"It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful. -David Rast"

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WORKING WITH POWER

I’m not funny.

I’ve never really been one to come up with witty banter or snappy side remarks. I think well on my feet, but I’m really just not that funny. 

Surprising, for someone who’s also a graduate of the Player’s Workshop of the Second City. Or maybe not.

I started my career in media planning and buying at Leo Burnett. One of the little-known perks was that all employees could take improv classes. I’m sure it was really meant for the creatives to get their juices flowing, but I decided to take advantage of it.

There is video evidence somewhere of my final grad show (on VHS, thankfully, this was pre-smartphones and WAY before YouTube), and it’s not really that funny. In fact, there was one sketch that totally bombed - you can hear the awkward laughs and silence from the audience, but we adjusted and kept going.

But, what I got out of that year of classes at the Athenaeum on Southport (and the post-class drinks at the now-defunct Jax up the street), was not lessons on how to be funny - it was confidence, it was an ability to think on my feet, and important lessons in team work.

I recently came across this great article about improv and advertising and I loved the rules she outlined about improv:

1. React in real time.

2. Address directly what’s in front of you.

3. Make bold statements — give your partner something to react to.

4. Shift gears immediately when you start losing your audience.

5. Do your best to make your partners look good.

More than rules for good creative, these are life lessons.

But, there is one lesson that she left out: Always react with “yes, and…” Basically, whenever a fellow player throws something at you (literally or figuratively), you never say no, you never drop the ball - you take it and you make something of it. 

Just like life.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article: Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Getting Legal Protection

fastcompany:

Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Park Benches That Charge Your Devices

No longer should we have to beg a block’s worth of bartenders to let us charge our dead phones. What if USB outlets were treated like public property instead?

Thanks to a trio of hardware designers and engineers who generated the idea at the MIT Media Lab, Boston is now turning to cute benches that can charge mobile devices. With 10 already installed in parks across the city in a pilot project, the solar-powered “Soofas” mark a new milestone in smart urban furniture.

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thisbigcity:

Beautiful! If only we all engaged with the city from above…

thisbigcity:

Beautiful! If only we all engaged with the city from above…

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"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen."

— Anne Lamott (via awelltraveledwoman)

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fastcompany:

"Play is powerful. And the toys you play with impact the story you tell," Nadeau says. "I think there’s room out there to hopefully uncouple these more adult messages about beauty and sexuality and give back some of the power that exists. We’re not anti-dollar, anti-princess; we just want to let girls take ownership of these powerful, active storylines."
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fastcompany:

"Play is powerful. And the toys you play with impact the story you tell," Nadeau says. "I think there’s room out there to hopefully uncouple these more adult messages about beauty and sexuality and give back some of the power that exists. We’re not anti-dollar, anti-princess; we just want to let girls take ownership of these powerful, active storylines."

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thisbigcity:

newurbanismfilmfestival:

Yet another reason to live in and design walkable cities

Maybe going for a walk won’t clear your head. It will bring it to life!

thisbigcity:

newurbanismfilmfestival:

Yet another reason to live in and design walkable cities

Maybe going for a walk won’t clear your head. It will bring it to life!

"As the publishing landscape expands across multiple devices and multiple platforms, it raises a few key questions. Are pageviews still the best metric? More importantly, do they tell the whole story to advertisers? Today, a handful publishers would argue that the pageview is increasingly becoming a dated notion."

Why Upworthy Wants To Kill The Pageview (via fastcompany)

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