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Hack Your City: 12 Creative DIY Urbanism Interventions

If city officials won’t do their part to make public spaces more fun, efficient, useful, comfortable and creative, citizens will take matters into …

'Dumb Starbucks' Draws Crowds – and Some Questions

The whole thing sounds like it’s out of a Muppets movie. Only it’s for real.<p>A new coffee shop opened in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles on …

The 7 Kinds of Power You Can Use At Work

Before we go any further, stop being modest and saying, “Who me?! I don’t have any power.” Yes, you do. In fact, it’s important for us to realize …

Successful People Start Before They're Ready.

{Richard Branson via under30ceo.com}<p>By James Clear<p><i>In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school.</i><p>With the help of a friend, he …

These Tips Will Help You Escape The 9-To-5 Mindset

His first bestseller, The Four Hour Workweek, came out of his own experience of going from working long hours, seven days a week to figuring out how to run a business more efficiently.<p>But even for people not ready to take that step, Ferriss has some valuable tips for figuring how to get …

Time Management

The 10 Best Writing Apps on the iPad

Writing apps for iPad<p>As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant improvements to their offerings. Here are our picks for the 10 best apps for getting some …

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the …

Live the Questions: Rilke on Embracing Uncertainty and Doubt as a Stabilizing Force

Jacqueline Novogratz’s wonderful commencement address reminded me of a favorite passage from <b>Letters to a Young Poet</b> (<i>public library</i>) by <b>Rainer Maria Rilke</b> (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926). In this thoroughly elevating modern classic, the beloved poet makes a beautiful case for the importance of …

Superb, necessary read: Carl Sagan on the meaning of life http://j.mp/1831zke

Craft a Sustainable Career

Imagine crafting a sustainable career for yourself. Year after year, you perform work that makes full use of your skills and challenges you to develop new ones. Your work not only interests you, it gives you a sense of meaning. You enjoy opportunities for learning and development. You work with …

Henry David Thoreau on Defining Your Own Success

The great Transcendentalist philosopher and poet <b>Henry David Thoreau</b> (July 12, 1817–May 6, 1862) remains best known for one of humanity’s most important texts on protest and for <b>Walden</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>public domain</i>), his beautiful 1854 paean to solitude, simplicity, and self-sufficiency, which …

Make Your Work More Meaningful

Have you noticed the rising chorus in the management literature proclaiming that work must have meaning? On this very site, for example, several authors have published research-based blog posts on how managers can create the conditions that support meaningful work. This is a very positive …

How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity

The meaning of life has been pondered by such literary icons as Leo Tolstoy (1904), Henry Miller (1918), Anaïs Nin (1946), Viktor Frankl (1946), Italo Calvino (1975), and David Foster Wallace (2005). And though some have argued that today’s age is one where “the great dream is to trade up from …

Forefront Excerpt: Why Streetcars Aren’t About Transit

<i>In</i> Forefront <i>this week</i>, Washington, D.C.-based writer Aaron Weiner checks in on the long-delayed H Street streetcar to see what this 21st-century …

Urban Design

This Project Brings Random Bright Red Swings To City Streets

What started as a fun experiment in Austin, Texas has turned into a grassroots project to hang this common playground fixture in surprising places all around the world.<p>Walk under a bridge in Austin, Texas, past a temple in India, or down a street in Thailand, and you’ll find a charming red swing …

The 10 Smartest Cities In Europe

Which European cities are doing the most innovative things with infrastructure, technology, and entrepreneurship?<p>Our other smart city rankings<br>• North America<br>• Asia / Pacific<br>• Latin America<p>When it comes to smart cities, Europe is the model for the rest of the world to learn from. European cities …

Urbanism

The One Thing That Truly Motivates Creative Talent–And How To Foster It

Educator and author Deborah Morrison talks inner mojo and the simple, yet critical stuff of wanting to be good.<p>Talent. It’s the subject line of many an inbox message these days. All of us who belong to the great ecosystem of new talent development–universities, portfolio programs, think tanks, …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

Staten Island

Week in pictures: Hamburg’s car-less ambitions

General Motors

8 tips to make your life more surprising, from Tania Luna, Surprisologist

A closeup of Tania Luna, with glow stick. Photo: James Duncan Davidson<p>In today’s talk, Tania Luna shares her experience of immigrating to the United …

Call for Submissions: Photos of Junk Food (Sponsored by Squarespace)

<i>Stephanie Gonot</i><p>The theme for the next Feature Shoot online group show will be photos of junk food. Generously sponsored by Squarespace, the top three …