How do you draw a circle?

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

(thanks Christine)

Minutiae

Minutiae is designed to record mundane moments with no time to pose nor polish shots. The app was created as a response to the polished, carefully selected images we put on Facebook and Instagram. Instead of weddings, pets and brunch, Minutiae wants its users to capture the random, often boring things that happen in between.

As someone who created a 200 page book celebrating “The Beauty in the Ordinary” in 1999 as my thesis, this makes my heart sing.

Problems…

SheEO

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to meet Vicki Saunders, the founder of SheEO, a global community of women radically transforming how we finance, support, and celebrate female innovators. SheEO’s goal is to reach 1M Activators, 10,000 women-led Ventures and a $1B perpetual fund to support women for generations to come.

I. LOVE. THIS!

Yes to radical generosity and women supporting women!

Questions To Get To Know Someone

This post has LOTS of questions that help you get to know someone. Here are three that caught my eye:

What have you created that you are most proud of?

What do you value in a friendship?

What question do you always want to ask people but don’t have the courage to ask?

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How To Have A Good Conversation

We too often imagine that ‘good conversations’ are things we fall into out of luck. According to the School of Life it’s far from it, knowing how to have a good conversation is a skill that can be learnt – and here are the beginning of the rules.

Toposcape

An audiovisual piece made up of over four thousand still images pulled from Google Earth, individually edited, and then manually sequenced to Midnight by Caravan Palace.

(Thank you Amirah)

Generosity

“Generosity takes effort.”

Read Seth Godin’s full post on The Right Effort of Generosity

Life

My Life by Mr. Bingo.

This Contract!

“You give me money, I give you creative!” This contract is after my own heart.

Rainbow Bow Tie

Buy this fun rainbow bow tie, wear it proudly and feel good about the fact that 100% of the sales will support LGBTQ rights. Thumbs up!

Learn

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
– Bill Nye

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.

Talk/Guided Meditation with Tara Brach

A few years back my friend Maria of Brain Pickings pointed me to Tara Brach’s guided meditations. They have carried me through some difficult times and I can’t thank Tara enough for so generously offering these podcasts for free. This morning, I listened to the above talk on relaxing the over-controller and it really hit home. Watch the talk and then enjoy the guided meditation at the end. It’s just what I needed. Maybe some of you do too…

What Is Luck?

Is luck real?

The Empathy of Food

Anna Lappé speaks on the “empathy of food”.

(via Michael Pollan)

Good Bones

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Pile of Good Things

“So what if instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
– Rainbow Rowell

(via this #riskhappy Instagram Post)

Normal

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
– Ellen Goodman

(via this Instagram post)

Questions & Empathy

Absolutely loving this deck of cards designed by sub rosa to help enable empathic thinking. I flipped through the cards and found countless uncomfortable questions. I foresee my next dinner party with friends will have lots of deep conversation. My favorite part: When you open the box, it reads “no small talk” on the lid. So good! The world needs this.

Worries

Citizen-Led Walking Tours

Jane’s Walk is an organization offering citizen-led walking tours in over 200 cities. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors. I love EVERYTHING about this.

Here are upcoming walking tours in New York City.

(via Kyle)

Am I Normal?

52 cards to find out just how weird (or not) you might be. The School of Life designed this set of cards as a tool of self-assessment and reassurance.

Brandord Marsalis on Students

From this article: 3 Things School taught you without even realizing it.

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