You Don’t Get Forever

What an incredibly moving talk: After Photojojo founder Amit Gupta was diagnosed with leukemia, the community rallied to find a very rare matching bone marrow donor. After recovering, he found himself unable to resume the life he had before, and carrying a secret that took him a year to tell the world.

Amit, so much respect and gratitude for sharing your journey.

The Wisdom of Pessimism

Pessimism is generally equated with a grumpy and immature kind of mood. But Alain de Botton of the School of Life thinks it’s in fact at the origin of wisdom – and can even leave us feeling surprisingly cheerful.

Friends Work Here

(Big thanks to the talented Bas Berkhout for the above video. And to Tory Williams for the photos used within.)

Earlier this spring I opened a new co-working space called FRIENDS in the heart of Boerum Hill Brooklyn. It is the more grown-up version of my first co-working space Studiomates which I ran out of DUMBO, Brooklyn, just a few subway stops away.

As someone who puts great emphasis on surrounding myself with people that I admire and that inspire me, this new work home has been life changing. FRIENDS is attached to the artists in residence of the Invisible Dog and Tattly, right below us on the second floor. This beautiful old factory building is bursting with creativity and generous, kind people.

We have one desk available right now. Join us?

Building Empathy

In this episode of the Brian Lehrer show Roman Krznaric talks about his experiment in enhancing empathy, the Empathy Museum, and his book Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It.

How to Peel Potatoes


Why Do We Get Goose Bumps?

Why do we get goose bumps explanation video produce by Ryan Kellman and Adam Cole.

Guide To Candy Trading

With Halloween just around the corner, this Guide to Candy Trading made me laugh out loud.

The Pleasure of Community

Yes to the importance of community.

(via Sally)

Kevin’s CreativeMornings Story

Kevin, my first hire at CreativeMornings shares his story and the tools required to build a thriving global creative community. Needless to say, this talk made me cry.


Webflow seems to good to be true.

The World’s Lightest Metal

This is fascinating: In 2011, scientists revealed a metal so light that it could sit atop a dandelion without crushing its delicate, fluffy seeds.

Whales Swim With Paddleboarder

Breathtaking video of a paddleboarder being followed by two Southern right whales!

A Walking Bike (!)

The Lopifit is an Electric Walking Bike. Intriguing and absurd all at once.


If I was looking to…

… hire a film editor, I’d definitely try to hire William Laboury. He created this ‘mashup self-portrait’ of movie clips spliced together. Impressive.

(via The Awesomer)

Karaoke Uber Ride

This Uber driver gets my thumbs up for making rides a bit more fun…

The Solar System In The Nevada Desert

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe. Stunning.

(via Kottke)

What really matters at the end of life

Very moving TED talk by BJ Miller on What really matters at the end of life.

I grew up with a dad who thought and talked a lot about death. He introduced me to the work of Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross and even did past life regressions in our living room.

I realized quickly that not everyone is as comfortable talking about death as I am. This became especially clear once I moved to New York City.

While we don’t have to all believe in past lives, we should all be comfortable talking about death. I will make sure my kids will.

Beth Cavener – Sculptor

My friend Bas Berkhout released yet another personal Like Knows Like mini documentary. This time on the sculptor Beth Cavener.

Bas has a way of getting people to open up, and feel comfortable in front of the camera. He did one on me, a few years back.

Does the Internet Threaten Creativity or Nurture It?

Video by The Atlantic.

100% biodegradable Denim Jeans

FREITAG F-ABRIC presents the first entirely compostable five-pocket jeans grown and made in Europe. 0% cotton – 100% biodegradable. Impressive.

How to send stuff to your Kindle

Did you know you can send articles to your Kindle, directly from your browser? Ryan Shelley teaches us how, on our brand new CreativeMornings project called Skills. What can you *you* teach us?

Human Mattress Dominoes

850 people world record of Human Dominoes. Made me smile.

Diving for Scallops

This short documentary profiles a fisherman in Maine who practices a fading craft: diving for sea scallops on the ocean floor. I will have a whole new appreciation of the work that goes into the scallops that end up on my plate.

What Will You Teach the World?


There is a lot of excitement in the air here at CreativeMornings HQ as we just soft-launched SKILLS. It is an attempt to highlight all of the creative talent in our community, by inviting anyone, in video form, to answer the question: What will you teach the world in two minutes or less? Here is one of the example videos by Adam J.K:

How To Draw A Ladder (Sort Of)

So, what will you teach the world?