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Dylan Kendall is a designer of social ideas and social objects. She is the owner of and designer behind Dylan Kendall Home Accessories- a company that believes happy homes make happy people. She also writes about creating happy homes for people, animals and the planet on her Happy Homes blog. She was the Founder and Executive Director of Hollywood Arts, the only non-profit organization in the nation dedicated to helping homeless, low-income and transitional age foster-care young people become self-sufficient through arts-based education. She was the founding director of City LA: pLAy Smart, a new children's museum in Los Angeles that focuses on arts, media and culture and she stays active in the public sector advising nonprofits on marketing and development. She writes on aesthetics, charity and small business.

Entries by Dylan Kendall

Why Having a Happy Vegan Holiday Matters

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 12:43 PM

I love this time of the year because, to me, the holidays really emphasize how important it is to be kind to one another. With every email that ends "Have a Happy Holiday!" I'm reminded that during the rest of the year we often let the busy-ness of our lives...

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Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

(17) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:47 PM

I'm writing this on a Saturday afternoon and like millions of people around me, I'm shopping online for holiday gifts for my 6-year-old grandson, Adrian. The only difference is that I am not biologically related to my grandson. My grandson is the son of my former foster son and his...

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Good Design Is for the Dogs... and Cats

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Every morning, my boyfriend and I have the great luck to be woken up by a multitude of furry four-legged (and one three-legged) friends. Nothing makes us happier then surveying our California king and finding various animals stretched out, some in luxurious sleep (the dog), with others licking our noses...

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Thanks for the Advice -- Now Please Promote Me

(9) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:45 AM

We've all heard the saying: You can teach a horse to drink but if you want him to be well hydrated, you have to bring him to water. Actually, we've never heard that saying because the saying doesn't exist, but my paraphrase of the old saying does seem to summarize...

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5 Tips for Women Entrepreneurs I Learned From the School of Life

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:47 PM

I never consciously chose to be an entrepreneur. In fact, I didn't really know what the word meant until I was in my 30s and well on my way to being one. What I did know was that I had a hard time following rules and that I was much...

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Everything I Learned in Life I Didn't Learn in College

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 8:08 AM

A few days ago, in Sunday's New York Times, I read about Peter Thiel, the 44-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur and PayPal founder who created the Thiel Fellowship which supports young people with a $100,000, two-year stipend if they forego college to pursue their own ideas. I have to...

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The Ball: Man's Most Important Invention

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 12:46 PM

The wheel is considered to be man's greatest invention. With the wheel came movement. I will argue however that the humble ball is actually man's greatest invention. The ball is one of the world's most emotionally satisfying objects and the most sustainable. Only balls with holes in them, unable to...

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What Good Is Joy in the Face of All This Sadness?

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 2:18 PM

After eight years of working in the charity sector, I left to put feet on bowls. I can't think of a more frivolous thing to do after having saved lives (or at least contributed to their saving) than going into the home accessories industry and focusing on whimsical dishware. But,...

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Using Mobile Technology to Take Nonprofits on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 3:26 PM

As we head into a new year, we each make our personal resolutions. Nonprofit organizations make theirs as well and primarily these center on meeting new fundraising and programming goals. In 2012, I propose nonprofits look at the way they've traditionally approached these efforts and turn them upside down. Try...

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Don't Let Bullies Steal Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 3:50 PM

As the holidays approach, few ideas are more important than that of good will to all. The winter holidays are a time to remember friends and family and to share warm wishes and good tidings. This is not the time to allow kids to pick on each other so mercilessly...

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The Joy of Miniatures

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 1:34 PM

I'm writing this essay with kittens wrestling next to me on the rug. I think there are few things more joy-giving than kittens. Kittens seem to be universal crowd-pleasers. Why? I think because they are miniature cats, and there is something inherently pleasing about miniature things. Unlike other animals, kittens...

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Three Sisters Who Lost Everything Have the Most to Give: Filming In The Nest

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 3:55 PM

Imagine after six years of calling him "dad," your stepfather kills your mother. Imagine then growing up being shuttled from relative to relative -- your biological father fails to raise you and gives you to your uncle who abandons you. And through it all -- knowing that no one really...

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Biscuit Marketing: What Nonprofits Can Learn About Building Relationships From Popeyes

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 3:31 PM

Brent Leary, social media expert and man about town, was seated at an award dinner for CRM Magazine with friend and work-partner Michael Thomas. Paul "PJ" Johnston, the founder of Entellium, a competitor in the Customer Relationship Management industry, was also seated at the same table. All got...

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Creating a Well-Packaged Nonprofit

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 2:47 PM

Got Milk. Evian Live Young. The Quicksilver dynamite surfing video. The rapid growth of boutique hotels.

One reason for the growth of boutique hotels, said Henry H. Harteveldt, travel analyst for Forrester Research, is a reaction by travelers against large hotels that are much the same. "Everybody pays...

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Raising Money to Build a Better Mousetrap

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 2:48 PM

As a social entrepreneur I spend a lot of time thinking about the world's problems and the best ways to solve them. As a former designer, I developed early on the habit of looking for solutions in unusual and sometimes unexpected places.

It is likely that my background in...

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Hooray for Hollywood: Finding Joy in Doing Good

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 7:31 PM

The media industry is without argument the world's most dominant business sector of the 21st century. Broadly defined, the media industry consumes a large part of our waking hours, when we consider the time we spend at our computers, in front of our television sets, on our mobile phones and...

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Street Art: A Window to a City's Soul

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 6:50 PM

I'm fascinated by cities that live. Cities where people come together and do more than shop, work and sleep behind closed doors, gates and locks. Cities where the community participates in creating living environments that respond to the emotions, challenges and needs of residents. Driven by the spontaneous and unconstrained...

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Home for Good? The Task Force Report's Missing Piece

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Home is a complicated concept. Whatever their configuration, our homes carry important personal meanings. They convey identity and social standing, offer us privacy and become the setting for our relationships and our dreams.

That's why it caught my attention when the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce partnered with The United...

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Teaching Kids to 'See' Play-Doh Possibilities

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Core 77 recently sponsored Play-Doh Kicks, a design challenge asking participants to recreate their favorite "kicks" or sneakers out of Play-Doh. Wearing "my play is not just for kids" hat, I laughed at the craziness of these miniature shoes and the adventure the designers must have...

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Retreating Back to Our Inner Child

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 6:40 PM

I recently bought a new toy for my cat, Rashi. This string on a stick was an instant success as evidenced by his pouncing from under chairs and running after me. After 15 minutes of following the string at break-neck speeds, Rashi was left panting but meowing for more. While...

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