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Social Solitude: In a Nutshell

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SVA Product of Design Student Eden Lew created Nutshell, aimed at reducing stress and providing a kind of respite from urban life. It’s a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking.

I’d use it. Read more.

(Thanks Allan)

Jessica Lawrence: On leading

I truly enjoyed this recent POP Tech talk by Jessica Lawrence in which she shares what she has learned about leadership from early teenage miscues through her tenure with the Girl Scouts of the USA and on to running NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest meetup with over 40,000 members.

Mac Premo – Stuff Maker

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My studiomate and friend Bas Berkhout just released this beauty of a mini documentary on Mac Premo. Mac is one of the most talented creative forces I know here in Brooklyn. You might know Mac for his art, his video on Oliver Jeffers or for the most recent U2 video, Ordinary Love. He’s a force of nature. I hugely admire his artistic courage and talent.

Thank you Bas for giving us this honest, raw glimpse into Mac’s life.

Yours Truly on Good Life Project

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Johnathan Fields, force behind the wonderful Good Life Project. Here’s our conversation:

Old Masters

Old Masters

After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.

Touchable Memories

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Touchable Memories’ by pirate3D, turns photographs into 3D-printed objects for people without vision. This hits home, as I have a close family member that has been slowly losing his eye sight over the past year.

Planet

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All images on this site were taken on board the International Space Station, which completes an orbit of the Earth in 93 minutes at an altitude of around 400 km and an average speed of 28,000 km/h. Stunning. Scroll! Scroll! Scroll!

Patagonia Tsampa Soup

What a surprising content of the most recent Patagonia newsletter: It’s about food! Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard shares the traditional Nepali Tsampa Soup. You can buy the provisions for Tsampa soup on their site. Cool!

Aspirational

ASPIRATIONAL from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

(via Kottke)

Never Forget To…

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Never forget to enjoy the process. No matter what you do. Beautiful lettering work by Sean Tulgetske, who I’ve just discovered thanks to this stunning Charity Water Mural.

A Tale of Two Bridges

With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are two choices: repair or rebuild. The 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are the latest examples. Read the story.

(via organized wonder)

Leadership as Storytelling

Some interesting thoughts on leadership and storytelling by John Maeda. Are you subscribing to his Tinyletter newsletter? If not, you should. One of my favorites.

Navigating the Open Sea of Knowledge

Thoughts on navigating the open sea of knowledge by Maria Popova.

Do One Thing Well

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Do One Thing Well. It’s Enough. Is it?

Your Brain and Meditation

Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation and predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies.

One Of Many

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My studiomate Wesley Verhoeve launched a fantastic new project called One of Many. Over the next few months, Wesley will travel to 12 cities across the US and over the course of a week immerse himself in their creative communities. The results are beautiful essays with stunning portrait photography and personal stories. Check out Charleston.

Wesley, who is the most outgoing person I have ever met, can strike up a conversation with anyone. When visiting these cities, he will be seeking out designers, chefs, woodworkers, farmers, engineers, writers, coffee brewers and anyone else making something that moves people.

Wesley believes that being a small business owner or a creative independent is exhilarating, but it can also be quite lonely and stressful. With One of Many Wesley wants to remind us that we are not alone. We are part of a growing movement. We are one of many.

(Above photos are all by Wesley Verhoeve, part of the Charleston series but previously unpublished. From top to bottom: David Lee, Diego Castro Oliva and Kate Nevin, members of the Charleston community)

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Charlie Kim on Company Culture

I recently had the pleasure to meet Charlie Kim of a Manhattan based technology firm called Next Jump. He is a remarkable example of a founder and CEO that is all about seeing his employees grow, not only in skill but in character.

Charlie has developed multitude of internal company culture programs that range from an in-house mentor program, to fitness programs, as well an internal university.

He has also developed a staff inclusive hiring process that guarantees a new hire never to be fired. Charlie Kim sees a new hire similar to a family adopting a new family member. If your kid underperforms you nurture and help them, don’t kick them out.

Charlie’s work is nothing short of impressive and just like him, I want my employees to feel cared for and I want them to be proud to work for me.

Charlie is a huge role model to me when it comes to how he thinks about company culture. Watch his keynote at the Colorado Health Symposium and you’ll see why.

Simon Sinek mentions Charlie in his most recent TED talk.

Origins of Common UI Symbols

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Do you ever think about where some of the common UI Symbols we interact with on a daily basis come from? The Power Button, Bluetooth or @ symbol? More here: Origins of Common UI symbols.

Will Lisak of Etwas

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Will Lisak of Etwas believes in old school craftsmanship. I am completely in love with his Standard No. 3 Bag.

Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help)

Thanks College Humor for breaking down NetNeutrality. Also, go to dearfcc.org to make your voice heard!

Daniel Dennet on how to compose a successful critical commentary

1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.

2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).

3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.

4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

– Daniel Dennet

From this brain pickings blog post.

You & I (Nobody In The World)

Beautiful video by John Legend. (Late to the game. I know.)

(via Carly)