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Some inspiring and helpful thoughts on the creative career by our good man Ze Frank.

Some salient points in there about business and education as well.

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FuzzNugget writes "ReadWrite has posted a thought-provoking piece on how mobile devices killing our boredom may also be killing our creativity. Quoting: 'Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand — or any smartphone, really — our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored. And our creativity suffers. ... For example, psychology professor Gary Marcus distinguishes between the two primary types of pursuits we use to defeat boredom. "Boredom is the brain's way to tell you you should be doing something else. But the brain doesn't always know the most appropriate thing to do. If you're bored and use that energy to play guitar and cook, it will make you happy. But if you watch TV, it may make you happy in the short term, but not in the long term." So much of what we do on our smartphones, however, is decidedly short-term: a few moments playing a game while we stand in line, a minute to scan Instagram as the person in front of us at the grocery store pulls out their checkbook. ' Of course, you'll probably be reading this on a smartphone."

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Robert Tercek at TEDxTransmedia 2012 - '7 Gifts for Creative Activists'

Robert Tercek is one of the world's most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created breakthrough entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive television and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, telecommunications and software. His motto is "Inventing the Future." He is passionate about inspiring audiences to seize their own destiny by thinking creatively and taking decisive action. At TEDx Transmedia 2012 he shared '7 gifts for creative activists' on creative collaboration and how to turn dreams into reality. Robert's website: www.roberttercek.com
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Fette Sans - Silent March

It is only obvious that we esteem FvF photographers to be very talented. Fette Sans, who swings back and forth between LA and Berlin, is no exception to this and many others also regard her work as beautiful and moving.

Her photo series Silent March captures and expresses an unstaged life that is filled with a precious reality. Moments are being remembered through her camera that at times so many individuals would cease to acknowledge. 

See more of her work on her official website

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Gloriann Liu went to Afghanistan to photograph people with disabilities, but her series, "Forgotten Afghanistan," is more relationships -- both familial bonds and the bonds she forged with her subjects.

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Back in 2002, psychologist Daniel Kahneman won the economics Nobel Prize for showing that human beings don't have a really good intuitive grasp of risk. Basically, the decisions we make when faced with a risky proposition depend more on how the question is framed than on what the actual outcome might be.

The classic example is to tell a subject that there's going to be a disaster. Out of 600 people, she has a chance of saving 200 if she takes x risk. If she doesn't take the risk, everybody dies. Most people will take the risk in that scenario, but if you present the same situation and frame it differently—"If you take this risk, 400 people will die"—the decisions suddenly flip in the other direction. Nothing has changed about the outcome. But everything has changed in terms of how people feel about the decision they have to make. This is the kind of thing that matters a lot to economics because it helps to explain why economic behavior in the real world isn't always as rational and self-interested as it is in theory.

There's a new study out in the journal Psychological Science that might add another layer of complexity to Kahneman's research. If you're thinking and talking in your native language, you're likely to respond to a risky situation pretty much exactly as in the classic example. But, these researchers found that if you're thinking and talking about the situation in a second language, things change. At Wired, Brandon Keim explains:

The first experiment involved 121 American students who learned Japanese as a second language. Some were presented in English with a hypothetical choice: To fight a disease that would kill 600,000 people, doctors could either develop a medicine that saved 200,000 lives, or a medicine with a 33.3 percent chance of saving 600,000 lives and a 66.6 percent chance of saving no lives at all.

Nearly 80 percent of the students chose the safe option. When the problem was framed in terms of losing rather than saving lives, the safe-option number dropped to 47 percent. When considering the same situation in Japanese, however, the safe-option number hovered around 40 percent, regardless of how choices were framed. The role of instinct appeared reduced.

That's interesting. The researchers tried this basic thing with several different groups of people—mostly native English speakers—and used several different risk scenarios, some involving loss of life, others involving loss of a job, and others involving decisions about betting money on a coin toss. They saw the same results in all the tests: People thinking in their second language weren't as swayed by the emotional impact of framing devices.

One study doesn't prove this is universally true. Even if it is true, nobody knows yet exactly why. But Keim says that the researchers think the difference lies in emotional distance. If you have to pause and really put some brain power into thinking about grammar and vocabulary, you can't just jump straight into the knee-jerk reaction.

Read the rest of Keim's write-up on the study at Wired.com

Via Marilyn Terrell

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TEDxTapaeGate - Prasert Eamrungroj - Blacksheep Thinking Model

Prasert Eamrungroj is a change agent, consultant, and author of several business books on change and creativity. His interest lies in the area of contrarian thinking process (right brain versus left brain). He graduated from Chulalongkorn University and is the founding partner of leading media agency Brand Connections. In 2011, he has set up a new consulting company, Black Sheep Runs Business. His talk was about the "Blacksheep Thinking Model" (แกะดำทำธุรกิจ), a wake-up call to stimulate people to pay attention to the power of creativity that will eventually lead to happiness and prosperity.
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TEDxMindStreamAcademy - Kellee McQuinn - Motivating Kids to Shape the Future

Kid expert and dancing dynamo, Kellee is nicknamed "the Pied Piper with a Boom Box" by the Los Angeles Times. In 2002 she founded KidTribe, an international children's fitness, nutrition and self-esteem program that has activated over 3 million kids and teachers in thousands of schools and communities throughout the US and the UK. With a mission to provoke a positively contagious environment where being healthy, happy and sweaty is cool, Kellee has created numerous award winning kids' fitness videos and cutting edge curricula. Most recently she wrote, directed and produced an edutainment "hip-hopera" for NASA called Space School Musical that is revolutionizing science education. Partnering with the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, Kellee and the KidTribe Crew enjoyed the honor of performing at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll in 2010 and 2011, as well as Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play in DC for over 60000 families. This year Kellee received the Community Leadership Award by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and she continues her commitment to ensure that wherever she goes, there's never a dry armpit in the house. MindStream Academy www.mindstreamacademy.com is a fun, innovative co-ed boarding program where teens achieve healthy weight, get fit and build self esteem by nurturing their Mind, Body, and Spirit. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a <b>...</b>
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