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Mark your calendar: Very cool events coming to Miami Beach, San Diego, Chicago and beyond

12x Learning Optimizer is my series of posts providing you with some very valuable opportunities for your education and entertainment: First, you will find information on up to seven upcoming events likely to be meaningful for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists; second, I’ll provide four momentous sources for relevant gatherings currently shaping up. Also, there will be a thoughtful video. Ideally, this combination of information will be beneficial in your ongoing education and development, and you will come back again soon. The next edition of this feature will publish in August. Read more

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Contribute Now to the Biggest Night in Sports: The ESPYS

This Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will once again unite the world’s premier athletes, its biggest stars and the very best sports stories of the year. Hosted by John Cena, this 24th annual celebration supporting ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research will be televised live from LA’s Microsoft Theater.

In the meantime, ESPN Radio’s 12th Annual ESPY Day Auction to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research is officially underway on eBay, where it will run through July 13. This year’s auction of more than 100 items includes tickets to prime sporting events, autographed memorabilia, unique experiences with athletes, celebrities and behind-the-scenes experiences with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike and sports-related experiences with ESPN personalities Stephen A. Smith, Jon Gruden, Julie Foudy and more. To date, the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction has raised more than $8.4 million. To participate in the Auction and/or donate to the Jimmy V Foundation, go to http://www.ebay.com/rpp/espn or call 1-800-4-jimmyV.

Another way for fans across America to participate in The ESPYS is to help determine exactly who will be selected for these and other ESPY Awards: Read more

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Mark your calendar: Stellar events coming to London, NYC, Toronto and LA

Summertime is in full swing in America, and between the national holidays here and there, people are planning more get-togethers sure to inspire, excite and illuminate. I’m happy to present a couple of hold-overs from the previous edition, and share details on several other stellar happenings coming very soon. Enjoy! Read more

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Sharing Secrets: 2016 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day


It has been an exciting week for me, even though I am once again missing the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently underway in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 18-25 June has teamed-up with global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube to provide two live-streamed sessions every day this week. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… new videos will continue to go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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Mark your calendar: High-profile events coming to London, Brooklyn, Santa Fe, NYC, LA and Cannes

I am relatively certain that this is the busiest time of the year for major industry networking events. With that in mind, I hope you will find the following information on upcoming happenings that are highly valuable and especially inspirational to be of good value. As always, feedback on any of these events and news sources is most welcome in comments or by direct message. Wishing you great times… and safe travels!

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Artists: Submit to The Blooom Award by Warsteiner by 31 July

You don’t have to be a fan of beer to love Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately owned brewery, which has now been owned and operated by the Cramer family for 263 years. Brauerei Warsteiner has had a close relationship with the arts for more than thirty years – starting with Andy Warhol, who immortalized the Warsteiner Pilsner glass to help launch the Warsteiner Art Collection. In 2010, Warsteiner established The Blooom Award to offer young creatives in Germany a chance to get their start in the international art market. Since 2012, the competition has been opened up to artists all around the world in the fields of art, design, urban art and film. Applications are due by 31 July. Read more

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Design Competitions from Adweek, Communication Arts and Fast Company Open for Entries


Several very prestigious design awards programs are currently open for entries – I thought you would appreciate the heads-up, and some brief details.

As one of the most sought-after design awards in the business world, Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation By Design Awards will honor the designers and businesses solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems. Now in its fifth year, the competition has put the spotlight on a broad spectrum of companies, ranging from blue-chips to scruffy startups and hungry young talents. Read more

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Deadline approaches for 2016 Chip Shop Awards

About 13 years ago, the UK’s most visited marketing news publication The Drum launched a very special awards program which has done much more than just stand up over time; with each passing year, it is proving to be of increasing importance. Well known as the only creative awards scheme with neither rules nor boundaries, the submission window for the 2016 Chip Shop Awards will close on April 1. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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Awwwards Conference Update: Amsterdam and New York City

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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53rd New York Film Festival

Now celebrating its 53rd anniversary, the New York Film Festival has firmly established its legacy as the city’s premiere showcase for the best new cinema from around the world. All the excitement for the renowned event’s 53rd edition kicked off at Lincoln Center on 25 Sept., and the festivities will run on through 11 October.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to Read more

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