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Mark your calendar: Awesome events coming to NYC, LA, Montreal, London and beyond

This week, 2016 has officially kicked into overdrive; I hope things are going your way! Here is the new 12x Learning Optimizer edition, providing timely information on upcoming, highly valuable and inspirational opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists.

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Great to know: Filmmaker Jonathan Lim

I recently had the chance to meet filmmaker Jonathan Lim, whose dramatic feature film “Pali Road” is opening in theaters in 20 U.S. cities across America later this week. Jonathan wrote and directed the film, which was entirely shot on-location in Hawaii and is the first Hawaii-China co-production in history. While Jonathan describes it as a mystery and a romantic thriller, here’s how it’s introduced by the programmers of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, who have chosen the film to close the festival’s 32nd edition, this Thursday night, 28 April:

“…As stylish as it is mysterious, ‘Pali Road’ by Jonathan Lim echoes the most daring and challenging of classic Hollywood mysteries. If you look closely, you’ll find a hint of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 romantic mystery “Rebecca” starring Joan Fontaine; and maybe even espy a nod to George Cukor’s legendary “Gaslight” (1944) starring the great Ingrid Bergman…” Read more

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Earth Day 2016 and Climate Education Week

You and your loved ones are cordially invited to join more than a billion of your fellow humans to participate in Earth Day – the only global event celebrated simultaneously by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities – by helping expand its mission into a much more ambitious affair. Read more

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12x Learning Optimizer: Set your sights for April, May and beyond

After 11 years and over 600 blog posts, I consider my agency blog universal positive to be highly successful. Before launching it, I expected it to be a good means for demonstrating what I do; it now fulfills that and many other missions very effectively. For sure, it is a standing daily challenge, and as life tells us, when we apply ourselves to challenges over time, good things can happen.

Even as kids, we all are constantly reminded how important it is to be mindful and diligent in our use of time. My career allows me to gather high-level information about many aspects of business… and as I consider how best to pass knowledge along in interesting ways, certain subject matter arises consistently. In the sweet-spot of strategic planning, time management and personal/business development, I find creative and business conferences… which also include arts and cultural festivals and celebrations. As a publisher who is constantly managing the development of content, I am dedicating myself to doing a better job of putting the spotlight on this sweet-spot, in the hope of giving you more benefits. Read more

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Durham ready for 19th annual documentary film festival

Preparing for its April 7-10 return to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently released its full schedule, all of which is dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Showcasing nearly 100 films from established and emerging filmmakers, as well as numerous discussions and panels, this intimate Southern setting will once again immerse attendees in essential conversations and interactions between filmmakers, the film and television industries and film-loving members of the public.

Presented by Duke University, Full Frame is a key program of the Center for Documentary Studies non-profit organization. Serving the documentary form and its community, this festival enhances public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its significance each and every year, making non-fiction films more accessible to a wider audience. 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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Your invitation to World Water Day 2016

March 22 is World Water Day, where all human beings are invited to learn more about water-related issues, get inspired and make a positive impact. The international event dates back to 1992 when the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development made a recommendation: Thereafter, in 1993, 22 March was established as World Water Day. UN-Water sets the theme each year, and for 2016, it’s about water and jobs.

“Half of all workers on Earth are employed in water-related sectors. Millions of them are unrecognized and unprotected.”

There is no shortage of ways to connect to related initiatives and get onboard. 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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