The School of Life created Phone Detox, a palm-sized book filled with insights, ideas and meditations about the complex relationship we have with our phones.
I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:
For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.
Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .
This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.
The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)
Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.
What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?
I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – – Plato
School of Life launched Cards for Perspective: A set of 20 cards featuring fresh perspectives through which to look at life. LOVE!
I couldn’t help but admire my friend Jesse’s backpack from Peak Design. Super smart in its design, it comes with side openings, modular configuration of the inside and expandable external side pockets, just to mention a few features. Also, stylish!
I weirdly got one of these WISP Broom and Dustpan sent to me last year. I laughed at it. Yet, I took it home and now it’s my favorite cleaning devices I own. It looks a bit awkward, yes, but it has changed the way I feel about sweeping. This is probably one of the very few times where I broke my personal rule of an object having to be aesthetically pleasing to be allowed into my house. The WISP is ugly but oh-so-functional.
“If you’re open to learning, you get your life-lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues—boom! Sledgehammer.”
― Gay Hendricks
From the book The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery
“If you can change one thing about yourself then please be kinder and change how you end things because it matters way more than how you begin them.”
– Sartaj Anand
How We End Things, by Sartaj Anand
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A while back I tweeted “No is a complete sentence”, which Debbie Millman surprisingly turned into a t-shirt over at Cotton Bureau. HOW FUN!
I have never thought of paper clips having historical significance. Apparently they do.
“This seems to be an era of gratuitous inventions and negative improvements. Consider the beer can. It was beautiful – as beautiful as the clothespin, as inevitable as the wine bottle, as dignified and reassuring as the fire hydrant. A tranquil cylinder of delightfully resonant metal, it could be opened in an instant, requiring only the application of a handy gadget freely dispensed by every grocer. Who can forget the small, symmetrical thrill of those two triangular punctures, the dainty pfff, the little crest of suds that foamed eagerly in the exultation of release? Now we are given, instead, a top beetling with an ugly, shmoo-shaped tab, which, after fiercely resisting the tugging, bleeding fingers of the thirsty man, threatens his lips with a dangerous and hideous hole. However, we have discovered a way to thwart Progress, usually so unthwartable. Turn the beer can upside down and open the bottom. The bottom is still the way the top used to be. True, this operation gives the beer an unsettling jolt, and the sight of a consistently inverted beer can might make people edgy, not to say queasy. But the latter difficulty could be eliminated if manufacturers would design cans that looked the same whichever end was up, like playing cards. What we need is Progress with an escape hatch.”
– Jon Updike
Originally appeared in The New Yorker (Jan. 18, 1964).
“There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-improtance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you – of kindness and consideration and respect – not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.”
– John Steinbeck
Read the full letter. It’s delightful.
The nerd in my admits that the Verbasizer was my favorite part of David Bowie’s exhibit currently at the Brooklyn Museum.
What happens when 3 couples try to answer the “36 Questions that Lead to Love”? Authentic connection.
“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.”