All World Maps Are Wrong

Fascinating video explaining why all world maps are wrong.

The Confessions Game

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The Confessions Game is designed to get a group of friends to share their lives triumphs, joys, fears and longings. #wishlisted

Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace

Do you work with Millennials? Watch this.

Thoughtfulness

“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be thoughtfulness.”
– Confucius

Perspective in Form of a Scarf

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I will not leave my house without a Slow Factory scarf these days. Wearing a NASA Space Telescope Image of a globular cluster or honoring Amelia Erhart gives me the perspective I need these days. Ever since the presidential election here in the U.S. I feel like there is a heavy gray cloud hanging over my world.

But we can’t have our spirits broken. We need to show up and be a positive force in the world. Slow Factory’s Scarves remind me of this. Every day. And yes, I am most likely their biggest fan.

Macy Gray – I Try

Resist & Thrive

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

Support Good People with Your Holiday Shopping

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Every time you buy something, you vote with your wallet.

As someone who has bootstrapped companies and knows just how hard it is to do it right, to fight the good fight and do things the right way, not just for the bottom-line, but actually run a business with a set of values that might make the world a tiny bit better, I know just how incredibly hard it is to make it work. Just like this election has shown, the ruthless ones, the ones that don’t care about anything other than full pockets, are the ones that usually win.

I have bootstrapped Tattly from the beginning and we had some wonderful successes but it is a bumpy road, even 5 years in. I believe in manufacturing whatever I can in the U.S. I believe in selecting my artists carefully and paying them a generous royalty. I believe in shipping everything out of Brooklyn and creating lower wage jobs in the city. I believe in creating a healthy work environment for my employees and offer sane working hours. I could go on! All of these values make it exponentially harder to succeed. Our business model has been copied by people that don’t care about any of these things and that are just in for the money.

All of this has made me realize that I need to be more careful on how I spend my money and who I support and endorse. My purchases have a direct impact. Supporting small matters. Here are are few small companies and individuals that I know, or have been following for a long time, that have a set of values I admire. I want them to succeed with their businesses.

Help me grow this list! What small entrepreneurs or individuals should we be supporting and why? Write suggestions below as a comment with links to their sites. I am actively keeping tab of companies that make the world a little better and will continuously support them, here on my blog and beyond.

Here is my GROWING list of companies I suggest you consider supporting this holiday season:

Sugru – the world needs fixing. The founder Jane is one of my favorite people. Watch her 99u talk and fall in love as well.

Slow Factory – Fashion as a tool for social and environmental change. NASA images printed on 100% natural fabric and eco-friendly dyes and process.

Holstee – a subscription that explores one mindful theme each month through art, words and action.

Various Keytags – get someone a special key chain. The people that run it are special too.

Three Potato Four – Janet Morales and Stu Eli began Three Potato Four through their love of found objects. It’s been a pleasure to watch their labor of love grow into a company.

Pipsticks – Monthly sticker subscription, run by a super kind couple with three kids.

Tinybop – the best educational kids apps out there. SUCH good, smart people that run this company.

Uncommon goods – Dave the founder is remarkable. Read their about page. Then support them.

JAM – online courses for kids. Zach Klein, the founder, is good people.

The Sill – Get some plants into your home and office. Healthy plants by healthy, lovely humans.

American Heirloom – I have one of their cutting boards. It’s my favorite.

Field Notes – the original. I have admired Jim Coudal, the founder, for a long time and he has been instrumental in my decision to let go of clients. He is an entrepreneur with values I admire.

Jen makes beautiful jewelry. And she is a beautiful human.

Rifle Paper – satisfy all of your paper needs. Anna Bond, the illustrator behind the brand, has shaped this industry. She is probably the hardest working human on this planet.

Etsy – a company with fantastic values and a serious moral compass, supporting makers around the world. YES!

Brooklyn Industries – know and admire the founders.

Oliver Jeffers – one of the most talented and hardest working artists I know. Buy a print or look for his picture books next time you’re in a book store.

Brvtvs – a New York based jewelry collection created by Caroline Ventura.

City of Industry – It’s been a pleasure seeing Sara build out her pin business into more than just that. A labor of love I want to see succeed!

Soma – Good people. Good products.

Charity Water – instead of christmas/wedding or birthday gifts fundraise for clean water?

Lumi – I met Jesse Genet, the co-founder recently and was so impressed by her hustle and enthusiasm to improve the world of packaging goods.

Kikkerland – my favorite place to find fun gifts.

ban.do – a destination for slightly silly fun gifts.

Ghostly – it’s easy to get lost in their music or products.

Haptic Lab – stunning products by a remarkable woman.

Poketo – beautiful gifts curated by a beautiful couple.

Paper Jam Press – love these so much.

Hendley – I have never met a person before that makes perfumes. Hans’ love for this industry is beautiful to follow along.

Adam J. K. – one of my favorite places to shop for gifts on the internet.

Solange | Cranes in the Sky

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The Unknown

The Unknown

What a timely pin given recent U.S. politics.

Together List

Together List

YES! TogetherList is a database of women’s rights, POC, LGBT+, immigrant, Muslim-American and climate change advocacy groups that need your support.

(via Natalie)

In A Creative World

In A Creative World

This month’s global CreativeMornings theme is Fantasy and together with Shutterstock we’re rallying the community around fantasies of a world where creativity is infused for the good of all. This #InACreativeWorld campaign couldn’t be more timely and I love seeing the entries coming in:

How do you envision a world in which creativity is playing a major role? How would you finish a sentence that stars with #InACreativeWorld… ? Contribute your thoughts via Twitter or Instagram and see all of the entries over on inacreativeworld.com.

Being in a living painting

Jill Soloway, creator of TRANSPARENT, talks about equality on film sets and the chance to be working on a living painting. Her leading style is incredibly inspiring – safe leadership.

(via Bailey)

Live Immediately

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
– Seneca

The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

Pendulum

A pendulum supercharging with kindness, inclusivity and respect.

The Craziest Thing…

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The Craziest Thing We Can Do is Nothing. Speak up!

And Still I Rise

In this video Maya Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise” which she published in 1978.

Now or Never

Now or Never

So many feels on this monumental day where hopefully we are going to make history here in the United States! Now or Never!

Man Without Wings

Man Without Wings

This beautiful print by Geffen Rafaeli is a reminder to everyone in the US to go vote today!

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!

Take a Breath | Jason Santa Maria

Google Arts & Culture

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Holy smokes Google Arts & Culture is amazing. You can virtually explore museums. My head is exploding! I know what I am doing with my kids tonight!

How China Is Changing Your Internet

What was once known as the land of cheap rip-offs may now offer a glimpse of the future — and American companies are taking notice: Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else

Seth Godin in conversation with Marie Forleo

Beautiful conversation between Seth Godin and Marie Forleo.

(via Paul)