Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

 
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

Happy Mother’s Day from Motherhaus

Happy Mother's Day from Motherhaus

Be a mother. Help a mother.

You can help mothers and their babies
have a healthy start together by supporting
EVERY MOTHER COUNTS.

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Every Mother Counts is a maternal health organization that links mothers to providers of essential care by addressing three barriers to maternal health:

TRANSPORTATION
Many women live miles away from healthcare providers and facilities, with extremely limited access to transportation.

EDUCATION
Skilled attendance at all births is considered to be the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood.

SUPPLIES
Health centers and caregivers lack the basic supplies and equipment necessary to do their jobs.

Dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.

“Each preventable death is one death too many.”
~ Christy Turlington Burns

EVERY MOTHER COUNTS IS A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION.

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11 Scientifically Proven Reasons Why Night Owls Get More Done | Inc.com

New York Bridges at night. ©Motherhaus LLC

The early bird doesn’t always catch the worm. In fact, night owls are probably getting a lot more done–and are a lot more successful.

I knew I wasn’t the only one who appreciated working into the night. Here are the benefits of being a night owl:

  1. You’ll find peace and tranquility
  2. More than likely, you are a workhorse
  3. You will always have time for happy hour
  4. You are more likely to be entrepreneurial
  5. You are probably stronger
  6. You’re as free as a bird
  7. You are more likely to be creative
  8. You tend to be much more relaxed
  9. You just may have a higher IQ
  10. You can catch up on the World Wide Web
  11. You are able to adapt to a 9-to-5 (if you absolutely have to)

Read more at  Inc.com: 11 Scientifically Proven Reasons Why Night Owls Get More Done | Inc.com

The 2 Euro T-Shirt – A Social Experiment – YouTube

 

When they learn the truth, people rediscover their humanity. Support the Fashion Revolution.

“Every day, you affect someone’s life because you get dressed. And what you buy to wear can actually make a difference,” Andrea Paltzer wrote in a blog post for Fashion Revolution. “It can have a huge social impact. Fashion can be an answer to poverty. It should not be the cause of poverty and environmental destruction.”

If you would like to support our campaign and help to build a better future for everyone in the global fashion supply chain, please donate via the following link:

http://fashionrevolution.org/get-involved/support-us/

Even donating €2 will help make a difference.

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Six Universal Principles of Persuasion (video)

Persuasion Tips

 
This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.

1. Reciprocity
2. Scarcity
3. Authority
4. Consistency
5. Liking
6. Consensus

Discipline is key to improving one’s craft.

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To improve his drawing skills, CaptainPeru bought a sketch book and started drawing every day using only a pen (so that he couldn’t make any mistakes).

He has been drawing something related to his daily life every day for the last two years. Every anniversary he draws his first drawing to review his progress. The book turned two years old a couple of weeks ago.

Discipline is key to improving one’s craft.

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Drawing every day – two years progress – Imgur.

Brainstorming: Play this game to come up with original ideas

 
Shimpei Takahashi speaks at TED Tokyo about using the game of Shiritori to come up with fresh ideas.

Literacy has been a Curse? Thom Hartmann on Storytelling

What's Your Story?

Storytelling is a powerful thing. Here’s what Thom Hartmann had to say a few years ago on his radio program:

It’s interesting. In preliterate societies, which is the majority of the history of the human race, we didn’t write things down. We told stories. Everything had a story. Every tree had a story. Every rock had a story. Every animal had a story. Every place had a story. Every family had a story. Story was how we transmitted culture and it was how we remembered things.

When I lived in Vermont—I believe it was the University of Vermont, one of the colleges there—I heard of the Abenakis, the Native American tribe there. They have stories of what happened 10,000 years ago, when the mountains of blue ice, the walls of blue ice, receded: what happened, where and when, the order in which it happened, and things like that. A bunch of geologists checked it out, and the memory was accurate. A 10,000 year-old accurate memory.

There are a number of anthropologists over the years who’ve pointed out how literacy has really been a curse in some ways, as much as a blessing, because when we started writing things down, we stopped telling stories. We stopped having these multi-generational stories. We stopped teaching our children. And it’s so important that there be some stories that transcend literacy, that transcend the written down, the “here, it’s in a book.” It’s so important that we teach our children stories.

Thom Hartmann
29 January 2009

Photoshop wizard bends reality

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Self-taught photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson explains on his website that “he doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas.” And well, some of his ideas are pretty weird. The Berlin-based artist photographs different subjects, and then with the magic of Photoshop, compiles them into creative, often otherworldly scenarios and situations.

 
See more at: Mashable

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies — but what about our minds?

Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn’t just lie in changing our thoughts — it’s also dependent on changing our words.

How we speak — to others and to ourselves — has a huge impact on our overall outlook. So isn’t it about time we started paying more attention to what we’re communicating?

Below are 15 phrases that will transform the way you think, feel and act in the coming year. Using your words to change your life? Now that’s a resolution worth keeping.

continues at: 15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015.