Dreams don’t come true – Friday Funnies Episode 32

We all have dreams. They lift us up and keep us motivated. That is, until they come crashing to the ground and someone posts them on a blog for the world to laugh at on a Friday afternoon. Don’t worry, no real dreams were harmed in the making of this post. Redditors design their dream...


To achieve great things you must push past your fear. Just like Gavin Stevens, age 4.

Being brave is part of achieving big things. And we all know that kids are fairly unreserved about attempting stuff that would scare the pants off a lot of adults. Four-year-old Gavin Stevens is a perfect example. Gavin was born completely blind due to a retina condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), but is clearly full of...


Why everything you think about the way charities should operate is wrong

What if our expectations are the very things that are holding charities back from from having an even more meaningful impact on the world? Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta’s TED talk explores the way we all think about nonprofit organizations and the expectations we have of the people who run them. “These social problems ar...


Pigs, puns and Google poems – Friday Funnies Episode 31

It’s the end of the week, work’s nearly over, you’re hanging out for the weekend. Get through the rest of your Friday afternoon with some bad lip reading, Google poems and a guide to creating your very own top quality TED talk. I just really love juicy bacon… Peter Parker breaks the news to Gwen...


52 ways to promote your event online [slides]

Whether you’re organizing a 10-person meetup or a 3-day conference for thousands, the internet offers enormous opportunities for promoting your event. Check out this slide deck for 52 ideas to help you spread the word. 52 ways to promote your event online from Attendly...


Making stuff for the web is scary. Do it anyway.

Writing, painting, playing music, writing code, drawing designs… artistic creation is scary. And showing it to other people who can judge it (and you) is fairly terrifying. We’re all scared In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says that the artist’s fear never goes away, but rather “the battle must be fought anew every day.”...




Exceeding limitations is all about the way you think

We’ve talked about why restrictions are important in creative fields before, and this is a great example. This video from The Avant/Garde Diaries offers a double hit of artistic prowess with Danish designer Sigurd Larsen and Swedish artist Michael Johansson, who both use art to explore the limitations and possibilities of physical objects and spaces. Sigurd...


5 ways anyone can be an awesome human

I’ve met lots of awesome people in my life, but none of them were superheroes or robots. They were all very real, very ‘normal’ humans. And funnily enough, they usually didn’t mean to be awesome—they didn’t even realize they were, in fact. Their habits had just made them into people worth being around. These ar...