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  • Fear and Courage and Creating

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

    Creativity
    Vyv Evans, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The apparent ease with which we use language belies a level of complexity of immense proportions. Language is mind-bogglingly complex; yet, we all master it effortlessly. What, then, is the stuff of language?read more
  • Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Terrible things happen. And those are the things that we learn from… The amazing thing is that despite all… the human spirit still manages to survive, to stay strong.” In addition to being one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever published, pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1996 book Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention (public library) — which sheds light on why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creative genius — is also a precious time-capsule of insights by some of the twentieth…
  • Know the Difference Between Having Focus (Noun) vs. Focus (Verb)

    99U
    Hamza Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Michael Dales As the story goes, Bill Gates first met Warren Buffett at a dinner. Gates’ mother (and dinner host) asked everyone around the table to identify what they believed to be the most important factor in their success. The two moguls gave the same answer: “Focus.” An advocate for focus in work, life and leadership, Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, believes that many people mistakenly believe that there’s only one type of focus, when there are in fact two. We often miss the nuance and depth associated with the concept of focus:…
  • Tibor Kalman's Global Alphabet Blocks

    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader
    Donald Rattner
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    An American graphic designer of Hungarian descent, Tibor Kalman died in 1999 at the age of 50, leaving behind not only an important body of design work at his death, but in some ways the moral center of the entire graphic design profession. When the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) awarded him their medal of merit the year he died, their tribute declared the following: ”Of the two names that changed design in the '80s and '90s — Mac and Tibor — one changed the way we work, the other the way we think. The former is a tool, the latter was our conscience." At the center of…
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  • Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art

    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Terrible things happen. And those are the things that we learn from… The amazing thing is that despite all… the human spirit still manages to survive, to stay strong.” In addition to being one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever published, pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1996 book Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention (public library) — which sheds light on why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creative genius — is also a precious time-capsule of insights by some of the twentieth…
  • How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses

    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    How two titans faced off to shape the ideal of the modern metropolis. Few people have done more to redefine the fate of a city — and, by a halo of influence, of cities in general — than Robert Moses (December 18, 1888–July 29, 1981), “master builder” of New York during the city’s astonishing growth spurt in the middle of the twentieth century. He envisioned and brought to life 658 playgrounds, which increased the city’s previous supply of these precious play-areas fivefold, 416 miles of parkways, 288 tennis courts, and 678 baseball diamonds, in…
  • At What Point Are You Actually Dead?

    Maria Popova
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The science of why you can’t resurrect a dead body but might be able to, sort of, in the future. Despite living in a universe where, as the aphorism goes, change is the only constant, we humans have a quintessential longing for permanence. True as it may be that, as Rilke believed, befriending death helps us live more fully, the prospect of death — our own, and even more so that of loved ones — remains utterly terrifying and mostly incomprehensible beyond the most abstract understanding. In this illuminating short film from TED Ed, writer Randall Hayes and animator Anton…
  • Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work

    Maria Popova
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    “True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible… In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives.” “One can’t write directly about the soul,” Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary. Few writers have come to write about it — and to it — more directly than the novelist, poet, and environmental activist Wendell Berry, who describes himself as “a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts.” In his wonderful and wonderfully titled essay collection What Are People For? (public…
  • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress: A Tender Story of Gender Identity, Acceptance, and Overcoming Bullying

    Maria Popova
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    How to swish, swish, swish one’s way into the spaceship of identity. Of all the imprisoning polarities and stereotypes in our culture, none is more pervasive than the imprisoning gender expectations we instill in kids from an early age. Even young Mark Twain took issue with them in his irreverent 1865 gem Advice to Little Girls, and a New Yorker cartoonist satirized them brilliantly a century later. Today, the situation is improving only slowly, only modestly, thanks to the occasional children’s book encouraging young girls to transcend our gendered vocational stereotypes. But…
 
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  • Beware of Perception Gaps

    Hamza Khan
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Marco Leo Small misunderstandings can sometimes morph into larger misconceptions, which can then snowball into full-blow falsehoods that ultimately erode trust, credibility and transparency. A small perception gap can significantly impact performance down the road. The disconnect between what you want to say and what is actually said is what Anne Loehr, author of A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best from Your Employees, calls as the “Perception Gap.” She suggests that we structure clarity into our process in order to avoid it: At the…
  • Want Busy People to Respond to Your Email? Keep It Short & Urgent

    Hamza Khan
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Antonio Rodrigues Jr Have you ever emailed someone who is extremely busy, only to hear back several days (or weeks) later? Or perhaps you didn’t hear back at all? Busy people are difficult to reach via email, because you’re asking them to part with their most valuable resource of all: time. In a guest post for OkDork, business coach John Corcoran shared how he got the attention of App Sumo founder Noah Kagan via email. The trick to capturing the attention of the busy executive was a sense of urgency: I said the interview would take only 5-7 minutes of his time. If you’re…
  • Can’t Fall Asleep? Do a Nighttime Audit

    Hamza Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Dadu Shin Almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation. This is largely because we don’t know when (or how) to call it a night. Tethered to our devices, work more often than not spills into the precious time that we need to decompress and prepare for a good night’s sleep. Ron Friedman, author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, suggests that we conduct a “nighttime audit” to better understand where we’re going wrong: Do a nighttime audit of how you spend…
  • The Floatation Tank: Microwave Meditation for Busy Creatives

    behanceteam
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    It’s been a tough day. Under pressure from your deadline, your boss, and/or your client, you’re struggling to work your usual creative magic. Every time you think you’ve cracked it, another problem appears. And tomorrow’s looking even more challenging—you’ll have to be on top form, and right now you feel anything but. Your body is tense, and your mind is racing… This is not how you do your best work.   If you’re to have any chance of success tomorrow, you need to de-stress and recharge your creative batteries fast. Ideally, you’d like the creative benefits of several…
  • Know the Difference Between Having Focus (Noun) vs. Focus (Verb)

    Hamza Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Michael Dales As the story goes, Bill Gates first met Warren Buffett at a dinner. Gates’ mother (and dinner host) asked everyone around the table to identify what they believed to be the most important factor in their success. The two moguls gave the same answer: “Focus.” An advocate for focus in work, life and leadership, Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, believes that many people mistakenly believe that there’s only one type of focus, when there are in fact two. We often miss the nuance and depth associated with the concept of focus:…
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    Creative Something

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    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s a lot to be said for simply doing. Not fretting over every detail or waiting until it all feels right. Particularly for creativity: leaping before looking is valuable. If you wait – to write the draft, to share the design, to make the melody, or what have you – you increase the likelihood that you’ll find something to tweak, or something to wait on, or something that makes any effort feel not worth it (at least not right now). Instead, throw yourself onto the waves of uncertainty, of not knowing if the words will make sense, if the drawing will be understandable, or if…
  • Abandon ideas to discover creative ones

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you want to be creative, you can’t hug your ideas, or how you generate ideas, or how you go about your day. Creativity requires that you live and breathe curious exploration. The best way to have great ideas is, after-all, to have many ideas. And the more ideas you generate, the more you increase the likelihood that a few of them will be pretty creative. In creative circles this insight feels almost cliche, but even working with professional creatives for 10 hours a day, I’ve come to learn we often forget how valuable it is to simply iterate quickly and regularly. For example:…
  • To have ideas is to ask what’s possible, with imagination.

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    To have ideas is to ask what’s possible, with imagination.
  • Creative work is high energy focused through a fine lens

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    So much of creative work is a result of high energy focused in the right way. Like a magnifying glass held at just the right angle, transferring the energy of the sun into a fine beam of heat. This doesn’t apply to the stage before the work: creative thinking, of course. The ideas have to come before you can do the work. But once you have an idea (any idea) you have to have the right balance between energy and focus to move it forward and get it out of your head. This emphasizes the value of exercise, quality sleep, meditation, and finding your rhythm, when it comes to being creative.
  • "A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on..."

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” - E.B. White
 
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    Creativity

  • Holiday Gift Guide for Parents of Children with Autism

    Darren Sush, Psy.D., BCBA-D
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Confused about what to get your friend of family member who has a child with autism or special needs? Most of the time, they just want what any other parent would like – a gift from the heart that shows that you really care. I’ve worked with Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live, to compile some go-to gifts that are sure to please.read more
  • Seven Strategies for Changing the World

    Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    What do you talk about when you talk at Korea’s TECH+ Forum, described as a series of “TED talks on steroids?” Why, the fundamental elements of creativity, of course!read more
  • Thick Presence: Taking Collaboration One Step Further

    Tim Leberecht
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    More and more companies are surrendering their traditional office set-ups, which have long included individual offices and cubicles farms, in favor of open floor plans, alternative workspaces, and flexible hours. They should take human interaction on-the-job even further, moving from minor, unplanned encounters to designing for deeper, more meaningful ones.read more
  • The Stuff of Language

    Vyv Evans, Ph.D.
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The apparent ease with which we use language belies a level of complexity of immense proportions. Language is mind-bogglingly complex; yet, we all master it effortlessly. What, then, is the stuff of language?read more
  • Sony Pictures -- Where Hacking Gets Personal

    Judy Carter
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    With the Sony Hack, millions of us have read private email conversations of stars and studio heads, script details, and salary data. Some of the emails released have contained embarrassing exchanges about some of Hollywood's biggest stars. All of this because of a comedy film? Well...I was also the victim of a cyber attack because of comedy! Read on...read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day 2015!

    Leah
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
      The New Year is fast approaching and with it a new opportunity to commit to a year of creativity with the year long Creative Every Day Challenge! As always, my challenges are low pressure and inclusive of all forms of creativity from painting to cooking,  crafting, photography, art journaling, jewelry making, knitting, fashion, dance, and games with your children. Really, anything goes. Creativity begets creativity. You can find it everywhere when you start looking, so let's make this year a great one filled with wonderfully creative moments.  You can sign up here and…
  • 2015 Creative Every Day Sign Up Page

    Leah
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Welcome to the 2015 Creative Every Day Challenge's participant and sign-up page. Before signing up, please read more about the challenge and how to get involved on the information page, here. How to sign up: If you have a blog or Flickr page: Use the sign-up below (just once!) to make your commitment to the Creative Every Day Challenge. You'll put your name or blog name in the "Your name" box and the url of your blog or Flickr page in the "Your url" box. (For example: If I were signing up, I'd put "Creative Every Day" in the "Your name"…
  • CED Check-In: December 15 – 21

    Leah
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 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 12/15/14 - 12/21/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • CED Check-In: December 8 – 14

    Leah
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:01 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 12/8/14 - 12/14/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: December 1 – 7

    Leah
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:01 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 12/1/14 - 12/7/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • How to Visit Cuba as an American (While It’s Still “Illegal”)

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Like many of you, I was excited to hear the big news that the U.S. embargo against Cuba is ending. Wow! There’s probably a good life lesson in this news: if your government has tried something for more than 50 years and it hasn’t worked, maybe it’s time to try something else. As part of this huge change, sooner or later it will be much more common for Americans to travel to Cuba with few or no restrictions. But you don’t need to wait until the floodgates open. You can go there now, just as I did a few years ago. This post tells you how. For the past 54 years, the U.S.
  • This Free Report Tells You How 20 High-Achievers Plan for the New Year

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Link: Free PDF from Michael Hyatt As part of the relaunch of his Best Year Ever course, Michael Hyatt has just released a free PDF with lessons from 20 high-achievers (somehow I made the list) on how to prepare for a great year. You can learn a lot from Michael through this report, the free videos, or the new course that just opened for registration last week. If you’re interested in the course, the limited offer for Early Bird pricing ends tomorrow, Dec. 19th. Over here, I’m still hard at work on my 2014 Annual Review, and I know some of you are too. Tomorrow’s post will be much like…
  • Nostalgia for the Opposite

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Jez Butterworth on writing a play about navigating the zero-sum world of opposing choices: He described it as a kind of psychological holding place as ‘nostalgia for the opposite.’ Holding two options in one’s mind simultaneously enables an emotional state—of freedom or evasiveness, depending on one’s view—in which Butterworth’s characters tend to reside. ‘The idea of one constantly feeds the other,’ he said. ‘If you’re in one place, you long to be in the other. Which feels terrific.’ It feels terrific as a writer or artist,…
  • 2014 Annual Review: Lessons in Entrepreneurship & Unconventional Work

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post builds on Monday’s, with some more specific lessons related to entrepreneurship, writing, and work. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats and biased judges. Previous Posts 2014 Annual Review Process & Template Looking Back on a Complicated Year As is the case every year, 2014 was a busy and active year of work. Despite the various personal challenges (see: sad, late,…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and far: Volume XXIV

    Chris Guillebeau
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Why Shark Tank Is Terrible for Your Business — Just because someone else has been successful in their business doesn’t mean they know what to do about yours Why Have Over 2,000 NoPhones Been Sold? — I’m not trading in my iPhone yet, but this anti-phone has proven to be quite popular Jogger Saves Columnist’s Life – Here’s What Happens 6 Years Later — They meet again, but this time under very different circumstances Self-Portraits Taken by a Woman…
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  • Art Basel Miami, 2014

    Hugh MacLeod
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    We had an amazing time at Art Basel 2014! Our “Do Something That Matters” show at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach was a colorful backdrop for discussions about technology, culture change, design, media and Miami’s future. Special thanks to our speakers Donna Shalala, President of University of Miami, Jimmy Morales, City Manager of Miami Beach, Gabriel Baldinucci, Director of Singularity University, Kobi Karp, Owner of Kobi Karp Architecture, Fred Gonzalez, Editor at the Miami Herald, Bill Kearney, Editor of Ocean Drive Magazine, and Sean Yazbeck, CEO of Wavsys. Also to…
  • gapingvoid @ Ditech

    Hugh MacLeod
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    [Hugh hiding behind a shirt, next to Ditech CMO, Rich Smith] Gapingvoid has infiltrated Ditech, the coolest home mortgage company in the nation, for a ground-breaking culture consulting project. Top secret for now, but you’ll be hearing more from us in the future. Inspire higher purpose, get everyone on board with your mission: If you’re interested in bringing Gapingvoid values to your company, get in touch with Jason Korman at jason@gapingvoid.com.
  • Art Basel 2014 – Do Something That Matters

    Valerie Urso
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Last year, our “I’m Not Delusional” show at Art Basel Miami was all about the entrepreneur. The tolerance for risk, the creative mind, the willingness to do something everyone else thinks is a little crazy. And yeah, the show was kinda crazy. In a good way. This year our show is called “Do Something That Matters“. There’s a culture crisis in America (and most everywhere else), and it’s nothing to do with globalization. No, this crisis is in meaning. It’s a crisis of corporate culture…Companies feel fragmented. People are disconnected from…
  • Speakeasy Week in Dallas: Do Something That Matters

    Valerie Urso
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    We love Texas. ​For the unfamiliar, ​Texas is pretty much a country within a country. ​Texans are proud, they’re polite. They love their home and they fight for what they believe in. Good stuff. Not to mention, it happens to be home to some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs. Michael Dell, H. Ross Perot, Mark Cuban, the Hunt brothers and of course, J.R. Ewing ;). So when our friend at Speakeasy, Mark Orren, invited us to do a show at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (“The DEC”), we were really excited – and knew we had to plan something special. Over 80…
  • Installing the Dallas show…

    Hugh MacLeod
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yesterday Laura and I arrived at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, to hang the “Do Something That Matters” show for next week. Though we have over 80 pieces in the show (it’s a fairly large space, I’m happy to report), here are just a couple of photos just to give you a taste. ​DEC is an awesome space, Lots of natural light, ​and lots of cool businesses.  We’ll be running talks, cocktail events, etc. all week. The interesting thing is that most of the people attending those are from big companies. It’s always fascinating to see how the start-up vibe…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Product Launch Advice #4: How close together can my launches be?

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (The series continues! Catch up with part one, part two and part three.) How close together can your launches be? The answer to this depends on the kind of question you’re asking. Are you asking how often you can release a new product, or are you asking how often you can launch? (We can even make it more complicated and include re-releases of existing programs or products, and even standard promotions where nothing new is released.) Basically, the answer isn’t complex, but it is very dependent on the context of what you’re referring to when you say “launch.” If you’re asking…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 3: How Long Does My Sales Page Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (Late to the party? Take a look at part one and part two.) Sales pages are one of those things that everyone’s got an opinion on. And that’s fine. At the same time, it’s helpful when that opinion is based on actual customer data rather than just “what feels like it won’t offend anyone” or “what I hate.” We get this a lot with clients during consults, and when Dave’s writing sales pages for some of them. Emotion enters into the picture, and there’s a lot of worry and fear and “but I can’t do that!” going on, whether we’re advising a particular page go longer – or…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 2: How Sexy Does My Launch Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (If you missed part one, you can find it here.) Given the spectacle that many online launches are today – I’m surprised people aren’t handing out free popcorn and balloons for the kids – a lot of people wonder if their launch is going to be sexy enough. Now when we say “sexy”, here, what we’re specifically referring to is flashy and overt marketing and sales tactics. It probably doesn’t help that the typical advice handed out to them tells them that launches cannot succeed if they are not big sexy affairs that get people all in a bother. (Well, I guess a big sexy affair should…
  • Freebie Friday #8! (Reclaiming Non-Buyers After Your Launch)

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers Advanced Tips for Getting Endorsements (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Reclaiming Non-Buyers After Your Launch”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 1: “I feel like I did everything right but it still flopped. What went wrong?”

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to day one of our blog series of advice on product launches. Day one is unique in that it is the only day that comes before day two, but after the introduction. As promised, we’re answering common launch questions. We’re trying to answer the hard ones, too, so that you’re not totally wasting your time. We are very aware that you had a choice in what you did today, and that getting blasted on egg nog was among those choices, so please accept our thanks. We will work hard to ensure you feel you made the right decision. So. First question. Probably the most common among…
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  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
  • What is a real missed opportunity?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
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  • Let’s Get Ready to Rrrrubble!

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Russian consumers flocked to stores to buy what they could before the value of their money dropped further. The ruble is crashing. The Associated Press says that “Russian authorities announced a series of measures to ease the pressure on the ruble, which slid 15 percent in the previous two days and raised fears of a bank run, many Russians were buying cars and home appliances — in some cases in record numbers — before prices for these imported goods shoot higher.” Apple has stopped online sales. Ikea stores have been overrun with frenzied buyers. A run on banks could be just a…
  • Upstairs, Downstairs

    Richard Fernandez
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There are certain places where you go to surf; Hawaii for instance. But there are places one goes for other reasons.  Eli Lake writes that the Senate report message implies that Pakistan is the place to go when you need someone rubber hosed.  Surfing, Hawaii. Torture, Pakistan. The report, written by the majority staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, cites six instances in which Pakistani authorities, in particular, obtained leads through interrogating al-Qaeda operatives that helped disrupt plots or locate other terrorist leaders. The Pakistanis often got first crack at detainees…
  • Making Bail

    Richard Fernandez
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The main question I would have had for Sydney siege perpetrator Man Haron Monis could I but reach him by ouija board was where he got the money to make bail and hire his lawyers.   He was up on 40 sexual sexual assault charges.   Fifty, if you believe the Washington Post. That’s not counting charges of using the mail to commit crimes. Monis used Australia Post to send offensive or in one instance, harassing, letters to relatives of Australian Defence Force members killed in combat in Afghanistan. Another letter was sent to relatives of an Austrade official who had been killed in the…
  • The Sydney Cafe Siege

    Richard Fernandez
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Nothing ever happens in Sydney, Australia.  If you Google “Sydney” and “siege” you will come up with Sydney Street Siege, which took place between anarchists and the British security forces headed by then Home Secretary Winston Churchill in 1911.  But that may change. Something has finally happened in Sydney.  This is a theme which is now frequently being echoed on the radio: Australia was subliminally regarded, even by its inhabitants, as the last place on earth where anything bad could take place.  But that situation had been changing for some time.  By some…
  • The Statue of Limitations

    Richard Fernandez
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Recently senior Sony executives shown to have made certain disparaging remarks in private emails about celebrities and president Obama are said to be resigning. Ever since emails hacked by the North Koreans were made public, their private behavior is being held to a politically correct standard. The irony is that one of the executives was a well-known Obama supporter. Recently, Cornell Law professor William Jacobson argued that even if you are guilty of nothing illegal, PC can still find you guilty of something. Speaking on the Steve Malzberg show, Jacobson maintained the spate of…
 
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Getting Innovation Done, Being The Champion

    Paul
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Bringing to life programs and ideas that create innovation often requires persuasion. New ideas can be perceived as risky, dangerous, and create the “unknown.” Seth Godin, offers a recommendation to help get the lever pulled that helps to create the change you’re looking for. Below is what Seth shared: Goals, Strategy and Tactics for Change The Goal: Who are you trying to change? What observable actions will let you know you’ve succeeded? The Strategy: What are the emotions you can amplify, the connections you can make that will cause someone to do something…
  • Better Problem Solving With Framing

    Paul
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    When you’re looking to innovate, take advantage of an opportunity, or solve a problem… one of your first steps should be to define precisely or “frame” that opportunity or problem. Your frame is how you narrow and pinpoint what you choose to solve. Better framing leads to better solutions. Think of it like a picture frame, it has in the center what you want to feature. This old, wooden tugboat needs a lot of work. Among other things… an engine, new windows, paint… However, the priority is to fix the huge hole in the hull. That’s our frame. It…
  • Productive or Active?

    Paul
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • More Scoops of Business Growth Ideas on Tidbitts

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

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

  • Widget of Recent Student KidBlog Posts with Yahoo Pipes and RSS Dog

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    This evening I used the free web service RSS Dog to add right sidebar widgets to a new page of “KidBlog Links” (classroom interactive writing websites) on our school website for Independence Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma.    by  Wesley Fryer  Several months ago I used Yahoo Pipes (also free) to create an “aggregated feed river” of posts from all 12 class blogs in 4th grade, and another “feed river” of all 12 class blogs in 5th grade. Before this evening, those Yahoo Pipes were only used (as far as I know) on the 4th grade Interactive Writing page and…
  • Come See “One Incredible Moment” in Edmond This Weekend

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    This weekend, if you live anywhere near Oklahoma City or Edmond, Oklahoma, I strongly encourage you to come see the FREE and amazing musical, “One Incredible Moment.” This is a production and outreach ministry of our church, First Presbyterian of Edmond. The musical will be performed again tonight (Saturday) and Sunday nights. Yesterday’s article in the Daily Oklahoman, “First Presbyterian Church in Edmond stages Christmas musical,” gives more details and background. The program starts at 7 pm, but you’ll want to get there earlier for good seats since most…
  • Results of Grade 4-5 Interactive Writing School Survey (Oct 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Interactive writing should be a cornerstone of literacy development and assessment in elementary and secondary schools, but in 2014 it remains a rare activity in most K-12 schools in the United States. Interactive digital writing involves the production and sharing of electronic texts which (in most cases) can be readily conveyed (transmitted), copied, connected (hyperlinked), commented on, and collaboratively constructed. While some teachers use “walled garden” interactive writing platforms which require passwords for access, the most powerful and beneficial platforms for…
  • Laptops and iPhones Can Eat Cellular LTE Data FAST

    Wesley Fryer
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The past two days I’ve been in Tahlequah and Stilwell, Oklahoma, sharing some presentations and providing some coaching/mentoring for teachers at Maryetta School on behalf of Storychasers. I was delighted to find LTE cellular data service through T-Mobile was available in Tahlequah at my hotel. This meant my laptop could access the Internet MUCH faster tethered to my iPhone than it could using the hotel’s free wifi. As a result, I did all my work online the past two evenings via my cell phone, which includes 2.5 GB of monthly “tethered” data. Yesterday I burned…
  • Podcast420: eBook Projects & Publishing Workflow Options

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    In this podcast from the road, Wesley Fryer discusses recent and current eBook projects using the iPad app “Book Creator” by Red Jumper in his STEM classroom and in the library of his elementary school in Yukon, Oklahoma. The five different publishing workflow options he explores in detail are: 1 – Open in iBooks locally, 2- Save to Cloud Storage like DropBox or Google Drive, 3- Email to Posthaven, 4- Export to Video and Publish to YouTube, and 5- Export to PDF and print-on-demand (a hard copy) with Lulu.com. He also discusses workflow options in which the classroom teacher…
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    Get Fresh Minds

  • The Brilliant Reason Inigo Montoya Fought Left-Handed.

    Katie Konrath
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Against all odds, the Man in Black scaled the formidible Cliffs of Insanity to rescue the Princess Buttercup. But waiting at the top to stop him was Inigo Montoya, the greatest swordsmaster of his generation. Confident to the extreme, Inigo Montoya helps the Man in Black finish his climb, and even allows him to rest a bit before beginning the fight. As the two duel, however, Inigo realizes that he's overmatched. Luckily he has a little trick up his sleeve. “I know something you don’t know," he laughs. "I am not left-handed.” Inigo easily dominates with his right hand and the battle…
  • Busting Assumptions about Crocodiles

    Katie Konrath
    2 May 2014 | 6:25 am
    The Nile crocodile is a dangerous beast. Descended from the dinosaurs, it can grow over 20 feet long and has a bite force of 3,700 pounds per square inch. (Over 3x greater than a grizzly bear and 10x greater than a Rottweiler.) It's a killing machine responsible for nearly 200 deaths every year. But the Nile crocodile also has another fascinating claim to fame. It's one of the first written examples of why you can not make assumptions about how people think!  The first historian, Herodotus, wrote in his Histories how three different groups of ancient Egyptians viewed the deadly creature…
  • One benefit to rule them all.

    Katie Konrath
    25 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    It never fails. When a group of people are excited about an idea, they run right into the biggest challenge of moving that idea forward: Settling on that product's one key benefit. Why is that so difficult? Because when people like an idea, they want others to like it as well.  The natural response is to benefit-load an idea so that consumers can't do anything BUT love it.  It's the miracle pillow that stops snoring, aligns your neck, cleans your bathroom and gets you a date with Ryan Gosling. The problem is, benefit-loading always backfires. People want to hear less, not more, when…
  • How a USB charger can save the lives of millions.

    Katie Konrath
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In the developing world, cooking is a major health issue - and not for the reason you think. Despite all the advances in technology, nearly 200 million people in India and China still make their daily meals over ineffient wood stoves or open fires. This method of cooking emits large amounts of smoke, gas and carbon, polluting the air and poisoning the people who use them. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million worldwide die every year from the smoke generated by cooking and heating. The resulting indoor air pollution causes respiratory issues, lung disease and pneumonia, and…
  • Busting assumptions about preventing teen pregnancy.

    Katie Konrath
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What assumptions are you making without even knowing it?  Are those assumptions preventing you from seeing real solutions to your challenges? When TV shows like "16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" launched, critics contended that those shows glorified teen pregnancy. They believed that starstruck young women would want to emulate what they saw on TV - much like young men imitated the Jackass stunts. But data shows that the opposite is true. Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College found that "16 and Pregnant” actually motivates teens…
 
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • a powerful ceremony for new beginnings and designing your dream year

    lindsey
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Aligning with what’s vital Each year, this simple ceremony changes my entire year ahead. I My husband and I do this together on the morning after Winter Solstice. Friends of mine do it on New Year’s Day. I let go of things that aren’t lighting me up. I re-think my plans for putting other things on hold, and decide instead to invest more deeply. I hear my heart and anchor my head. And the year unfolds bigger, better and brighter than I’d ever imagined it could. I dream big. I test my limits. I include things in this ceremony that my head thought for sure were too far beyond…
  • 10 big ideas on how to access your intuition

    lindsey
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    My latest class for the Academy for Optimal Living on Entheos is up! You can read below for the first 5 Big Ideas on How to Access Your Intuition. 10 Big Ideas on How to Access Your Intuition Are you looking for guidance? Do you want to make the right choice? You can use and trust your intuition for your biggest and most important decisions. Here’s how. Intuition is powerful. It can transform a life of uncertainty into one of ease and serendipity. Intuition is also deeply practical. It can be learned and practiced step by step. Here’s how. 1. Big Idea Number 1. Meditate. The most…
  • why we say ‘no’ to more freedom, peace and joy

    lindsey
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Recently, I led a workshop on a life of “yes.” A life of embracing, self-realizing, and seeing bigger meaning in small things. Why? For freedom, peace and joy. A life of ‘yes’ is a life where we realize that we are all a part of this interwoven unity that threads through our world and our universe. We see that small things have bigger meaning. That negative things do, too. And that bigger meaning is liberation. Liberation of our essence, our soul and the deepest truth of who we are. Liberation from the shackles of any limiting beliefs, self-doubts or paradigms that…
  • Q+A: if this is what I’m meant to be doing, shouldn’t it be easier?

    lindsey
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s a scary thought: If this is what I’m meant to be doing, shouldn’t it be easier? This is a question an impassioned, courageous, and a little bit scared young woman asked me recently. I’d just spoken at an event, where my main message to the audience was this: “If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a tunnel without a light at the end, if ever you are seeking some illumination to bring you clarity, illuminate the spark in you.” One spark. That’s all it takes. And then your entire world is illuminated. One spark. When we re-ignite the light…
  • tell your story. set yourself free. “I knew that my soul knew how to keep going, even in the darkest of dark.”

    lindsey
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Running fingers through long grass as it waves gently in the wind, feeling the breeze rustle in long hair, the scent of dew as it covers the earth, and cool, clean air floating on the breeze. Barefoot and running in the grass connecting with the energy of the earth, walking in the quiet company of the forest, placing a hand on the trunk of a tree and feeling its soul connect deep within. The electric surge of energy through the molecular structure of my very being and the purest bliss to breath in all that surrounds me. This is what it is to be alive, this is what it is to be free. What is my…
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Essentials of a Solar Greenhouse

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Plant breeding and plant production is a very productive hobby and livelihood. It is good way to earn some living by producing high-valued crops. It is also a good way of contributing to the environment. The best way to sustain this endeavor is to get a solar greenhouse. Read on to learn the basics of the solar greenhouse. What Is a Solar Greenhouse? The very purpose of any greenhouse is to collect solar energy whenever the sun shining high. However, solar greenhouses serve a more specific purpose. It is able to do more than collect the solar energy. The solar greenhouse is able to store heat…
  • Solar Power- How Does It Save The Environment

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve probably heard a lot about solar energy and how efficient it is. Moreover, over the last few years, there have been several moves to see how effectively we can use solar power in an attempt to alleviate the energy crisis that the world faces. So, how does using solar energy fit into the bigger picture of protecting our environment? The point is that even small changes in the way we do things go a long way in terms of saving our environment. Solar energy is a renewable energy source The sun offers us a great source of renewable energy; it’s been around for over four billion…
  • How Solar Thermal Works In Your Home

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Given energy concerns these days, most homes are now designed to take advantage of passive solar heating concepts. Solar thermal is a big part of this process. How Thermal Mass Works In Your Home Getting a little free heating can go a long way on your utility bill, particularly over the life of a structure. Passive solar heating is the methodology used to achieve this goal. It is a process wherein a home is built or upgraded in such a way as to catch and contain as much of the sunlight in the form of heat as possible. To effectively use solar for heating, thermal mass is a subject you need to…
  • Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Going forward, people will be using oil less and less. Luckily, you can join this transition by making good use of clean, renewable solar energy today. This article is filled with useful tips and helpful information. When you are just transitioning to solar power, pick something small to start with. There are outdoor lights that are completely run on solar energy. It’s easy to find this sort of product online, at home improvement stores and at big box stores. Installing this sort of lighting system is a no-brainer. Walk down your garden path and poke the lights into the ground! To…
  • Feeling In The Dark About Solar Energy? Check Out These Illuminating Tips!

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Many people are switching over to solar energy to power their homes these days. To make the best decisions regarding solar energy usage, one must fully understand the consequences and considerations surrounding its use. Read the below article to increase your knowledge on solar energy. There are a couple of different photo-voltaic panels to choose from. Less expensive poly-crystalline panels are not as efficient as the costlier mono-crystalline panels. You should purchase the best possible product your budget can allow when it comes to solar power systems. The efficiency of your solar panels…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • SA Creatives will re-open on the 15th of Jan. MERRY X-MAS

    SA Creatives
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    This will be our last post for 2014. We wish you all a fantastic X-mas and a Super New Year. Keep a look out for our new job portal which will launch on the 15th of January, the day we launch. Our festive gift to you: Enjoy the story of Haddon Sundblom’s artistic vision which would change Santa forever. Thank you for the support SA Creatives Team
  • Bryan Little directs U2 music video featuring street artist DALeast

    SA Creatives
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    South African Bryan Little directed the music video for U2’s This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now, which premiered on Paper Magazine yesterday. The music video features Cape Town-based, China-born street artist DALeast, who’s made his name internationally by creating animals that feel like they’re in motion and are about to leave the walls they’re painted on – something that actually happens in This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now. “His animals have this three-dimensional character; they’re born to be made into 3D animations,” says Bryan, who met DALeast through his friendship…
  • One Rand Man wins five Golds and a Silver at The Midas Awards

    SA Creatives
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    King James’ One Rand Man campaign for Sanlam won a whopping five Golds and a Silver at The Midas Awards in New York. The Midas Awards is the only awards show to recognize excellence in financial marketing and advertising on a global scale. One Rand Man won Golds for Use of Medium – Advertising: Online; Use of Discipline – Integrated; Use of Discipline – Public Relations; Products & Services – Financial Services; and Use of Medium – Social Media, as well as a Silver for Use of Medium – Non–Broadcast Video. The Midas Awards recognition follows recent wins…
  • Stripey feel goods from McDonald’s

    SA Creatives
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    From Add Hope to requests movie tickets that ask you if you’d like to help kids see better, it’s hardly a new thing that brands are trying to show their customers that they are doing their bit to do good. Now McDonald’s has stepped into the ring, not just with a novel way to give their customers an easy way to make a difference, but asking them to wear their contributions on their sleeves (or should we say socks). McDonald’s has for some time been supporting the global Ronald McDonald’s House Charities, a series of initiatives that aim to bring families closer to their sick children…
  • Durban International Film Festival calls for entries for 2015

    SA Creatives
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    Durban, South Africa: The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate its 36th edition from 16 to 26 July 2015. Presenting over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa, the festival exhibits films in a diversity of venues around the city. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes a local and international awards component. Only films completed in 2014 and 2015 will be considered, and there is no charge for…
 
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    The Creative Mind

  • Creative People With Schizophrenia – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Elyn Saks (photo at right in Part 1) is a law professor at USC; an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, where she does research about society’s rejection of the mentally ill and how high-functioning schizophrenics cope; and is a recipient of a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. An article notes “She kept her schizophrenia hidden while excelling in her academic studies, receiving a philosophy degree from Oxford University and a law degree from Yale University.” She wrote of her experiences in her memoir, “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through…
  • Creative People With Schizophrenia

    Douglas Eby
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    As devastating as schizophrenia can be, a number of people with the mental illness lead active and creative lives. Some research even indicates the type of thinking that characterizes the disorder can facilitate creativity. Some of the possible symptoms include: “Hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations); Isolation; Reduced emotion; Problems paying attention; Strongly held beliefs that are not real (delusions); Talking in a way that does not make sense; Thoughts that ‘jump’ between different topics (‘loose associations’) etc.” [From…
  • Where Do You Get Creative Inspiration? – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    [Continued from Part 1.] “Before the dance of inspiration and perspiration can begin, there must be some raw material, some spark of inciting energy.” From the book The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process by Tona Pearce Myers. Actor Rose McGowan relates an experience that may be common for many creative people: being inspired by seeing someone else’s artwork or other form of creative expression: “After saving my allowance for ten years, I flew to Paris when I was 15 years old. When I visited the Musée Rodin, I was profoundly inspired by the story…
  • Where Do We Get Creative Inspiration?

    Douglas Eby
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse. At least some people still embrace that idea, or at least like to use the concept. Novelist and author Steven Pressfield writes in his book “The War of Art” about pulling in creative power when we are doing creative work: “Power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and…
  • Fear and Courage and Creating

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

  • Digital Art by Mysterykids

    Paul Viluda
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Mysterykids is a 23-year-old female digital artist / photo manipulator living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. If you're into photo manipulations, make sure to scroll through our picks below. Enjoy! Read More
  • Awesome Concept Art by DLeoBlack

    Paul Viluda
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Dleoblack is a professional concept artist / illustrator based in Milan, Italy. Below, you may check out several cool artworks selected from his dA portfolio. For more, follow the link at the very bottom. Enjoy the collection! Read More
  • Hot Anime Art by Elaine Luo

    Paul Viluda
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Collection of amazing digital anime / manga illustrations by Elaine Luo aka Unodu, an artist from Canada. Enjoy! Read More
  • Brilliant Art by Naiiade

    Paul Viluda
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Xavier Gueniffey Durin aka Naïade is a French illustrator who started his career working for game magazines like Lotus Noir and by creating figure's concept designs. Below, you may check out several of his artworks. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Fantasy Art by Carlos Herrera

    Paul Viluda
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Carlos Herrera is a 29-year-old professional illustrator living and working in Chile. As you may see below, Carlos specializes in heroic fantasy illustrations, especially dragons designs. He considers himself as a fan of creatures and imaginary worlds. Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Demographic drama for property managers

    Vera Dordick
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Without a doubt, New York City is a unique place, and when it comes to demographics, the city’s singularity is even more apparent. Last week, as we were pulling together information for a presentation at the LandlordsNY Symposium, I faced a dramatic demographic profile with regard to the city’s foreign-born residents. First, some stunning comparisons can be made: New York State has the second highest percentage of foreign-born residents in the country, second only to California. Texas and Florida round out the top four. There are more foreign-born residents in New York City than there…
  • Come see us at the summit!

    Vera Dordick
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    We hope you’re going to be at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) next week because it’s going to be jam-packed full of inspiration and ideas! More than 50 chief executive officers will share the hard lessons they learned growing their companies at the all-day session on on Nov. 122014 Sujata Chaudhry, a principal with Tangible Development LLC, will be one of the thought leaders from across the region to speak at the event. The second annual BOSS event will once again spotlight leaders from various industries throughout the region. Each will deliver 5-minute…
  • 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…
 
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    Michael W. Roberts

  • The Art of Social Media

    Michael
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    On the cover of the book The Art of Social Media, authors Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick set the expectations with their subtitle: “Power Tips for Power Users.” They’re not kidding. This isn’t a book that takes the time to make a case for why you should be using social media. Guy has covered that topic before, and countless others besides him. Guy and Peg dive right in to practical tips that are actually worth your time. As a marketer myself, I can’t say how many posts I’ve read about how to “do” social media (and heck, how many I’ve written). This book goes far beyond a…
  • Making Time to Learn from Story

    Michael
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    When we realize that stories are more than mental escapes, we incorporate them into our lives as guideposts. I’ve been reading a comic book series called The Unwritten again. It’s been a while since I last read it, but whenever I do, it’s always so engaging. It’s a story about story. It’s a story about how we, as readers, imbue a tale with power and how authors / writers / creators can manipulate that power in the real world (along with more nefarious forces). It’s about belief. It delves into the history of the world’s stories, and it connects them with…
  • Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

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

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

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

  • Giant Scorpion-Shaped Wooden Chair

    Jahangir Agha
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:20 am
    Russian artist Vyacheslav Pakhomov created this giant wooden chair shaped like a scorpion. This handcrafted scorpion chair measures in at six and a half feet and is available with leather upholstery and a variety of […]The post Giant Scorpion-Shaped Wooden Chair appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Orangutan Using Banana Leaf To Protect From The Rain

    Jahangir Agha
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    Photographer Andrew Suryono captured this amazing photo of an orangutan using a banana leaf to shield itself from the rain in Bali. “I was taking pictures of some orangutans in Bali and then it started […]The post Orangutan Using Banana Leaf To Protect From The Rain appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Indian Man Performs Yoga Poses On Speeding Motorbike

    Jahangir Agha
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    He is 40 years old Gugulothu Lachiram from the hometown of Khammam. And you will surely be amazed by how he pulls yoga tricks at the back of his speeding motorcycle. The high-octane yoga guru […]The post Indian Man Performs Yoga Poses On Speeding Motorbike appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Celebrity Portraits Made From Corn Flakes Cereal

    Jahangir Agha
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Lauryn Hill portrait made from Corn Flakes cereal. New York City artist Sarah Rosado has created celebrity portraits out of corn flakes cereals. The depictions are really very good and typically don’t need a caption […]The post Celebrity Portraits Made From Corn Flakes Cereal appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Scaredy Cat Tiger Frightened By A Floating Leaf

    Jahangir Agha
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    A 22-month-old female scaredy cat tiger appeared to get the shock of her young life when she encountered a dead leaf floating on a pool of water in the Bandhavgarh National Park, India. Clearly unsure […]The post Scaredy Cat Tiger Frightened By A Floating Leaf appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • Ursula K. Le Guin on The Human Spirit

    Shane Parrish
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In her acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Ursula K. Le Guin offered this soul-touching look at humanity. I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who…
  • Albert Einstein on Sifting the Essential from the Non-Essential

    Shane Parrish
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Charlie Munger once said: “We have a passion for keeping things simple.” Einstein says, “I soon learned to scent out what was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from everything else, from the multitude of things that clutter up the mind.” Most of us try to consume more information, thinking it will lead to more signal, without thinking about how we filter and how we process the information coming in. Knowing some basic principles helps as does knowing how to combine them. As Einstein says “A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its…
  • Learned Helplessness

    Shane Parrish
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    That quote sounds like something Viktor Frankl would say only it’s Greg McKeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. How is it that we forget our ability to choose? One important insight into how and why we forget our ability to choose comes out of the classic work of Martin Seligman and Steve Maier, who stumbled onto what they later called “learned helplessness” while conducting experiments on German Shepherds. Seligman and Maier divided the dogs into three groups. The dogs in the first group were placed in a harness and administered an electric shock but were also…
  • Stephen King’s Top 10 Favorite Books

    Shane Parrish
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stephen King, author of Carrie and The Shining, has said that we don’t challenge ourselves enough while reading. Found in the 2007 book, The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, King reveals what he likes to read. Certainly not what I expected. The Golden Argosy, The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language – edited by Van Cartmell and Charles Grayson The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie McTeague – Frank Norris Lord of the Flies – William Golding Bleak House – Charles Dickens 1984 – George Orwell The Raj…
  • Albert Einstein: Haters Gonna Hate

    Shane Parrish
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” — Marie Curie “Few persons contributed more to the general welfare of mankind and to the advancement of science than the modest, self-effacing woman whom the world knew as Mme. Curie.” That’s from the obituary of Nobel winning Marie Curie — the only person so far to win a Nobel in two difference Sciences. Things, however, were not always easy for her. In 1911, Curie was facing relentless attacks on her personal life saying that she “tarnished the good name” of her late husband…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Cultural Weekly’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

    Cultural Weekly
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From Sundance to Lilyhammer, from poetry to street art, Cultural Weekly’s Top 10 stories of 2014 showcase the diverse range of interests of our readership. And who are you, O Readers? You are legion. More than 130,000 of you came to our pages this year. Seventy percent of you are in the United States, and the next five countries where you live are the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France and India. Two-thirds of you read Cultural Weekly on your desktop, and one-third read us on your mobile phone or tablet — a percentage that has doubled in the past year. Sixty percent of you…
  • Mr. Turner – Timothy Spall’s Career-Defining Portrait

    Sophia Stein
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Mr. Turner from director Mike Leigh is a startlingly original biopic. In the same way that when you visit The National Gallery with all those historic paintings from all the great masters, you turn a corner and are transfixed to look upon a painting by Turner. You freeze in your tracks, jaw agape to stare in wonder at the striking modernity of it. Turner’s work is so timeless … In that same way, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner is shockingly arresting. In a career-defining performance, for which he has already won the Palme d’Or for Best Actor at Cannes, lead actor Timothy Spall imagines…
  • Power Triangles: Love, Sex, and TV’s Modern Heroine

    Amanda Stewart
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Her intelligence is as enticing as her wit. Her appe­­­arance, impeccable and flawless, as if she stepped right off the cover of Vogue. Pass on the Pinot Grigio; she only takes red and prefers it by the bottle. Give her an unsolvable problem and she’ll not only rise to the occasion and conquer the issue at hand, but will do so with a smile on her face and not a hair out of place. Who is she? She’s the modern heroine gracing your television screen several nights a week. She’s the woman pulling females out of subordinate victim roles and placing them in the forefront. She’s the woman…
  • Nowhere: a scene dedicated to Pina Bausch

    Sarah Elgart
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Because my life and my work have been so influenced by her, I am a complete pushover for all things Pina Bausch. I attended the school she ran – Folkwang Hochshule – at a very early age, was classmates with many of her original dancers (including the remarkable Lutz Forster), studied with her late company class master Hans Zullig, and knew Pina personally. As such, I am easily moved by tributes to her, especially if they are powerful and hit a mark. A man and woman left alone on stage in a moment from Nowhere Although it is not strictly a dance film in the true sense of the word…
  • The Stalwart Guardian of Silat

    Fatimah Zainal
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Hailed as “the Malay traditional dance of life,” silat is a centuries-old form of indigenous martial arts whose origin stemmed from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia dovetailing most of the Nusantara, the Malay Archipelago and the entirety of the Malay Peninsula. Widely practiced in modern day Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and the southern Philippines, silat has extended beyond the microcosm of Southeast Asia and has garnered much attention from martial arts enthusiasts worldwide. One of the men responsible for nudging silat into this direction is Zainal Abidin Sheikh…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • New Year, new life… and everything that comes after

    Eva Vera
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The month of December is coming slowly but with a firm step. It has a mission to accomplish. It raises its scythe and comes for 2014, who is crawling around like a ghost, to announce: “Goodbye old year, go to your last night and prepare for the end”. And thus, without further hesitation or delay, it shows the year his extinction. Exhausted, 2014 tries to hide his pain with Christmas lights and golden glitter, but the smell of mistletoe and fir remind him that the tragedy is imminent. It is weird, but nobody seems to pay attention. The crowd dances to the tune of Christmas carols, busy…
  • Do you know Jess B?

    Editorial Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Jess B is a 25-year-old girl from Córdoba (Spain), who after studying Fine Arts in Granada decided to plunge into illustration without a diving suit. Since then she has illustrated a novel, whose drawings she has exhibited in Córdoba, Porto, Seville, Burgos, Granada, Madrid and Barcelona. She collaborates with articles and illustrations for different fanzines and magazines, and has recently moved to London. Despite being a newcomer in the British capital, she has already found work as an assistant for the renowned illustrator Missled. With many projects in mind and others already underway,…
  • Welcome to Snowdonia National Park

    Editorial Team
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Photographer Jaime Pulido presents “Driving Snowdonia”; a series of photos of the most beautiful and significant corners of this National Park. On this short photo tour Jaime intends to convey the atmosphere of peace and quiet and provide a social environment in line with the pace of life. Snowdonia and contrasts leave a unique and unrepeatable essence of this region in north Wales.
  • 1090 Burger, Melbourne (food truck)

    Jess Carey
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This little gem of a food truck is a regular in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and compared to a lot of its competitors, it really doesn’t stand out at first glance. It’s a plain, unadorned truck, which might be mistaken for any other parked truck in the area, were it not for the crowd of people on the lawn beside it with picnic mats, beers, dogs and burgers. Like all good food trucks, the menu was small but impressive. I went with the 1090 Burger ($8.00) which was made up of bun + patty + cheese + lettuce + tomato + onion + mustard + mayo + ketchup + fairy dust. At the last minute, I…
  • Inma Lorente

    Editorial Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Inma Lorente’s work method is enjoyment. Forgetting the rules and trying to get back to innocence. She doesn’t like norms, nor academicism in art. She enjoys drawing freely, and when she starts a project she doesn’t know when and how she’ll finish it Her basic tool is intuition – She likes to submerge completely in the drawing. That’s when she loses track of space and time. The colors will depend on the weather and her mood. She has self-edited two fanzines, “Le Maroc” and “Tornillos”. The latter is the most recent, and can be found at Fattbottom, in…
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    i heart creation

  • Look what we made!

    I'm the universe
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
  • Kharek ki kheer (Dry date pudding)

    I'm the universe
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very delcious dish. Treat yourself, your family and guests with this amazingly simple and wholesome dessert. This is an ayurvedic sattvik dish, an authentic recipe from the east. Often eaten without any celebratory occasion but can be served as a sweet dish on festivals like Diwali or Eid. Introducing here as “dry-dates pudding” to the western cuisine. It’s a gem among the desserts, a welcome and healthful addition to one’s platter this Christmas or Hanukkah. continue>> Read more….
  • 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….
 
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Painting of Ventura Wharf

    Lucy Chen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    November Morning in Ventura 6″x6″, oil on board, by Lucy Chen Artist Collection November 2014 marked my first ever visit to the United States.  Not just any where in the US, but the sunshine state of California. The color of this boat in the Ventura wharf called for a painting.  So I painted it with a palette knife. If you’ve been there, you know that it’s not easy to find a scene with only one boat.  Though it was packed in the morning of my visit, as an artist, I control what goes in and stays out of my painting.  And I start to sense that it can also be true…
  • 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. Related posts: My First Landscape…
  • 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…
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    Creativity Tech

  • U.S. Copyright: A $1.1 Trillion Industry Employing 5.5 Million

    Gordon Platt
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    We know that U.S. copyright law protects the value of creativity across our nation. What’s said less frequently is just how much it contributes, which is addressed this week in a study released by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), and the final figure is nothing short of spectacular. “Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy” attributes some $1.1 trillion to the country’s bottom line, which accounts for 6.7 percent of the entire economy. The report underlines the extent to which the copyright economy has not only aided but outperformed the…
  • In Wake of Pirate Bay Takedown, Corrupt Imitation Sites Reign

    Gordon Platt
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The Pirate Bay was taken down last week and content thieves are scrambling to find an alternative source for their free content fix. In the rush to find it, though, they may be in for an unpleasant surprise, in the form of confusing replacements and corrupt sites. Piracy sites are unstable environments at the best of times, riddled with malware and low quality content rips. The Pirate Bay (TPB) provided some level of trust for its users, albeit completely in violation of copyright law, and its removal has left a vacuum that others are all too willing to fill. That willingness is no guarantee…
  • Promoting Piracy: Would the Washington Post Accept Content Theft?

    Gordon Platt
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There’s been plenty of fallout from this week’s raid on The Pirate Bay, which finally took the site offline, but perhaps none more misguided than this piece by Caitlin Dewey for the Washington Post. In the article Dewey makes the loosely argued case that piracy is acceptable, simply because technology has come far enough to make stealing content quick and easy. Citing a report from NetNames that essentially shows how widespread illegal downloading and streaming has become, she makes the bizarre leap that this must mean it’s an acceptable activity. Rather than accept that…
  • The Pirate Bay Sinks Following Raids in Sweden

    Gordon Platt
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Some significant shots were fired in the ongoing saga of The Pirate Bay yesterday, as a police raid in Sweden coincided with the infamous site going dark. The Tuesday morning raid in Stockholm saw servers removed from the premises being searched and a growing sense among piracy advocates that the torrent tracking site might not recover from this latest blow.   #86025831 / gettyimages.com   The raids come just a month after Fredrik Neij, the third and final of the site’s founders to be brought to justice, was arrested by authorities in Thailand. His colleagues Peter Sunde and…
  • Photographers Line Up Against Tech’s Biggest Brands to Say “Enough!”

    Gordon Platt
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    They’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it any more. Artists and photographers who display their work online, that is, only for others to waltz in and take it, make minor alterations, then market the resulting piece as their own. That’s certainly enough to make even the most zen of creative spirits come over all Howard Beale. The case of Christopher Boffoli, a photographer based in Seattle, exemplifies this rekindled ire over copyright enforcement. Boffoli has so far sued Google, Twitter, and now Pinterest in his quest to protect his work, receiving settlements in…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • 04- The Truth About Selling, Selling Out, and Competition in Creative Fields with Paul Jarvis [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    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 Paul Jarvis has made a career as a professional creative. He’s the author of 5 books as well as a musician and a web designer. He’s been doing web design for over 20 years with such high-profile corporate clients as Yahoo, Mercedez Benz, and Microsoft, as well as with online celebrities Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, and Kris Carr. His latest book…
  • Can’t Finish Your Creative Projects? Get More Done With These 3 Powerful Strategies

    Leanne Regalla
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    You can’t win if you don’t finish your creative projects. [This is a guest post by Bryan Collins.] Do you struggle to finish what you start? Do you have projects that have been sitting in a purgatory of incompletion for weeks, months, or years? That collection of stories that’s been hanging over your head, that sketchbook full of plans that mocks you from the corner of your desk, or those song bits that are still taking up space in your phone, perhaps. Maybe you’re waiting for a huge void to miraculously appear in your schedule, or inspiration to come down out of the sky and…
  • 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…
 
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    Megan Coxe

  • Why You Shouldn’t Freelance

    Megan Coxe
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Freelancing can sound like a dream. No boss, setting your own schedule, choosing your own clients, projects, and rates. While it’s true that you can have more flexibility than if you’re working for someone else, gaining this freedom can be a long road. A few of the obstacles to freelance freedom. You need clients. If you have a standing list of people you can call up as potential clients, you might not have a bad time. But most people spend their first year as an independent contractor scrambling to find the right projects – or any projects. The internet will undercut you. If you…
  • The Future of Digital Marketing

    Megan Coxe
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Last week, I went to a talk ambitiously titled the Future of Digital Marketing. Despite the alluring sound, the talk by Young & Rubicam CEO, David Sable, was less about what will be different and more about what will be the same as it ever was. “Creativity is how we tell the story. Innovation is how we get the story out.” Sable was referring to the ad world when he said this. But his words ring true for all storytellers. That first part, the story, is what separates the good stories from the bad ones. But getting that story out – whether it’s your fiction novel or your holiday…
  • No, Really: What Is Thought Leadership?

    Megan Coxe
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Thought leader is a silly term (as I’ve stated before). It’s redundant, almost denigrating leadership through ideas as a marketing ploy rather than true expertise. Yet, it’s become an important one in our time.  As David Brooks once said in his New York Times column on the subject: Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers. In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists. But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader. Brooks and others use the term “thought leader” to…
  • Take a Break: Optimizing Productivity and Creativity

    Megan Coxe
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. Between the elaborate plans for dinners, nerve-wracking football games, and preparing for Black Friday, the holiday is a stressful one for many Americans. But since it’s a holiday, it’s a good time to remind yourself to take a break. Actually, lots of breaks. We’re constantly thinking about work, our partners, our favorite sports teams, our exercise routines (or lack thereof), about what we’re not doing, what we might be doing wrong, and what we could be doing better. Our minds are constantly whirling with thoughts – some important, some not…
  • Popping up

    Megan Coxe
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This week, .Bk, the ecommerce company I work with, is putting on a pop-up shop. We’ve worked weeks and hours to create a beautiful but temporary retail space in Williamsburg and it’s exciting to see this project come to fruition. Pop-ups can be a great way for businesses to generate buzz and create new customers. But as with any venture, there’s also the potential for a huge disappointment. Design by Sante Miceli Studio. Photography by Sam Purcell. Here are five things you should consider before you pop-up: What is your goal? Is your primary goal local sales? Increasing awareness of…
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    Creativity For Life

  • Creative Holidays: December 18 – 23

    Deborah
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Looking for some creative holidays to celebrate in the upcoming week? Look no further!   December 18th Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day December 18th is International Answer the Phone like Buddy the Elf Day! How does Buddy the Elf answer the phone? “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Easy, peasy! Haven’t […] The post Creative Holidays: December 18 – 23 appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Reading And Creativity: Read More To Boost Your Creativity

    Deborah
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    How are reading and creativity connected? Each and every one of us has the potential to tap into our creative side. It’s just a matter of practice and doing it regularly so we train ourselves to be creative. One of the ways you can boost your creativity is by reading. Reading and creativity go hand-in-hand! […] The post Reading And Creativity: Read More To Boost Your Creativity appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • 10 Minute Photoshop Christmas Card (Tuesday Tutorial)

    Deborah
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Need to make a Christmas card in a hurry? Don’t panic. In association with TipSquirrel.com I’ve got a great little “Tuesday Tutorial” just for you! Here is the link to the FREE Photoshop Snowflake Brush used in the tutorial: http://www.gavtrain.com/ts/snow.zip We thank Gavin Hoey for today’s tutorial. You can see more of Gavin’s work on […] The post 10 Minute Photoshop Christmas Card (Tuesday Tutorial) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Don’t Let Anyone Dull YOUR Sparkle!

    Deborah
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    Don’t Let Anyone EVER Dull Your Sparkle!      The post Don’t Let Anyone Dull YOUR Sparkle! appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative Low-Cost Christmas Gifts – Chocolate Edition!

    Deborah
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Hello, hello my Creativity Cohorts! Have more gifts to buy this year than money to spend? This Round-Up post is for you! Check out these great creative low-cost Christmas gifts – Special Chocolate Edition!   DIY Reindeer Cocoa Cones Mommy’s Kitchen – Country Cooking & Family Friendly Recipes: DIY Reindeer Cocoa Cones {Great Gift Idea} […] The post Creative Low-Cost Christmas Gifts – Chocolate Edition! appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • Build Your Own Plywood House of Playing Cards

    Donald Rattner
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Plywood Playing Cards are designed for competitive gaming and imaginative free play. Crafted from Birch plywood, the cards take their inspiration from mid-century design and in particular the graphic work of Ray and Charles Eames. Their durable yet lightweight material endow the cards with a rich patina that will last much longer than your typical card stock deck. Best of all, the interlocking slots let you construct imaginative structures when not playing games. That's what we call double dealing! Designed by Donald Corey, the cards measure 6 ¼ by 1 ½ x 4 inches in their box. Handsome…
  • 4D PRINTING IS NOW IN FASHION

    Donald Rattner
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Today we stumbled onto the subject of 4D printing. At first we were surprised by the apparent fact that the world had so quickly moved beyond mere 3D printing. Reading on, however, we discovered that it's a bit more nuanced than that. Actually, 4D printing is 3D printing applied in a particular way. A definition: 4D printing creates complex, foldable, flexible, modular structures using 3D printed pieces. You can get a pretty good idea of what this all means in this video: Now let's give the floor to a fashion writer who's explored the concept of applying 4D printing to fashion. Take it…
  • Elizabeth Gilbert on The Creative Home

    Donald Rattner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Elizabeth Gilbert confronted a personal crisis head-on and did what many of us can only dream of: she ran away. Fortunately for her, she was able to turn her wanderings through Italy, India and Indonesia into a bestselling memoir called Eat, Pray, Love, and herself into a literary celebrity. While you'd think that would do a lot for a person's self-esteem and creative drive, it was apparently not so simple for Gilbert. In this video talk the author explores how success as well as the fear of it can drive us away from creativity. The problem, she says, is that either can bring us…
  • Tibor Kalman's Global Alphabet Blocks

    Donald Rattner
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    An American graphic designer of Hungarian descent, Tibor Kalman died in 1999 at the age of 50, leaving behind not only an important body of design work at his death, but in some ways the moral center of the entire graphic design profession. When the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) awarded him their medal of merit the year he died, their tribute declared the following: ”Of the two names that changed design in the '80s and '90s — Mac and Tibor — one changed the way we work, the other the way we think. The former is a tool, the latter was our conscience." At the center of…
  • Lighting With A Twist: Structures S7 Flex Lamp

    Donald Rattner
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Nicolas Pichelon is a highly trained technical navy man and engineer whose career eventually led him to the creative industries. In 2004 he founded his company Structures to assist artists and architects with complex projects, and in 2012 partnered with Jean Francois Michon to develop the S7 Plug 'n Play LED lamp. Michelin’s goal was to build a lighting system free of common constraints, like the rigidity of standard metal parts or the need to reduce glare. This ambitious game plan resulted in a flexible yet structurally stable, fully rotatable LED lamp head and power connection system…
 
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