These Creative Maps Remind Us That Neighborhoods Are Alive

When you are asked to draw up a map of your neighborhood, it’s likely that the first thing you’ll illustrate are its roads, buildings, and key establishments. But to artist Denis Wood, mapping his neighborhood isn’t limited to geography. In 1975, Denis began creating an atlas of his neighborhood – Boylan Heights in Raleigh, Nort...


Rockefeller’s Unconventional Approach to Getting Rid of Waste

Can the richest man in America also be one of the least wasteful? Everyone knows John D. Rockefeller as the oil tycoon and philanthropist. But what most people don’t know is that he attributes a huge part of his success to his aversion to wastefulness. Image Credit This was a virtue that his mother drilled...


The Astonishing “Lost and Found” Culture of Japan

If you lost an umbrella, what would you do? Perhaps it’s now in a garbage bin or in the hands of a lucky stranger. Whatever the truth, many people assume that they would never get that umbrella back. Unless, of course, you lost it in Tokyo. Image Credit: In this busy city is the Tokyo...


Saying ‘No’ Won’t Ruin Your Career — This Award-Winner Proves It

You might recognize Peter Dinklage from his Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Though it seems obvious that he would be winning awards for a great role like this now, Peter’s career trajectory was a lot less certain when he started out. Rocky beginnings As much as he’d...


Can You Quit Your Greatest Work?

How do you decide if it’s time to move on and take a risk? After 14 years of drawing his daily autobiographical comic strip, cartoonist James Kochalka decided to stop. This comic strip, “American Elf”, chronicled daily snippets of James’ life. He drew them diligently each day for 14 years, skipping only one day around...



What Happens When a Country Abolishes its Army?

It’s hard enough to make drastic decisions for yourself, but it’s even harder when you have to make choices on behalf of a collective. That’s the struggle of entrepreneurs each day, especially when their business is just starting out. What if you had to change your marketing strategy? What if you had to suddenly cut...


Bubbles From The Wire Proves the Importance of Authentic Work

It’s not unusual for actors to practice acceptance speeches for awards they haven’t won yet, dreaming of the peer acceptance and industry-wide respect that inevitably comes with an Emmy, BAFTA or Oscar award. Andre Royo, well-known for his portrayal of drug addict Bubbles on The Wire, is one such actor. He felt that Baltimore was...


Three lessons from the secret life of Houdini you didn’t know about

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the name Houdini? Unless you’ve researched his life, it’s probably his famous feats of escaping from seemingly impossible situations. Getting out of a straightjacket, handcuffs or a sealed box underwater is pretty memorable stuff, after all. I was surprised to find that there was...


How Dr Seuss Overcame Creative Blocks

If you’ve read any of Dr Seuss’s books, you probably won’t be surprised to find that he was fond of being silly and using his imagination. In fact, he used these techniques to overcome one of the most difficult things artists face: creative blocks. Few people outside his inner circles of friends and family knew...