Jun
08

When I was starting out in Chicago, doing improvisational theatre with Second City, there was really only one rule … When you improvise a scene with no script … you have to accept what the other improviser initiates … Well, you are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say yes. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say yes back. Now will saying yes get you in trouble at times? Will saying yes lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. Yes is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.
~ Stephen Colbert
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Jun
07

The kernel, the soul — let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances — is plagiarism.
~ Mark Twain
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Jun
05

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Balance is over rated.

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May
02

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it
~ Chinese proverb (h/t Stephen Anderson)
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May
02

We all want to change the world

I spent lunch with heads of Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Affairs and Marketing departments from several large national coporationss as we got together to discuss our strategic plan for an advisory council (for a large educational non profit) we sit on. I spent the later part of the afternoon with people from Occupy Santa Ana, […]

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Jul

07

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of […]

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Nov

03

How to get stuff done

A couple weeks ago I promised to share how I am able to do as much as I do.  I was planning on focusing on productivity and technology, but I wanted to touch briefly on inspiration and motivation because these are the true reasons I pursue solutions to accomplish more. Vision Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once […]

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Oct

20

Unleashing Beauty Online: the power of social media for social justice

Below is a presentation I gave at the Unleashing Beauty Conference in Irvine, Ca this last week.  I have embedded my slide show and put my notes, expanded and with links to various websites and webapps mentioned through out.  If your organization would like to talk about a more personalized solution lets set up a […]

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Mar

03

The Idea Camp: Preliminary Thoughts

Over the next several weeks I will be posting much less rambling abstract thoughts regarding the Idea Camp, but wanted to let you know why I threw out so many tweets about this great unconference.    Also, for those who could not be there, there is a Vimeo channel up with videos being added every […]

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Feb

17

From Customers to Friends to Fans

Close your eyes and visualize your customers using your product or service.  What do you see?  How do you feel?  Can you do it? What I see with many of my clients is that an exercise like this just feels funny and they are not able to really know what their customers think and feel […]

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