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  • The Hand Through the Fence: Pablo Neruda on What a Childhood Encounter Taught Him About Writing and Why We Make Art

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.” Since our cave-dwelling days, the question of why we make art and why we enjoy it has haunted us as a perennial specter of the human experience. For Leo Tolstoy, it was about the transference of “emotional infectiousness”; for Jeanette Winterson, about “active surrender”; for Oscar Wilde, about cultivating a “temperament of receptivity.” That question is what beloved Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo…
  • 3rd Ward: Community, Collapse & Cost

    Cultural Weekly
    Robin Grearson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    A year ago this month, arts and maker-education center 3rd Ward permanently closed in Brooklyn and Philly, stranding some students in the middle of their classes, holding thousands of dollars’ worth of student fees “on account,” and without paying the final invoices of at least 53 freelance instructors. While a capital fundraising campaign was ongoing in late September, 3rd Ward founder and CEO Jason Goodman took his Montauk property out of his name and transferred it to his partner. It is understood that by this time, Jason Goodman was only a minority owner in the company, so when 3rd…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    Logic+Emotion
    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    Logic+Emotion
    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time in 4,000 Years of Mapping the Universe

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A visual catalog of our quintessential quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it. Long before Galileo pioneered the telescope, antagonizing the church and unleashing a “hummingbird effect” of innovation, humanity had been busy cataloging the heavens through millennia of imaginative speculative maps of the cosmos. We have always sought to make visible the invisible forces we long to understand, the mercy and miracle of existence, and nothing beckons to us with more intense allure than the majesty and mystery of the universe. Four millennia of that mesmerism-made-visible is…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time in 4,000 Years of Mapping the Universe

    Maria Popova
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A visual catalog of our quintessential quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it. Long before Galileo pioneered the telescope, antagonizing the church and unleashing a “hummingbird effect” of innovation, humanity had been busy cataloging the heavens through millennia of imaginative speculative maps of the cosmos. We have always sought to make visible the invisible forces we long to understand, the mercy and miracle of existence, and nothing beckons to us with more intense allure than the majesty and mystery of the universe. Four millennia of that mesmerism-made-visible is…
  • Butterflies and Iron Bolts: What Virginia Woolf Teaches Us About Great Design and the Value of the Ungoogleable

    Maria Popova
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Celebrating the significance of small things and the iron bolts that hold butterfly wings together. In 2002, a small and confounding book titled Schott’s Original Miscellany (public library) was released to very little fanfare by British independent press Bloomsbury, publishers of such diverse and beloved offerings as Harry Potter and Lost Cat. The author of this unusual book was a young man named Ben Schott, whose level of public prominence was closer to that of a stray feline than of J.K. Rowling. And yet, within weeks, the book — a quirky and beautifully designed catalog of…
  • William James on Choosing Purpose Over Profit and the Life-Changing Power of a Great Mentor

    Maria Popova
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “After all, the great problem of life seems to be how to keep body and soul together.” William James is celebrated as one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His publication of The Principles of Psychology in 1890 established him as the father of American psychology. His 1901 treatise The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, originally delivered at the prestigious Gifford Lectures, remains one of the most important theological works of all time and inspired Carl Sagan’s superb The Varieties of Scientific Experience. But if James were…
  • The Hand Through the Fence: Pablo Neruda on What a Childhood Encounter Taught Him About Writing and Why We Make Art

    Maria Popova
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.” Since our cave-dwelling days, the question of why we make art and why we enjoy it has haunted us as a perennial specter of the human experience. For Leo Tolstoy, it was about the transference of “emotional infectiousness”; for Jeanette Winterson, about “active surrender”; for Oscar Wilde, about cultivating a “temperament of receptivity.” That question is what beloved Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo…
  • Jazz Legend Bill Evans on the Creative Process, Self-Teaching, and Balancing Clarity with Spontaneity in Problem-Solving

    Maria Popova
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    “The person that succeeds in anything has the realistic viewpoint at the beginning and [knows] that the problem is large and that he has to take it a step at a time.” In a 1915 letter to his young son, Albert Einstein advised that the best way to learn anything is “when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” Many decades later, psychologists would give a name to this distinctive, exhilarating state of immersive, self-initiated learning and creative growth: flow. Again and again, artists, writers, scientists, and other…
 
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  • Innovation Requires Failure

    Hamza Khan
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Falling by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman famously said, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” Failure isn’t fatal, yet many creatives get caught up trying achieve perfection, often at the expense of innovation. The author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, Dorie Clark, urges us to stop believing that we have to be perfect: Innovation of any sort entails risk and trying new things — and that mandates failure.  A 100% success rate implies you’re not doing…
  • Andy Didorosi: What Detroit Taught Me about Getting Things Done

    behanceteam
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    About this presentation  Detroit’s plight has been making headlines for years, and to outside observers the situation can seem hopeless. But Andy Didorosi is one of Detroit’s many concerned citizens that have refused to wait for outside help. In this talk, Didorosi reveals how to take matters into your own hands despite government bureaucracy, lack of funds, and other obstacles—and why difficult situations are just opportunities for great and meaningful work.  He shares how he built his own bus company to augment crumbling public transportation infrastructure and why you need…
  • The Right Way to Ask for What You Want

    behanceteam
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Designed by Till Teenck for the Noun Project According to Creativity For Sale author Jason Surfrapp, “90% of people are afraid to ask for things.” True or not, he’s dead on about the fact that we don’t get what we don’t ask for — including the raise, the sale, or even the date. But simply asking for what we want isn’t enough. In a piece on Inc., Surfrapp suggests that asks be made with creativity, confidence, and effort: Creativity: When it comes to selling something online, your product or service most likely has competition. Someone else is already asking people to buy, so…
  • Kill The Dreaded Status Meeting

    Hamza Khan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Designed by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project We’ve all been to the notorious status meeting, where in a round-robin fashion everyone says what they’re working on. According to research by Atlassian, you’re highly likely to daydream during this meeting, do other work during this meeting or just miss it entirely. Author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli, suggests that in an effort to skip the status meeting and get right to work, that we kill the status meeting altogether, and only have meetings that support a decision that has already been made: If a decision maker…
  • The 5 Behaviors That Make You a Coworking Space Pro

    behanceteam
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The nature of the American workforce is rapidly changing, with more of us telecommuting or starting businesses out of our homes than ever before. It’s no surprise, then, that there’s been a recent surge in people taking up residency in coworking spaces. Still, coworking might be an unfamiliar concept for many, and may be intimidating if you’re used to the office life (or, even better, the work­ in ­your ­pjs ­all ­day ­at ­home life). But it’s fast become a true microcosm
 of a new way of working and, perhaps more importantly, living. Step into a coworking space and you’ll…
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    Creative Something

  • "By putting half-formed thoughts on the page, we externalize them and are able to evaluate them much..."

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    “By putting half-formed thoughts on the page, we externalize them and are able to evaluate them much more objectively. This is why writers often find that it’s only when they start writing that they figure out what they want to say.” - Clive Thompson in his book Smarter Than You Think. If you find yourself in a mental rut, free writing is a great way to get out of it.
  • "Creativity isn’t about making things, it’s about making things happen."

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    “Creativity isn’t about making things, it’s about making things happen.”
  • "American culture worships creativity, but mostly in the abstract. Most people really don’t..."

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    “American culture worships creativity, but mostly in the abstract. Most people really don’t like new ideas that sound entirely new…The trick is learning to frame new ideas as old ideas—to make your creativity seem, well, not quite so creative.” - Why experts reject creativity, and getting the balance of “too novel” versus “not creative” just right.
  • Collaboration as the go-to creative method

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    There appears to be a quick “trick” for invoking creative insights in our lives. It is simply: collaboration. Consider this notion in-full for a moment, particularly if you want to introduce more creativity into your life. Creativity in the fields of science, engineering, innovation, and even some artistic forms – such as writing and design – rely heavily on unique perspectives that converge and diverge in an almost melodic way. The reason is simple: it’s when we are able to alter our perception of the world that creative insights make themselves known. To be creative is,…
  • Embracing uncertainty in creative work

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

  • Children’s Art as Visual Narrative

    Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The refugee youth of Burma who have experienced displacement, violence, war, human trafficking, and other atrocities clearly show us how visual narratives tell a story when words cannot. Their creative work is also a call to mobilize peace building efforts in Burma and capitalizes on art expression as way to communicate hopes and dreams of reparation and renewal.read more
  • What not to Wear: 5 Most Racist Halloween Costumes This Year

    Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    After 25 years on a college campus, I have seen my share of what not to wear on Halloween.read more
  • Most Violent Inmate, Very Prolific Artist--Charles Bronson

    David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Considered one of the most violent and dangerous inmates of Great Britain, Charles Bronson is also quite the prolific artist. read more
  • A Forest of Design Ideas From Planetree

    Toby Israel, Ph.D.
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In this cyber-crazed world, is it a good thing for patients to have Internet access or should we be creating an 'Oasis by Design' that shields them from outside distraction?read more
  • The Tenth Level in the Evolution of Natural Entities

    Michael Hogan, Ph.D
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    The origin and evolution of life on earth has been described in terms of the emergence of accelerating, hierarchical orders of complexity (Pettersson, 1996). The story of life on earth and the relatively brief history of human biological and cultural evolution is a fastinating one, with profound implications for understanding all aspects of our lifespan development. read more
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check-In: October 27 – 31

    Leah
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/27/14 - 10/31/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • CED Check-In: October 20 – 26

    Leah
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/20/14 - 10/26/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • CED Check-In: October 13 – 19

    Leah
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/13/14 - 10/19/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • CED Check-In: October 6 -12

    Leah
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 10/6/4 - 10/12/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Art Every Day Month 2014!

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

  • Giveaway: Cathay Pacific First Class Sleep Suit

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! Happy Halloween! This weekend we’re giving away the perfect Halloween costume—a Cathay Pacific First Class Sleep Suit! And if you don’t receive it in time for trick-or-treating, you can still recover from the holiday by lounging in this sleepy uniform. What you need to know: This snoozy getup is offered in a men’s medium (it’s a fairly loose medium, and will fit both men and women in a variety of body shapes) This Superhero Sleep Suit is 100% Cotton Comes with matching slippers and eye mask (sorry, no superhero cape)…
  • The 16 Year Old Self’s Bucket List : Kristen Goldberg’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Kristen Goldberg took a leap of faith when she agreed to share the story of her life list with me for The Happiness of Pursuit. Until then, she’d never publicly shared her quest before. I’m glad she did, and I’m glad she’s letting me tell you a little more about it here. Tell us about yourself: When I was 16, I penned a “Bucket List” (this was long before the movie came out) of 42 things I wanted to accomplish in life. I am now a 37-year-old mother of two and a high school English teacher. I put the list aside…
  • Moving Your Family to Central America for 18 Months : On the Road with Annabel Candy

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself A popular travel blogger, Annabel Candy’s talents extend far beyond putting text to screen. When I heard about some of her adventures with her family, I wanted to share some of her tales of living abroad with three kids. Tell us about yourself.   I sometimes describe myself a slow nomad because I’ve lived and worked in eight different countries. When you speak with me you can tell I’m from the UK because I still have a British accent. However for the last few decades, I’ve lived in England, France, Laos, Zimbabwe,…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize Through Security — Apparently it’s very heavy, and also made of gold Is This the Greatest eBay Listing Ever? — A highly comprehensive video game collection for only $164,000 “No Words, No Breakfast” — How James wrote 1,000 words a day for a month Northern Lights in the Sky Above Norway — It turns out that Norway is a great vantage point to see the Aurora Borealis The Mass Mob — A religious…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Some Adventures Should Be Shared

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Some adventures should be shared. In studying quests, I heard from people who chose to pursue a big goal as a couple, a family, or just as a group of friends. These joint attempts had mixed results. In some cases, like John and Nancy Vogel, tackling a dream together was a great success. John and Nancy took their two sons on an epic 17,000 mile bicycle…
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  • gapingvoid’s “Do Something That Matters” show in Dallas, November 10th-14th

    Hugh MacLeod
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
      [Details & RSVP here.] Gapingvoid is excited to announce that we are having our first show ever in Texas! We will be making our debut in Dallas, with our “Do Something That Matters” show, November 10-14th at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. An exhibit of nearly 100 thematic works will be on display, Hugh & Jason will speak about their two great loves: art and business transformation. Gapingvoid is hosting two evening events in partnership with our friends at Speakeasyand you’re invited! You can RSVP here. If you would like to meet with the gapingvoid team but…
  • New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

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

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

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

    Hugh MacLeod
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here, or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here When gapingvoid was still in its infancy, I drew the gun cartoon above. Before gapingvoid, I had pretty much spent the first half of my career being an ad-industry grunt, and not a very good one a that. Though I received an incredible education from the experience, I was glad to leave that world behind, when the time came. I spent the next decade after that, fighting like hell to find a better alternative. I had a lot of ups and down, but once Jason and I started working together on gapingvoid, Boom! It…
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  • Freebie Friday #4! (Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion)

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You and Clear, Not Clever Titling.  (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion, which is a particularly helpful guide to keeping people interested in reading your sales pages all the way to the end. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are…
  • Seek Advice From People Who Aren’t Like You

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you start getting your feet wet in an industry – any industry – you tend to gravitate towards people who are a lot like you. This makes perfect sense. People who have attitudes, outlooks and approaches that feel like they’re a good fit for you are the easiest to relate to. If you’re in a learning space, then paying attention to “your kind of people” is likely to ease your learning curve in the beginning. After a while, though, you run a risk of becoming too insular for your own good. Soon you’re only taking marketing advice that come from within your…
  • How To Avoid Giving Away The Farm With Content Marketing

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (Have a topic you want us to cover? Head on over to the Request Line.) “Dear Naomi – I’m a coach, and I’m struggling with what to write about on my blog. I have a lot of ideas, and there’s a lot I can write about, but I’m worried about giving away the farm. If I tell people how to solve their problems or explain my system, why would they hire me? I’d just be giving them the same advice as I do on my blog! How do you balance good content with not working yourself out of a job?” This is a good question. Content marketing can sometimes be trickier than people tend to let on…
  • Freebie Friday #3! (Clear, Not Clever Titling)

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last two weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You.  This week’s release is Clear, Not Clever Titling, which will help you in your quest to name your products and services in a way that increases the chance people will pull their Visa cards out. (Yay!) For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch…
  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

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

    Richard Fernandez
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even though the Republican party is on track to take both the Senate and increase its hold the House, not many believe government will subsequently improve. Expectations for both parties are low. “Faith in the president, and in government, is slip-sliding away,” writes the Chicago Tribune.  Gallup, reviewing responses over nearly 2 decades, concludes that it’s been declining for some time. None of this is news.  Bureaucrats aren’t even bothering to pretend they’re faithful public servants. They’re more interested in shopping. NBC says that bureaucrats…
  • The Man I Used To Be

    Richard Fernandez
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    They’ve downsized the news.  A glance shows what used to be called the big news has dropped below the fold. It is easy to see why.  As Daniel Henninger wrote in the Wall Street Journal, big news is bad for the president. So up with the little news. The major ticket item are all poison. Want to know how to really scare a Democratic candidate for Congress on Halloween? Forget the Sarah Palin mask. Don’t say “Boo!” Just slip up behind them and whisper, “national security.” They’ll jump from here into next week’s election. In New Hampshire, North Carolina, Arkansas, Iowa and…
  • Pink Elephant Repellent

    Richard Fernandez
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    A highly regarded doctor of medicine sent me a link to an article in the Atlantic, The 21 Days, which was an extended interview between Dr. James Hamblin, MD, the magazine’s senior health editor and Steven Hatfill, who readers will recall was a defense contractor in the field of biological warfare who was falsely accused of engineering the anthrax attacks of 2001.  The note along with the link said: “in the absence of a vaccine or available therapy, how are how health care workers going to W. Africa from here helping beat Ebola there?” The gist of the Hatfill interview is…
  • Stand By For Launch

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Rockets have a lot of chemical energy stored in them. They are the nearest thing to a nuke. Antares at Wallops Island. Russian Proton-M launch Challenger Shortly before the launch, Shepard said to himself: “Don’t fuck up, Shepard …” According to Gene Kranz in his book, Failure Is Not an Option, “When reporters asked Shepard what he thought about as he sat atop the Redstone rocket, waiting for liftoff, he had replied, ‘The fact that every part of this ship was built by the lowest bidder.’” William Safire wrote a speech that Richard Nixon would…
  • Three Portraits

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    When Chou En Lai was asked what he thought of the French Revolution he allegedly replied “it’s too early to say”. However others are willing to make a judgment on history. Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An painted a fascinating panorama of 103 persons in 2006  they considered famous.  The selection reflects their point of view. It contains many more Chinese and Asian figures than might figure in an American choice. It is understandably a Sinocentric view of the world; where Hitler strikes an indifferent pose but it is Hideki Tojo who is singled out for…
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  • More Scoops of Business Growth Ideas on Tidbitts

    Paul
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    We are proud to be contributing to the new “direct to fan” platform, Tidbitts. They’ve pulled together a wide variety of expert contributors who provide a weekly bite-sized chunk of interesting content. Idea Sandbox is providing innovative business growth ideas exclusive to the Tidbitts site. Tidbitts Teaser Tidbitts uses a paid subscription model of 99¢ per month. Not expensive, and exclusive. You’ll find similar content on Tidbitts that you do on the Idea Sandbox site… All the content written for Tidbitts is exclusive to that site! Check it out! The article…
  • Creative Problem Solving To Be Innovative

    Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Whenever we have a challenge – a client problem, trying to generate a new idea, developing strategy – we rely on the key steps below to solve our problem, creatively. We use this creative problem solving process to create ideas that we hope become an innovation. Stay Informed -Stay Informed of your own business, of your customers, of your industry, of your competitors. Problem Recognition – Problem Recognition is critical. It is the ability to notice that change is about to take place. Problem Identification – Once you realize you’ve got a problem the next step is to…
  • Brand Differentiation with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating scrub using…
  • 12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

    Paul
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, we and our teams need to be a great host to Guests every day. Here is our guide to being a great host to Guests – from preparation and during to after your event. ♦ Planning ♦ Have A Plan You’ve got to prepare and…
  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
  • Brandshare: Is The Value Exchange Between Brands and Consumers a Myth?

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

  • Mastery Grid with Openly Licensed Icons

    Wesley Fryer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I created the following “Mastery Grid” to use with my students in our STEM classroom today, using openly licensed icons I found with iconfinder.com (here and here). This is also available as a downloadable PDF. As our district continues to implement the “Marzano Teacher Leader Evaluation” (TLE) framework for Oklahoma, based on “The Art and Science of Teaching,” this is an instructional tool all our district teachers are using in the classroom to help students master new knowledge and skills.    by  Wesley Fryer  I based my mastery grid off the…
  • Great STEM Conversations About Perimeter in MinecraftEDU

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Today was a great day in our grade 4-5 STEM classroom. Last year I used MinecraftEDU with my students for several different lessons, and I tried a “perimeter and area building challenge,” but this year I’m much more pleased with the quality of conversations I’m having with students about these geometric concepts in a simplified and modified version of that lesson I’m calling our “Geometry MinecraftEDU Challenge.” These photos of whiteboard math from today’s classes may look messy, but they represent some SUPER conversations with my students who…
  • Comments to the Oklahoma City Board of Education: Oct 20, 2014

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

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

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

  • spinning? 5 practices for getting back to your place of power

    lindsey
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you’re stuck in a spin, unable to access your personal power, don’t worry, there’s lots you can do. Try these 5 practices for getting back to your place of power. 1. Journal it out. Writing down your thoughts, especially the worry-based ones, can be a hilarious experience. A tiny moment can trigger a tidal wave of untruths. When we write down what’s going on in our mind as a result of one of those tiny moments, we see what we’re making something mean: “Because that one possibility didn’t work out, nothing is going to.” Or “Because that…
  • 21 day mindfulness challenge. you’re invited to The Power of Presence

    lindsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Power of Presence This 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge is about arriving in a state of powerful presence, a state where we move out of the sinking feeling of Quicksand and into the strength, calm and ability of the Power of Presence. Mindfulness can get us there. In any situation, at any time in your life, mindfulness can be the pathway and the practice to move you out of overwhelm and stress and into strength and peace. This 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge will introduce you to mindfulness, help you see where you are lacking it, and teach you the most powerful ways to bring it into your life,…
  • 5 grace-infused time management tips. how to get it done, with greater ease

    lindsey
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Time management isn’t something I usually write about. But lots of people have been asking me lately about how to navigate the many desires and requests of their day. How do I get it all done? How do I manage it all? The surprising thing is that time management has everything to do with divine timing. And you can access the infinite to help you get it all done and manage it all. Here’s 5 Grace Infused Time Management Tips 1. Practice surrender. 2. Invite in the universe for guidance. 3. And listen deep–to your intuition and body compass. 4. Intentionally let go of the part…
  • i met an owl in the woods {listening for miracles}

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

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

  • 21 Days of Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Advice To Learn About Using Solar Energy

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Your lack of knowledge on solar energy might be stopping you from installing a system. There are many things you need to know before you begin so that you’re able to get the full benefit of solar energy. Read the below article to expand your knowledge on the subject. Start small when you want to start using solar energy. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started. You can find these at many retail establishments. Just insert them into the ground, and you’re good to go. Avoid technology which relies on the sun’s scheduling. More…
  • Learn Everything You Need To Know About Solar Energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Saving the environment while reducing the amount you spend on energy are both important. As time passes, electricity costs will rise, meaning you should look into solar energy. This article will tell you more about solar power. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect and clean your panels on a regular basis. Taking care of your solar energy system yourself can save you some money; however, it may be well worthwhile to set up a maintenance schedule with your installer. It is important when installing your panels to remember that the position of the sun in the sky…
  • Advantages Of Using Solar Mirror To Produce Power

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Did you know that solar power is a renewable, clean and cheap source of energy? Once the mystique is removed from the idea of using solar mirror to produce power people will began to understand how it all works. This will lead to people seeing how using solar mirror to produce power can be looked at as a viable alternative source of energy. In fact in this choice of solar power the largest component is the sun. Scientist and those in the private sector are even now looking for ways to make using solar mirror to produce power in homes and businesses more economically feasible HOW DOES IT WORK?
  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Kyle Lewis directs Toya Delazy¹s Forbidden Fruit music video

    SA Creatives
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed Toya Delazy’s Forbidden Fruit music video, which has been hailed across the Twittersphere as “masterful,” “a work of art” and “daring…  in the context of anti-gay politics in Africa.” Forbidden Fruit is the first single off Delazy’s second album, Ascension, which was released on Tuesday by Sony Music Africa. In 2013, Delazy won South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album, and was also nominated in the Best International Act: Africa category at the BET Awards. Kyle won the SAMA for Best Music…
  • Searle Street Post creates time-lapse sequence for new Liberty ad

    SA Creatives
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    After a lifetime of giving his all, the father of Liberty founder Donald Gordon retired on a paycheck of just R28. So, because Donald knew, all too well, the pain of watching his own father unable to afford retirement, he introduced Liberty Umbrella Funds to this country – a way for businesses of any size to offer their employees the retirement they deserve. Following the success of the Liberty Shoes commercial, Searle Street Post was contracted to handle the post production on their latest ad, directed by Riverstone Films‘ Jeremy Holden for FoxP2. “To make the time-lapse sequence…
  • Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

    SA Creatives
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    This year marks Sasol New Signatures Art Competition’s 47th year. For the past 24 years Sasol has been the sole sponsor. It is one of oldest and the most prestigious art competitions in South Africa. The competition is national, with eight regional selection points throughout South Africa. In 2014 a total number of 565 entries were received and 110 entries were selected as finalists. The exhibition in Cape Town features the Western Cape Finalist’s only, including the works of two merit award winners, Lucienne Bestall and Lorienne Lotz. When founded the premise of this competition was to…
  • Emerging Creatives: 5 reasons to apply

    SA Creatives
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Five rising stars from the Emerging Creatives programme at Design Indaba Expo 2014 tell us what the exposure did for their careers #1 Showcase your designs “I decided to apply for the Emerging Creatives programme because I thought that this is the perfect platform for people to physically see my product before it actually goes onto the web or any sort of advert,” says Simone Biggs, designer of the EDU Chair. #2 Sell your work “The experience in terms of business at the Design Indaba has been great. On the first day I had a buyer from San Francisco come and she literally bought every…
  • The mathematics of success at Design Indaba Expo

    SA Creatives
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    You don’t have to be a maths genius to work out that being an Emerging Creative at Design Indaba Expo will multiply your success in the industry. It’s all about numbers: exhibit your creations together with over 500 other designers all under one roof and, over four days, your work will be seen by more than 800 buyers and upwards of 43 000 people. No other design platform or event offers that kind of scale. Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives programme picks the most talented young South African designers, artists, photographers and innovators just entering their profession to exhibit…
 
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    The Creative Mind

  • Fear and Courage and Creating

    Douglas Eby
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    “The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and psychologists note creative work requires courage or dealing with our fears. His quote is from the book Artist to Artist : Inspiration and Advice from Visual Artists Past & Present, edited by Clint Brown. Arianna Huffington notes fear can impact creative communities as well as individuals. She writes, “After all, it’s next to impossible…
  • Pushed to Excel – Part 2

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

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

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

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

  • Animal Paintings by Fabrizio Caforio

    Paul Viluda
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Fabrizio 'Fuz' Caforio is talented artist / painter born from Italian parentage in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specialises in wildlife portraiture of rare and endangered species, the 'Big Five', and in particular the big cats - which he has been painting up to life size with finesse and bite for more than 20 years. Below, you may check out several artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Spectacular Digital Art by Federico Musetti

    Paul Viluda
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Federico Musetti is a talented 32-year-old digital artist based in Parma, Italy. Below, you may scroll through several hot artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy the collection! Read More
  • Beautiful Digital Art by Saiprin

    Paul Viluda
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Collection of beautiful digital manga / anime illustrations by Russian hobby artist Svetlana aka Saiprin. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Digital Illustrations by ricochet188

    Paul Viluda
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Collection of creative digital illustrations by Turkey-based artist / illustrator ricochet188. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Concept Illustrations by Simon Eckert

    Paul Viluda
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Simon Eckert aka Scebiqu is a freelance illustrator based in Berlin, Germany. While not working on pinups, Simon keeps himself busy creating concept art for games like Smite, providing drawings for franchises like Paizo's Pathfinder as well as creating illustrations for countless trading card games. Let's take a look at several amazing artworks selected from his portfolio. Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Life is Like a Salad Bowl

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

    Michael
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    All of us need planned buffer zones or slack to avoid the domino-like consequences of over-planning. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar. You have an hour until you have to get to work. You woke up late, and now you need to get a shower, iron your clothes, double-check your project that is due today, and run by the drug store to pick up your prescription before the day starts. Of course, the water heater has been on the fritz, so your shower took a lot longer to warm up than you expected. Your clothes had a particularly resistant strain of wrinkle, and you’re missing the title page…
  • This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

    Michael
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    My daughter has Crohn’s disease. If you’re not familiar with that particular ailment (I wasn’t), then you should know that the disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can be a pretty severe disease, and it’s not something that just goes away. There are various methods of treating the disease, which I won’t dig into at the moment. The National Library of Medicine has a pretty good write-up about it if you want to know more. For my family, Crohn’s disease has meant a few things: My daughter Brenna (now 4 years old) has to deal with some…
  • The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

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

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

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

  • Stunning Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Toni Efer

    Jahangir Agha
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    These amazing ballpoint pen portraits drawn by Polish artist Toni Efer. His expertise are in motion graphics, performing arts and fine arts. Unfortunately not much info about his artwork is available so we don’t know […] The post Stunning Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Toni Efer appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Syrian Ambulance Driver Feeds Orphaned Cats

    Jahangir Agha
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Alaa, an ambulance driver, spends about $4 on meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s […] The post Syrian Ambulance Driver Feeds Orphaned Cats appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Halloween Lips Makeup by Eva Pernas

    Jahangir Agha
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    So you think a cool costume is not enough for your Halloween? you must check these creative Halloween-themed lip makeup ideas. These spooky but creative lip makeup art is created by Spanish makeup artist and […] The post Halloween Lips Makeup by Eva Pernas appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Creepy Yet Creative Halloween Cake Ideas For Spooky Night

    Jahangir Agha
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    As Halloween is getting closer its time to start planning for the spooky night to make it more fun and creepy. Alongside with costumes and pumpkin carvings, baking an unusual Halloween cake is also a […] The post Creepy Yet Creative Halloween Cake Ideas For Spooky Night appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Tiny Cricket Rests On The Crocodile’s Snout

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    A cricket perches on top of the snout of a crocodile at a crocodile farm in Jakarta, Indonesia. We also saw another brave frog sitting on the crocodile’s snout in Jakarta too. Looks like tiny […] The post Tiny Cricket Rests On The Crocodile’s Snout appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • The Ten Pillars of Cutthroat Zen

    Shane Parrish
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dan Harris turned to meditation after a panic attack on live TV in front of millions of people. In the back of his excellent book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, he writes a section that he wanted to call “The Ten Pillars of Cutthroat Zen” but ended up calling The Way of the Worrier. 1. Don’t Be a Jerk 2. (And/ But . . .) When Necessary, Hide the Zen 3. Meditate 4. The Price of Security Is Insecurity— Until It’s Not Useful 5. Equanimity Is Not the Enemy of…
  • What Is Time?

    Shane Parrish
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    St Augustine, the theologian and philosopher, famously posed the question ‘What is time?’ in The Confessions. After waxing on for a bit about what he can say about time he admits (that he’s in a) “sorry state, for I do not even know what I do not know!”. Augustine is not alone. Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide aims to help us understand the concept of time and its related puzzles “such as whether the past and future are real, whether time travel is possible, and the explanation of the direction of time.” Clocks In everyday life, we are probably most familiar…
  • John Steinbeck on Love

    Shane Parrish
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nobel laureate John Steinbeck is best known as the author of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men but we can pull from his letters a mix of insight and language that rivals that of Hunter S. Thompson. Steinbeck hated the telephone. Letter writing was a more natural way for him to communicate his thoughts with both the people he liked and the ones he hated on all manner of subjects. Found in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, the master pens this beautiful and passionate response to his eldest son Thom’s 1958 letter confessing his love for a girl named Susan. While Steinbeck urges…
  • How Sugar Affects The Brain

    Shane Parrish
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation. Still curious? Here are some additional resources to explore. Sugar Cravings: How sugar cravings sabotage your health, hormone balance & weight loss, by Dr. Nicole Avena and Dr. Sara Gottfried. Why We Get Fat: Gary…
  • What Matters Most

    Shane Parrish
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Holstee Manifesto sits above my fireplace. A reminder to live a life of purpose and meaning. This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over-analysing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Life is simple. Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • 3rd Ward: Community, Collapse & Cost

    Robin Grearson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    A year ago this month, arts and maker-education center 3rd Ward permanently closed in Brooklyn and Philly, stranding some students in the middle of their classes, holding thousands of dollars’ worth of student fees “on account,” and without paying the final invoices of at least 53 freelance instructors. While a capital fundraising campaign was ongoing in late September, 3rd Ward founder and CEO Jason Goodman took his Montauk property out of his name and transferred it to his partner. It is understood that by this time, Jason Goodman was only a minority owner in the company, so when 3rd…
  • Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    David Sheward
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time shouldn’t work. Its protagonist, Christopher Boone is a difficult young man to like. Incredibly brilliant at math and logic, yet suffering from a form of autism, the 15-year-old cannot comprehend human emotion and hates being touched. He screams and becomes violent whenever anyone does so. He’s also arrogant and selfish. Plus, the titular mystery—the canine of the title is killed and the falsely-accused Christopher sets out to find the culprit—is solved at the end of the first act. As if that weren’t enough, there are a lot of math…
  • America’s Duet of Music and Race

    Dennis McNally
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is an excerpt from ‘On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom,’ just published by Counterpoint Press. The great black migration had transformed Harlem from a small middle-class neighborhood with housing designed for sixty thousand into a city-within-a- city of three hundred thousand, mixing poor immigrants with the more prosperous residents of Sugar Hill and Strivers’ Row. Then came the rise of the glamorous and exotic nightlife of Harlem, the (segregated) Cotton Club, Connie’s Inn, and Small’s Paradise, where white celebrities like Dorothy…
  • A Dance, A Discord & A Tempest, All on Stage

    Sylvie Drake
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The classical rep of A Noise Within (ANW) has started its fall season with a healthy variety: a triple-header that includes Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (not seen by me) Shakespeare’s The Tempest (with Deborah Strang as a female Prospero) and August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death. Strindbeg puts in rare appearances on modern stages, probably because the extant translations of his plays are a bit musty and the plays, like the climate of his native Sweden, are angry and unforgiving. But the choice by ANW of The Dance of Death, in a more naturalistic and more recent…
  • Matthew Lippman: Two Poems

    Matthew Lippman
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Matthew Lippman is the author of three poetry collections, American Chew, winner of The Burnside Review Book Prize (Burnside Review Book Press, 2013), Monkey Bars (Typecast Publishing, 2010), and The New Year of Yellow, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize (Sarabande Books, 2007). He is the recipient of the 2014 Georgetown Review Magazine Prize and The Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review. Salami Jew I was a salami Jew when I lived in Brooklyn around the corner from The A and G Pork Store on Court. I’d slide in there with an Aranciata orange soda, order…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Bún Chà Nem Cua Bê, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Jess Carey
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hands down one of thecoolest dining and travel experiences of my life! My sister and I had this place recommended on a recent trip to Vietnam by a local woman we met. It took us a bit of time to find the street name, and the enormous amount of people out the front told us we were at the right place. We were guided into the building and up a few flights of stairs to a bit communal table. For only AUD$5.00, we each got a bottle of water each as well as a table full of all we could eat bun cha. Pickled vegetables, a veritable mountain of noodles, half a garden worth of fresh herbs, fresh spring…
  • How I live now (Kevin MacDonald)

    Eva Vera
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kevin MacDonald, director of the acclaimed The Last King of Scotland (2006), successfully adapts the novel for young adults How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, with which the British writer won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2004. The filmmaker, known for his documentary facet (Oscar winner for Best Short Documentary for One Day in September, 1999) is true to his style and offers a product that bears no resemblance to other teen movies adapted from novels like Twilight (2008) and The Hunger Games (2013). MacDonald’s interesting proposal is able to entertain all audiences. The…
  • Holy Hole

    Editorial Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This month our Flic Favorite is HOLY HOLEa combination of a studio, a gallery and a shop. In the Born suburb of Barcelona, they offer a completely unique ambience. Managed by two art directors: Monica and Mapi, they define it as “a studio with four legs” supported by four pillars: (1) the communication design studio; (2) a really undergroundclothes and accessory shop (the star product is H.A.M. costume jewelry); (3) workshops of gore make up, tintype and serigraph photography; (4) a gallery, operating under the slogan every idea is welcome, which offers exhibitions, acoustic…
  • Ana Mari

    Editorial Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The project below, brought to us by Estibaliz Capilla is, without a doubt, one of her most personal projects. It’s about her grandmother, who was a like second mother to her. Approximately seven years ago she became ill and had to spend long periods in hospital rooms. “It was one of the most difficult times of my life and the only way I found to relate to her in that moment was through my camera. It was the perfect excuse to see her without feeling uncomfortable.” After long agony, on the 11th of April 2014, her grandmother died. Again, Estíbaliz decided to be at her side with…
  • NACE, the new online creative network

    Pedro Gomez
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’re a designer, publisher, artist, photographer, illustrator or musician: Read this! In Flic Magazine we have stumbled on an interesting project, a creative online network called Nace. It is an innovative alternative in which it is possible to make money creating ideas for brands and international artists. Nace is established as a link between the best brands and the best creative people, wherever they are… Nace works through a system of Open Talent, which enables all those registered on the platform to submit a proposal of work for a real client. It means a new kind of work…
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    i heart creation

  • Optical illusion with gestalt effect

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why the Ghosts of Google Haunt Its Anti-Piracy Efforts

    Gordon Platt
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Just as sighs of relief roll around with Google, finally seeming to penalize major piracy sites in its unpaid search listings, another copyright infringement issue in the same sphere rears its ugly head for the world’s leading search engine. In a  seasonally appropriate revelation, it appears that even after the (largely ineffective) DMCA takedown process has been seen out, infringing links can still be brought back from the dead. As Torrent Freak reveals, thanks to a mixture of cached web pages and Google’s own provision of…
  • Will Apple Pay Propel Wearable Tech?

    Gordon Platt
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    When we wrote about the arrival of wearable technology this time last year, it was with some expectation that the market would move forward more quickly in the following twelve months. With mainstream manufacturers jumping into the product category at that time and the media seemingly obsessed with the phenomenon, it seemed likely that brands would One year on very little has changed in the marketplace itself. Even so, there’s reason to believe that things will finally start to shift as 2015 arrives. That’s thanks to Apple’s arrival in the category with Apple Watch and its…
  • Bipartisan Legislation Aims for Copyright Equality

    Gordon Platt
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    When it comes to copyright, as we’ve explained before, the law rarely moves quickly. That being said, a bipartisan proposal aiming to amend the Copyright Act to allow for same-sex marriages could soon be the exception that proves the rule. Rainbow flag. Symbol of gay pride. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Copyright and Marriage Equality Act marries – no pun intended – two seemingly disparate causes, though its roots are at the core of everything copyright advocates value: fair compensation for the intellectual property of creators and those closest to them. Introduced by…
  • Spotify Outreach Angers Artists, Even As Analysts Back It Up

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

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

  • 03 – How To Blast Through Challenges to Grow Your Creative Business with Jon Morrow [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary We all have difficulties in our efforts to build a successful business. It may simply(!) be a lack of confidence or it could be a physical or psychological condition that makes success an uphill battle. But what if you could only move your face? Can you be an entrepreneur under those circumstances? Jon Morrow has spinal muscular atrophy and statistically should not have…
  • 02 – How Photographer David Molnar Grew His List By 12K in 3 Months (with Tips for You) [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary Don’t miss this interview with photographer David Molnar who grew his opt-in email list by 12,000 subscribers in three months. No matter what field you’re in, the lessons David outlines are applicable and can help you grow your list of followers – and clients – too. Links David’s book, iPhone Only Photography Show Highlights 1:32 Reasons to launch a blog…
  • 01 – Welcome to the Make Creativity Pay Podcast

    Leanne Regalla
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Find the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes and leave a review to let me know what you think!   Subscribe on Stitcher   Subscribe on iTunes   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows.   Show Summary In this first, short episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, you’ll hear why I’m so passionate about helping you to make good money from your writing, music, photography, art, or whatever craft you’re obsessed with. You’ll learn about upcoming interviews with experts who have been where you are now and who want to help…
  • 30 Warning Signs That Spell Failure for Your Creative Business

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

    Leanne Regalla
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    You’re trying to grow your email list. You wish it was easier and more straightforward. You know that having that having a solid, engaged list of fans is essential for writers, performers, crafters, and creatives of all kinds. You’ve seen how excited, loyal fans will pull out their wallets and buy from you, and that the effort you invest in building your list opens doors to greater opportunities. So you put out the signup sheet at your shows, display the business card fishbowl in your studio waiting room, and add the “sign up for my newsletter” box in your website sidebar. But…
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    Creativity 101

  • Prankvertising Halloween Viral Videos for Inspiration

    shelli
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Maintaining creativity requires input of ingredients. You get out what you put in. A selection of material ranging from reading a diverse section of books, magazines and blogs; cultural stimulation from galleries, cinema and video; and keeping abreast of what others in the industry are producing is minimum requirement. Prankvertising is a relatively new viral genre for YouTube. Set-up a practical joke situation, film, edit and post. Big brands are investing heavily in ever more sophisticated viral videos to expand their reach. I love practical jokes. I am the girl who turns off the light when…
  • 2 Brands Using Pinterest Creatively (the right way)

    shelli
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Being a creative type I have always been a visual hoarder. I would collect ideas, images, illustrations, ads, magazines, photos, leaflets, flyers. In fact anything that had a visual appeal to me would end up in one of my huge scrapbooks as a reference for when I wanted inspiration on a creative project. This led me to perfect the cough-and-rip technique for removing pages from magazines in public places such as libraries, waiting rooms and hairdressers. If I saw something that sparked an idea to me there was no way I was leaving without it or my creativity could potentially suffer a lifetime.
  • In-Depth Guide To Creating Personas & Why They Help Produce Better Content

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

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

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