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Good Writing Matters: A Conversation With Tree Swenson, the Director of Seattle's Hugo House

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Tree Swenson is the Executive Director of Hugo House, a nonprofit writing center based in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. She was a cofounder and Executive Director of Copper Canyon Press for twenty years. She served as the Director of Programs for the Massachusetts Cultural Commission for ten years. She was...

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Why Reinvention Is the Word of the Moment

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Reinvention has unseated innovation as the it word for our times. If you spend any time at all looking for it, you'll notice it's everywhere. Companies use it to describe a major shift, people use it to announce a big change, and countries show it by reinvigorating how they interact...

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Reinvention and the Art of Making Your Own Luck

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:26 AM

How lucky do you feel today? Are you waiting for luck to happen to you, or are you in the business of making your own luck? Is luck a matter of knowing the right people, or being the right person?

People are reinventing their lives to start again. They are...

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Why Is Google Finishing My Sentences, and Facebook Reading My Mind?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:55 PM

I wish Google would stop thinking it knows what we're thinking. It doesn't. It's often ludicrously off base, and usually simply annoying. Obviously not what they were going for.

The (now accepted) intrusion to Google's search box is called Google Instant, and the folks at Google call it a search...

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American Voices on Reinvention

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:39 PM

Humanity invented many forms of culture and technology over the centuries, pushing civilization ahead until we've arrived here and now. Inventions transformed human beings into new, more adaptive types of people. We created more time by creating time-saving tools, and have taken ourselves off our planet in metal projectiles.


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3 Questions About Technology We Should Be Asking Now

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:25 AM

As we step into the year 2104 our minds are grappling with a future arriving so fast we're playing evolutionary catch-up just to stay current. While cable news taunts viewers with the same old made-up political battles, the most enjoyable thing about being alive now is that our near future...

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20 Life Lessons Learned From Watching the Seattle Seahawks

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:37 AM

1. "Why not us?" is one of the most powerful questions a team, person, or organization can ask.

2. Reach for what is just inches away from your grasp and great things can happen.

3. Never give up.

4. Teams are made of smart, unique, compelling individuals that unite and...

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40 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:07 AM

1. Write a list. Words you put on the page or screen have the power to turn your ideas into actions.

2. Decide which areas of your life are the most important to reinvent.

3. Find people you want to learn from or collaborate with, and meet at least...

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Catching Fire: The Hunger Games' Young Heroes Reinvent the Unsettling World of Politics, Violence, and Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:05 AM

For many people the world over, reinvention in the 21st Century is a matter of life or death. Adapt or die. It's a real life game of survival of the fittest and the smartest. With "The Hunger Games," movies franchise this powerful social idea has been taken to...

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Visualizing the Future of Technology With Ron Erickson

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:08 PM

Ron Erickson is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries. Mr. Erickson is also the founder of Visualant, Inc. In addition to his Visualant responsibilities, he also serves as Chairman of eCharge Corporation...

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Reinventing Your Digital Presence, Planning for Your Digital Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:05 PM

We are collectively the most documented human beings who have ever lived on Earth. We're leaving a digital legacy of our entire lives for all to see, and future generations will have the ability to access extremely detailed information about us. Because the technology allowing us to constantly update our...

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Business Reinvention and the Art of Saying No

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:33 PM

If you're in the process of reinventing your career, your corporation, your perspective on health or wealth, or your corner of the planet, you're making a series of incremental difficult decisions, and letting go of what held you back yesterday. If you're working on a project or helping to create...

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Reinventing the Apocalypse: Gary Lemons Streams Collective Consciousness With Poetry (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Poet Gary Lemons has the kind of insight that puts him ahead of the curve from his contemporaries. His former poetry books "Bristol Bay" and "Fresh Horses" were prime examples of lyric poetry accompanied by a unique voice. His current collection of poems, "Snake," imagines a post-apocalypse Earth...

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Reinventing the Apocalypse: Gary Lemons Streams Collective Consciousness With Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Poet Gary Lemons has the kind of insight that puts him ahead of the curve from his contemporaries. His former poetry books "Bristol Bay" and "Fresh Horses" were prime examples of lyric poetry accompanied by a unique voice. His current collection of poems, "Snake," imagines a...

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Manifesto: Living in the Age of Reinvention

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Look around. We are all now makers, creators, and the people who will decide the future of the world. Remaking, renewing, and reinventing are propelling us forward. Looking to the future and the past, we ask ourselves what really matters. And we're each building our own answers from...

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Into the Uncanny Valley of Death Rides Miley Cyrus, or It's Time for the Next Reinvention of Feminism

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:21 AM

In the sexually-charged 1960s, Hugh Hefner believed Playboy magazine and Playboy Clubs helped push the feminist movement forward by allowing women to exploit their own sexuality. Over the next two decades, several waves of feminism changed American culture -- with women gaining more control...

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American Voices on Reinvention

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 10:20 AM

The American experience has always been one of starting over, rethinking, reworking, and reinventing.

In the early 21st Century, a reinvention movement is taking place at all levels of society. Reinvention belongs to everyone. It isn't a commodity. It's an idea, a meme, a fluid structure, a new way of...

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Kindness: A New Documentary Is Spreading the Word

(8) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Good Virus: Kindness Is Contagious, by documentary filmmaker, David Gaz explores the idea of kindness as an emotional contagion, and a force for good in the world.

Narrated by the bestselling author of Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde, the movie shows...

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Digital Fire: Give Us This Day Our Daily Tech

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:29 PM

The Internet poses two questions to people every day: What are you wishing (searching) for right now? How much change (acceleration) can a culture endure in a short span of time?

A familiar trope in Sci-fi movies has the visitor from the past stuck in front...

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Reinventing the Post-Punk Era: Why Savages Might Find Nirvana

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Punk music in its purest form projects an element of danger and disruption, rage and revolt. It is music with the power to jolt the listener awake. Maybe 2013 will be the year British post-punk wakes people up. 'Silence Yourself' by Savages is earning the same kind of...

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