The Biggest Human Temptation

The biggest human temptation

Golden Ratio Finder

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Perfect proportions observed in nature often follow the theory of the golden ratio. Historically, artists, designers and architects have used it as a means of defining beauty in a theoretical rather than intuitive way. Use the Golden Section Finder, a pocket sized gazing device, to locate the proportional perfection in your surroundings. Totally going to use this with my kids, walking around the city!

Work in The Age of Distraction

In this CreativeMornings/Los Angeles talk the impressive Jocelyn K Glei Jocelyn talks about work and creativity in the age of distraction.

(She curates my all-time favorite newsletter. You should sign up!)

Today! Human Rainbow on Brooklyn Bridge

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Fellow New Yorkers, my friends are organizing a Human Rainbow to span the Brooklyn Bridge today to mourn the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Dress monochromatic, in one bright rainbow color and show up at the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge at 6.30pm. TODAY! Yes to Human Rainbows and love.

Human Rainbow

Words, by Maya Angelou

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The DNA Journey

To celebrate diversity in the world momondo presents The DNA Journey: a journey into who we are and how we are all connected as a global family. They asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought.

DailyDoodle

Daily Doodle

My love for Geffen Refaeli’s DailyDoodle is a deep one. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, I’d highly recommend you’d change that. I keep coming back to the one above as that is how I felt growing up in Switzerland. The guy represents me and the snail is Switzerland.

(We sell some of her designs as Tattly.)

The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

prompt

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Prompt is an experimental email-based community project.

The premise is simple: every day, you get a prompt in your inbox. You get 18 hours to write back with anything you want. The next day, you get a new prompt, but you also get to see what everybody else on the list wrote back.

Not that I want one more extra email in my inbox, but I do find the idea charming.

Waiting to be ready

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Don’t wait.

The Myth of Average

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

(via Katie)

It’s ok to..

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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.

(via josh)

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.

(via Bas)

Zero Talent Required

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

(via Jocelyn)

Life While-You-Wait

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

(via Brain Pickings)

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’.