Clarity First Newsletter, May 11, 2018

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

Ignore everybody, and 39 other keys to creativity

“Don’t try to stand out from the crowd. Avoid crowds all together.” – Hugh MacLeod

When a word is the story

Daniel Carlmatz gave himself a daily wordplay challenge. His results are fun and inspiring.

Clarity First Newsletter, May 4, 2018

“Active Hope is not wishful thinking. Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued by some savior. Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act.” – Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone

Clarity First Newsletter, April 27, 2018

“You can have the other words – chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it. ” – Mary Oliver

Community, The Structure of Belonging

If we want a change in culture, the work is to change the conversation.

Speculative investing in art takes the art out of art.

When art is treated as a speculative investment we all lose.

Clarity First Newsletter, April 20, 2018

“We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say—and to feel—‘yes, that is the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.” —John Steinbeck

Set the politics aside. It’s time to talk about policy.

“We need to get back to a functioning government. If the process can work again, we have a chance to solve our biggest problems.”

Clarity First Newsletter, April 13, 2018

“For me context is the key – from that comes the understanding of everything.” – Kenneth Noland

Finding coherence in a weekly newsletter

In August of 2016 I started to write a weekly newsletter. Now, 86 letters later, it’s starting to cohere into something larger.

Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design

In the late 1970’s designer Dieter Rams stopped to question how he defined “good” design. His answer has become a manifesto for conscientious designers ever since.

Clarity First Newsletter, April 6, 2018

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

Use the 1-2-3 list to get more done and have more fun doing it.

Not every task on your to-do list takes the same amount of time. You’ll get more done and enjoy the process more if you order the list accordingly.

Clarity First Newsletter, March 30, 2018

“With our lives we make our answers all the time to this ravenous, beautiful, mutilated, gorgeous world.” – Victoria Stafford

Clarity First Newsletter, March 23, 2018

“Sometimes it’s better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.”?—?Gautama Buddha

Clarity First Newsletter, March 16, 2018

“Today, as the world becomes smaller and smaller, the concept of “us” and “them” is almost outdated…in reality we all depend on one another, our interests and those of others are very interconnected.” – the Dali Lama

Clarity First Newsletter, March 9, 2018

“When a system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence have the capacity to shift the entire system”. – Ilya Prigogine

What Norway can teach us about high performance

“Zero tolerance for jerks” and five other things we can learn from a winning team.

Clarity First Newsletter, March 2, 2018

“I think we should all be more inquisitive and much nicer to each other.” – Anthony Burrill

Clarity First Newsletter February 23, 2018

“Both artists and entrepreneurs function as our society’s scouts, forerunners who are sensitive to changing conditions, on the lookout for broader perspectives and new opportunities, who report back to the rest of us about the emerging landscape ahead.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Clarity First Newsletter, February 16, 2018

“Graphic design will save the world, right after rock and roll does.” – David Carson

Clarity First Newsletter, February 9, 2018

“We cling to our individuality, but we experience true ecstasy when we give it up.” – David Byrne

Clarity First Newsletter, February 2, 2018

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter