The Economy of Generosity

The above video is me asking the 600 people CreativeMornings NYC audience at our most recent event to support CreativeMornings and its volunteers.

I am being told on a daily basis that the business model I have set CreativeMornings up on, is bound to fail. CreativeMornings is fueled and can grow because of the generosity of companies that believe in this creative community, our global partners Mailchimp, Freshbooks and Shutterstock. And, only for the second time in 7.5 years, we are asking our community for help.

I believe in the economy of generosity and that it can sustain an organization like CreativeMornings. If you do too, show your support, over on our CreativeMornings Kickstarter.

We reached our goal yesterday, which means we can secure a venue for our Organizer summit, but now, we need to raise money for AV equipment, chairs, food etc. Support the volunteers that put on thousands of events every year. It all will come back to you, in form of even better CreativeMornings events in your local city.

Generosity

“Being a giver is not good for a 100-yard dash, but it’s valuable in a marathon.”
Adam Grant

What to do with that half onion?

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Ever wonder what to do with that left-over half onion? Here’s a way to keep it fresh. Made me chuckle.

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Multi Spot Bedding

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Loving the polka dot bedding you can get over on castle.

Who We Can Love

Always loving the School of Life Videos.

Abbesses Plates

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Abbesses plates, named after a Parisian arrondissement, feature a single hand-painted grey line that outlines its simple organic shape. Beautiful!

Currency of Leadership

“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.”
– Howard Schultz

Black Man In a White World

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Running for Pizza

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Pizza and running lovers rejoice: This is your t-shirt. Well done, Laura Bee.

Philodendron Monstera

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I have been excited for weeks now to finally announce this beauty of a new Tattly. It’s by French watercolor artist Vincent Jeannerot.

Over the past few months I have developed a slight Monstera leaf obsession and am happy to be wearing them on my skin now. Also, if you buy one this week, you’re entering a give-away for one of Vincent’s beautiful prints.

Fencing Visualized

Woah! Fencing comes to life with the help of motion tracking and gorgeous visual effects by Japanese fencer Yuki Ota and the Fencing Visualized Project.

Lets Camera

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On vacation with friends? Lets Camera lets you automatically sync vacation photos within a group. (Switch your “wi-fi” mode on in the settings if you do not want to waste on your data plan. Once your phone is connected to the Internet, all photos will be synced.)

This is definitely a fun idea for a close circle of friends or at a party. But then also, oh, the awkward moment when you forget to turn sharing off…

(via Producthunt)

Big Questions

“… By all means, get it right. Get it right the first time. Successful makers of change embrace the hierarchy of importance, though, and refuse to engage with a fight about right when it’s vitally important to focus on important instead.”

Big questions before little ones, Seth Godin

How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age

Jürgen Siebert, our unstoppable CreativeMornings/Berlin host just recently hosted his 50th event! All in his free time, with his team of volunteers. You can’t put a price on what he is doing for the Berlin creative community! Team HQ has so much gratitude for him and his team! SO MUCH!

The talk of that morning was by Adam Fletcher and he speaks on How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age.

Lead like the great conductors

An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. Beautiful talk.

Middle-Age

“By middle age you might begin to see, retrospectively, the dominant motifs that have been running through your various decisions. You might begin to see how all your different commitments can be integrated into one meaning and purpose. You might see the social problem your past has made you uniquely equipped to tackle. You might have enough clarity by now to orient your life around a true north on some ultimate horizon.”

The Middle-Age Surge, by David Brooks

Friday Link Pack

This made me laugh: How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk

– Love this: Bhutan Honors Newborn Prince by Planting 108,000 Tree

– Here’s how you get your little one to eat greens.

– Deep: “You can’t steer a parked car!”

– Some simple, good tips in this post: “15 Ways to Delight Your Clients

– My sister is winning: Birth Order Doesn’t Affect Personality, but It Does Affect Intelligence

– Weird! The future? Robots that assist you. (via)

– A simple dish rack and drying matt in one.

– Some real gems can be found in John Maeda’s lawsof.design. Just dig.

– Terrifying. Scientists warn of dramatic climate shift much sooner than expected

– This face swap app called Masquerade is something else.

Ring lets you to see and speak with visitors at your door, from anywhere. Each doorbell is equipped with an HD camera with night vision and smart motion detection.

– “most of us are willing to be much more honest with our phones than with professionals, or even with our spouses and partners.” Interesting New York Times Article

From Film to Poster. (via)

Don’t agree with this one. Don’t think it ever pays off to burn a bridge. Anyone proof me wrong?

– “A healthy work-life balance isn’t about separation as much as how one influences the other.” – Jason Fried (via)

– This pocket scanner called Dacuda looks awesome. I want to totally give this a try.

– This fully assembled desk unfolds as an alternative to the slouched-over computer posture.

– Love these simple white ash baskets.

– I’d like my Bourbon with an ice ball moon, please.

– Cameron Moll writes about the art of the perfect job ad: “Mozilla’s nearly flawless job ad, and why.

– Tattly is coming out with scented tattoos in April. I might explode of excitement until then. Also, we are hiring a Wholesale Manager. Join us?

Pros and Cons of Group Chats

“Think about it like sleep. If someone was interrupted every 15 minutes while they were trying to sleep, you wouldn’t think they’d be getting a good night’s sleep. So how can getting interrupted all day long lead to a good day’s work?”

Thoughtful post on pros and cons on the usage of group chat apps like Slack by Jason Fried: Is group chat making you sweat?

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Honor

“To seek honor before profit is the surest means of finding profit with honor.”
– Félix Nadar

Photographer Félix Nadar on the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Commercially Successful Artist

Love

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Yup.

♥ / GutenTag – Visual Day Planning

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Sky House

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This house by platform a + d just took my breath away. The expansive view from the terrace is stunning. And, my favorite part is the bed that pulls up and reveals the bathtub. Ingenious.

Goals

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”
– Albert Einstein