Do we see reality as it is?

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is … or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.

Technology You Didn’t Know Still Existed: The Telegram

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Today, where disposable instant messaging, emails, texts and tweets are all around us, it is a pleasant surprise to find out that the grandfather of quick communication is still with us.

Yes, it is still possible to send a personal, hand-delivered telegram.

Source: Technology You Didn’t Know Still Existed: The Telegram

Finland has a Brand Book?

FInland Brand Book

Did you know that Finland has a Brand Book? I haven’t made it through this 365-page monster yet, but once you get past the cringe-worthy hyperbole of the first few pages, it actually turns pretty interesting. And insanely granular: there’s even a mission for grandparents.

http://www.demoshelsinki.fi/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TS_Report_EN.pdf

The International Flag of Planet Earth

Astronaut Portrait

This is a pretty cool thought project, even though it kind of breaks the first of the five basic principles of flag design. That’s an awfully talented child who can draw this flag from memory.

http://www.flagofplanetearth.com

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.

Spoilers:

1. Keep it Simple. So simple that a child can draw it from memory.
2. Use meaningful symbolism. The flag’s images, color or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
3. Use two to three basic colors.
4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
5. Be distinctive (or related)

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.

Every Mother Counts (logo)

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.

http://everymothercounts.org/products/donate

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.

#whomademyclothes

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