May
12

The work of the 21st century creative

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I am an artist. Using my imagination and my creativity to earn a living is my lifelong love and fascination. Now some of you may be thinking ‘so how’s that working for you?’   I can almost see the starving artist stereotype appearing like the white elephant in the room between us right now. It’s one thing, if you are Kanye … [Read more...]

Dec
15

Ode to Dr Suess: Ding-Dong, Ring-Ring

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Well, its that time again....... I'm dusting off ornaments, untangling a ball full of metal fishhook hangers from each other and uncurling ribbons on those (damn) wreath bows. I think it might be time to go shopping. Ode to Dr Suess: Ding-Dong, Ring-Ring Ding- dong, Ring- ring all the bells are … [Read more...]

May
22

A Graceful Quit & You’ve Changed Man

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"A gracefully executed quit is a beautiful thing, opening up more doors than it closes." If you are a loyal, devoted, hardworking, thoughtful person, quitting is the hardest thing in the world to do. And yet, I personally can attest to this quote ringing true. I turned my (well earned) predictable life upside down 6 1/2 years ago to … [Read more...]

Apr
12

How do we change how we perceive the world?

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An important part of acting more entrepreneurial lies in our perceptions of ourselves and our world. To expand our thinking to include more "possibilites" requires that we find ways to break through the barriers we set up in our minds that do not allow for a world of new ideas to emerge. You see our mind constructs perception "road maps" … [Read more...]

Apr
08

211 Social Innovation Funding Sources

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For social entrepreneurs access to capital is still a big problem. Traditional funding sources like bank loans and access to venture capital are not an option.Traditional investors see the social component of a business as a discount on their return on investment. And most do not understand (yet) how a social venture that is developing … [Read more...]

Apr
04

Artist as Social Entrepreneur

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Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new … [Read more...]

Jul
04

What Are You Willing to Risk for True Creative Independence?

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In honor of achieving independence as artists, back in 2007 during the Fourth of July holiday, I wrote a story called Do Not Enter. Writing this story motivated me to write more stories about people who have a dream but are struggling  to realize it.  What all the characters have in common is their interest, for different reasons, in … [Read more...]

Jun
25

Are the famous and/or ‘resource rich’ the future of Kickstarter?

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Written by Lisa Canning Are the famous and/or 'resource rich' the future of Kickstarter? Currently Kickstarter is really clear who they serve.  On their website they state they are ..for creative projects big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. Small projects that you (or you and a few friends) can do … [Read more...]

Jun
15

Celebrating Bright Spots

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In the arts we are taught to focus on what we don't do well. We spend our entire careers developing our creativity being critiqued and told to do better if we want to reach the top. While I am sure that others in their professional development experience the same thing too, in the arts, rarely, do we stop and celebrate the bright spots of … [Read more...]

Feb
05

It’s Halftime in America…

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Clint Eastwood was remarkable in the halftime Chrysler Commercial. Wow. So, what's our strategy, America, for the second half? Is it going to be about accepting and learning from a new breed of leader? One who is socially conscious ethically bound creatively fueled and astonishingly- efficient? The not for-profit-world, and the … [Read more...]

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