Dan Pallotta revolutionizes the world by making a powerful argument for running non-profit organizations on the same standards as for-profit businesses in order to achieve scale to affect the huge health and human service problems we face. Brilliant and inspiring.
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
This is the best video I've seen in 2012. Give it six minutes to get to the meat and you'll want to invest a full hour. Why? MIT professor and McArthur Fellow Junot Diaz gets to the core of The New America. Absolutely brilliant: Rewriting the story of America.
Clearly Ben Huh and his great glasses. Seriously, the contrast between new and old, which is at the core of the debate behind SOPA and PIPA, is summed up in this still, captured from this debate last night on PBS. Watch it, listen, and you'll see what this picture tells us: clearly Huh understands the Internet, the old white guy, he's there to "protect the Internet" with "the rule of law" so that it benefits an old, stagnant industry that wants the world to be as it once was. Face it old white guy, you can't win. The Internet is a monster. It can't be stopped.
Chromaroma takes your travel data and makes it into a game where every journey counts in a competition for the city!
From the Pollock Krasner House & Study Center web site:
In his barn studio, he spread his canvas on the floor and developed his compositions by working from all four sides, allowing the imagery to evolve spontaneously, without preconceptions. Pollock described this technique as "direct" painting and likened it to American Indian sand painting. He maintained, however, that the method was "a natural growth out of a need," and that its only importance was as "a means of arriving at a statement."
The Wii isn't a game console with a controller, it's a digital platform with a hand-held metaphor that people use to play. Very cool.
Adult life is serious business that demands no fooling around in order to survive and thrive. Play is for children, at least that's what they tell us. Dr. Stuart Brown has a different idea. Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, Stuart Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunken drivers. His years of clinical practice affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle, and his later evaluation of highly creative individuals revealed the centrality of playfulness to their success and well-being. This TED video, shot in May 2008, is worth watching. Here are four passages that resonated with me:
Play has a biological place, just like sleep and dreams...
The opposite of play in not work, it's depression. If you think about life without play–no humor, no flirtation, no movies, no games, no fantasy–try and imagine a culture or life, adult or otherwise, without play. The thing that is unique about our species is that we're really designed to play through our whole life...
The basis of human trust is established through play signals, and we begin to lose those signals, cultural and otherwise, as adults...
I would encourage you all to engage, not in the work/play differential where you set aside time to play, but where your life becomes infused, minute by minute, hour by hour, with body, object, social, fantasy, transformational kind of play and I think you'll have a better, more empowered life...
I love creative work because it requires play. Thinking "outside the box" is play expanding the game beyond previously determined borders to explore new territory and connect previously unconnected ideas. Play to me is like air. I need it to survive.
Just think how different the world would be if we took play seriously. It's worth considering. Dr. Brown has a new book titled Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. The National Institute for Play, founded by Dr. Stuart, is committed to the unrealized knowledge, practices, and benefits of play into the public life.
A SXSW panel today will attempt to answer whether spec work is evil, a question a lot of people, designers and non-designers alike, have been asking since Forbes published this article on Crowdsourcing in February 2009.
Frankly, the question is completely irrelevant.
Crowdsourcing isn’t evil, it just is. In much the same way newspapers, music, and TV have radically changed, Crowdsourcing is the graphic design industry being transformed by the Internet. And like newspapers, music, and TV, graphic design will never be the same.
Instead of wringing our hands, designers should ask “what new opportunities are being created by the forces killing the old model?” There are new opportunities: the same network that connects clients to thousands of designers willing to do spec work also connects a designer to a global market. All we need to do is imagine the possibilities and get busy.