Rachel Messersmith

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Listen to this sound bath recording for some super-healing self care

<i>Sara Auster, one of the rockstars of New York City’s booming sound bath scene, has generously offered up a five-minute crystal singing bowls</i> …

Green building materials 101: The best products to use

California’s leading green building expert offers guidance for buying eco-friendly products<p>Ever wonder if that sheet of plywood or tile sealer that you’re using in your home renovation is bad for the environment or your family? We did the research to assemble a cheat sheet for purchasing more …

Artwork, Oil Paint, Sculpture, Painting, Watercolor

Transferring the artwork viewing expertise from a linear floor to a 3-dimensional surroundings, the Artwork Institute of Chicago is lau...<p>First a …

A Teacher’s New Best Friend: Amazon Inspire

Amazon Inspire is a marketplace of free resources for teachers and educational institutions. What does this mean for the future of online …

Education Technology

Let It Flow: 10 of the Best Books on Creativity

The best books about creativity can simultaneously spark new ideas in the reader while also giving them a compelling narrative to follow. Sometimes this can come from writers or artists taking a step back and recounting the ways in which their craft comes together; in other cases, it might involve …

Creativity

This vlogger has the DIY answer to clear skin and it consists of SLIMY SEEDS

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of clear skin? Pricey treatments? Sticky homemade face masks? Meditation? A dietary overhaul? …

9 Books That Will Make You a Better Person

Self-help books often get a bad rap for being cheesy and out-of-touch. But, it’s undeniable that personal reflection and growth are critical elements …

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5 Signs You're a Lot Smarter Than You Think

These surprising qualities and habits might indicate a higher intelligence.<p>Psychologist Dr. Jeremy Dean, founder and author of the popular website PsyBlog, caught my attention recently with an article about some really odd signs that suggest your IQ may be above average.<p>I went around the internet …

Psychology

The Link Between Happiness And Personal Missions

The intersection of the secret of happiness, how you don’t get to choose your mission and how different missions call different people different ways leads to some people being happier than others at any given moment. This is why it’s so important to latch on to an unmet need or a new way of …

Happiness

Want an Ivy League Education? These Free Online Courses Are Just as Good

Ivy league schools aren't the only place to get a top quality education.<p>Ivy league schools like Harvard and Yale are the holy grail for young, idealistic students on their way into the real world.<p>But they definitely aren't the only place to get a great education.<p>In fact, the movement towards more …

Higher Education

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

In Finland children don’t start school until they are seven, but what happens before that is even more important<p>It’s a warm September afternoon in the Kallio district of Helsinki. Out in the Franzenia daycare centre playground, groups of four- and five-year-olds roam contentedly. “Would you like an …

Education

We Played Apple’s New Game That Teaches Kids How To Code

One recent evening, I spent my 40-minute commute guiding a friendly cyclops around a maze in search of gems. After moving the creature with a series …

Commuting

Could we one day heal the mind by taking control of our dreams?

Take me to the stars. Aman Rawal<p>About 50 per cent of us will at some point in our lives experience “waking up” and being conscious while still in a …

#21DaysOfSummerMindfulness Challenge – Day 6 – Developing Mindfulness in Children

Gratitude (being thankful) is a fundamental component of mindfulness. Teaching children (and adults) to be thankful for the the abundance in their …

"In the future we will all be homeless" says co-living entrepreneur

Home ownership is set to become a thing of the past, according to the entrepreneur behind London co-living start-up The Collective, because socially …

These 4 Games Will Teach Kids How We Can Tackle Climate Change

The Games for Change finalists make playing games on your phone all day a lot more worthwhile.<p>For both kids and adults, games are sometimes a great way to learn about social issues and brainstorm creative solutions. The nonprofit Games for Change has worked on this idea for more than a decade, and …

What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?

For some people it’s David Bowie. For others it’s Franz Liszt. But regardless of the genre, when the right chords combine, many people will get goose …

From Luxo to Dory: See the 30-Year Evolution of Pixar Movies

Pixar has come a long way since the company released its first short, <i>The Adventures of André and Wally B</i>, in 1984. As <i>Finding Dory</i> breaks box office …

Animation

Piper raises $2.1m to leverage Raspberry Pi and Minecraft to teach coding

What’s the best tool to help teach the next generation of K-12 students how to code? If you guessed ‘Minecraft’, you’re agreeing with a $2.1m bet made by Princeton University, 500 Startups and others into Piper.<p>Gamifying computer learning by leveraging… a computer game. Smart.<p>The company focuses on …

Raspberry Pi

A children's book introduces German kids to the true story of Syrian refugees

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Sphero is back as a coding robot, with improved SPRK+ and Lightning Lab

Faster Bluetooth pairing and a better app come to Sphero's educational platform. From painting to swimming to maze-running, we put it through its paces.<p>Coding has turned into a kid-targeted playground lately. Minecraft for education, Apple's Swift Playgrounds, and Sphero has its SPRK robot (say …

Makerspaces

How a street child became a leading artist

<b>Lita Cabellut is one of Spain's most successful artists, but she's barely known in her home country. What's more, the woman whose paintings now sell for six figure sums spent her early years living on the street.</b><p>"My childhood was like that of thousands of street kids around the world," says Lita …

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Lessons On Designing For Creativity From 16 Of The World’s Coolest Offices

The book The Creative Workplace collects the offices of creative studios designed for individual creativity in a public space.<p>Behind every sun-soaked, pristine architecture or design office, there’s a design philosophy linking desk layout and succulent placement to employees’ creativity. But as …

Creativity

The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, …

Bill Gates

25 Tips to Hyper Motivate and Inspire Your Team

Implement these 25 tips in your leadership strategy to find motivated and much more productive employees.<p>Are you constantly asking yourself how you can motivate and inspire your team? You can finally answer that question by realizing that it all starts with you. Yes. You.<p>But, where's the starting …

Leadership

10 characteristics of people with high emotional intelligence

What is it about how certain people behave and interact, how they are "wired," that drives them to greater success than their peers?<p>More often than not, it is their emotional intelligence (EQ), their "ability to identify and manage the emotions of themselves and others."<p>There are critical ways that …

Self-improvement