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rules for newbies

I think I need to make a list inspired by this one for new employees on my teams. My last line would definitely be: Make use of our confetti drawer.

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Community

“The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life.”
– Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich on Lying, What “Truth” Really Means, and the Alchemy of Human Possibility

The Son of a Terrorist

Thanks to the team of Virgin Unite, I had the pleasure to meet Zak Ebrahim last night. He is the son of a terrorist. And, he is a gentle, soft spoken beautiful soul. His story moved me and gives me so much hope for this world. Empathy can change the world! We need more of it!

Instructions for Living A Life

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Mary Oliver’s instructions for living a life.

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Data

“… Data paves the road to the bottom. It is the lazy way to figure out what to do next. It’s obsessed with the short-term.

Data gets us the Kardashians.”

Actually, more data might not be what you’re hoping for, Seth Godin

The Life House

The School of Life just launched a modern version of a Monastery. I’d like to visit.

Harvesting Ideas

“It is not simply the brightest who have the best ideas; it is those who are best at harvesting ideas from others. It is not only the most determined who drive change; it is those who most fully engage with like-minded people. And it is not wealth or prestige that best motivates people; it is respect and help from peers.”

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Daily Overview

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I keep coming back to Daily Overview. Probably a metaphor to me needing to zoom out a lot these days to remind myself of the bigger picture, in life.

Working Mom

Even as the Western world has moved further towards gender equality, studies show that working women in two-income households still take on a disproportionate amount of the parenting chores. Working Mom traces two mornings and one evening in the life of one such woman, Gill, as she cares for her two young boys. Chronicling Gill from the first waking minutes of her day to the last, the Canadian director Daniel Wilner shows in the most intimate way what a mother’s work at home really is – an endless fugue of exhaustion and magic.

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Zero Talent Required

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So good: 10 things that require no talent or luck.

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Life While-You-Wait

Amanda Palmer reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Life While-You-Wait”.

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Know Yourself Prompt Cards

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These Know Yourself Cards by The School of Life are going to help you understand who you really are: what you want, how you feel and why you react as you do. A lack of self-knowledge can be trouble, for it makes us get into the wrong relationships, pick unsatisfactory jobs or spend money unwisely. As Socrates said: ‘Know Yourself’.

Small Steps Are Giant Leaps

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This touching father-son photo project made my heart melt a bit: Aaron Sheldon documents his four year old son as he discovers the world wearing an astronaut helmet. The helmet symbolizing how astronauts are brave and face their fears, this little four year old braves and discovers the world astronaut style.

Sheldon is turning the series into a photo book. Get a copy by backing his Kickstarter.

CreativeMornings Talk: Andrew Hessel

Andrew Hessel, a futurist and catalyst in biological technology, delivers a powerful and thought-provoking CreativeMornings talk about the interplay between ethics, society, and life. Through the lens of his research in 3D-printing cancer-fighting viruses, Andrew challenges us to consider how we build ethical frameworks in our careers and in our lives. 27mins well spent.

Stay or Leave a Relationship?

Never not inspired by Alain de Botton’s School of Life videos.

Titanic Sink in Real Time

The above video lets you watch the sinking of the Titanic in real time. According to the web site Titanic Facts, the ship sank in two hours and 40 minutes in 1912. And that’s precisely how long things take to unfold in the video above. Wow.

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Challenged

“I know that I’m not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don’t know how not to.”
– Maya Angelou

Rainbow In The Clouds

Beautiful words by the wise Maya Angelou. Are you someone’s rainbow?

Design Matters with Amanda Palmer

“We think that we’re all very connected, we think that we’re all very communicative. But when you actually strip it down, there’s a lot wrong. And the proof is in the pudding — you have a whole society of people who are depressed and insecure and anxious and paranoid and worried … and, fundamentally, feeling very unseen… Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society… What have we done to create such unhappiness?”

Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

Slow and Steady

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The older I get, the more I understand why my parents used to say that slow and steady wins. Nothing worthwhile can be rushed.

How Did She Get There

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How did she get there is a series of weekly interviews with successful women from media, communications and the arts. Love this!

’40 Percent Rule’

“When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.” A Navy SEAL lesson told by Jesse Itzler.

Techies

Techies Project

Techies is a portrait project focused on sharing stories of tech employees in Silicon Valley. The projects covers subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative. This includes (but is not limited to) women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc.

The project has two main goals: to show the outside world a more comprehensive picture of people who work in tech, and to bring a bit of attention to folks in the industry whose stories have never been heard, considered or celebrated. Helena Price believes storytelling is a powerful tool for social impact and positive change.

Totally impressed. And, I wish it will grow beyond Silicon Valley. Read the original post introducing the project over on Medium.

The Good Times Experiment

“Too often we apply metrics — that are frankly bullshit — to our lives: job status, money, flash cars, holidays, blah blah blah. This experiment reminded me that there are more effective indicators for success, by simply keeping a weekly list of ‘good times’.”

Last week during a conversation Ian Sanders mentioned his Good Times Experiment. Each week he makes a list — headed ‘Good Times’ — where he scribbles down all the good things that have happened. Some weeks the list runs to over 30 ; other weeks just to 15 or 16. Some days heI writes nothing down, other days there’ll be a rush of experiences all in one go.

What’s the point of this exercise? The point is = the importance of noticing. I think, I’ll join Ian in this experiment. You?