane Parrish
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    We automatically connect a stimulus (thing/person) with pain (fear) or pleasure (hope).  As pleasure seeking animals we seek out positive associations and attempt to remove negative ones. This happens easily when we experience the positive or negative consequences of a stimulus. The more vivid the event the easier it is to remember. Bias from Association Our life and memory revolve around associations. The smell of a good lunch makes our stomach growl, the songs we hear remind us about the special times that we have had and horror movies leave us with goosebumps. These natural, uncontrolled…
  • Mistakes and the Creative Process

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I came across this passage in Shaun McNiff’s Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go that speaks to the tension between fear of making mistakes and the necessity of them in the creative process. When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory,…
  • Thoreau’s Approach to Quelling the use of Profanity in the Classroom

    Shane Parrish
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Long before Walden, Henry David Thoreau was a school teacher with a disdain for the corporal punishment commonly thought necessary to gain a student’s attention and teach a lesson. Instead Thoreau turned toward creativity to get the point across. Consider this anecdote from The Adventures of Henry Thoreau, which details an equally effective approach. Henry’s quirks contributed to the unpredictability of school hours. He disliked profanity, for example, and devised memorable ways to quell its use among the older students. “Boys,” he would say in his half-serious, half-satirical…
  • Making Decisions in a Complex Adaptive System

    Shane Parrish
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    In Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Mauboussin does a good job adding to the work we’ve already done on complex adaptive systems: You can think of a complex adaptive system in three parts (see the image at the top of this post). First, there is a group of heterogeneous agents. These agents can be neurons in your brain, bees in a hive, investors in a market, or people in a city. Heterogeneity means each agent has different and evolving decision rules that both reflect the environment and attempt to anticipate change in it. Second, these agents interact with one…
  • Will and Ariel Durant: The Three Lessons of Biological History

    Shane Parrish
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Human history is a fragment of biological history. If we are to learn enduring lessons it is best to go back in time. Our view of the world is fairly shallow. We look backward but rarely to a time before we were born let alone the 5,000 years of recorded human history. Organic systems, on the other hand, are about 3.5 billions years in age and offer an even more statistically relevant dataset. So, if we are to look for lessons, the organic systems bucket seems like fertile ground. Lessons of Biological History Will and Ariel Durant, writing in the amazing Lessons of History, say “all…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • GRANDMA To The Rescue

    Sophia Stein
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Lily Tomlin and Writer/Director Paul Weitz, “GRANDMA.” Photo by Glen Wilson, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. I have been a fan of the honestly complex comedies from writer-director Paul Weitz ever since About a Boy, the feature film that he co-wrote and co-directed with brother Chris Weitz, back in 2002. The brothers scored an Academy-award nomination for that screenplay. Roger Ebert wrote of Hugh Grant’s performance in the film: “The Cary Grant department is understaffed and Hugh Grant shows here that he is more than a star, he is a resource.” With GRANDMA, Paul Weitz…
  • Public Television Distribution for Documentaries: A Roadmap Through the Maze

    Lisa Bowers
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The Public Television Maze You’ve produced a documentary that people tell you is perfect for public television. You want as many people as possible to watch the program or series that has kept you up at night, dwindled your bank account, and been a labor of love for you can’t remember how long. What do you do? Many distribution outlets exist, from ACORN/BBC to international distributors like Global Eagle Entertainment to commercial broadcasters. And don’t forget the new favorites in town – the Netflix’s, Hulu’s, and Vimeo’s of the online viewing world, which have opened up a…
  • Fund This: A National Encuentro for Language Justice

    Chiwan Choi
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Received this Indiegogo campaign request from one of my literary and social justice heroes, Jen Hofer, poet, educator, bookmaker, translator, and superhero. She and the equally amazing John Pluecker are part of Antena, a language justice and language experimentation collective. Please consider funding this incredible and much needed project, A National Encuentro for Language Justice. From its campaign page: We need your support! We are convening a historic Language Justice Gathering with people from around the US who are deeply involved in the intersection of social justice and cross-language…
  • Bridging the Divide: the Life of Mayor Tom Bradley

    Mike Sonksen
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Bridging the Divide is a new documentary film that tells the story of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. In conjunction with the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, the movie debuted at Cal State LA on August 10th to a full house of Angelenos, including many of the city’s political elite. The film masterfully showed the arc of Bradley’s life and how he transformed LA. The opening scene showed the flames of the Watts Riots. The tumultuous race relations of midcentury LA were what inspired Bradley to go into politics. He had been frustrated in the LAPD by the institutional racism…
  • Curator of ‘Harlem’ Exhibition Refutes NY Times

    Allon Schoener
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:44 pm
    I find some aspects of Holland Carter’s “Lessons Learned From a Disgraced Show,” appearing on page one,  August 20, 2015 of the New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Sectionhard to understand. The piece displays what seems to be a kind of personal animus. Moreover, the facts behind the show contradict his critique. As the person who created the idea of the Harlem On My Mind exhibition, sold it to Tom Hoving, then Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and who served as curator, lead exhibition designer and author of the book which was the exhibition catalog, I want to clarify…
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Look! My First Book! And it’s Yours for Free!

    Lucy Chen
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Look what’s happening! I’ve just published my first book today!  Fresh out of the oven.  Hot and sweet!  It’s available on Amazon as a paperback, or in digital for your Kindle. And you can get the PDF version for FREE! Click Here to Download It Now! In this Book, You’ll: get comfortable with loose brush strokes and get the creative juice flowing; share my personal story on the journey of recovery from depression through painting; learn to observe yourself through a mirror, be vulnerable, brave and connect with your inner self; learn to mix skin tones with a limited…
  • How to Draw More Often

    Lucy Chen
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    We know we should draw more often.  But how? The most effective way, I’ve found, is to simply keep a small sketchbook and a pen in our handbag.  So when we find ourselves sitting in a café, or watching the kids playing in the park, we simply take out our sketchbook and scribbling.  (Tip: It’s important to leave out our Kindle or book, unless you prefer to read than draw that day.) When at home, it’s fun to just pick up our sketchbook and draw ourselves. Want to See Inside My Sketchbook? I love making quick sketches in my daily sketchbook.  Most of these sketches take…
  • Want to Draw a Selfie in Oil Pastel?

    Lucy Chen
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    I wish I can oil paint all the time. But being a single mother with two little toddlers, there are days I’m a bit too pressed for time. I still need to practice on a daily basis.  I’ve used soft pastel in my life drawing classes, it’s great for both drawing and using color.  But I didn’t want the dust in my studio, which is also our family room.  So I picked up some oil pastel. Here’s a video of me experimenting with it.  It’s a new medium for me.  Hope you’ll still like it.
  • 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,…
 
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    Creativity Tech

  • Apocalypse Never? What the New York Times Failed to Say

    Gordon Platt
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    If you inhabit any corner of the creative world or entertainment industry, it’s likely you’ve come across reaction to The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t, a New York Times Magazine article dismissing the notion that creators have been negatively impacted by digital trends like piracy. The crux of the article is that although some creative revenue streams have dried up, others have taken their place and creators have as much, if not more opportunity in the post-millennium world as they did before everyone moved online. In the author’s eyes, the fact that artists are…
  • Dena Seidel on The Craft of Storytelling

    Gordon Platt
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Creativity can be channeled in many directions, expressed through many mediums. At the heart of it all, however, there’s always an emotion to communicate or a story to tell. Filmmaker Dena Seidel might, for that reason, prefer to be known as a visual artist. Her work is anchored in moving pictures, but her perspective is much broader than the silver screen alone. As she explained to the Copyright Alliance for its Creative Works series: “There isn’t a website out there that isn’t using video content. There isn’t an NGO that doesn’t need a narrative.”…
  • Ad Industry TAGs in New Board Members for a Boost Against Fraud

    Gordon Platt
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    TAG logo (PRNewsFoto/Trustworthy Accountability Group) We reported earlier this year on the creation of a new entity in the advertising world, the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), which aims to stamp out ad fraud online. That includes targeting piracy sites, malware distributors, ads with inappropriate content, and any other delivery issue that makes for a negative consumer experience. After navigating the early organizational challenges of structure and strategic direction, TAG now has 30 board members on board, representing the key sectors that its work aims to serve: brand…
  • SoundExchange at $3 Billion Proves the Model; Will Artists Now Get More?

    Gordon Platt
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Three billion reasons for musicians to celebrate this week, as digital royalties distributor SoundExchange confirmed it has paid out in excess of $3 billion since the not-for-profit organization was formed. Better yet, the vast majority of that amount has been collected and distributed in the past three years; a significant acceleration, given that SoundExchange came into existence way back in 2003. Okay, that’s not really that long ago, but in online years it’s a lifetime. An evolution of iPods (Photo credit: Wikipedia) To put things in perspective, consider that in 2003, CDs…
  • EFF Continues to Chase Its Tail Over TPP Copyright

    Gordon Platt
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Logo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) returns to one of its favorite exercises in futility this week, as it attempts to fuse the body of a wide-ranging international trade agreement to the aging head of a long-invalid copyright argument. Sadly for the unfortunately abbreviated organization, this is an argument that is far from alive. In fact, it’s dead on arrival. In its latest clarion call to the powers-that-be, the EFF – backed by literally “over a thousand” users, no less – makes the…
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  • Cubitec Customizable Shelving: Creativity on Sale!

    Donald Rattner
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    We don't run too many sales in our Creativity Store. In fact, we don't run any. But we thought this was an offer too good to pass up. One of the most enduring and popular customizable shelving systems ever designed is going on sale for a limited time. It's the award-winning modular Cubitec. With each module able to support up to 55 lbs (24.9 kg), Cubitec works equally well as a bookshelf, display piece or storage unit. Despite its strength and durability, Cubitec is lightweight and easily transportable, being made of 100% recyclable injection-molded polypropylene. Flexible and versatile,…
  • Creative Slumber: Why Sleep Matters

    Donald Rattner
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I've gotten into the habit lately of waking up with friends and collaborators. It's not what you think. These helpers are the good ideas that come to me in the middle of the night or—if I'm lucky—first thing in the morning. I've long believed there was value in the expression, "let's sleep on it." Now and again, I've woken up to an old idea that had been buried away in my unconscious. Sometimes I've awakened with a new perspective on a problem that was bugging me the day before. Or suddenly, I've been able to spit out a name that had recently been on the tip of my tongue. But now that…
  • Stickbulb: A Modular Lighting System for Creatives

    Donald Rattner
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Rux, a multidisciplinary design firm in New York, has unveiled new pieces in its Stickbulb line of modular contemporary lighting. The X Collection features a chandelier and side table constructed of sustainable wood and hardware made of polished or matte cast brass. The pieces are inlaid with strips of LEDs that range from one to six feet. Stickbulb gets its name from the brand's earlier designs, which essentially were wood strips with bulbs. The new pieces are more complex. The chandelier and table consist of octahedronal modules that can be laid out horizontally or stacked vertically. A…
  • Photographs of Playgrounds from Around the World

    Donald Rattner
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    “Children help us to mediate between the ideal and the real,” MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin wrote in her beautiful design history of childhood. Nowhere is this mediation more dynamic and vibrantly alive than in playgrounds — those singular spaces dedicated to the deliberate cross-pollination of physical reality and the imagination, which endure as a symbolic counterpoint to work and an idyllic antidote to the tyranny of work/life balance by which the adult world operates. These sacred spaces of childhood are what photographer James Mollison, who has previously explored where…
  • Modular Stacking Planters for the Indoor Gardener

    Donald Rattner
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:54 am
    Budapest-based designer Judit Zita Boros designed Plantus Planters, a stackable system of modular plant containers, with indoor urban gardeners in mind. Outdoor gardeners who like the idea of a mobile and flexible planter box that can be used individually or in multiples, and can come indoors for the offseason, will like them too. Portable Farms Modular vertical planter systems are great for people who want to grow food indoors, since you can swap out different crops depending on time of year and need. For those with access to outdoor space, Plantus can easily be carried outside for…
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  • No More Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Approach anxiety can cripple your success with women but if you are reading this, you are just about to learn how to beat and overcome approach anxiety. Let’s read what experts have to say. David Wygant On How He Overcame Approach Anxiety Man, I’ll approach anybody. I could care less. I mean, I flirted with Uma Thurman in Whole Foods. I picked Drew Barrymore up on the streets of Santa Monica. I’ve got no anxiety whatsoever because I don’t care what people think. They’re total strangers. This is what I tell people all the time: That’s a total stranger…
  • Cool Techniques For Guys To Overcome Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Once again, we will be asking top dating and pickup experts for advice on how guys can overcome approach anxiety. You are going to learn some of the coolest techniques that will help you beat approach anxiety. Bobby Rio Teaching How To Overcome Approach Anxiety Well, I’ve had a girlfriend for a couple of years, and I’ve actually avoided approaching because it always leads to me doing something bad or putting me in a position to do something bad. But yes, I don’t think anyone ever truly gets rid of approach anxiety. I mean, you manage it by doing it. And the first girl of…
  • Simple Techniques To Help You Overcome Approach Anxiety

    The Writer
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    In this article we will be learning some powerful and yet simple to use psychological techniques to help you overcome approach anxiety. Let’s read what masters have to say. Drew Canole I don’t get approach anxiety anymore. One of the biggest things that I did to get rid of it was to act like a complete jackass. If you go out and literally act like you are on the show Jackass, this is an extremely valuable exercise. I was recently in San Diego and there was this girl lying on a lawn and I went and lay down and I put my arm around her – a complete stranger. Then 10 minutes…
  • Let’s Discuss Approach Anxiety And How To Manage It

    Martin Chris
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In this post we will be asking several pickup pickup artists if they get approach anxiety and what do they do to manage it. Let’s get started. Vin DiCarlo Talks About His Method For Managing Approach Anxiety I don’t have approach anxiety anymore. It all has to do with a person’s mindset. If you have approach anxiety it means that on some level, you feel that approaching a woman is a bad thing. If you think of a woman as if she’s an opponent, yeah of course you’re going to get approach anxiety. In my weekend training seminar called “Breakthrough Confidence,”…
  • How To Go Out And Meet Women

    The Writer
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    In this article some of the best pickup artists will be sharing their personal tips and techniques to go out and meet women. Let’s get started. John Alanis On How To Go Out And Meet Women I’ve always said that the reason that you want to go out and meet women is to build equity in your life, not just for romance, but you’ll never know when some female friend who is attracted to you could bring you opportunity, or the woman commits in your life for it, so the first thing is to get clear on that. The second thing is to make it your business to be around women and hang out…
 
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  • 28 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm

    Ebony Barber
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Ahhh the beauty of Byron Bay. Pure Unlimited Thinking. Free of Charge. I fell deeply in love with the East Coast for so many reasons. I married the love of my life in this part of the world. It’s where I deeply resonate to the ebb and flow, the laid-back coastal mix of incense infused hammocks and whimsical waves.  It’s where my Aboriginal heritage and was born (yes, many find it hard to believe this blonde-haired teal eyed Australian girl is part Aboriginal with mixed European heritage – my Indigenous Aunty even wrote an award winning book on the nearby… Read More The post…
  • Good Habits that make you Brighter, Stronger, Calmer

    Ebony Barber
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Good Habits can sometimes challenge every core of your being. Starting something new can feel painful, especially if our mind has become used to an easier daily routine that takes less effort. But here's the problem - if it takes less effort, feels easy and doesn't challenge you than you are only giving a small portion of yourself to the world. The post Good Habits that make you Brighter, Stronger, Calmer appeared first on How to focus.
  • Stressed out by distractions? Pay attention where your mind wanders

    Ebony Barber
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Everyone wants more focus. Focus is the single biggest game-changer for living in the 21st Century. As humans, when we decided to shift our focus towards loving technology, we also unconsciously embraced distractions and began to sacrifice our ability to connect with others deeply. The post Stressed out by distractions? Pay attention where your mind wanders appeared first on How to focus.
  • Less is Always More. The Freedom of Seeking Less

    Ebony Barber
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
      Less is Limitless. Why less is always more. Living in a one bedroom unit has its advantages. I can’t collect stuff I don’t really need. It makes me think about what I own – everyday. There simply isn’t any space for things that don’t add true meaning to my life. Less clutter = more room to breathe, to create, to add value to my world, to appreciate what I love. I used to love shopping and buying 5 pairs of earrings, 2 pairs of shoes and a new top every week or two. My fashion philosophy was always –… Read More The post Less is Always More. The Freedom of Seeking Less…
  • Access true bliss, total acceptance and real focus

    Ebony Barber
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If we see ourselves, our souls, our lives as part of something bigger, together we can create more love, strengthen acceptance and live in our highest level of integrity – to each other and our planet. The post Access true bliss, total acceptance and real focus appeared first on How to focus.
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • 11 Days at Suan Mokkh Silent Meditation Retreat – Part 2

    G
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The second instalment in the four-part series on life at Suan Mokkh is a story of routines, insanity and me being an airhead. Read about my epic battle with a legion of ants in the first part. Our days started with a 15-minute morning reading. Those 15 minutes were all about waking up for me. Afterwards we did […]
  • 11 days at Suan Mokkh Silent Meditation Retreat – Part 1

    G
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve never taken time off from everything just to be, you might want to consider it. Taking time off from everything provides you with a mental clarity that can be difficult to get from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. “How do I do it”, you say? There are many ways. I took a ten-day […]
  • 10 Life-Enhancing Truths to Unleash Your Potential

    P
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Image Title & Credit: “Flying or Falling?” from garlandcannon Total read time: 16 minutes This is a list of 10 life-enhancing truths to help you become more of your innermost greater self. It includes tips on mindset, interpersonal relations and practical action. All that remains is for you to implement what resonates by acting on your […]
  • 6 Universal Principles to Set You Free

    G
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Universal principles can guide you in those moments where you have no clue where you should be headed. They are the lighthouses that guide your boat on the ocean of human experiences. Strive to find these universal principles and make them a part of you. I’ve decided to share 6 of the principles I’ve found […]
  • Follow Your Joy and Discover Your Purpose

    P
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    *12 minute read* Previously I have shared a way to create a safety net to keep you from getting into a downward spiral. With that as a foundation I now want to share a practical way of empowering yourself, to help you soar into ever higher frequency thoughts and states of being. Creating your dream life. […]
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    Modern Artifacts

  • Americans don’t care about soccer? Hmm …

    The REAL Urban Empire
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
         The notion that Americans don’t follow football also known as soccer is hilarious.  Our first league (USSA) started in 1919 to 1921 and paid a hefty price for each goal scored.  Guess how much?  35 cents per goal.  Actually, the history of soccer for us dated back long ago but officially we were in … Continue reading Americans don’t care about soccer? Hmm …
  • Cali life from an East Coast Perspective

    The REAL Urban Empire
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:57 pm
         Welcome to California, folks.  The biggest state in the USA and probably the most diversified location in the Northern Hemisphere.  The sun is always shining or at least most of the time.  The scenery is filled with graphical beauty and astonishing landscapes that even the one who doesn’t appreciate nature would find simply amazing.  … Continue reading Cali life from an East Coast Perspective
  • Your career might be over

    The REAL Urban Empire
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
          The ongoing saga between the Meek and Drake spitting out memes, bars, and lyrical assaults shows us that the battle rap game is still part of the game of hip hop.  Being from Philly myself and particularly from where Meek is raised up, life in those Philly streets taught us that this thing ain’t … Continue reading Your career might be over
 
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