Dan Pallotta on Charity

Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought.

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.

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch is a FREE online game that fights world hunger. All proceeds go to help feed orphaned children around the world.

Play the game online or download it from the App Store!

Send The Elevator Back Down

“If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”
– Kevin Spacey

From this interview over on Levo.com

It’s Not Too Late To Make A Difference

Via Seth Godin’s post The stories we tell ourselves.

Minimize

Minimize

Love the design and message of this UGMONK shirt: Minimize. I might call that the theme of 2015.

How to Download a YouTube Video

I didn’t realize it was *this* easy to download a YouTube video.

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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

Mac Premo from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.

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

planet

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…

Enjoy the process

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

Do One Thing Well

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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