Posts Tagged ‘inspiration

This is what happens when you post thought-provoking life questions in the form of street art. The Poster Public Project challenges people to pause, stop and think. The artist, Elay, asks:

Imagine you saw a colour in your dream, which you have never seen before. It doesn’t consist of any colours or shades that you know. Trying to describe that colour would be as difficult as trying to believe that there is enough love & compassion in the world so every human can feel happiness.

Do you think this is possible? Can you do this? I think some people would have more difficulty than others…maybe it’s a matter of how much strength and faith we carry in ourselves…


via Wooster Collective via Urban Prankster

Recently I came across this in a magazine. I’ve never heard of this person or the quote, but it struck me because it’s the kind of stuff I’ve been thinking about lately.

Do you ever ask yourself other versions of the below? Or wonder why you don’t take more chances? Leaps of faith?

It seems like a simple enough question to understand, but how many of us put off answering it?

I just experienced my 1st caucus. A few observations of interest to me:

1. When I drove up to my caucus, I was taken aback by the line. It wrapped around the corner of the church. I was thankful it wasn’t -10 degrees like it has been lately.

2. Once inside, I noticed that 95% of the crowd looked to be 35 or under. Gave me encouragement when I saw us younger people out, trying to instigate change.

3. The voting process was so easy. And surprisingly non-technical, as I thought it might be. I wrote my name, address, email, phone number, and district on a sheet of paper. Then I was handed a piece of paper that looked like it was meant for covering a Bingo game card. I was slightly confused as to how to cast my vote. After wandering over to what looked like a paper-wrapped shoebox that said “ballots”, I firmly wrote “Barack Obama”. And dropped the little piece of paper inside the slot.

4. I took some pics so I could engage in some “citizen journalism” via The New York Times.com. Browse them all here. (I submitted 4, not sure which one are up yet.)

If you’re planning on going to caucus on Tues. 2/5, consider snapping a few pictures for The Polling Place Photo Project.

via The New York Times:
The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election. By documenting local voting experiences, participants can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.”

“Citizen journalism” – love it.

Take part in storytelling.

Shepard Fairey has created limited edition silkscreens of Barack Obama. At $50 each, they go on sale starting tomorrow (Wed. 1/30). Order yours by emailing info@obeygiant.com and use “OBAMA” in the subject line. via Cool Hunting, Fairey has “an aim to get its iconic image across the nation in time for Super Tuesday (5 February) and beyond. Proceeds will go to a larger, statewide (California) poster campaign.


Though it’s been out for a while, I only just saw Blood Diamond the other night. I was watching with a friend and I mentioned Camp Okutta, which I wrote about in a previous post. For some reason I didn’t expect Blood Diamond to be so graphic, but what was I expecting, given the film’s plot. I’m actually easily affected by visual experiences – movies, (some) commercials, art, theater, etc. so not surprisingly, something inside me stirred when I saw the child soldiers in action. Whenever I see movies with social messages, especially when they’re based on specific world issues and force one to question what’s happening to humanity, I ask myself, ‘but what can I do? what could I do besides give money?’ and then I usually forget about the movie and my questions soon after thinking about those issues.

n18706979456_6198.jpgA month or so ago I joined Planning For Good, and more recently Planning For Good – Minneapolis as a volunteer planner. Planning For Good is made up of strategic thinkers (account planners, strategists, etc.) who want to help solve real problems for non-profit causes. In the past few weeks numerous individual groups specific to various cities have sprung up on Facebook. The goal is for each city to meet collectively and share thoughts and ideas for briefs and then eventually everyone puts their ideas into the ‘idea vat’. I’m curious to see what future briefs/organizations we’ll be helping. Unfortunately, I missed the UNICEF briefing/meeting, but I’ll be sure to attend the next one.

I’m discovering Facebook is a growing platform for not only connecting with friends, but for finding like-minded people who want to do more than just chat and say hello. Though I joined a while ago, I’ve only lately become more active on FB. There are a lot of silly groups on FB (I’m probably in a few) but there are obviously some worth joining. To any planner (especially junior, or student), I encourage exploring such groups and joining Planning For Good. Interestingly, in the past two days, I’ve had two senior planners suggest I join, though I’d already done so a while back. So I’m just passing the message on. Cheers!

I’m currently job-searching – such a fun ‘job’ in a weak market, made even more joyful when you have less than 3 yrs of experience in your targeted ‘field’. Recently, one of my mentors/friends pointed me in the direction of Marc Andreessen’s “The Pmarca Guide to Career Planning, part 3: Where to go and why” – it stirred a bit of an “aha! hmm!?” moment for me. I must react…

One of the points Andreessen makes is:

“If you are young and want to have an impact, you want to be in an industry where there is a lot of growth and change and flux and opportunity.” I definitely think advertising represents change – specifically planning. I’ve always felt that wherever I end up, career-wise, I want to be in an industry where change is welcome and there’s opportunity for new ideas to emerge. That’s exciting and while it can often throw people (and particular theories, models, structure, etc.) for a loop, the uncertainty and dynamics of change intrigue me. Confusing?

Andreessen also says:

“Once you have picked an industry, get right to the center of it as fast as you possibly can. Your target is the core of change and opportunity — figure out where the action is and head there..” This highlighted a few things for me.

First, I would say that as far as advertising or marketing services go, the digital realm is the center. What do you think? Social this, social that, etc etc, so much is happening it’s hard to keep up (my personal opinion). However, this obviously represents ACTION…influx…and millions of people live their lives digitally. It’s a real extension of who they are and as things continue to evolve and morph, businesses and brands will have new opportunities to do really exciting and hopefully interesting things for us — and with us.

Second, where do you go/look if you don’t have a lot of experience in the area you hope to get into? Does that matter? Obviously to some extent yes. I’m not going to be considered for a mid-level planning position when I’ve never had professional planning/strategy experience. Regardless of solid professional experience, I am still valuable, a potential asset. Agencies (whether they be traditional advertising, digital/interactive, design, etc.) should welcome people with non-traditional planning/advertising-ish backgrounds. When considering jr thinkers (like myself), agencies should look beyond the portfolio or resume, and consider an individual’s potential for generating great ideas — even new ideas, dare I say that. Books and resumes only tell a portion of a person’s story, right? I need to find the right agency/group that sees beyond a piece of paper…

Here’s another example of the idea of planning for good:

Ideablob, recently launched by Advanta Bank Corp., is a social networking platform that gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the space to share ideas and potentially win $10,000 to help their business grow.

IdeaBlob is where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them.

Great ideas are generated every day by people all across the country, and now these ideas have a place to live and grow. Eligible individuals with a good business idea can post it to IdeaBlob.com, and based on votes from the IdeaBlob online community – which includes other innovators as well as friends, family, colleagues, associates, teachers and mentors – one idea every month will win $10,000.

As individuals take part in IdeaBlob’s growth, their business has the potential to grow right along with it.”

Advanta issues Mastercard credit cards for small business owners and has been in business for the last 50 years. After doing some brief digging, I found they were started by a schoolteacher who helped fellow teachers get loans. I’m curious as to what the rest of the story is behind the founder and how Advanta evolved to become what it is today.

As we’re seeing over and over, there is power in community, and truth in authenticity. Ideablob has been added to my list of ‘great new ideas’ and goodness that aims to provide real things for people who need it.

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