Three cool lessons we can learn from jazz and apply to business

I just watched a talk given by Google Ventures partner Ken Norton about what we can learn from jazz music and how it is created. Below are the three ideas. 1  Get uncomfortable but not too uncomfortable "Miles Davis nudged his musicians into a place where they were uncomfortable, the zone of optimal Read more [...]

(book review) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

TL:DR: Giving so many f*cks about so many things--especially about things that don't matter--will drive us crazy and make us unhappy. This book is not only incredibly dense with wisdom but also incredibly well written and edited. It really feels like every word was chosen and place carefully, so as Read more [...]

Give a Coke campaign: A powerful example of digital marketing

Google and Coca-Cola teamed up to deliver this awesome global campaign, which was a re-invigoration of classic hilltop commercial.   Of course, the messaging was incredibly well aligned to the brand, but I also liked how the power of our modern digital technologies were highlighted.  Watch the video Read more [...]

Nike’s “Find Your Greatness” campaign and “Jogger” commercial

Nike's Find Your Greatness. — Jogger commercial  is a great ad.  It is one ad in a series for the "Find Your Greatness" campaign, which tells us that greatness is about the spirit within and pushing ourselves to our own individual limits.  Greatness in athletic pursuits is not about being Read more [...]

A most inspiring story and definition of “design”

In his TedTalk, John Hockenberry, helps me understand why I so love design, feel passionately about it's importance, and why I am so attracted to people--especially women--who have style...it is all about our intent. Quotes from John's Ted Talk: "You're right between horse and squirrel, John." "Design Read more [...]

Are Non-biodegradable plastics a thing of the past?!!!

Researchers have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR) for energy.   What a thought...that after all our destructive consumption of plastic has done to hurt mother nature, that she might hold the fix to this problem!!!?     Amazing! Read more [...]

“That feeling can create its own reality.”

Two very curious psychological phenomena have been whirling around in my mind when I started to see how much of human behavior might be explained by them.     The first is the concept of "loss aversion", which explains we often act in ways that minimize our expected losses rather than maximize our Read more [...]

Sugata Mitra’s new education model, SOLEs, could be how our children learn in the future

An absolutely enlightening and astonishing piece on Sugata Mitra's research and, now, pursuit to further a new education model he calls Self Organizing Learning Environments (SOLEs). Below is the video of Sugata's Ted Talk, which shows his work and the amazing ability of children (young minds).    Highlights Read more [...]