Sonam Phuntsho has spent the last 60 years planting over 100,000 trees by hand.
A great addendum to one of my favourite TED talks.
A great addendum to one of my favourite TED talks.
Maybe it’s the water cushioning the walk / run of the diver which we all experience when trying to do the same in our dreams, or the confusing and tantalising shots upside down which tricks the brain into delight, or the interplay of nature both live and solid rock which makes this a tantalising viewing experience.
Lose yourself in the wonder of this, full screen, heaphones on.
Want to make your brain-sphere glow, feed it music.
Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal the emotional arcs of stories are dominated by six basic shapes.
The latest from psychology about finding one’s true calling in life.
Here’s Cory Doctorow and his closing keynote for The Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain:
Here’s a font that increases the readers ability to remember things.
Check out The Cleveland Museum of Art Open Access collection which has over 34,000 images that can be downloaded as jpgs or high-resolution tiffs (free to use).
Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.
Want to be more artistic? Here are 33 rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively).
A survey of over 1,000 CEO’s uncovers 4 things every leader must do.
Download and read for free ‘The End of Trust’ from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
New research shows the average age of founders who start high-growth businesses is 45.
Got to spend an afternoon on Douglas Rushkoff’s stoop last September during my visit to New York, and here he is wonderfully illustrating why he’s one of the most provocative commentators of our times:
John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” since 1959 has been a rights of passage for all jazz musicians, and here’s why:
20,000 hours of Apollo mission audio from NASA.
The Art Institute of Chicago have made over 52,000 high resolution images available without copyright.
And finally, check out this database of paper airplanes designs / instructions.
2018 was my first full year away from any digital service offerings and a pure focus on the analogue. A healthier year in many respects and one which has been defined by the quiet acceptance of limitations plus a gentler approach to myself and others.
Again, travel was a highlight along with the pleasure of collaborating with several clients on crafting delicious learning experiences, any chance I got to speak publicly plus the success of the second Creative Leadership NZ.
This year saw an extremely modest blog offering of:
Here comes 2019:
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Wishing for you (and me) those ‘things that have never been’ are full of wonder, delight, majesty and growth. Onwards!
The mission is to build a network of pioneers who share the ability to respond to change, identify opportunities and act on them to better shape our collective creative future here in New Zealand and beyond.
To continue the process of learning out loud, here’s my review:
It was another sold out event with nearly 200 leaders attending from 85 entities (most represented above – in 2017 there were 150 leaders from 70 cross-sector organisations).
One third came from outside the Wellington region (in 2017 it was only 15%) and nearly two thirds have female names (similar to last year which was 65%). It’s also interesting to note the reach in terms of how many humans the delegates accumulatively lead: 7,295 (an average of 40 per delegate).
Taking the feedback from last years event, the intention was to create more reflection time and space to connect. Therefore we had nine speakers rather than the thirteen in 2017, simplified the workshop offerings and added in generous time for morning / afternoon tea and lunch (plus networking at the end of both days – click the above image to download the full event brochure).
What was amazing this year was having five volunteers / event assistants (last year I had two plus some venue staff). Was also more vocal about the aim of the conference beyond the usual learnings and networking, this was about building a conscious and hungry community of leaders who are seeking out creative insights, literacies and skills sets.
Probably one of my favourite parts of this process is finding / choosing / liaising with the speakers. Nearly all of the speakers I had a previous relationship with so the focus was ensuring diversity and nuance to compliment the ‘intersections’ theme.
All but one of the speakers were paid for their time and involvement plus all expenses were covered. This is a continued attempt to shift the culture in NZ of paying for talent at events (which is not the usual). Each speaker got a plus one also.
As with the first event last year:
Overall, the event profit doubled from 2017, a result of applying learnings, smaller venue cost and having less speakers to pay.
Audio and visual (AV services), catering and venue hire are always chunky fixed costs, and this year, there was the addition of some ‘CLNZ’ letters to ensure the stage looked great.
There was also the speakers / partners meal the night before plus everyone who attended got given a printed brochure / agenda, notebook, pen and badge (plus espresso coffee voucher for the cafe downstairs – see ‘partners’):
Again with last year, as a solopreneur all aspects of the event are produced by me, which includes:
The design of the brochure / agenda was a trade with a local supplier for a couple of delegate spots.
Other activities were time intensive in terms of taking time to reach out specifically to folks in my network although it yielded results. The event details got featured in about half a dozen email newsletters of other networks which definitely raised the profile as well.
My interest definitely lies in crafting and curating the experience rather than promoting and selling it.
As the focus was on creating a community through conversation and connection, there were no exhibits or distracting activities other than one: at the beginning of the event the delegates were asked to write down a creative or leadership challenge they are currently dealing with. These were collected in and stuck on one of the walls which became the ‘wall of wisdom’ where throughout the rest of the event, others added their responses to the questions posed.
Also, during the final reflection session delegates were asked to write a ‘letter to self’ – these will be posted early in the new year as a reminder of the experience and commitment they made to themselves.
This year I decided to MC the event. Was very overwhelmed and will be doing things differently in 2019 to ensure the pace is kept solid whilst freeing me up from most of those duties.
As it was the first time in the venue there are lots of opportunities to hone the experience from dressing the spaces and ensuring the flow of delegates are positive. Still gathering delegate feedback although wonderful to see some offering their insights and creative reflections:
Am going to be working on three things to ensure legacy:
Onwards to Creative Leadership NZ 2019!
So excited to finalise the impressive humans speaking / taking workshops / masterclasses at Creative Leadership NZ 2018:
With 3 out of 4 categories already SOLD OUT and just 30 spots remaining:
If I could distill it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand, it is simple and it is this: kindness.
In this time of hollow nationalism and fracturing distrust, a call for compassion, togetherness, thinking of the other truly is unusual and all the more important as we struggle forward in these dark times.
Sign me up for ‘team kindness’. Who else is with me?
Just spent the past two days surrounded by a few hundred ‘innovation junkies’ at BIF2018. The eclectic mix of 32 storytellers echoed the TED format in their variety and structure (each had about 15/20mins to share), and was hosted wonderfully in the Trinity Rep, Providence, Rhode Island.
The broad time given for networking during the breaks and lunch along with the encouragement of MC / Founder Saul Kaplan to add value to each in conversations really amplified into action.
Networks colliding into other networks is crucial in igniting fresh thinking, creative potential and releasing positive energy – just like HATCH and many other TEDx and other events I’ve attended, BIF2018 ignited the desire to stretch myself and also trust my voice in my current efforts.
Truly hoping some of the participants and attendees will also make the trip out to Creative Leadership NZ 2018 at the end of the year (as made an juicy offer through the network).