So very cool – a VW camper van converted into a a giant (and mobile) camera obscura by Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin of UK photography non-profit FOTONOW. Since its launch, the van has traveled around the UK educating the public about the fundamentals of photography. What a wonderful idea, and great project. Watch the video below. It will make you smile.
This was sent out yesterday from Seth Godin. If you work for a company, have ever been in a business, dream of owning a business, or are simply a living, breathing human being you should probably spend one minute and 8 seconds of your life watching this. It’s from his startup school series but is applicable to everyone.
Seth Godin – Linchpin Sessions Animation from Eskimo on Vimeo.
Seth Godin has a new book out. Well he will in January. Known for being at the forefront of changing the way we publish and market books Seth has a mighty following (yes, including me). Watch this Kickstarter (that was only released this morning) break all kinds of records… oh and get access to some of his writing as well.
Check out The Icarus Deception and all the other goodies here (and watch the video below)
You should know by now I’m a huge Seth Godin-ite (which basically means I agree with him a lot).
Today on his blog he published 39 points on How to Succeed – they made me smile, and made me think. I’m not going to copy them here (click on the picture to the left and go read them for yourself) but my conclusion is:
You have to define success for yourself, otherwise you will never achieve it
Even if you don’t know what you want, find out how you want to get it.
Seth Godin does it again. He’s just published a 30,000 word manifesto on education – as he says “This is an experiment in firestarting–I’m hoping that removing friction from the sharing of this idea will help it spread. If you’re interested in the topic (and I hope you are), please tweet or like the project page, download the files, post mirror copies on your own blog and if you can, email them to every teacher, parent and citizen who should be part of the discussion about what we do with our kids all day (and why). If just a fraction of this blog’s readers shared it with their address book, we’d reach a lot of people”
So go take a couple of minutes to read it, who knows what thoughts it will stir in you (stirring thoughts is always the beginning of clever)
There are a myriad of different formats available here and all for free!
This morning The Domino Project sent out an email about a free ebook – he does this every now and then (you should hurry and grab it)
I haven’t read it yet, but it’s now my next plane ride book. If Seth Godin is telling you to read it, you do it.
I have stolen this description straight from the amazon page…
“A book so important we refuse to charge for it.
Julien Smith has delivered a surprise, a confrontation, a book that will push you, scare you and possibly stick with you for years to come.
The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It short circuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there.
But what if danger is exactly what you need?
What if facing the flinch is the one best way to get what you want?
Here’s a chance to read the book everyone will be talking about, before they do.
What are you afraid of? Here’s how to find out.
If you can resist that then please tell me how…
Go and grab your copy of The Flinch now – you can thank Seth Godin and The Domino Project by reading it. I can’t wait. Look out for an update.
I never steal other people’s posts but this was too perfect NOT to share. I get Seth Godin’s blog posts via email everyday. It’s the one blog I would recommend above all others. This is what I mean by CLEVER. This is what I seek to feature on this blog.
“Didn’t get the joke
The secret of good reviews and positive word of mouth is simple: if people get the joke, feel like insiders, finish the book, grow, learn, and are part of what you make, you win.
If they don’t, if your product or service makes them feel dumb or poor or excluded, they won’t talk about you the same way.
You don’t need everyone to talk about you. But obsessing about making a target group feel smart and successful is a great way to make those conversations happen.
The flip side: if someone outside of the target group doesn’t get the joke, don’t worry. That’s not why you made your art in the first place.“
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