“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
– Anne Lamott
(via brain pickings)
What an incredibly powerful talk by Anand Giridharadas. Do yourself a favor and take 19minutes to watch this.
Kodak has prioritized its patent portfolio and the Eastman Business Park since it declared bankruptcy in 2012. Despite some success, the company might never live up to the legacy of its own past. After the Kodak Moment.
G and I installed (our Kickstarter purchased) Canary Home Security System today and we’re impressed. Easy to set up and an incredibly elegant user experience all around. It alerts us if there is motion detected in our home and lets us monitor air quality, temperature and humidity using internal sensors. Impressive!
Some things are just plain annoying, unpleasant. My personal list of bummer experiences includes going to the post office, security at airports, changing sheets and dealing with health insurance. The fine folks at IDEO and Studio 360 are challenging these moments and want to flip it and find a way to infuse it with joy, very much inspired by Ingrid Fetell’s work Aesthetics of Joy.
What do you think needs redesigning? What do you find unnecessarily joyless? Leave a comment below. Or tweet about it with the hashtag #bringjoy.
My love for The School of Life keeps growing. This video is so good. Totally sharing with my kids.
There’s not many CEOs I admire as much as MailChimp Co-founder Ben Chestnut. I keep reminding myself of his 5 rules for a creative culture:
1. Avoid rules. Avoid order. Don’t just embrace chaos, but create a little bit of it. Constant change, from the top-down, keeps people nimble and flexible (and shows that you want constant change).
2. Give yourself and your team permission to be creative. Permission to try something new, permission to fail, permission to embarrass yourself, permission to have crazy ideas.
3. Hire weird people. Not just the tattoo’d and pierced-in-strange-places kind, but people from outside your industry who would approach problems in different ways than you and your normal competitors.
4. Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job — deal with it.
5. Structure your company to be flexible. Creativity is often spontaneous, so the whole company needs to be able to pivot quickly and execute on them (see #1).
If you enjoyed this, I’d recommend you watch Ben’s CreativeMornings talk. I guarantee you it’s 40minutes well spent.
Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Humbling and inspiring.
The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one’s fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism – and to watch this film.
In this TED Talk Philosopher Ruth Chang speaks on how we we go about big hard choices the wrong way. Anyone who ever had a hard time making a difficult decision will enjoy this talk.
Earlier this month, my friend Jen gifted me a beautiful 30min hourglass. It’s a beauty just to look at, but also oh-so-helpful for someone like me who would like to improve focus. I admit, I get easily distracted by the world around me and the always tempting internet.
I now use the hourglass to implement the idea of the Pomodoro Technique. It works! (It’s hard though!)
Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.