Understanding the Maker Movement

YouTube: Maker Faire: “The Long Slow Make: Understanding the Maker Movement”: “Anil Dash shares his observations and insights into the development of the Maker movement He sees it as a kind of political movement that is apolitical in nature but also radical and inclusive. This conversation with Anil and Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE magazine […]

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“Right Now”: On the present, being present, and practice (TEDXPhilly related)

1. Breathe. 2. Remind yourself: Whatever you are doing – right now – you are practicing. 3. Remind yourself: Whatever you practice – you are improving, you are building, you are growing. 4. Ask yourself: Is this what you want to improve, build or grow? Do this a few times a day and I’m betting […]

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“What was the point in trying? Who wants to be laughed at?”

Erika Meyer shares what it was like learning to play guitar, fighting to make it happen, being a woman, and being told a few times along the way she had ‘no talent': “How I Learned To Play Guitar”: In 2000 I was a 32-year-old single mother with a four-year-old daughter. Looking for work as a […]

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Queen and Heroism

slacktivist: “The terror of knowing what this world is about”: Nothing new here — nothing novel or innovative or unusual. But worth repeating, I think. In any case, it was something I needed to repeat after firing up the computer this morning to find that the artists and the saints had conspired against me, teaming […]

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Two talks from TED to watch *today*

TEDXToronto: “Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome”: TEDXHouston: “Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability”: Related: “1000 Awesome Things” Presentation Zen: “We don’t seek your perfection, only your authenticity” This post brought to you by Dave Rogers whose latest post over the shooting in Tucson is a must read.

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David Shenk: “Our abilities are not set in genetic stone.”

BBC: David Shenk: “Is there a genius in all of us?”: It would be folly to suggest that anyone can literally do or become anything. But the new science tells us that it’s equally foolish to think that mediocrity is built into most of us, or that any of us can know our true limits […]

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Book to read: “Man’s Search for Meaning”

Viktor E. Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” is now one of those select books that friends and family can expect me to be sending them for gifts over the next few years. For those not familiar it, it comprises of two parts: his harrowing account of survival in concentration camps during WWII, the concepts he […]

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What is ‘the American Dream’?

The conventional wisdom is that ‘The American Dream’ is a goal and aspiration on the part of Americans for some form of ‘conventional’ middle class life: a house, 2 kids, a car, one day retirement. Never trust conventional wisdom. The American Dream is about income mobility, meritocracy, and choice. The idea that, with enough hard […]

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A continuing inspiration

There are some who would label Sister Mary Scullion’s belief system as ‘liberal’ because it has a vision for helping people reach their fullest potential, or, because it comes from a faith-based foundation, ‘religious’ or ‘conservative’. There are some would call this the polar opposite of say, ‘libertarianism’. Whatever. Label it what you will with […]

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