Who do you trust and why?

Keeping up with innovation is easier thanks to the TED Radio Hour podcast. Joe Gebbia is one of the presenters featured in The Power of Design episode. All of the presenters covered in the podcast are worth listening to. Learning about innovation and sharing of knowledge inspires me to work smarter while also reminding me of the joy of exercising new human skills and abilities. 

I share Joe Beggia's experience of hosting. The first time I hosted someone from Couchsurfing I had the same feeling of anxiety about the guest. I consider myself a friend of all the guests I have hosted and I highly recommend hosting strangers.

The Power Of Design

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world.

About Joe Gebbia's TED Talk

When a stranger shows up at an AirBnB rental, what ensures that all goes well? Careful design of the website that brought them together, says Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb.

About Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia is a co-founder of Airbnb. Gebbia serves as a part-time design partner at Y Combinator, the startup incubator that helped launch Airbnb. He earned dual degrees in Graphic and Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Body Mind Exercises by Jean Houston


Jean Houston presented Myth and Present Madness, at a public event hosted by Pacifica Graduate Institute November 2nd. I was so inspired by her point of view and imagination. She is able to communicate complex ideas while also engaging in a playful and humorous way. This complex and multi-sensory form of communicating is something you can practice using her methods. Below, are two videos of Jean's recent work and you can see her teaching style and even learn from the online video. If you are interested in learning more (like me!) here are a couple other links to check out:

A Passion For The Possible - Body Mind Exercises by Jean Houston, 1996. "Jean Houston leads the viewer in a series of exercises to help activate the kinesthetic body - the body of muscular imagination. We learn ways in which we can inhabit our own bodies with more mindfulness and find the hidden possibilities that allow us to think more creatively. We learn to engage our imagination, our memory and even learn how to do many things at the same time. Dr. Houston calls this "multitracking" - finding within ourselves a larger, deeper, more adventurous life and spirit. Jean Houston is widely known as one of the great explorers of the human potential. Mentored by Margaret Meade, she has reached her own human potential as philosopher, cultural historian and author of 15 books, Beloved and A Mythic Life. Well nurtured by her father, a former comedy writer for Bob Hope, Dr. Houston also has been given the great gift of humor, which resonates throughout her work."

Creative Commons and Sharing

What can you do to protect your digital assets online? With digital materials on the internet, it is super easy to copy and reuse materials without consent. It is, perhaps, the most courageous thing a content creator can do when they publish their hard earned art to the world online. While they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it does not pay the bills if someone else is profiting from your art. 

Creative Commons aims to help solve this problem by standardizing the license for materials. 

"What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. We unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity. With a network of staff, board, and affiliates around the world, Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice."
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In this sense, their solution is similar to posting a 'Private Property' sign in real life, only the opposite. Online it's safe to assume that the material is not free unless otherwise indicated. However, as Creative Commons has pointed out, there are a few fundamental differences in sharing that need to be addressed. They make it super easy to create a license for your site so that anyone who visits understands what they can and can not do with your content. 

Example of the Creative Common License

Below is an example of what the creative common license looks like. If you go to the website and fill out the form, it will generate code that can be pasted into a website as I have done here. It is free. Have you seen these before? If not, keep an eye out for them from now on. Sharing drives innovation and many creators, like myself, are happy to see our work used and to know what is most helpful. Together we can make things better. 

Reasons Why I love the Envato Market

The Envato Market is an online resource for digital media and, at the risk of divulging a secret, I decided to post about why I love it. The reason that I like it is that its a one-stop shop for everything you need to get a project going quickly. Their homepage slogan is,  "Everything you need for your next creative project. Over 9 million digital products created by a global community of designers, developers, photographers, illustrators & producers."

Many of the projects that come to ForeverBird Studio are in the initial stages. This means that keeping the production costs affordable is a good idea because we might have to test three or more visual style concepts to find the right fit. Using stock art, like Envato offers, increases the production quality of the graphics from the outset. While I am a firm advocate for original art, I am also a designer, and I know that good design is intended to be replicated and utilized appropriately in harmony with many elements. 

When working with new media, there are many technical details to consider. For the average Joe, it's challenging to distinguish one technology from another or keep up with all the industry-specific vocabulary. Another reason I love Envato is their categorization of media by technology. My clients can browse through the options of one specific shop without being overwhelmed by all at once. 

There have seven different shopping areas, and I can share just one with a client, so they are selecting from appropriate options. The categories they offer are as follows:

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Let me know what you think and if you have any other online platforms that offer quality digital media. 

AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime

My Global Alumni Sticker on file cabnet

My Global Alumni Sticker on file cabnet

Imagine you are 16 years old and leaving home to travel to a new country without your family. Young students from all over the world have this adventurous experience each year with AFS, American Field Service. I learned about this program because I was named after an Iranian AFS student who lived with my father's family. In 1998 I moved to Italy for a year where I learned Italian and became a member of another family, that I cherish dearly.

The lessons of this international exchange are the foundation of my compassion for myself and others as we all move ahead into the uncertain future. Founded after WW2 this nonprofit organization is a solution to humanities challenges today. Because of challenges I experienced and overcame, I fully support this program and highly encourage you to participate in any form.

AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime. Today’s exchange students are tomorrow’s changemakers: diplomats; thought leaders; influencers in the international business and non-profit communities. Every new exchange student is another global citizen in progress—an individual primed to help build a more just and peaceful world. And the impact doesn’t stop with the students. Host families’ lives are transformed by new members from across the globe and host communities gain greater cultural diversity. That’s THE AFS EFFECT.

AFS Infographic

Jenna from Tiny House Giant Journey

I love Jenna's youtube channel, Tiny House Giant Journey. Her process is inspirational to me. Like a moth to the flame, my attention is captivated by the movement of tiny homes. It connects with a desire to live in harmony with the environment, be free, be creative, and travel!

Get a look at how people are making their homes by checking out her YouTube channel. 

Hi! I'm Jenna. I live minimally, in a self-built Tiny House, so that I can travel the world! I make videos that promote alternative lifestyles on this channel. Watch the above compilation of Tiny House lifestyle tours to get an idea!

Some things you'll find on this channel:

1). Video Tours of Alternative Dwellings and Tiny Houses
2). Lifestyle videos and gear reviews for Tiny Living and Off-grid Living
3). Travel Adventures around the world

Jenna also has a website, check it out! She's all over social media so you can follower her where ever you like to checkin. 

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