Corporate Social Responsibility: Should It Be A Law?
April 20th, 2014

Reading a lot about CSR campaigns – including this article from Forbes about India’s mandated 2% CSR policy. Personally, the best programs that I’ve worked on in my career had a CSR aspect to it – Croc’s Cares, The Pepsi Refresh Project, the sustainability work I did for Walmart, Feeding America, etc al – and were the things that invigorated my love for the daily grind.

Matt Fraction – The Man Behind the Comic Book That Finally Got Sex Right
April 20th, 2014

Excerpt of an article that originally appears in Wired:

“Then again, so is Fraction: an A-list superhero comic book writer whose work transcends the typical creative ouroboros of the genre. While the biggest influence on most Iron Man comics, for example, is other Iron Man comics, Fraction’s work feels both interdisciplinary and scalable; his comics can be read and enjoyed as simple, superpowered pop confections that require little to no prior knowledge, or as intricately patterned narratives infused with the aesthetics of decades of film, music—and yes, comics—that are both literate and literary. And Sex Criminals is the culmination of a much longer meta-critique that has threaded through Fraction’s work—both answer and antidote to mainstream comics’ long history of treating sex as something you exploit, not something you talk about.”

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?
April 19th, 2014

Excerpt via Fast Company (h/t to Alana Marie for the link)

Daniel Goleman, the psychologist who coined the term emotional intelligence, recently talked to the Huffington Post about the many characteristics of emotional intelligence. Lets go over a few here, so that we can know what to train in.

1. YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT NEW PEOPLE
Do you ask a lot of questions when you meet someone? Do you actually listen to their answers? Then you might be a highly empathic person, someone attuned to the needs and feeling of others, and you may also mark high on openness to experience–a trait correlated with creativity.

2. YOU’RE SELF-AWARE
To be emotionally intelligent, Goleman says, you need to have confidence. To have confidence, you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Then you work from that framework.

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Coffee and Coding

April 19th, 2014

For most people, holidays and vacation days are a time for relaxing. For me, I like to “relax” by trying to teach myself something new. This site felt a bit neglected, so I revamped it after a marathon coffee and coding session at Why Not Cafe on Orchard St in the Lower East Side. The […]

Daily Rituals

April 4th, 2014

So apparently the key to successful daily rituals is to be in the position where you don’t have to make “ends meet” – only Kant seemed to have a day job. Seriously though, I started to create mine before I got frustrated with the elliptical tool in Photoshop, and I spend the majority of my […]

Joan Didion “On Keeping a Notebook”

July 20th, 2013

“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who […]

How To Encourage Learning by Making Smart Mistakes

May 25th, 2012

From:  http://99u.com/articles/7178/how-to-encourage-learning-by-making-smart-mistakes Smart mistakes aren’t blunders; they are well-considered actions that reveal new information or challenge our assumptions. They should be a key part of your creative toolkit. How do you enable smart mistakes in your work?  

How Mistakes Take Us to New Places

May 5th, 2012

From Tripping into Terra Incognita: How Mistakes Take Us To New Places :: Tips :: The 99 Percent “In fact, the history of invention is full of significant leaps that resulted from mistakes or happy accidents. Charles Goodyear, while demonstrating a sample of his rubber mixture, accidentally dropped the sample on a hot stove and noticed […]

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