Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”
Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”
Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…
A few months ago, when Catherine Hoke, founder of Defy Ventures, spoke at CreativeMornings, she asked: “What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I remember how that question hit me in the gut. It’s a powerful one.
And she has built her calling around that question. She runs Defy Ventures to help ex-convicts get back on their feet, write a new promising chapter of their book. She wants to prove that it is in fact possible for people to make a 180-degree turn, change their habits, and start over! Defy is helping ex-convicts start their own businesses, and giving them a chance to change their path and repave their future.
My studiomates Bas and Hanne were so struck with Catherine’s mission that they offered to help her document and celebrate Defy Ventures graduates, let them tell their stories. And today, Judged.co went live.
Listen to these stories. I know they’ll inspire you too.
Animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders at Syracuse University, May 2013.
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Love this Retro Diner/Movie Board by Goodwin + Goodwin. Each board comes with a set of clear plastic alphabet letters, numbers and symbols that can be used to create any combination of words you want, fits 14 characters approx and the clear plastic letters simply slot in.
Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.
When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.
“Fear of what other people will think is the single most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. The best moment of my life…was the day I realized that I no longer give a damn what anybody thinks. That’s enormously liberating and freeing, and it’s the only way to live your life and do your business.”
— Cindy Gallop
Taken from Cindy’s fantastic CreativeMornings talk.
Andi Baio sold Upcoming.org to Yahoo in 2005. Last year, Yahoo shut it down and decided a few months ago to sell the url back to Andi. Now, Andi is set to bring it back! Yes, please!
Upcoming was a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world. Entirely curated by the community, Upcoming surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies.
Definitely supporting this Kickstarter Campaign.
And, can we all please learn from this?
How lovely is this idea of a vase in the shape of a book to put between books on a bookshelf?
“It’s your life — but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
271 years before Pantone, an artist mixed and described every color imaginable in an 800-page book.
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