Let the future show you the way

Rather than dreading our future, let’s embrace that our future is shaped by the choices we make today, now.

Clarity First Newsletter, January 13, 2017

“…constant change has been America’s hallmark … it’s not something to fear but something to embrace.” -President Barack Obama

8 simple things you can do to become much more confident

A brilliant and doable list of reminders.

Your brand is your promise of how you help.

Yes. Let’s pursue a networking strategy of abundance and love.

Clarity First Newsletter, January 6, 2017

“It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion for others.” – Pema Chödrön

You cannot not communicate.

A discourse on the process of designing for real people.

How to get someone to change their behavior? Rule 1: don’t preach

This is not your average wear-your-seatbelt spot. For that matter, it’s not your average spot. It works.

A history of modern graphic design in clicks

The Graphic Design Archives by the Rochester Institute of Technology is an online library of editorial, information and graphic design created between 1920 and 1950.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 30, 2016

This is the 20th weekly issue of Clarity First. It’s a summary of 2016’s most popular stories.

11 great posts on graphic design, branding, advertising, photography…

One of my favorite weekly reads is It’s Nice That. Here are 11 of their best posts from 2016.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 23, 2016

Days are getting longer now. The winter solstice has passed. The light is returning. Hallelujah.

Can mindfulness promote ethics in business?

Given the current economic and political climate infused with scandals it is a good time to reassess how ethics is being taught and practiced.

Tools of oppression vs. tools of liberation

Last week Austin Kleon posted a chart on his Tumblr page that he drew after reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Why getting your message straight is good for your whole company.

Every element of the design and delivery of a service or product is part of an integrated whole.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 16, 2016

“We have no separate fates, but are bound together in one. And our fear of one another is the only thing capable of our undoing.” – Sam Killermann

Compassion can help us cross political boundaries

Tugging at heart-strings does have an effect. It can be used as a tool to motivate people to act.

Why the longer road is often the shortest path

The fastest way to change is to slow down and engage your stakeholders first.

What is the opposite of fear?

“We have no separate fates, but are bound together in one. And our fear is the only thing capable of our undoing.” – Sam Killermann

Pins and Ts raise money for charities that support causes under threat by Trump.

NYC design and branding firm gets political.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 9, 2016

Hope sets the course. But it is action, individual and collective action, that determines our future.

Power and Love. A Theory and Practice of Social Change

Power and love are the yin and yang of organizing. Neither one is effective without its “opposite.”

Helping “solopreneurs” find their brand promise

The secret it to step back far enough to see where your unique offer fits in the larger system you serve.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 2, 2016

Democracy is just like a company. It works better when everybody is engaged.

Ira’s “What Business Are You In?” Game

Your customers might think that you are in a very different business than the one you think you are.