Tangled Systems in a New Year

image from molossus on flickr My goal for 2012 is simple: do more of the things that I care about most. This, like so many important things, is simple when you say it but extremely…

The Possibilities

[The following was inspired by Benjamin Zander’s wonderful TED talk above.] We all have a higher calling, a gravitational sense of purpose whose tug we can always feel. We might not know quite where it’s…

Excerpt: Visionary vs. Vision

Below is an excerpt of a post I wrote for Charles Lee’s blog. It’s about having vision, even if you don’t feel like a visionary. Read the whole thing here. Not everyone is going to…

Stella Safari, Ember Hero

Every so often my company, Ember Arts, chooses someone we call an Ember Hero, a woman who is so wholeheartedly pursuing a great dream that it’s impossible not to be inspired. Today, we’re announcing Stella…

On Humility

image from Gary on flickr I am 100% sure that you are wrong, but I’m humble about it. Does that phrase strike you as a bit contradictory? It does me. But that’s how many faith…

Everything is a Hack

photo from Alex on flickr My latest piece is posted on both the Ember blog and Charles Lee’s blog. Excerpt below. Check it out in full here. So after graduating from college I expected that, having…

Seven Billion Dreamers

[Originally posted on the Ember Arts blog] Somewhere in the world today a baby is born and unknowingly pushes the population ticker to 7,000,000,000. Seven billion people. Seven billion dreamers. It is humanity’s unique blessing…

The Evolution of Good Ideas

I just published a new post on the Ember blog about the Evolution of Good Ideas. Here’s an excerpt: Evolution works because it’s not afraid of its children dying. It’s constantly trying new ideas and…