For our CreativeMornings birthday we asked a few of our former NYC speakers to share 2mins of advice. (You can view all of them here.) This one, by Jason Santa Maria really resonated with me. Remember the human on the other side, when criticizing others.
There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”
What is it to give yourself to an idea? Where the thing you love is the thing that hollows you out. Dedicating yourself to something that becomes all consuming because you believe in the idea and the impact this has on yourself and your relationships. Finding something where you have to give up something of yourself and your relationships and not think about the problems this might create because you believe in the idea. Adil gives a heartfelt talk about his own very personal journey of making his ideas happen.
Lots of more fantastic talks to be found here, over at the Do Lectures Archive.
My studiomates of Editorially just launched STET, a writers’ journal on culture & technology. STET’s goal is to demystify writing by drawing attention to how writing works. It pairs good writing with notes that explain what makes writing good. Topics range across culture and technology, with special attention paid to the intersections between them.
Dominic Wilcox has created a fully functional prototype pair of shoes that will guide the wearer to any destination, no matter where they are in the world. Poetic.
The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million. A visual monologue by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley.
“If you want people to to think, give them intent, not instruction.”
- David Marquet
New York City Ballet filmed NEW BEGINNINGS at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan. This stunning short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.
Make sure to watch in full screen mode!
(Thank you Joao Unzer)
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”.
- Simone Weil
1. Don’t just covet new. Seek out timeless content.
2. Spend more time learning, than teaching or preaching.
3. Pay talented people directly, not by looking at ads.
4. Meet people in-person as much as your time allows.
5. Credit discoveries, and more importantly, creators.
6. Reflect on and remix, don’t regurgitate.
7. Check your facts. Question provocative claims. Empathize.
8. Emails is salt. It’s critical, but can destroy meals when overused.
9. Read less, more thoroughly, and more thoughtfully.
10. Avoid page-view journalism.
Del Close‘s Eleven Improv Commandments can be applied to all kinds of life situations, startups for example:
1. You are all supporting actors.
2. Always check your impulses.
3. Never enter a scene unless you are NEEDED.
4. Save your fellow actor, don’t worry about the piece.
5. Your prime responsibility is to support.
6. Work at the top of your brains at all times.
7. Never underestimate or condescend to your audience.
8. No jokes (unless it is tipped in front that it is a joke.)
9. Trust… trust your fellow actors to support you; trust them to come through if you lay something heavy on them; trust yourself.
10. Avoid judging what is going down except in terms of whether it needs help (either by entering or cutting), what can best follow, or how you can support it imaginatively if your support is called for.
“A few years ago, a friend shared with me his strategy for decluttering his home. He and his wife lived in a duplex and decided to gather every single thing they had and put it in the bottom level of the duplex. They moved upstairs, lived in just the top level, and as they needed something, they would go downstairs, find it, and bring it up. Little by little, they repopulated their life with only what was necessary.”
Moving Upstairs, by Jack Cheng
Consider me intrigued by the bioscope, a project by Jon Stam & Simon de Bakker. It was inspired by an early movie projector of the same name and is a medium to experience memories in relative time. By rotating the handle, the digital (or digitized home) movie is animated frame by frame, forward or in reverse, relative to the speed and direction that is used to turn the dial.
PressPausePlay explores the massive digital revolution of the last decade which has unleashed and democratized creative opportunities. Does democratized culture really mean better art, film, music and literature?