Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gil Bruvel

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Award winning French artist Gil Bruvel creates works of art with quality reminiscent of the Old Masters in a distinct Visionart style. Born in Sydney, Australia 1959, Gil Bruvel’s French-born parents moved the family back to the south of France when he was 4 years old. Gil’s father, being a cabinetmaker, introduced the budding artist to the inner workings of a wood workshop including furniture design, its practical function, and every aspect of hand crafting each piece.

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Anton´s touching story

Here I share a role modeling friend´s story about intolerance, discrimination, hate and destructive behavior still today anno 2013!

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“Thursday night, april 25th 2013, I was asked to leave a party hosted in one of the world’s most famous music studios, because I drew too much attention to myself. I had been inside this studio in new york city for about twenty minutes, simply talking to my two friends without being loud, rude, drunk or anything of that sort. Neither did I walk in uninvited. However. My hair is orange, I wore higher heels than anyone else, and – I’m GAY.

Perhaps the saddest part of it all is that I barely even reacted at first. That I, in fact, is so used to the hatred that I’ve become numb to it. When I was around 11-12, I got sick with severe eating disorders, and one of the biggest reasons to that was in fact the everyday-hatred and discrimination of gay people in my hometown. I was told everyday that I was “disgusting”, for the simple reason that I’m gay, and many people heard, saw, and knew of this – but chose to ignore it. So, sadly, I eventually became accustomed to it. Today, I’m so used pf being stared at, hated and discriminated, that I didn’t even react at first when this happened to me on thursday night. Not until a man (admittedly well-meaning, but awfully arrogant) pointed out that “you should really be used to this now.” That made burst into flames. I answered him shortly that, “if I don’t stand up for myself and the rights of others, then who will? I DEMAND to be treated with the same respect and the same rights that you get.”

So I now share this with all of you. Because I never ever want anyone else to have to get used to discrimination.

Today, I can choose to be sad, angry or shocked by what happened. Or I can choose to be grateful that I have friends who got so upset about the event that they wanted to chase down the studios management to demand an apology. I can choose to be grateful that the unknown woman across the street on 8th avenue, went from this sad, lost expression to firing off the world’s warmest smile in two seconds, just from looking at me from across the street. And I can choose to be grateful for the emails I receive from people I do not even know, who seek my advice – because they feel I have inspired them somehow.
So, to all of you who share this small, crowded earth with me: I will NEVER tolerate discrimination against any of you. So: in ten years I’ll buy the damn studio – and then I’ll invite you all to come hang out, no matter what sexual orientation, skin color, religion or looks you might have. You are all fucking beautiful.

It’s not always easy being a rockstar guys. But it’s always worth it.

Xx,A. Hornfeldt.

The New Kind of Worker Every Business Needs

Source: Harvard Business Review

by Marina Gorbis    11:00 AM April 22, 2013

We live in a world in which amplified individuals — people empowered by technologies and the collective intelligence of their social networks — can do things that previously only a large organization could. Indeed, they can do some things that no organization could do before. For better and worse, this is the world in which weekend software hackers can disrupt large software firms, and rapidly orchestrated social movements can bring down governments.

Amplified individuals include artists, musicians, community organizers, and techies working alongside nontechies. For a glimpse of how their talents are “amplified,” visit, for example, BioCurious — a well equipped biology lab in the San Francisco Bay area that is actually a former garage full of apparatus bought on the cheap on eBay. Most of us think of biotech as the province of multinational pharmaceutical corporations and well-funded ventures, but the founders of BioCurious believe (as they say in their mission statement) “that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone.” The most capable synthetic biologists in the BioCurious community work not only on their own pet projects; they also help others learn to do so by offering classes in subjects like Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, and Bioprinting. Unlike in traditional university settings, the classes are open to anyone; you don’t need to fulfill requirements or take a long list of prerequisites in order to attend. All you have to bring to the class is interest and curiosity.

To use a term I introduced in an earlier piece, people like these are engaged in “socialstructing” — that is, bypassing established institutions and processes for building new things, and instead working to create what they find missing in the world by communicating the need to their social networks, mobilizing whatever resources they have at their disposal, and pursuing solutions collaboratively. Amplified individuals are an especially formidable force because the hard work they do is work they choose for themselves, and it is the focus of the strongest of their talents.

This is the kind of amplification that plays out daily at the Tech Shop, where people are pioneering new manufacturing models. Hanging around there, you might come up with an idea for a product, then quickly prototype it at Tech Shop with advice and support from the larger community. You could get funding on Kickstarter, then manufacture it through a flexible network of small-scale producers in China and elsewhere around the world. Voila! No large-scale manufacturing facility required. A small group of individuals, amplified with connections to each other and access to resources previously available only to large organizations, can create at scales they could previously only dream of.

Given that energized innovators like these are disrupting many existing products, and the business models behind them, you can feel threatened by them. Or you can learn from them and work to turn your own organization into a collection of amplified individuals. The latter is the path we’ve chosen at the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Based on what we’ve learned so far, I can offer a few tips for other organizations hoping to amplify their workers’ talents and energy for greater innovation capacity and impact:

Change how you measure performance. The value you seek from employees, and should recognize and reward, can’t be measured only by focusing on their internal contributions. It also depends on their connections to and their standing in external communities that are important to your organization. At IFTF, several of our staff members run organizations of their own or contribute actively to other networks’ efforts. These activities contribute to our organization’s impact and increase the range of views and ideas we encounter. This is why we encourage our staff to expand and create their own external idea and knowledge networks.

Design the organization to support individual initiative, not control employees’ actions. We proudly show people our unusual organizational chart (more a constellation of project networks than a linear hierarchy) because it casts IFTF as a platform on which project teams and other work structures can self-organize, tackle issues, and solve problems. “The value of self-organizing structures is that they can act quickly, responsively, and creatively from the edges,” we explain in our vision statement. “The guiding concepts in this view of leadership are openness, self-election, continuous prototyping, robust platforms, and low coordination costs. Leadership skills focus on community building, consensus building, mediation, commitment, and humility.”

Socialize your underused assets. Under the traditional logic of management, it would make sense to jealously guard the use of any productive assets a firm has invested in. But in reality, nearly every organization has a surplus of resources of one type or another. Some have an abundance of physical space, others have equipment and tools that are rarely used, and still others have talent that is not fully engaged. A few years ago my colleagues and I decided that we could donate our surfeit of conference space to be used on weekends and some evenings by various communities whose work we want to encourage. We now regularly open this space to meetups, hack days, science bar days, and other informal gatherings of people with similar interests (science, biology, coding, 3D printing, and such). In the process we learn from these external innovators, extend our network, and engender a lot of goodwill. Think of the resources you have in abundance and how you might “socialize” them to build your organization’s social capital and enrich the flow of ideas.

Stop to consider how these few managerial changes would support and extend an individual’s initiative in your organization, and you’ll soon start to think of other tactics as well. Undoubtedly the ideas you come up with will share the common theme of loosening traditional managerial reins. But don’t let that loss of control frighten you. By recognizing the power of amplification, you will be rewarded with more energized, empowered, and innovative workers, and be able to achieve a whole new level of reach and impact.

A woman ….

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“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
― Virginia Woolf

Redesigning Your Site? What You Need to Know for SEO

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Kamal Bennani Photography

It’s inevitable, given the constantly evolving state of the internet, that every site will have to be redesigned from time to time. Even an effective site

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3 men Deported From Saudi Arabia for Being Too Handsome

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Omar Borkan Al Gala, a photographer, actor, and poet from Dubai — was one of the men kicked out of Saudi Arabia because they were considered too good looking!