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The Cult of Done Manifesto

Creativity & Disrupt 
The Cult of Done Manifesto

1.There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. 
2.Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3.There is no editing stage.
4.Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
5.Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6.The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7.Once you're done you can throw it away.
8.Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
9.People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10.Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11.Destruction is a variant of done.
12.If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13.Done is the engine of more. 


image 1: "Done Manifesto" by James Provost (CC BY NC ND)

image 2: "Cult of Done" by Joshua Rothhaas (CC BY)

Source: http://www.brepettis.com/blog/2009/3/3/the-cult-of-done-manifesto.html

"18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently"


18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Writing and the Creative Life: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/arts/writing_and_the_creative_life_18_things_highly_creative_people_do_different?utm_content=buffer988ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.yXzGMwX7.dpu"

 by Scott Myers  via Creativitypost.com
Scott Myers

Image:  Gazer by Marina Ćorić (CC BY NC ND)

Scott Myers digs into Carolyn Gregoire's 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently and his past to illuminate his own creative path.

Believe it or not, I'm not writing this just because it cites the work of Creativity Post co-founder, Scott Barry Kaufman, and senior editor, Rebecca McMillan, on daydreaming in the article. I’m also posting it in response to my lifelong fascination with why creative people are the way they are… and frankly, why I am the way I am. Here are the 18 things,  See FULL ARTICLE via Creativitypost.


Image is Powerful but is Superficial - Cameron Russell

Image & World

by  Cameron Russell at TED

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.

"Image is powerful…but also, image is superficial. Barring surgery (or the fake tan I got for work) there’s very little we can do to transform how we look. And how we look — although it is superficial and immutable — has a huge impact on our lives. Today for me, being fearless means being honest. And I am on this stage because I’m a model — I’m on this stage because I am a pretty, white woman. In my industry we call that a ‘sexy girl’"  Cameron Russell.

"CYCLE" smart cities

"Empresas B La Oportunidad de Crear un cambio”


Empresas B “La Oportunidad de Crear un cambio”

Maria Emilia Correa en TEDxSantiago


En esta Charla TED la Experta en Sostenibilidad  María Emilia Correa expone como las B Corps han abierto las puertas a un nuevo tipo de empresas ¨Las que no compiten por ser las mejores del mundo, sino que por ser las mejores para el mundo¨  creado una gran oportunidad que favorece la innovación y el emprendimiento social. Estas empresas nos Invitan a tomar una posición distinta  frente a esta nueva redefinición del éxito, la cual se centra en la Sustentabilidad, colaboración y en las personas,  creando un cambio positivo para el mundo.  Las B Corps están cambiando la forma que se entienden las compañías, ya que ponen el foco en generar beneficios sociales y ambientales …Una Revolución que comienza a ganar terreno en todo el mundo.


The Corruption of Happiness

"The Corruption of Happiness"

by William Davies via opendemocracy.net

Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating. Unhappiness can be healthy.

Gary Becker, who died last year, should be considered one of the most influential thinkers of our times. A leading member of the Chicago School of economics since the 1960s, his influence has been far more pervasive and subtle than that typically attributed to economists.

Where many high-profile economists like Jeffrey Sachs and Lawrence Summers get to shape how specific public policies are made, Becker's legacy has been a more profound and ethical one. In a sense, he has shaped how human beings are made.

Becker was a pioneer of what has come to be known as 'economic imperialism'—the extension of neo-classical economics into new, seemingly non-economic territories. This includes areas such as the family and education, which Becker analysed using the transformative concept of 'human capital'.

Human capital is a relatively familiar term nowadays, and has been a critical concept in the justification for tuition fees in the UK, as Andrew McGettigan has explored. Yet the idea that humans are a type of capital was controversial when it first appeared. As Becker put it in his 1992 Nobel Prize acceptance lecture, "until the 1950s, economists generally assumed that labour power was given and not augmentable". His concept of human capital changed all that.

What Becker was highlighting was that people make various life choices, which have a significant impact on their economic fates. "In human capital theory", he argued "people rationally evaluate the benefits and costs of activities, such as education, training, expenditures on health, migration, and formation of habits that radically alter the way they are." [italics added]

As Michel Foucault noticed with brilliant prescience in his 1978-79 lectures on neoliberalism, Becker's theory provided a template for how individuals have come to view their own lives. Education becomes a strategic investment in oneself. Relationships are economic contracts, with costs and benefits for each party. And we are increasingly conscious that our diets, exercise regimes, sleep and relaxation influence how attractive we appear and how effectively we work. The underlying implication of Becker's work is as much existential as it is economic: each of us decides how successful they wish to be.

Habits and behaviors of the mind (or brain) can now be added to this roster of choices. Mindfulness, digital detoxing, cognitive behavioral therapy, self-help and evidence-based relaxation techniques (such as spending more time near foliage) are all premised on the idea that people are, in Becker's word, 'augmentable'. The feelings that they have can be altered, if not by the solitary individual concerned, then with the help of a therapist, digital app, wearable technology or some combination thereof.

This becomes most manifest in the positive psychology mantra that happiness is a 'choice', something now picked up by Coca-cola with their #choosehappiness marketing campaign. It's possible that this idea can provide a momentary uplift to someone coping with mild depression. But it seems far more likely to motivate those who already have power to shape their own circumstances, namely the rich and healthy.

For example, it is the central idea of the management guru Shaun Achor, who explains to businesses and individuals how they can achieve an 'advantage' over their rivals through strategically building their own happiness. The neuroeconomist Paul Zak suggests that happiness is a 'muscle' that we must remember to exercise regularly, to keep it in good working order. Supported by a growing armory of mood-tracking apps and stress-monitoring wristbands, emotions are now something to be included in our workout routines.

What is perplexing about this deeply individualistic worldview is that the measurement of happiness has, in the past, been used to pursue a very different type of political agenda. The measurement of happiness at a national level was first attempted in the mid-1960s, and was soon a central technique within the 'social indicators' movement, which seeks to offer an alternative to materialistic, market-based notions of value. The work of the UK think tank The New Economics Foundation demonstrates the terrific ingenuity that often characterizes this project.

National happiness indicators, which are now collated by many official statistical agencies, can provide an important basis for political critics and campaigners. They highlight the psychological damage that is done by highly competitive, unequal and privatized economic systems. That said, it is worth recognising that often this data simply quantifies things that we had long suspected. Freud famously observed that "love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness". Happiness economists have confirmed that unemployment and lack of family time are both very damaging to life satisfaction.

How is it that a transformative, progressive political agenda has morphed into a new form of behavioral management? The problem is that quantification and economics are never innocent in all of this. By reducing the relationship between mind and world to a quantitative ratio, wellbeing metrics offers a simple choice of how to pursue progress: do you seek to change the world or to change the mind? The philosophical relationship between critical subjectivity and objective circumstances comes to appear like a set of scales to be balanced, in which the weight on either side can be adjusted.

There are plenty of critics who employ happiness data to demand a change in our political economy. The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, is one of the most prominent cases of this, focusing on inequality. Psychologists such as Tim Kasser have developed their own measurement tools to demonstrate the negative impact of materialistic, competitive cultures on our wellbeing. But they appear to be in a shrinking minority. Why? The answer brings us back to Gary Becker.

At the core of both neoliberal thought and US culture is the belief that the central questions of political organisation have already been answered. They are therefore beyond the scope of political transformation or democratic debate. Just as the US constitution seeks to provide the 'rules of the game' that any American has to play by, so neoliberals have sought to entrench free market capitalism as the only 'game' available—the German neoliberal, Franz Böhm, even spoke in terms of establishing an 'economic constitution.’ Anyone can succeed or fail, but to do so, they first have to accept that the game itself is permanent.

In this context, the question of political or economic transformation becomes forcefully thrust back upon the individual. Given that capitalism cannot be transformed to meet human needs, humans will have to transform themselves to meet capitalist needs. Gurus such as Achor or Zak provide this philosophy with its optimistic, smiling face: I changed myself, and so can you!

But in the murky world of workfare 'behavioral activation' programmes, it takes on a more punitive dimension. The idea of 'entrepreneurship' may summon up heroic visions of Steve Jobs, but for many more people it means having to be entirely amenable to the fluctuating demands of capital, on a quite fundamental and personal level. When professions such as journalism become prefixed with the word 'entrepreneurial', this means one thing only: augment yourself or die.

Political hope must continue to lie in the idea that social and economic conditions are changeable, and, commensurately, that it is not up to us to tailor our minds, moods and bodies to circumstances which dominate us. The problem is that this argument can easily be bracketed as a form of idealism, which—in contrast to the advocates of 'talking cures'—doesn’t take everyday suffering seriously. The critique of positive psychology can end up being dismissed as a nonsensical defence of negativity.

The way to resist this is to insist on a political understanding of happiness and unhappiness, in which people are authorised to articulate and offer explanations for their feelings. This means understanding that some forms of unhappiness - such as a sense of injustice or anger - need hearing, not treating. This in turn requires careful nurturing and development of the institutions which facilitate voices to be heard. Happiness is welcome, but not if it requires people to "radically alter the way they are".

William Davies's new book, The Happiness Industry: How the government & big business sold us wellbeing is published by Verso.

Source: "The corruption of happiness" by William Davies via opendemocracy.net (CC BY NC)

"Boss versus Leader"

Dali’s Creative Thinking

Creativity & Arts

Salvador Dali’s Creative Thinking Technique

How to conjure up dreamlike imagery from your subconscious. In the history of art, most people could easily argue that Salvador Dalí is the father of surrealistic art. Surrealism is the art of writing or painting unreal or unpredictable works of art using the images or words from an imaginary world. Dali's art is the definition of surrealism. Throughout his art he clearly elaborates on juxtaposition (putting similar images near each other), the disposition (changing the shape of an object), and morphing of objects, ranging from melted objects dripping, to crutches holding distorted figures, to women with heads of bouquets of flowers. 

Surrealism is the stressing of subconscious or irrational significance of imagery, or in more simplistic terms, the use of dreamlike imagery. Dalí's absurd imagination has him painting pictures of figures no person would even dream of creating. How was Salvador Dali able to conjure up these extraordinary images from his subconscious that he used in his surrealistic paintings?

"Harvest" Opeth Cover #RockNroll

Rock N' Roll

"Harvest" Opeth Cover 

by Debbie Hyshka & Tyler Williams


8 Definiciones de Innovación Social

La innovación social ha dejado de ser una alternativa para convertirse en una prioridad en la agenda de fundaciones, organizaciones y compañías. La integración de la innovación, la tecnología y la detección y solución de problemáticas sociales han permitido mejorar la calidad de vida de cientos de personas alrededor del mundo, gracias al desarrollo de proyectos que son sostenibles en el tiempo, que no solo se preocupan por ‘apagar incendios’, sino que además tienen el potencial de transformar la cultura de una comunidad e incluso una ciudad completa en el futuro. 

Debido a esta emergente necesidad, decidimos acercarnos a 8 innovadores sociales, provenientes de diferentes partes del mundo, con el objetivo de reunir su perspectiva sobre la definición, la importancia que tiene este proceso para construir una sociedad mejor y las oportunidades que ofrece a las compañías para impactar positivamente al mundo.

Terrón Coloreado

Sandra Freiye (Colombia) es líder de Terrón Coloreado, un proyecto que busca integrar comunidades marginadas a la ciudad, por medio de la pintura urbana y el trabajo colaborativo.

«Innovación es generar proyectos autosostenibles que puedan ser replicados fácilmente, es decir, que sean fáciles de imitar para el mejoramiento de la sociedad.

Para que una persona sea un innovador social necesita dejar la pereza, los miedos y el ego a un lado. Los jóvenes de hoy en día tienen la responsabilidad de generar empleo a aquellas personas que tienen menos posibilidades, que aunque no tengan estudio, tienen mentes gigantes y creativas.

Creo en la responsabilidad social cuando el que está recibiendo el beneficio hace algo para recibir lo que se le está dando. Para que un proyecto sea socialmente responsable, debe lograr involucrar a toda una comunidad».


Ignacio Vidal (Chile), es co-fundador y director ejecutivo de Socialab Colombia, un movimiento de transformación social que impulsa emprendimientos que propongan soluciones innovadoras y sostenibles para resolver los grandes problemas de la humanidad asociados a la pobreza y la desigualdad.

«Veo a la innovación social como la forma lógica de trabajar o tal vez la manera de trabajar en un futuro cercano. Es básicamente una fórmula para trabajar bajo un lenguaje eficiente, simple y comprensible para todos. Es generar soluciones adecuadas que podrían ser fácilmente escalables. 

Los proyectos deben considerar su entorno y comprender que cada acción genera una repercusión positiva en otros. Si un proyecto no soluciona un problema está condenado a desaparecer.

Cuando una empresa logra identificar y comprender la tremenda oportunidad de negocio que significa solucionar problemáticas asociadas a un segmento históricamente desatendido, como lo son las comunidades más vulnerables, se le abre un mundo de nuevas ideas y posibilidades.

Estamos en un mercado cada vez más saturado, donde se inventan necesidades para satisfacerlas, pero ¿para qué estar pensando en el iPhone 8 si prácticamente un tercio del mundo no tiene dónde enchufarlo?» Lea también: UNICEF desafía emprendores a crear soluciones que salven miles de vidas

Isla Urbana

Renata Fentón (México), diseñadora industrial y co-fundadora de Isla Urbana, un proyecto mexicano enfocado en cosechar lluvia con el fin de crear un sistema sostenible que provea agua limpia a todos los hogares.
«La innovación social nace en respuesta a una necesidad social real. Es el punto de partida para crear un diseño o servicio, que si no soluciona una problemática o necesidad social, por lo menos haga referencia a ella. 

Las empresas que invierten recursos económicos en innovación social crean economías alternativas. En esencia puede ser como abrir nuevos mercados. Cuando nace una idea basada en un análisis y un entendimiento profundo de algún reto social, el proyecto adquiere otra dimensión, se integra a la cultura y sociedad de forma orgánica por un bien común».


Fotografía por Samuel Córdoba

Catalina López (Colombia) es directora de la Fundación Promedio, una organización sin ánimo de lucro que desarrolla y facilita proyectos culturales artísticos que tengan como norte cuidar el lugar en el que habitamos.

«La innovación es el acto de reinvención permanente, en términos materiales e inmateriales. Es una transformación y reformulación de lo que uno es y de lo que hace. La innovación social tiene un valor transformador para la comunidad y no solo para un ser humano. 

Un innovador social necesita encontrar en cada obstáculo una oportunidad para reinventarse y adaptarse. Necesita responder de maneras distintas a las situaciones. Debe tener creatividad, hacer un ejercicio constante, ser sensible y tener la capacidad de fluir, de no ‘entiesarse’ ni ser rígido.

Cuando una empresa está actuando con responsabilidad social está ayudando al entorno y está generando un impacto en dicho entorno, que ayuda a que la gente reconozca a la organización de manera amorosa».

Terra Cycle

Patricia Márquez (México) es directora de marketing y comunicaciones de Terra Cycle México, un proyecto que busca que las personas reciclen cierto tipo de residuos, con el fin de intercambiarlos por incentivos económicos que ayuden a mejorar la comunidad.
«La innovación social para Terra Cycle es permitir que la población de cada país o región se convierta en un agente activo de cambio. Para ser un innovador social es necesario conocer a detalle las verdaderas necesidades de la población y establecer un nexo que brinde beneficios a todos los involucrados.

Las finanzas no lo son todo para las empresas. El crecimiento sostenido de una industria, siempre depende de sus consumidores. Un proyecto socialmente responsable requiere tener como fundamento la renovación efectiva de recursos, la mejora de la economía en la industria y en la población y la solución de problemas sociales y medioambientales. Esto genera motivación y confianza entre los individuos y, por ende, un crecimiento constante, seguro y sostenido, con una calidad de vida estable».

The Street Store

Kayli Levitan y Maximilian Pazak (Sudáfrica), copywriter y director de arte respectivamente, hacen parte de la agencia de publicidad M&C Saatchi Abel, con sede en Cape Town Sudáfrica, que avala un proyecto llamado The Street Store, el cual consiste en una tienda itinerante que recoge y dona ropa a los habitantes de la calle.

«La innovación social es encontrar nuevas e interesantes maneras de resolver problemas. Un innovador social debe ser creativo, pensar ‘fuera de la caja’, ser humilde, agradecido. Se debe amar lo que se hace. Pero por encima de todo, se tiene que ser lo suficientemente fuerte para tratar algo que quizá no funcione.

Si hubiéramos creado un proyecto que siempre estuviera ahí y los habitantes de la calle pudieran ir siempre y obtener ropa gratis o comida, no sería socialmente responsable. Porque solo estás logrando que se vuelvan dependientes de ti. Nuestro proyecto es socialmente responsable porque se trata de un día en donde lo primordial es dar».


 María Liliana Galindo y Camila Perffeti (Colombia) son parte de Donacción.org, una plataforma que busca financiar, a través de un modelo de crowdfunding, proyectos ambientales y sociales abanderados por líderes comunitarios.

«La innovación social implica proponer y desarrollar nuevas ideas y estrategias con impacto social, que transformen positivamente la vida de un grupo o comunidad. Esto puede incluir potenciar al máximo los recursos y fortalecer las capacidades de la gente involucrada para que ellos mismos sean multiplicadores. 

Un innovador social necesita amor por la gente, destinar tiempo para ayudar, recursos, conocer la realidad de la comunidad y respetar los valores de la misma.

Una empresa puede ser parte activa de un proyecto, no solo apadrinando sino también involucrándose en la realidad de otras comunidades y bajo este escenario puede desarrollar un modelo que podría llegar a ser replicable en otros lugares».

Cidu Tec

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Andrea Arriaga (México) es directora ejecutiva de Cidu Tec  una iniciativa mexicana que busca impactar de manera positiva la vida de personas de Iberoamérica y reducir la brecha digital a través del fomento de la educación tecnológica.

«La innovación social es una forma de generar procesos donde participen los que hoy en día se nombran agentes de cambio, que son a la vez ciudadanos. Me gusta resaltar que la innovación social no es un término de moda, ya que consiste en resolver los retos a los que se enfrenta nuestra sociedad hoy en día.

Para ser un innovador social se necesita ante todo, diría yo, paciencia. Nunca desfallecer por más titánica que parezca la tarea. Además, ser disruptivo y tener vocación. No empezar un proyecto pensando que lo va a hacer millonario, comenzar la idea esperando generar un cambio social, lo demás vendrá por añadidura. 

Una empresa socialmente responsable aumenta la imagen positiva que tienen sus consumidores y clientes sobre la compañía. Por encima de todo, los beneficios sociales dan una mayor satisfacción a los socios e inversionistas, pues al colaborar aseguran que están dejando un legado social y contribuyendo a mejorar las condiciones de vida del entorno».

Read more: http://www.youngmarketing.co/por-que-es-importante-pensar-innovacion-social/#ixzz30oSkbb6h

"China's & the future of genetically modified food"

The Future of genetically modified food

China’s GMO Stockpilem

by David Talbot via MIT techreview
With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.  See Full Article via MIT Tech Review.

"The Science of Willpower & Kelly McGonigal"

"The Science of Willpower"

Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared  how you can make stress your friend on TED — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person. Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution.

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food?

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food?

While we haven’t done as much on veganism lately as we once did when Justin was submitting posts regularly, we’re still mindful of the impacts of the traditional animal-based diet on the environment and human health. So, while many will call this lifestyle choice a “fad” encouraged by the celebrity set, we know that veganism is a solid option for a healthy lifestyle… and is easier on the planet. Though we don’t all practice veganism, understanding the impacts of our food choices helps us make those choices knowingly… not the kind of mindset normally associated with the American diet.
So, why is the vegan lifestyle growing in the US? Sure, it’s presence in popular culture makes a difference… but it’s also clear from the infographic below that many Americans are becoming more mindful of their food choices, and aligning those choices with their values. We’re impressed, and applaud anyone who decides to make such a change… for whatever reason (because nearly all of them are really good ones!).

Are you a vegan? Why’d you choose a diet and lifestyle that rejects all forms of animal products? Any particular inspirations? Share your thoughts with us… we’d love to learn more!

Need a larger version of the infographic? Click on it!

Source: TopRNtoBSN.com

Veganism: A Fad? Or the Future of Food? [Infographic] via sustainablog.org

 Source: TopRNtoBSN.com


"Generación Y" 12 tipos diferentes de Millennials

Camila Ortega via youngmarketing.co

Tras una reciente investigación realizada por Exponential se definieron doce subgrupos de Millennials. Nostálgicos, Coleccionistas, Exploradores culinarios, son algunos de ellos.

Los Millennials, nacidos entre los 80′s y finales de los 90′s, que se caracterizan por ser optimistas, adictos a la comunicación instantánea y emprendedores, son una generación que está en boca de todos los gerentes de mercadeo del planeta. Son la nueva fuerza laboral del mundo y por lo tanto, marcas y organizaciones a nivel mundial intentan descifrar día a día su comportamiento y sus expectativas frente a la vida.