Understanding the Teenage Brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

The Original Lifehackers

In this CreativeMornings talk, Liz Jackson, founder of The Disabled List, talks about the misconceptions around disability and shares practical tips on how to design with disability, not for it. This is an important talk.

One Confetto

“One confetto — which happens to be the singular of confetti, in case you were wondering –isn’t very joyful, but multiply it, and you have a handful of one of the most joyful substances on the planet.”
Ingrid Fetell

The Era of Blind Faith in Data Must End

“Algorithms don’t make things fair. They repeat our past practices, our patterns. They automate the status quo.”

Interesting and timely talk by Cathy O’Neil, a data skeptic.

The Art of Asking

I needed to re-watch this talk. Thank you Amanda Palmer for sharing your wisdom.

Frank Chimero: What Screens Want

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Artists – We Need You

This CreativeMornings talk by Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the WomensMarch, moved me to tears. Please, give it 20mins of your time. It will light a fire in your creative heart.

“It is the creative community’s responsibility to reopen the heart of America.”
– Paola Mendoza

1% Better Every Day

Love notion of aiming to get 1% better every day, told by James Clear.

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Give Yourself Permission To Discover Your Genius

I thoroughly enjoyed Erin Kim’s heartfelt talk at the most recent CreativeMornings/Audience Takes The Stage event in NYC, hosted at the beautiful 501 Union.

Michael Bierut: How To Design a Library

I could listen to Michael Bierut talking about his craft all day long. If you enjoyed the above talk, you might also want to watch his CreativeMornings talk from a few years back.

Argument = Teaching Moment

“If you’re going to have an argument with someone, the best way to do it is to assume they can teach you something.”
– Celeste Headlee

Quote from a conversation between Celeste Headlee and Janet Lee in this article. And here’s Celeste’s TED Talk, 10 ways to have a better conversation.

The Empathy of Food

Anna Lappé speaks on the “empathy of food”.

(via Michael Pollan)

Elon on the Future

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

The LA tunnel project is blowing my mind.

Resist & Thrive

This Ignite talk by Yancey Strickler was presented at People We Love Camp, an unconference hosted by Kickstarter in October 2016.

Simon Sinek Q&A at CreativeMornings/San Diego

If you haven’t seen Simon’s recent CreativeMornings/San Diego talk, I recommend you watch it first. Then the above Q&A. What a remarkable human!

Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. In this TED talk she illustrates how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Take The Risk of Connection

John Zinsser wants us to wake up, and really “connect”. In this eye-opener, John goes out on a limb and challenges the audience to have real connection in this world. He reshapes our understanding of what we truly risk on a day-to-day, to help us understand the need for connecting as a means for growth, and trusting others on the outskirt of separation.

Congrats to Ivan and his team of CreativeMornings/Charleston for this gem of a talk!

Video by: Jay Wayne Productions, in collaboration with: Mac Kilduff

CreativeMornings Podcast: MOBY

In this CreativeMornings Podcast you can listen to the renowned musician MOBY speak on moving to LA from NYC, creativity, inspiration, and the freedom to fail. You can also watch the recorded talk here.

Weird, or just different?

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Work in The Age of Distraction

In this CreativeMornings/Los Angeles talk the impressive Jocelyn K Glei Jocelyn talks about work and creativity in the age of distraction.

(She curates my all-time favorite newsletter. You should sign up!)

The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

The Myth of Average

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

(via Katie)

Are You A Freelancer?

master freelancer

Freelance life can be lonely. And it can be tough to get the recognition you deserve. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks teamed up and launched the Master Freelancer Award. It’s absolutely free to enter, just like every CreativeMornings event.

The winners will officially be able to call themselves Master Freelancers and prove it with a trophy. CreativeMornings will share their work with their global audience in every corner of the Internet. And if you win, you’ll also receive a Bamboo Spark and a free FreshBooks subscription for one year. With all the work you’re getting, you’ll be able to invoice like a boss.

The deadline is June 1st! It takes 10 minutes to enter! Go!

Entries will be reviewed by these lovely judges: Ingrid Fetell Lee (Design Director at IDEO), Josh Hansen (Creative Director, FreshBooks), Liz Danzico (Creative Director, NPR), Mike McDerment (co-founder and CEO, FreshBooks) & myself!

How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age

Jürgen Siebert, our unstoppable CreativeMornings/Berlin host just recently hosted his 50th event! All in his free time, with his team of volunteers. You can’t put a price on what he is doing for the Berlin creative community! Team HQ has so much gratitude for him and his team! SO MUCH!

The talk of that morning was by Adam Fletcher and he speaks on How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age.