April 21st, 2011

How to Improve Productivity, Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

It’s time for a Workplace Revolution!

Conclusion from the following remarkable TED Talks:

  • If you want Productivity then you need uninterrupted silence.  Far less meetings and / or vocal interruptions by managers (email and chat are OK).  Voluntary distractions are OK such as: YouTube, facebook &TV.
  • If you want innovation, development and creativity then you need lots of casual group interaction.  Create environments that maximize group interaction such as coffee shop, game room, good cafeteria and conference rooms.

Steven Johnson – Where good ideas come From
Learn how GPS was born and why the Coffee House is where ideas go to have sex.

Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work
Learn how to be an enlightened manager.

TED Talks are your chance to listen to some of the greatest minds in the world.

WARNING ::: Watching TED Talks in the right order will lead to great inspiration and motivation!!! :::

April 20th, 2011

Just when your faith is gone, give it one more day.

Throwing in a little dash of Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer helps too.

Listening to: One More Day by The Wood Brothers

April 6th, 2011

Daily Doodle - Graphic Love World

Daily Doodle - Graphic Love World

I know every word to every Shirelles’ song thanks to my amazing grandma. She use to drive me daily to dance and gymnastics and it was always music in the car and we always sang every word to every song. This was pre cell phones where people actually talked and listened to music in the car together.

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April 5th, 2011

In The Open: Young the Giant & Jon O' Brien

I was turned on to the amazing In The Open series by Jordan Lejuwaan of HighExistence.com. I love music, mountains and the outdoors which means I can only absolutely freakin’ LOVE In The Open!

ABOUT In The Open
We are people who love music to put it simply. Ranging from writers, designers, photographers, and cinematographers we all love music equally and want to spread as much music as possible in just about every format we possibly can.

Forewarning – Jon O’Brien “Family” definitely not the lightest of songs … but I listened to it 3 times in a row on two separate occasions and I’m about to press play again. I love it.

In The Open #2: Jon O’ Brien – Family from In the Open

Finally, music … it’s not about the big production anymore. It’s back to being about … the music.

Musicians go for a hike to a majestic place and play. <- I wish I got to say that more! Bravo Young the Giant!

April 5th, 2011

Daily Doodle - spring. birds nest.

Daily Doodle - Spring. Birds Nest.

I can’t remember exactly, but my best guess is this doodle is 10+ years old. I’ve sold, given, thrown or had taken away about 80% of what I once owned. If you ever feel obliged to do the same, scan or hold onto to your art! Some creative work holds a piece of your heart and that’s a beautiful thing to hold onto and share.

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March 28th, 2011

I Love your Soul. Have a listen to the truly lovely Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

“I think to be human, Love is all we need!”

Green Couch Sessions • MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD from Green Couch on Vimeo.

Equipped with his guitar and warm smile Michael Bernard Fitzgerald took the time to play us a song . He is currently driving his white van across the Country on tour for his album The MBF Love LP. He started in Victoria with a show at Lucky Bar and made his way across the straight to play in Vancouver at the Biltmore. We met up with Michael before the show to film a session and decided to set the couch inside the sculpture “We” by Jaume Plensa, perched at the edge of Sunset Beach. It was definitely a pleasure meeting Michael and think all of us at Green Couch can say the goosebumps weren’t just from the extremely cold february day. Don’t just take our word for it, stay tuned to hear this amazing session!

Check out more amazing videos from brilliant Canadian artist!

The Greencouch Sessions were partially inspired by the amazing Take Away Show series who made me fall madly in love with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. [side note, they are currently on the very unique outdoor Railroad Revival Tour with the truly phenomenal Mumford and Son's AND Old Crow Medicine show]

For me there’s something about fresh air and music that tends to equal magic! Coming across and being able to share such lovely videos, moments and sites like these is the number one reason I love the internet! For the most part about 95% of TV just numbs my brain and makes me lethargic. Online I find inspiration, motivation and share in moments of joy with strangers around the world. It’s beautiful.

March 6th, 2011

Incredible Dance Video 'La Prevue par 4' from Juste Debout - The sickest dance event in the world!

The dancers are:  Marion Motin (from quality street and swagger crew), Julie Moreau (from swagger crew), Nicolas Medea (from R.A.F crew), Marvin Gofin (from R.A.F crew). Filmed by Yoram Savion & Benjamin Tarquin http://www.YAKfilms.com

Juste Debout is a world wide street dancing festival held in France.  The final event is held in Bercy with over 140 dancers who compete before an international jury of 13,000 people who come to the event and 45,000 spectators worldwide.  Dancers are selected after a 2month international tour.  The six major disciplines include: Locking, Popping, Hip Hop New Style, House, Experimental Rock and Top.

March 2nd, 2011

Listening to: Tough at the Top by E-Z Rollers


“Once I had a dream, we were young and once invincible”

This song, it won’t get out of my head. It’s older but at the moment I’m needing to hear it once a day – otherwise I just start singing it over and over again.

March 1st, 2011

Daily Photo - Lonely Games (♥ Seuss series)

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A collaborative daily photo!

The original photo was taken by Matt Smink of a Harry Lemon Monkey in Uganda near the White Nile.

I got the original file to play with in photoshop and paired it with the Seuss quote.

February 27th, 2011

Listening to: Here I go Again by Whitesnake