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Meet My Hood: Faubourg Saint-Denis. You have to watch out, though. When you set foot onto the streets of Faubourg Saint-Denis (in the 10th District of Paris), you have to be careful not to step too close to the pigeons, under the arch, under threat of being covered in feathers. Then, passing through quietly while apologising to the young man who is handing out peep-show leaflets, getting one's balance back and paying attention to the Indian stall that sells DivX, stepping over the homeless man lying down in front of the Carrefour supermarket, crossing the street to pass two Senegalese grandmas checking their receipts, covering one's ears from the fruit and veg sellers advertising their strawberries, before pinching one's nose to not smell the piss on the school wall and continuing in a zigzag to cover 100 metres in 15 minutes.

Meet my Hood | Pierre Constantin. The belly of Paris You need to have a license to walk on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. A word from the neighbours How much does it cost? The best of The people. And Why Are We Still Not Talking About One of the Deadliest Terror Attacks Since 9/11? Last week, Islamic extremist group Boko Haram seized a military base in the northeastern Nigerian village of Baga.

Anywhere between 150 people (according to the Nigerian government) and 2,000 (according to a local politician) were slaughtered during the vicious attack. “Too many to count” seems to be the general consensus. Satellite images released by Human Rights Watch reveal widespread destruction in and around Baga. Now Wikipedia lists the killing as the worst terrorist attack since September 11th. Regardless of the official numbers, the fact is that this terror attack isn’t being reported on a scale comparable to domestic issues (or even French ones).

All lives matter, so why do some get less attention than others? Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO's Leaders - Tom Kelley and David Kelley. By Tom Kelley and David Kelley | 8:00 AM November 8, 2013 People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to next-generation surgical tools for Medtronic to fresh brand strategies for the North Face in China. This 2012 HBR article outlines some of the approaches we use, as does our new book, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All. One of our top recommendations? Practice being creative. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

Of course, exercising your mind can sometimes feel more daunting than exercising your muscles. TOOL: Mindmap PARTICIPANTS: Usually a solo activity TIME: 15–60 minutes SUPPLIES: Paper (the bigger the better) and pen We learned this 30 Circles exercise from David’s mentor, Bob McKim. TOOL: 30 Circles. A personal message that I sent to my students. In recent days, I came across 3 persons from very different ages and life circumstances that have one thing in common: each of them has been been struggling with a difficult situation by themselves. Talking with each of these 3 persons reminded me of a message that I sent to my students not long ago.

It is a very personal message and, certainly, it is not about marketing in everyday life. But it is about life, and it is important, and so I thought that I would share it with you, too. Illustration from the book ‘The Gift of Nothing’ by Patrick McDonnell The message was entitled ‘My Cousin’s Wedding‘, and this is what I wrote: When I was a teenager I went to a family wedding. The fancy hairstyle is long gone (and, for good measure, so are the pictures), but the advice has stayed with me and has served me really well. I am mentioning this because it never ceases to amaze me what you have achieved outside of the classroom. Our mission at Brookes is to help you live lives of consequence. Talk. Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They're Also More Important Than Ever. - John Coleman. By John Coleman | 1:00 PM April 5, 2013 When I was a college student interning in Washington, D.C., a senior manager, Bridgett, made a habit of treating each intern to lunch over the summer.

When my turn rolled around, it was no surprise that Bridgett proved an adept conversationalist and an excellent host. Several weeks after I’d returned to college, however, I was surprised to find an envelope from Bridgett in my mailbox. It contained a handwritten note and a copy of Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners, a book she’d recommended over lunch.

I barely knew Bridgett, but her note said that I’d helped her organization and that she appreciated it and wished me luck. It was a gesture that stayed with me and forever led me to view Bridgett as a thoughtful person. Personal handwritten notes grow rarer by the day. For one, handwritten notes mean more because they cost more. These electronic communications are rarely notable. Finally, handwritten notes have permanence. Mindful Mind Tricks | C-Notes. (Note: This is a piece is part of a larger exploration I’m working on around serendipity. You can find all the articles here.) So far in for this series, I’ve tried to write a bit about how to foster serendipity through personal interactions. Then we looked at how networks can effect how we connect to new information and ideas. For this post I’m going to explore how our own mindset can encourage or eliminate the possibility of serendipity.

The Approach PatternSerendipity is an exercise in perception. As a designer, when we’re tackling a problem in the studio, it’s quite common for us to distinguish between design and analysis. Taking this exercise and applying it to serendipity, we can see that we’re going to fare far better when we’re creating and recombining new ideas. Distracting RewardsBeyond how we entertain ideas, our motivation to solve the problem really frames how we approach the challenge.


The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories | Arts & Culture. Food. Pay Yourself First. Research, workout, or write down your thoughts each morning. Don’t check email, as that’s paying someone else. Email, while a dominant form of business communication isn’t effective: The more you respond, the more emails you’ll receive. The tool is over burdened for its initial use case. You’re teaching your network you’ll forever be reactive. I pay myself first. I focus my priorities on the tools that will maximize my time. This isn’t a new concept, as many financial advisers will suggest that you invest in your future (funds, roth, 401) before fully paying down your debt. Imagine if everyone around us (colleagues, partners, vendors, family) was a little less reactive, and instead invested a bit more growing themselves, perhaps we’d all be better off. So there you go, resist the instinct to dive into email each morning, instead pay yourself by reading, investing in your wellbeing, or sharing your insights with others.

Frugality rules at German dinner parties. 18 November 2012Last updated at 01:12 GMT By Stephen Evans BBC News, Berlin There has been much talk in Germany about southern European nations being over-reliant on the country's generosity but when it comes to entertaining, the Germans display quite an appetite for frugality. When I first came to live in Berlin, I was invited to a dinner party, a media dinner party. A German director and his wife invited me over and I looked forward to it with great anticipation.

Usually dinner parties are not my cup of tea, as it were, but this would be a chance to see how Germans did these things. A correspondent from The Economist had also been invited. And it was good, very enjoyable - though not nearly as grand a meal as I had anticipated. The table was laid in the couple's flat. Continue reading the main story "My first banana" And then his wife proudly produced the food - boiled potatoes, boiled green vegetables and ham, boiled ham. Now I like boiled potatoes, boiled ham, boiled vegetables even. The Silent Club. Tonight I spent a lovely few hours with the Wired 2012 team in a conference eve drinks jolly arranged to prepare us all for their annual extravaganza – with champagne.

It was very lovely but I was quite exhausted when I arrived and left after less time than I had anticipated. This left me with an hour or so of *free time* and a choice. I could either go straight home, or find some people to play with. It being 8pm when I made the decision to leave, everyone I knew was pretty much sorted with their evenings and I was not in the mood to gatecrash. I went to Carluccios on Waterloo station. Whilst watching the people scurrying about the station, me on a usual day, I thought – the Silent Club, that is what we need – a club for people who need peace from networking, busy people who just really need some time out but perhaps an excuse to do so. I started thinking about what this might take. We need a website: no we don’t it is a solitary thing something only we need enjoy individually 1. 2. 3.


New Research on Working Parenthood: Men Are More Egalitarian, Women are More Realistic - Stew Friedman. By Stew Friedman | 9:41 AM October 4, 2012 In the few days since Marissa Mayer’s baby arrived, I’ve watched the resurgence — again — of the debate about working parenthood, maternity leaves, and even “baby bumps.” I have mixed feelings about this. Mayer’s situation is extremely unusual. A short maternity leave may be relatively easy for her, in part because she and her spouse have great wealth and because, as CEO, Mayer has considerable discretion about how to spend her time. This is not the case for most working women — or for most working men. And yet, that the board agreed to hire a pregnant Mayer as CEO was a sign of real progress in our collective grasp of what’s possible, for men and for women.

The decisions made by Yahoo’s board and by Mayer signal something important to us all — greater freedom. We’re going to see more new possibilities, if my research on Wharton students (part of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project) is any indication. Attitudes are changing. Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots - Gianpiero Petriglieri. Big questions always strike unexpectedly, when our guard is down. I was watching my toddlers splash in the pool last summer when a fellow dad plunged me into revisiting the meaning of home in a globalized world. He didn’t mean to. He just asked where we were from. “We live in Boston,” I started, “but we’re from Europe. How about you?” I learned the name of his hometown, where he owned a business, and prepared myself to tack towards our common ground next — the children’s age, the local weather, the economic climate.

Not quite yet. “Where from in Europe?” Fair enough, it’s a diverse continent. “I am from Italy, my wife is British, and we live in France. “Did you meet her in France?” I felt the impulse to lie and get it over with. “We met in Switzerland when I worked there.” I didn’t just hail from a different place. Those conversations always make me pause. For many years now, I have spent my days in circles where careers and families like mine are the norm. No one wants to follow a stranger.