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#12 December 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

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Stop a while, looks around, explore, digest, reflect, apply.

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This Guardian piece on a rare piece of hope in the climate emergency.

About a Cryptoqueen scammed the world, then vanished.

How after 15 years the browser Firefox is leading the privacy-first renaissance.

Why it’s not too late to save the planet from someone who is doing more than their bit.

WATCH

If this were our last conversation…

10 random questions answered through music…

The 1999 future as envisaged from 1967…

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Beautiful News for uplifting stats on the world.

The “Unlocked Recordings” category on Internet Archive has over 750 digitized LPs available in full.

NASA’s image of the day.

The Derek Sivers podcast (for short inspirations).

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Image Credit from the this AI face generator..

#11 November 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Pearls for your human form.

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About Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city.

How technology flatten the rich texture of urban life.

A study of 2.7m startups found the perfect age to start a business is much older than you think.

The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us.

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For your brain.

For your heart.

For your soul.

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Feed Flipper – a free service which extracts the source #RSS URL from iTunes audio.

Listen to WETA Digital’s first ‘Unsupervised’ podcast.

This free font inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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Image Credit from the John J Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ which are free to download..

The Process Of Remaining Innocent | Building Creative Literacies

Lessons on the creative approach.

Learned so much from this chat / discussion / interview with the great Frank Oz, Actor, Director, Storyteller and the equally amazing Derek DelGaudio, Writer & Performer recorded at the EG Conference this year.

This is both an example of superb panel / interview approach for events laced with so many insights and applicable takeaways:

In what we do knowledge is not that helpful… I have to be in the position of not knowing, because once I know there is no discovery.

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WONDERFUL!

A challenge to unlearn and relearn so many things and an invitation to explore a more creative mindset.

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CLNZ19 Update | We’re All Walking Each Other Home

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Building momentum.

Since announcing back in August, Creative Leadership NZ 2019 has sold out three of the four categories of registration options and there’s only 26 spots remaining (at time of pressing ‘publish’) of first day only (as second day has all sold out also).

Am never happy until it’s sold out and this month is both focussed on promotional activities along with the delegate experience design of the event.

This is the third iteration of the event (check out the 2017 & 2018 write-ups and reviews) and even though some things are easier (just due to familiarity) other things have been very challenging.

Producing events (by yourself) is a Herculean task with so many elements to be aware of on top of the multiple human considerations, so something which is helping me keep the energy flowing through the positive lens is the following:

“We’re all going to the same place, and we’re all on a path. Sometimes our paths converge. Sometimes they separate, and we can hardly see each other, much less hear each other. But on the good days, we’re walking on the same path, close together, and we’re walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass

#10 October 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Move those hand-toes and journey around the internet superhighway.

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Facebook confirms 419million phone numbers were exposed.

Greta Thunberg is right to panic.

The inaugural C2 magazine — big ideas for creative business leaders!

WATCH

(Marvel) Avengers | Journey’s End – more goosebumps from @slyfer2812:

A fan made video from 400,000 images taken from the Rosetta probe:

This:

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Interactive weather platform.

A fun Virtual Typewriter for those who dig the digital / analogue cross-over.

Let AI and machine learning design your logo.

Free to download and use copyright free are 100,000 faces generated by AI

Eddie Butlers speech from todays Wales independence march in Merthyr:

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Greta Thunberg (Plus Harrison Ford) | The Voice(s) We Need

A truly momentous and one of the most historic speeches of our time.

Such an important and informed message shared with emotional resonance and superb poise:

My message is that we’ll be watching you.

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.

The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

Fifty percent may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist.

So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.

To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.

How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just ‘business as usual’ and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years.

There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.

Thank you.

If you prefer to take your instructions from older white men how about this chap:

You are here, I’m here, because we care, not just for today, but we care passionately for the future.

We know that we only have the possibility of avoiding a looming climate catastrophe if people like us refuse to give up. The future of humanity is at stake. While you work to meet the challenge of climate change, I beg of you: don’t forget nature. The destruction of nature accounts for more global emissions than all the cars and trucks in the world. We can put solar panels on every house and turn every car into an electric vehicle, but as long as Sumatra burns, we will have failed. So long as the Amazon’s great forests are slashed and burned, so long as the protected lands of tribal/Indigenous people are allowed to be encroached upon, so long as wetlands and bog peats are destroyed — our climate goals will remain out of reach, and we will be shit out of time.

If we don’t stop the destruction of our natural world, nothing else will matter. Why? Because protecting and restoring forests, mangroves, wetlands — these huge dense carbon sinks — represent at least 30% of what needs to be done to avoid catastrophic warming. It is, at this time, the only feasible solution for absorbing carbon on a global scale. Simply put — if we don’t protect nature, we can’t protect ourselves.

This is what we need to do — we need to: include nature in every corporate, state, and national climate goal; put in place the plans, the timetables to meet those goals; invest in mangroves and tropical forests; in the same way, invest in renewable energy; work to end the destruction of these ecosystems, and commit in the next decade, to secure them for the future; pursue research in reforestation, like we pursue research in carbon capture and storage; set a goal to cut costs and increase scale dramatically; empower Indigenous communities to use their knowledge, history, imaginations, our science, to save their heritage and lands — respect and ensure their rights.

Stop, for god’s sake, the denigration of science. Stop giving power to people who don’t believe in science — or worse than that, pretend they don’t believe in science for their own self-interest. They know who they are; we know who they are. We are all — rich or poor, powerful or powerless — we will all suffer the effects of climate change and ecosystem destruction.

We are facing what is quickly becoming the greatest moral crisis of our time — that those least responsible, will bear the greatest costs. So never forget who you’re fighting for — it’s the fishermen in Colombia, the fishermen in Somalia — who wonder where their next catch is coming from and why the government can’t protect them from factory fishing from across the world. It’s the mother in the Philippines who’s worried that the next big storm is going to rip her infant out of her arms.

People on the East Coast are facing the worst storms in recorded history. It’s our own country, our own community, our own families. This is the core truth: if we are to survive on this planet, the only home any of us will ever know, for our climate, for our security, for our future — we need nature. Now, more than ever.

Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature. Let’s turn off our phones. Let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s kick this monster’s ass.

#9 September 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Time to get clicking and fill your eyes / brain / heart.

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Boris Johnson’s threat of a no-deal Brexit will not break EU unity, says the the Brexit coordinator for the European parliament.

Seven of the top carbon emitters are being sued for their failure to protect New Zealanders from climate change, in a new High Court proceeding.

Facebook launches ‘clear history’ tool – but it won’t delete anything.

Electric scooters aren’t as eco-friendly as they seem, study finds.

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“For the first time in a thousand years, I have no path”:

Official 10 Hour Version of a track which is scientifically proven to chill you out:

The hope generator that is TEDxWellington (full 2019 event review here):

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Outlier.org: the world’s best for-credit online courses (from the cofounder of masterclass.com).

This online collaborative effort to name every color in the RGB/web space.

2019 Montana HATCH Experience will take place in Paradise Valley, October 13-16th, at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch! Take a tour of their facility (gutted not to be there this year).

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Creative Multiplications | One And One and One Equals Five

Lessons from the production of my favourite three films.

The above is a magnificent insight into the creative process of the Before Trilogy and the bold, collaborative approach taken by director, Richard Linklater.

Ethan starts the interview regaling the genesis of the first movie, along with the way Linklater devolved responsibility of the character plus script development to the actors during six weeks in Venice (a shared creative model which would be replicated in the next two films). The openness and willingness to trust is so uniquely evident in this action from Linklater, although you can still hear the influence of his guiding support, providing them with the courage and reasoning to continue with the project as doubts appear.

Even though Linklater obviously provides the themes and framework, it’s through the joint effort of his associates does the project flourish into beauty. It reminds me of playing in a band (I used to a be a drummer and even in the interview Ethan mentions this as a metaphor – how everyone knows their role against the backdrop of the melody) – the constraints catalyse experimentations and how roles change with the space / atmosphere created (again, just like in a band if someone starts riffing in a different key or to a different beat).

There’s so much to take from the above, from caring about the craft of the shared journey, cherishing artistry, knowing something is important and right as it feel like it’s extracting a toll, how the intimacy created in building something together echoes through to the final product, and how true leadership is collaborative.

As a solopreneur in most of my own endeavours am definitely hungry for these types of partnerships and will take this inspiration to seek them out more.

Related post: In The Attempt

“Make Your Soul Grow” | A Case For Making Art

Why art is important for “becoming.”

A letter by Kurt Vonnegut spoken by Sir Ian McKellen:

November 5, 2006

Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

God bless you all!

Kurt Vonnegut

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Creative Leadership NZ 2019 | REGISTRATIONS OPEN

The third bold offering.

This morning, public registrations for CLNZ19 were opened.

The theme is NURTURING COURAGE which explores and cultivates the bravery needed to communicate and tackle creative challenges and really looking forward to being back at Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity.

Very excited that this is the first year we’ve taken brand sponsorship (I personally committed to the financial burden and risk of the 2017 & 2018 ones) and it’s great to have the much aligned organisation, IMNZ on board! The extra money will enable the crafting of the imaginative opportunities to connect with other attendees in between the fantastic wisdom shared by the impressive – and ever growing – speaker line-up (see above).

Building on the insights from last year am keen to continue to hone the event both in terms of market position and also amplify the experience further (which again further differentiates the offer).

So please share on through your networks as it all helps, and see you there – oh and if you need a few ‘whys’:

REASONS TO ATTEND

1. “Creativity, originality and initiative” is the 3rd listed skills in demand come 2022 in the World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018
2. Connect with others who are enthusiastic and curious leaders (attendees from last year cumulatively lead 7,295 humans, an average of 40 per delegate)
3. Engage in bold conversations with a community which reflects diversity (2/3rds of attendees from the last two events had female names)
4. Build out your community of influence with a varied network of industry and sector leaders (last year 85+ cross-sector organisations were represented and the year before, 70+)
5. Steal like an artist insights and wisdom from all the amazing speakers / facilitators
6. Define your personal learning journey with the array of workshops throughout the day
7. Apply the learning at the masterclass opportunities available on the second day (where you’re not just listening but testing and doing)
8. Get away from the ‘to-do’ list and into an arena which stretches imaginations and inspires new thinking
9. End the year on a personal and professional development high…