A few months ago, when Catherine Hoke, founder of Defy Ventures, spoke at CreativeMornings, she asked: “What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I remember how that question hit me in the gut. It’s a powerful one.
And she has built her calling around that question. She runs Defy Ventures to help ex-convicts get back on their feet, write a new promising chapter of their book. She wants to prove that it is in fact possible for people to make a 180-degree turn, change their habits, and start over! Defy is helping ex-convicts start their own businesses, and giving them a chance to change their path and repave their future.
My studiomates Bas and Hanne were so struck with Catherine’s mission that they offered to help her document and celebrate Defy Ventures graduates, let them tell their stories. And today, Judged.co went live.
Listen to these stories. I know they’ll inspire you too.
Animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders at Syracuse University, May 2013.
Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.
When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.
Noisli is a background noise generator ideal for working and relaxing. (Plus Text Editor for distraction-free writing with plain text and Markdown support.)
So simple. So neat.
Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful
Horace Dediu explains innovation.
Amazon Dash is a handheld Wi-Fi wand that includes a barcode scanner and a microphone, allowing you to scan or say what you’re running low on without having to leave your kitchen. Woah, Amazon is agressively taking convenience to a whole new level. I can’t help but admit that this doesn’t feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of ordering from Amazon. But I have consciously started reconsidering what exactly I am ordering online. If a small local business sells it close by, I will go there.
The examples they’re showing in this video are making me a bit sad; milk? You really want to get one jug of milk in a big cardboard delivered the next day? Also, doesn’t the iphone app already do exactly this?
ps: I first thought this was an April’s Fools Joke.
Ethan King is an inspiring 14 year old. At 10 he started Charity Ball to execute his vision of giving away soccer balls to kids in need. He has since given 4,000+ balls away. Humbling.
Made in the Future is an effort to capture IDEO’s musings about what a not-so-distant tomorrow might look like. They broke their findings into five themes: Meaning Economy, Outer Skills, Making Exchanges, Raw Systems and New Matter.
Some fascinating food for thought.
Photographer Phillip Toledano became a father at the age of 40 and fell in love with his daughter about a year and a half later, when he realized she was the most bewitching human being he’d ever seen.
The Reluctant Father follows Phillip’s journey at the beginning of fatherhood.
It’s a raw and honest. And funny. Wish I would have seen this when I was expecting my first child. Buy the book or check out the site.
“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”
Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Tickle is an app (concept?) to help you escape awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle can sense awkward gestures, and in turn, generate a phantom phone call to allow you to gracefully excuse yourself from whatever awkward situation you’re in. This made me laugh and double check if it’s not April 1st.
UPDATE: It’s a joke. Bummer.
In this 2013 99U talk, Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad describes “Gut Churn” as the radical uncertainty that’s a core part of any creative process that really pushes the envelope.
Just what I needed to be reminded of tonight. Watch it over on 99U.
1. Create value
2. Learn something new
3. Have a good time
Three goals for the day by Isaac Oates, founder and CEO of Justworks.com.
If you’re a parent, you most certainly will enjoy this CreativeMornings talk in which Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.
I agree with Patrick Cabral: Time Enjoyed Wasting is not Wasted. Yes!
“The three C’s of leadership are consideration, caring, and courtesy. Be polite to everyone.”
— Brian Tracy
(via this collection of leadership quotes)
The Gap: A new typographic interpretation of Ira Glass’s iconic quote about the creative process created by Daniel Sax.
This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is the first installment of a brand new documentary feature by Kirby Ferguson. You can view the first installment above. Always amazed at Kirby’s skill of connecting the dots.
And I love his experimentation in how a release of a documentary can work. If you want to see the upcoming installments, you’ll have to subscribe. I am all for supporting independent film makers.
I can also highly recommend his Everything is A Remix Series.