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Entries from January 2009

Teaching Visual Organization and Information Design Class at Parsons

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · artteacher, creativity, drawings, education, graphic faciliation, images, Public Speaking, self-portraits, Uncategorized, visual facilitation

When my friend Ariel Churi asked me to substitute for him for the first meeting of the Visual Organization and Visual Design class at Parsons School of Design, I jumped at the chance. We created a bunch of mind maps to get them started on their first task: to create a project which communicates information […]

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Ira Glass Takes 2,000 People to Storytelling School in Philly

January 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments · creativity, drawings, education, images, People Who Rock, Performance

View from the nosebleed seats, with notes in the margins Waiting for rush tickets in the lobby. The two sketches above are from Ira Glass’s appearance at the Kimmel Center in Philly, January 24, 2009. Ira Glass is the executive producer and host of This American Life. Who needs a camera? Glass gave an entertaining […]

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Empathy as the killer app

January 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments · education, Good Causes, kids, Uncategorized

William Draton of Ashoka talks about why empathy is the killer app, and why the most important thing we can do to nurture empathy in kids is provide them with time for group play. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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Making Your Block Stronger With Sync Street

January 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Good Causes, Uncategorized

David Speers, the founder of the Sync Street blog interviewed me about my experience with neighbors in the last couple of places I’ve lived. David is thinking deeply about how to build stronger neighborhoods on the micro level—The block level. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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Coworking in one word: indescribable

January 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · small business, video

This was shot at IndyHall in Philadelphia. The challenge: describe coworking in one word. People had a hard time with this, as coworking can be so many things. Plus I totally ambushed them. Here’s my whack at it: coworking is the phenomenon of a bunch of people who decide to work in the same physical […]

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My new glasses, and what it all means

January 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · biz, entrepreneurship, Uncategorized

1. Via the magic of the interwebs, I was able to get a new pair of prescription glasses with designer (that’s Gucci to you!) frames for a fraction of what it would have cost to get the most basic specs from an optician. The lenses were made in Pakistan. The lenses AND frames set me […]

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Yanni Goldthtein, holithtic healer, rocks NYC

January 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · creativity, jonny in the media, maniacal laughter, People Who Rock, Performance, video

My cousin, Yanni Goldthtein, Holithtic Healer, made an appearance at the Ace of Clubs in Manhattan last Saturday night singing “Wild Thing” as part of the Creamsicles Rock-and-Roll Variety Show. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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More TransitSketches

January 11th, 2009 · Comments Off · drawings, images, Uncategorized

I’m really getting into sketching people as I flit around on mass transit. More TransitSketches here. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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TransitSketches

January 4th, 2009 · Comments Off · creativity, drawings, images, personal meanderings, Uncategorized

I love taking mass transit—subways in particular, but ferries, buses, trains, I dig all these modes of travel. Part of the appeal is all the people arrayed in front of me as models for my sketchy purposes. I thought I’d start documenting these sketches that I make; here are the first installments. Quick little things, […]

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