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Set to run 8-14 Feb. in Melbourne, Australia, Pause Fest is the premier annual digital event aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative, tech and business from Australia and all around the world. In the past two weeks, more than 30 new speakers have been added to this year’s agenda, which is chock-full of groundbreaking events. Be sure to visit the site to get up-to-speed with all the excitement underway. Officially, 10 Feb. is Creative Day, 11 Feb. is Tech Day and 12 Feb. is Business Day, but each day offers a dazzling array of curated offerings to inspire and feed every facet of your interests. For example, look for events Read more

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Reasons to Pause in 2016

Posted on 02.08.16

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Coming up on February 12, leading international design blog Design Observer will host a symposium on the relationship between design and food. Held in the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown LA, TASTE will feature prominent speakers from around the world. Here is more of an introduction from the illustrious staff of Design Observer.

Agrarian economics. Dry farming. Engineered waste. Vaporized nutrition. Synthetic flavors. Moral food. How are any of these things a function of design? On the other hand: How could they be anything else? We’ll consider Read more

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Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s premier website competitions, Awwwards aims to recognize and promote the best of innovative web design and the talent and efforts of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world.

At Awwwards Conferences held each year in the planet’s most iconic cities, digital architects, pixel visionaries and curators of dreams come together to share their best-kept secrets and unveil their keys to success. Read more

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Welcome to another year where I will be viewing all the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival from afar. What happens in Park City between Jan. 21 and 31 is sure to define the sensational in independent film for the immediate future. It’s been awhile since I attended, but I’m confident it’s still a whirlwind of snow, screenings, parties, great meals, skiing, and distribution deals. Now, thanks to Nate von Zumwalt of the Sundance Institute, the Festival news stream is at our fingertips. Read more

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38th Sundance Film Festival

Posted on 01.19.16

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The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy through service and volunteerism.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. To learn more, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.

It’s also my pleasure to provide the following graphic illuminating the life and lasting legacy of Dr. King, courtesy of http://OnlineCollegeCourses.com. “People honor and celebrate the life of Dr. King for many reasons, but most importantly, for his role in working to achieve race equality in America. Dr. King had arguably the greatest impact of any single person during the fight for racial equality, and the fact that his life was cut short causes people to wonder what he may have gone on to achieve in his lifetime. Read more

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MLK Day of Service 2016

Posted on 01.17.16

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I firmly believe that life is as different as all of the organisms that experience it, and even if we’re just talking about humans, that is an infinite amount of diversity. What’s important or interesting to me may be the last thing in the world you want to think about. Still, when you find a piece of video content that has made it onto one of YouTube’s “Most Viral” charts, there’s a pretty good chance that most people will want to watch it.

As you probably know, YouTube released its latest news about these charts about a month ago. The news and accompanying videos were subsequently splashed in feature stories in these media outlets, to name but a few. Read more

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Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2016 International CES will kick-off soon in Las Vegas, where it will run from Jan. 6 through Jan. 9. Well established as the essential annual gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and their breakthroughs for more than 40 years. It’s truly a global stage, where the marketers behind next-generation innovations make great efforts to create splashes of epic proportions. With CEA standing as the technology trade association representing the $200+ billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, the media blitz we’ll witness provides amazing insights… proving that this largest hands-on event of its kind is extremely important in identifying and addressing this far-reaching industry’s key issues.

For access to more CES 2016 insider intelligence, keep your eyes on these pundits in the hours ahead. Read more

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Making history: CES 2016

Posted on 01.03.16

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In the video above, in his own words, Narayanan Krishnan says, “I thought, what is the purpose of my life? What am I going to do? …And I quit my job and I started feeding all these people from 2002.” And later: “There are thousand and thousands and lots and lots of people suffering. What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give. Start giving. See the joy of giving.

I have done some research on homelessness over the years, and we all know that there are displaced people living on the city streets everywhere in America. The organizations and initiatives highlighted below represent just some of the many phenomenal community efforts supporting homeless people in the U.S. and elsewhere. I found many of them through http://JustGive.org, and I’m also proud to point you to this list JustGive publishes, entitled 35 Ways You Can Help the Homeless. They list as item 7, “give money,” and to that, I’ll add my plea to give whatever you have to spare (from loose change to your time), to those people you see in need.

Also, it’s the time of year when I invite you to join me in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.


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Giving season: Love

Posted on 12.25.15

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Together with my family, I am sending my warmest thoughts to many friends and colleagues worldwide, and feeling a lot of gratitude. I truly appreciate your help in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.

I’m also especially thankful to Los Angeles-based imagemaker Tommy Ewasko and the individuals behind my client companies Cap Gun Collective, Cutters Studios, Leviathan, Sarofsky, Valiant Pictures and Wondersmith for their leadership and help in supporting the following heroic organizations. Read more

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Giving season: Heroes 2015

Posted on 12.22.15

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Back in 2000 when I was working for The Terpin Group in Los Angeles leading PR campaigns for dot-com companies with extremely high aspirations, my colleagues and I knew that there was absolutely one way of hitting a home run, and that was placing a story with The Associated Press. AP stories generate massive exposure, as they are syndicated in major media outlets across the country and around the world. And of course, if you have a story that’s good enough for the AP, it’s good enough for everyone. With this in mind, imagine how powerful it would be if you had the chance, today, to meet with Paul Caluori, the AP’s Global Director of Digital Services, and Philana Patterson, the AP’s Small Business and Breaking News Editor, to learn what they look for in story submissions. Thanks to Business Wire, it’s on.

Back in February of this year, Business Wire hosted a webinar featuring Paul and Philana, where they shared exactly these types of insights. I am embedding the webinar here, and I’ll also pass along a few of the bullet points from the secrets they shared. Read more

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Tommy Ewasko, Imagemaker Extraordinaire…

Posted on 12.14.09

Video: Trailer written, produced and edited by Roger Darnell. Imagery copyright Tommy Ewasko: All rights reserved. [watch video]

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