I decided to take a couple days to revisit hobbies I love (because there are more kinds of love than just the romantic kind), like blogging on a more consistent basis than I have for the past six months. So, if you ever feel stressed or like you're in a rut, or even if you're just flat out bored, check out some of these amazing TEDTalks for inspiration!
Times are great for the Broadway industry today, and I want to keep it that way. And if you ask me how we do that? I believe that a focus on diversifying our workplace, our audience and our belief systems is the best insurance policy we can possibly get.
Oh, yes, it's true. Sad, twisted, and slightly demonic, but true. Just in time for both Valentine's Day and the much-anticipated release of the Fifty Shades movie, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company has come out with a Fifty Shades of Grey Bear.
Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!
Bar the standard dinner party no-go areas of sex, religion and politics climate change doesn't follow far behind on the list of topics that might get you un-invited from the next social gathering.
Giving a TEDx talk? Fantastic! You must be thrilled/terrified/nauseous/overwhelmed! Certainly, there's a lot on your mind right now--your talk has a lot to live up to, and you're probably feeling the pressure. How are you going to get your message across? Is it going to be interesting? Where to start?
In my communication trainings, I often ask "if you could find out how others perceive your words, would you want to know what they think?" In most cases, they say yes. But what if you learned that your attempt to uplift, inspire or keep the peace wasn't actually helpful or appreciated?
I don't know how to identify myself. I can't say that I am a writer or an artist or any other neatly defined, entirely cohesive entity. But my writing belongs to me. When I listen to my words, I hear the sound of me. And if I look at all the words that are now outside of my head out there in the real world, sometimes I can even see "what" I am.
Why aren't more students motivated and why haven't we figured out how to get them motivated? The problem with motivation is not necessarily an issue with students or even with teachers as some might think.
Part artist manifesto, part confessional, part feminist memoir: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a thoughtful treatise on the spectrum of giving and receiving help from others, in whatever shape that may take.
We have met the enemy and it is us. The secret is out - we're wasting hundreds of hours and millions of dollars in pointless meetings across organizations both big and small.
It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.
You might be surprised at how much of the 7-Secret advice is counter to how people live and work. In truth, the frenetic, distracted way we live in 21st century America is not conducive to good brain health or performance.
2014 was full of Hollywood stars behaving oddly (See Shia LaBeouf and Amanda Bynes) and loads of fake viral videos. But this year saw fabrication with dead-serious ripple effects as well. Here are the prevaricators who rose to the top of the LieSpotting list this year:
I recently had the opportunity to interview Vijay Gupta, the artistic director and founder of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating live, free, on-site musical experiences of the highest artistic quality for people experiencing incarceration and homelessness in Los Angeles County.
Imagine a technology platform which allows individuals everywhere to network and communicate to preserve and protect what is central to all of our lives: water. Consider an app like Yelp, or a Google Map that allows you to learn about your local watershed.