An Unconventional NYC Friendship

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

YES to living a creative life and human connection!

An Adventurer Explores the Art World

Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and writer Erling Kagge shared some insights on the international art market in his new book A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art. Kagge’s practical yet entertaining step-by-step guide shows readers how to get started in collecting art and how to find pieces that they will enjoy for many years, as well as how to identify and avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Bike Desk

Bike Desk reminds us to get out there and ride, no matter how busy we are. #mademelaugh

(Thanks Scott)

The Life & Death of an iPhone

Paul Trillo shot and edited this film entirely on an iPhone using Vimeo’s Cameo app.

(via The Awesomer)

8 Lessons from Mister Rogers

I didn’t grow up with Mister Rogers, but his advice rings true even as a grown-up. Better late than never.

Exploding Plants

Slow-motion footage of “exploding plants” compiled by the Smithsonian Channel. Mind blown!

(via Laughing Squid)

Make your own LEGO Gummy Bricks

Grant Thompson shares a tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin.

(via colossal)

Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment

Continuously amazed at what you can do with Keynote, Apple’s version of Powerpoint. The above motion animation by Linda Dong is fantastic! In her blogpost she shares some of the animation secrets.

(via Smashing Magazine)

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.

Rollerskating

What a beautiful homage to the joy of rollerskating.

InFrame: Jessica Lehrman

Format just launched a beautiful new film series called InFrame in collaboration with crazy talented Bas Berkhout. The first film of the series (above) offers a beautiful glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based photographer Jessica Lehrman.

Makes me so happy when good people collaborate. Check out InFrame.

Synchrony

Synchrony

Synchrony made me look. It is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding with each other through improvised music play.

I want to touch it.

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

Married for 55 Years

The story of a 55 years of marriage.

Comma Queen

The New Yorker has a video series on language. In this episode, Mary Norris talks about commas.

The Reinvention of Normal

I just watched this wonderful mini-documentary on artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox with my kids. Everyone’s mind was blown.

(In case you’re a parent and not familiar with The Kid Schould See this I recommend you put that blog on your radar.

Son Lux: Change is Everything

Impressive music video for the lead single from Son Lux’s upcoming album Bones.

How To Connect With Anyone

Studies say that 4 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact can increase intimacy.

The Rise of the NYC Skyline

This is breathtaking: The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.

The Generosity Experiment

Sasha Dichter’s Generosity Experiment made me think. It’s all about leading with generosity.

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.

Why You Should Be Nice

Stephen Post discusses the mental and physical benefits of altruistic behavior. So much of this resonates with the magic that is the global CreativeMornings volunteer family.