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  • Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Free?

    The Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been thinking about this question recently (thanks, Danielle). There’s a lot of freedom in giving up on a matter of principle, so you can move on with your life. When at an impasse in a difficult situation, the freedom comes in saying “OK, whatever. Have it your way, but let’s stop the silliness.” Letting go is tough, though… because you’re right. And you want everyone to acknowledge it! But there’s a price to pay for being right and receiving the acknowledgment. “Life is too short for this” is a great mantra for conflict management. Do you need to be right all…
  • How Must-Do Thinking Can Hold Us Back

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Designed by Silly Lili for the Noun Project We can’t always do what we want. But for our businesses, we should build, start, and create things that we’re truly passionate about. We tend to be more successful when we’re working on projects that electrify us. When it comes to growing our businesses, we may want to step back into the shoes of our young selves when we approach our work, suggests John Petersen, CEO of Firehawk Creative. In an article for We Work magazine, he writes:  Kids do what they want to do. If you force them to do something, they put in as little effort as possible to…
  • How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    A celebration of makers and hackers from half a century before they were called makers and hackers. Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more than ever, it seems — have a profound civilizational anxiety about being alone. And the seed for it is increasingly planted in childhood — in an age when play is increasingly equated with screens and interfaces, being alone with a…
  • Skip Monday Blues with Sort-Your-Life-Out Sundays

    Hamza Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Watch by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project When asked in an interview about how he structures his work week, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter and Square) said: “Sunday is [for] reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend,” observed that weekends, especially Sundays, are crucial when it comes to getting clear and prepared for the coming week. She’s dubbed the process of recalibrating yourself on the sabbath as “Sort-Your-Life-Out-Sunday.” [On Sunday,] do something…
  • "Creativity isn’t about making things, it’s about making things happen."

    Creative Something
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    “Creativity isn’t about making things, it’s about making things happen.”
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    Brain Pickings

  • How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

    Maria Popova
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    A celebration of makers and hackers from half a century before they were called makers and hackers. Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more than ever, it seems — have a profound civilizational anxiety about being alone. And the seed for it is increasingly planted in childhood — in an age when play is increasingly equated with screens and interfaces, being alone with a…
  • Mark Twain on Slavery, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

    Maria Popova
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “She never used large words, but she had a natural gift for making small ones do effective work.” Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is celebrated as America’s greatest humorist — from his irreverent advice to little girls to his snarky stance on creativity to his masterwork on masturbation. But underpinning his winsome wit was piercing insight into the human spirit and all its perplexities. From The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 (public library) — which also gave us Twain on how morality and intelligence hinder each other — comes…
  • What Is Philosophy For? A Beautiful Animated Manifesto for Undoing Our Unwisdom, Cultivating Our Character, and Gaining Perspective

    Maria Popova
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “The points at which our unwisdom bites and messes up our lives are multiple and urgently need attention, right now.” “Philosophy’s main task is to respond to the soul’s cry,” Sharon Lebell wrote in her classical manual for the art of living. But what types of consolation does philosophy offer the soul, in more practical terms? Like science, it offers an essential tool of critical thinking, or what Carl Sagan memorably termed “baloney detection”; like art, it challenges us to challenge the status quo and it says to us, in the elegant words of Jeanette…
  • Once Upon an Alphabet: Oliver Jeffers’s Imaginative Illustrated Stories for the Letters

    Maria Popova
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A warm and wonderful celebration of the paradoxes and perplexities that make us human. In the 1990s, three decades after the debut of his now-iconic grim alphabet book, the great Edward Gorey reimagined the letters in a series of 26-word cryptic stories. Now comes a worthy modern counterpart by one of the most original and imaginative children’s book storytellers and artists of our time: Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters (public library) by Oliver Jeffers — an unusual and utterly wonderful tour of the familiar letters that takes a whimsical detour via…
  • A Wave in the Mind: Virginia Woolf on Writing and Consciousness

    Maria Popova
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it.” “A crisp sentence, an arresting metaphor, a witty aside, an elegant turn of phrase,” Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker wrote in his wonderful modern guide to style, “are among life’s greatest pleasures.” A century and a half earlier, Schopenhauer proclaimed that “style is the physiognomy of the mind.” Undoubtedly one of humanity’s most beautiful minds and greatest masters of elegant, pleasurable language is Virginia Woolf — a mastery that…
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  • Skip Monday Blues with Sort-Your-Life-Out Sundays

    Hamza Khan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Watch by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project When asked in an interview about how he structures his work week, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter and Square) said: “Sunday is [for] reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend,” observed that weekends, especially Sundays, are crucial when it comes to getting clear and prepared for the coming week. She’s dubbed the process of recalibrating yourself on the sabbath as “Sort-Your-Life-Out-Sunday.” [On Sunday,] do something…
  • How Designers Get a Seat at the CEO Table

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Christopher Simmons’ voice can be heard loud and clear throughout the global world of design. As a leading advocate for the role of design in society and the belief that designers have a place in influencing change, he has helped shape the way many people view the both design thinking and the design craft today. As a proponent for design Christopher is well known for his role in founding San Francisco Design Week. Simmons’ own life and career can be characterized by a desire to spread this ethos to others. As the author of four books, creator of San Francisco Design Week, AIGA national…
  • Giveaway! Win an Advance Copy of 99U’s New Book: “Make Your Mark”

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Due out in less than a month, Make Your Mark is the third installment in the 99U book series—and the first to tackle the subject of leading a creative business. These days an MFA is as likely to be leading a business as an MBA. More designers, artists, journalists, and creatives of all kinds are stepping up to the plate and anointing themselves entrepreneurs. The thing is: Creatives don’t work like everyone else. We’re restless and innovative and neurotic and full of ideas and energy. And we want to make stuff. But how does that “maker mentality” sync up with leading…
  • How Must-Do Thinking Can Hold Us Back

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Designed by Silly Lili for the Noun Project We can’t always do what we want. But for our businesses, we should build, start, and create things that we’re truly passionate about. We tend to be more successful when we’re working on projects that electrify us. When it comes to growing our businesses, we may want to step back into the shoes of our young selves when we approach our work, suggests John Petersen, CEO of Firehawk Creative. In an article for We Work magazine, he writes:  Kids do what they want to do. If you force them to do something, they put in as little effort as possible to…
  • Yves Behar: Trade Briefs for Relationships

    Stephanie Kaptein
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Briefly from Bassett & Partners on Vimeo. Yves Behar, CEO of Fuseproject, doesn’t believe in design briefs. In the film Briefly, he explains that far more can be learned through client relationships: I don’t believe in briefs; I believe in relationships. The difference between a brief and a relationship is a brief can be anonymous. And I’ve tended over the last fifteen to twenty years to really work with people who give you a really deep sense of where it is they want to go, what it is that they are dreaming about. And that, in turn, has informed us on the projects more than…
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    Creative Something

  • "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…
  • “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple...

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true.” Jonathan Harris The only way to become is to do, and the best way to do is to do what you can, with what you have now. Start.
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  • ENVY: Bane of Existence or Gift of Nature?

    Frank J. Ninivaggi, M.D., F.A.P.A.
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    The possibility of the healthy maturation of envy, a novel construct in envy theory, affords those dedicated to resolute self-change the possibility of its healthy transformation. This is a potential gift. The experience of “raw envy,” in this way, morphs into more conscious and complex attitudes that include health-promoting admiration and more
  • Successful Artists Do It--Can You?

    Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The steps anyone else took to becoming a successful creative person, possibly earning a living doing what he or she loves, isn’t going to be your personal recipe. But every little bit of information helps. These books have useful suggestions. read more
  • Using Media to Monitor, Measure & Mentor Children

    Bernard Luskin, Ed.D., LMFT
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    This week, I interviewed Bonnie Baruch, Director of the Moorpark College Child Development Center (CDC) in California and visited her Child Care Center. It is a showplace, using media in student learning among its many unique approaches. The program recently integrated new technology into its assessment strategy to help teach children;... a strategy worth knowing more
  • Does Brainstorming Constrain Creativity?

    E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D.
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Effective brainstorming is initially a solo activity that requires reflection, contemplation and the comfort to take risks. It’s not really compatible with group activities and also completely incompatible with modern “crowd sourcing” ideas around intellectual pursuits. Insight isn’t a more
  • Bricks for Nik

    Maureen Seaberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Alternating currents: history is finally catching up on brilliant synesthete inventor Nikola more
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check-In: October 20 – 26

    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

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

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

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

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

  • Robert Genn’s Last Year to Live

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    They considered how to spend the time they had left together. There were thoughts of trips to Hawaii or the Galapagos, but Genn wanted to end his life as he had lived it: in his studio, making art, with his family close by. James fashioned a reclining chair so his father could continue to paint, lying down, as his illness took a physical toll. “He made it is his mission to go as long and as far as he could with a paintbrush in his hand, and he was painting small canvases right up until the last few weeks,” James said. “There’s a thing in the culture that says, if you’re given a year…
  • Top 5 Credit Card Signup Bonuses for Miles & Points: October

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every year I earn well over one million Frequent Flyer miles and points. About 250,000 of them come through actual travel, and the rest come through travel hacking: the art of seeing the world on a budget. One of the easiest ways to earn a lot of miles all at once is through credit card signup bonuses. This post contains the best current card offers as of Friday, October 24. If getting every card from this post, you’d earn 165,000 points or miles and $250 in cash. Happy travels! In this edition: Chase Sapphire Preferred SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express U.S. Airways…
  • Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Free?

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been thinking about this question recently (thanks, Danielle). There’s a lot of freedom in giving up on a matter of principle, so you can move on with your life. When at an impasse in a difficult situation, the freedom comes in saying “OK, whatever. Have it your way, but let’s stop the silliness.” Letting go is tough, though… because you’re right. And you want everyone to acknowledge it! But there’s a price to pay for being right and receiving the acknowledgment. “Life is too short for this” is a great mantra for conflict management. Do you need to be right all…
  • 100 Books in 100 Months: Eugene Yiga’s Literary Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Eugene Yiga fell in love with the written word – and took that love to quest-level when he decided to read the 100 Greatest Books of All Time, in the 100 months leading up to his 30th birthday. Here’s his story. Tell us about yourself: I’m regularly told I sound British or American, but I was born in South Africa and have lived in this amazing country all my life. Even though I studied finance, accounting, and classical piano at the University of Cape Town, I now work as a writer, consultant, and coach with almost two…
  • The Abandoned Airport in Congo that Became a Playground

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I spend a lot of time in nice airports—and plenty of not-so-nice ones, too. But seeing these photos from war photographer Michael Christopher Brown made me reflect on my days as an aid worker in West Africa. While flying around the region, I saw plenty of abandoned planes on derelict runways. The airlines changed names and ownership in shady deals every couple of years. Flights would be canceled with no explanation, and sometimes the entire airport would be closed off, thwarting the plans of hundreds of travelers. But the situation in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, takes things…
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  • New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nameless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 21 day mindfulness challenge. you’re invited to The Power of Presence

    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

    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}

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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    SA Creatives
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Turkish brothers Suleyman and Ali Yagci present the launch of their shoe and fashion showroom CALVANO in South Africa. Started by dad Ramazan Yagci in 1980, founder and owner, CALVANO is run by passion and love. Based in Izmir, Turkey, CALVANO leads the Turkish market, with the finest calf leather been used on all their products. Premium leather is used for the uppers and the inside of shoes for maximum foot comfort and the soles are made from either leather, rubber or neolid material. Not only do they manufacturer their own shoes but also manufacturer their clients own designs under their…
  • Egg Films launches Arcade – come play

    SA Creatives
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Arcade Content is a new division of Egg Films that produces content that falls outside the realm of traditional TV commercials. This includes brand films, web series, music videos and more. “We are breaking the mould of commercial filmmaking with a more minimal, guerrilla style of shooting but with all the backup of an established production company,” says director Lebogang Rasethaba, a founding partner in Arcade with managing director Colin Howard and producer Will Nicholson. Future Sound of Mzansi, Lebogang’s music documentary with Ntatho Mokgata (Spoek Mathambo), is currently…
  • Street culture Creative Hustle pops up in Cape Town

    SA Creatives
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Next month Live SA and British Council Connect ZA will host the next instalment of their popular Creative Hustle event series in Cape Town in partnership with lifestyle concept store, Boaston Society, and creative collective, Jam that Session. The hustle will take over Boaston Society’s space in Long Street in Cape Town on Thursday 27 November and features a panel discussion with young people and brands who are making waves in music and fashion street culture. Panel Boaston Society founder Elisha Mpofu @boastonsociety Jam That Session co-founder Obie Mavuso @JamThat_Sesh Head Honcho…
  • Leigh Ogilvie’s new A1 Commercial

    SA Creatives
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A1 ‘Netzunterschied’ Highly skilled athletes and a hit from Alt-J give a contemporary edge to this A1 commercial, directed by Velocity’s Leigh Ogilvie. Together with Nitsche Vienna, Leigh distinctly captures the spirit and ethos of Austria’s number one network. Shot in slow-motion, the camera follows the focus and energy of a group of young professional gymnasts in training. Coupled with Alt-J’s catchy soundtrack, each scene is an analogy that simply but poetically illustrates the state-of-the art quality and connectivity provided by A1.  
  • Political Satire Taken to The Next Level

    SA Creatives
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Set in an all-too-familiar political atmosphere, Secret Ballot’s narrative follows the rallies of the first week after South Africa’s elections earlier this year. ‘The Brotherhood’, once the hope of the nation’s oppressed black majority, has degenerated into a fractured organization that has placed personal affluence over the needs of a nation struggling on many fronts, including economically and through social identity. Described as a protest and political satire piece, the play has a good dose of the absurd humour that that often plays itself out in real-life Mzansi politics.
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    The Creative Mind

  • Pushed to Excel – Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul Viluda
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Leandro Franci is a freelance graphic artist, and motion designer currently living in Brazil. Below, you may scroll through several amazing digital portraits selected from his portfolio. For more, make sure to follow the link at the very bottom. Enjoy! Read More
  • Creative Illustrations by Robert Carter

    Paul Viluda
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Robert Carter is a multiple award-winning full time professional freelance illustrator from Canada. Combining a strong foundation in portraiture with a unique sense of visual and conceptual problem-solving Robert creates striking, vibrant, and textured illustrations and portraits with subjects ranging from the realistic to the surreal. With a background in traditional oil painting Robert applied those skills to the digital realm and taught himself the digital painting medium, which is now his preferred method of working for it’s speed and flexibility. Read More
  • Hot Digital Illustrations by Asahiro

    Paul Viluda
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Asahiro aka Azammii is a young 22-year-old female digital artist / illustrator based in Japan. Her artworks are simply amazing ... make sure to scroll through our picks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Digital Illustrations by Leos “Okita” Ng

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

  • This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

    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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Cool & Creative Bed Cover Designs For Your Inspiration

    Jahangir Agha
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    We spend, on average, about a third of our lives asleep (and hopefully most of that time is spent in a bed), so the bed you sleep in (and the covers you sleep under) are […] The post Cool & Creative Bed Cover Designs For Your Inspiration appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Zombie Buffet For Halloween Party

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    Reddit user SabinatheBrain posted this creepy zombie buffet. It would help immensely if they had a ‘Meatloaf’ head. I think if they put this human heart-shaped cake it will look great there. More Stuff For […] The post Zombie Buffet For Halloween Party appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Intricate Leaf Cutting Art By Omid Asadi

    Jahangir Agha
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Iconic celebrities and beautiful animals creatively carved into fallen leaves by artist Omid Asadi. The artist recently exhibited his work for the first time, which he creates using only a scalpel, a magnifying glass and […] The post Intricate Leaf Cutting Art By Omid Asadi appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • This Rock Looks Like an Elephant

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

  • 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…
  • Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish: The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin

    Shane Parrish
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Expectation is the grandfather of disappointment. The world can never own a man who wants nothing.” One hundred years after Confucius, came Wu Hsin. His name literally means ‘no-mind.’ And there is almost no trace of this person available, which is probably how he would have liked it. What does remain of this nearly-erased character are some of his writings, some of which can be found in the excellent Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish (The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin). First, let’s put him in context. Hsin grew up in a period … during which the ruling house of Zhou…
  • The Keys to Happiness

    Shane Parrish
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The mental construction of our daily activities, more than the activity itself, defines our reality.” What if the formula for success is backwards. We’re told that if we work hard, we’ll be successful. And of course, if we’re successful then we’ll be happy. It’s all about the next thing. The next step will make us happy. But it doesn’t really work this way. If we’re always focused on what’s next, we’re never in the present. The present, of course, is where we live. In his eye-opening book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor,…
  • How to be 10% Happier

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

    Shane Parrish
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She’s a researcher-storyteller and author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, a book that argues we should embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and engage in our lives. In this TED talk, a follow-on to her one on vulnerability, she engagingly brings us into the “unspoken epidemic” of shame and explores what happens when people confront their shame head-on. I think the main point of her two TED talks is to embrace…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Karen Lillis: Two Poems

    Karen Lillis
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Karen Lillis is the author of four novels, including Watch The Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012) and i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000). Her poems and stories have appeared in Evergreen Review, Everyday Genius, Free State Review, Guide to Kulchur Quarterly, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Toad Suck Review, and Trip City, among others. Her writing is included in two recent anthologies: Wreckage of Reason II (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014) and From Somewhere To Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Autonomedia, TBD). She…
  • Why Theatre Will Survive, Part Two

    Sylvie Drake
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Hooray for Adam Leipzig’s paean in last Thursday’s Cultural Weekly to the survival of theatre vs. the survival of “the movies, TV and radio,” all of which are technology-dependent, whereas theatre is not. (For the record, Adam also included music as technology-dependent but, like theatre, music will survive. It needs technology only to be recorded, not to be performed, which it will always be.) It’s true. Theatre is not technology-dependent, but neither is it technology-averse. Historically, it has been resourceful and very good at adapting to whatever comes along that provides a…
  • Directors Master Class

    Cultural Weekly
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    You made your first movie, maybe your second, possibly your third. You are well on your way in your career as a film director, and you want to deepen your understanding of how to craft your films with more skill, power and creativity. Director Cherien Dabis and Cultural Weekly‘s publisher Adam Leipzig have just announced a 3-Day Directors Master Class, designed just for directors like you. You will have three full days of interactive workshops with masters of their crafts dedicated to sharing their insights and expertise with you and answering your questions. You will also meet and get…
  • Elaboration

    Sarah Elgart
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As of last week’s article about amazing dancer Ebony Williams, with her laser concentration in executing his “elbows and shoulders” dance, I was turned onto the work of choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer, who recently stepped down as Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Ballet to pursue other choreographic endeavors. A former Ailey dancer, Swan Pouffer is responsible for amassing a great repertory for Cedar Lake, including works by innovators such as Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and the company is currently searching for his replacement. As a result of…
  • Review: It’s Only A Play

    David Sheward
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Mixed Results From All-Star Cast of It’s Only A Play Nathan Lane is a miracle worker. What other Broadway star—and he is one of the few whose name alone sells tickets—could breathe comic oxygen into a dated script and overcome a comatose co-star? Those two Herculean feats are accomplished by the amazing Lane in the revival of It’s Only a Play, Terrence McNally’s insider comedy about the opening night of a Main Stem flop. The castmate that Lane carries is Matthew Broderick, his compatriot from The Producers and The Odd Couple. The Lane-Broderick combination, along with four other…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • 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…
  • Lemon Chia Seed Cake

    Jess Carey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lately I’ve been really craving a good cake. I really like a good lemon dessert, so I thought of a lemon poppy seed cake. Then I thought, why not replace the poppy seeds with chia seeds? I’m absolutely loving chia seeds right now, mostly in the form of my overnight oats that I have for breakfast every morning. I figured they’d work pretty well in cake, which they really, really did. Ingredients: – 1½ cups plain flour – 1½ tsp baking powder – 115g butter, softened slightly – 125g caster sugar – 2 large eggs, at room temperature – zest and juice of 2 lemons – 1x170g tub of…
  • Gone Girl (David Fincher)

    Eva Vera
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    David Fincher accumulates disturbing thrillers awarded with Oscar nominations, statuettes and success in Cannes. Titles such as Seven (1995), The Game (1997), The Fight Club (1999), Zodiac (2007) or the last one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), along with others like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) or The Social Network (2010) have consolidated his position as one of the most admired American directors by the general public and highly regarded by critics. The filmmaker’s latest film, Gone Girl, returns to his favorite theme, the dark side of the human mind, to present…
  • Pablo Romero

    Raul Bernabe
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We had a talk with the painter Pablo Romero after El jardín de la alegría, his exhibition at the Ardavín Gallery (travesía San Mateo 7, Madrid). The artist shares with us his thoughts about the situation of present-day art and how, in times when abstraction has the monopoly over most of the art scene, he breaks away from everything and goes for a re-rehumanizing realism that, according to his own words, everybody can enjoy. FLIC: At what moment did you decide to dedicate your life to art? PABLO ROMERO: At the moment when you realize that money – working for money – doesn’t bring…
  • Ramble On

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

  • Optical illusion with gestalt effect

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Beauty in Simple Things

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • How to Undercut the Eighties in 3.25 Seconds

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

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

  • 2 Brands Using Pinterest Creatively (the right way)

    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

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

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

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

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