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Giving season: Love

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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Free tuition up-for-grabs from Dr Pepper

If you are a college student who will be 18-24 by Dec. 2, 2016, and a legal U.S. resident, Dr Pepper is offering you a chance to win up to $100,000 in tuition… all for submitting for its 2016 Tuition Giveaway contest. As you can see by visiting the GET STARTED tab on the official website, chances to win begin with applicants submitting their personal stories – and then generating votes. 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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The FvF mixtape series enters 2016

When I last wrote about Freunde von Freunden (FvF) – the international interview magazine that illuminates people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments – the subject was their latest mixtape. That one was number 60… created by Australia’s underground radio presenter Ennio Styles. Each FvF mixtape offers an amazing contemporary soundtrack for life, and that is especially true for the latest release. It is number #101, and it features the artist known as Kyson.

Their piece begins, “Jian Kellet Liew’s music is like the soundtrack to a dream. Working under the alias Kyson, his ethereal productions mix delicate beats with swelling synths and reverberating vocals.” Read more

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March 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: Tongue Point, Washington, USA, by yours truly.

Notes from On & Up, my personal blog: “Throughout time, the areas all along Washington State’s Highway 112 corridor have been home to people of the Klallam and Makah tribes: Exploring their cultures and histories are wonderful aspects of visiting…. During our visit, we searched for unadulterated nature, hoping to find vibrant signs of indigenous life carrying on in harmony with Mother Earth. Imagine the thrills we had as we found all of that, far and wide, time and again.”

I hope you enjoy this March image selection. Click the photo above to download a high-res calendar for your desktop.

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December 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Snow Nightfall” Park City, Utah, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “My favorite professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Wes Kemp, answered a question with a question one day, and it affected me forever. On that day, a fellow student complained, ‘Aww, why give us an assignment that has been photographed a million times?’ Prof. Kemp replied, ‘Yes it has, but have YOU ever photographed it?!’ Park City has been a destination for me since 1980, and I had never really tried to visually explain the phenomenon of the large snowflakes that fly to earth in the night to provide the abundant beautiful powder. Read more

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November 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Mountain Rays” Angeles Crest, California, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “This beautiful mountaintop view at campsite #23, with warm beaming rays of light, was waiting for me to compose its portrait. I am very grateful for the ability to bring you to this truly special place on earth. There is a lot to take in — enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!”

We hope you enjoy this November image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

Click the image above to download a high-res November 2015 calendar for your desktop.

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Interested in being a guest speaker? Start early!


If you have the goal of becoming a successful guest speaker in the business world, I have some tips to share about getting started. These are based on my experiences working with some very talented people who are currently on-the-rise as star presenters, including Sarofsky Corporation’s Erin Sarofsky – and Chad Hutson and Jason White, the principals of Leviathan. Here are the preliminary tips (two more follow below):

. Start early
. Focus on these efforts as a key business activity
. Set your sights strategically to target the right opportunities
. Have a very specific vision for your proposed presentation and communicate it with the correct person before the deadline while also providing a well-organized summary of your speaking history Read more

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Media Spotlight: The Creators Project

The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel developed in partnership with Intel and VICE, original artwork commissions and global events. Read more

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