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Pico Iyer: The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go?


In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness.

In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season.

It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.


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from Ugmonk

“Iceland is magical! There’s no other way to describe it.

My wife and I recently took a trip to Iceland and explored some incredible spots along the southern coast and around Reykjavik.

I put together a little video to recap some of our trip, but nothing compares to experiencing it in person.”

Shot on my Olympus EM-10 and 12-40 f2.8 lens. (A couple shots on iPhone 5s)
Song: “Stay Alive” – José Gonzalez

(I’ll be posting photos from our trip on my blog soon:



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Moonshot Thinking

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. ”

~ John F. Kennedy

Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious technology and pure science fiction.

Instead of a mere 10% gain, a moonshot aims for a 10x improvement over what currently exists.

The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot.

Visit and browse through the hundreds of moonshots that have been curated by the community.


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My First Million Dollars

A day in the life of Jerome Jarre.

What is worth more than a million dollars to you?


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Mars One Way

Question: What is the motivation to go to Mars One Way?

I would never want to go to Mars one way. But after viewing this video I can see how their motivation is the need to be significant. Each of these people appear to be living a life that is totally devoid of significance. They have no deep connection or love to keep them here so they seem very motivated to be significant. Several of the people in the video say they want to go but they would stay if they child or girl asked them to stay. I am guessing they want significance but they want love/connection even more.

What motivates you? To be significant? To find love and connection?

I read recently that over 100,000 said they would volunteer for a one way trip to Mars.

I wonder what it would be like to be on the team that has to select the final crew. They would have to interview a lot of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and motivations.

I bet you who ever goes on that trip they will not be test pilots like the first USA astronauts.

I bet one of the major criteria for being selected is emotional intelligence. One of the highest priorities is to select a crew that does not go insane on the way to Mars. OK arrive on the planet, touch the ground, broadcast a video of your safe arrival and then go insane. That way the scientists and politicians can justify the trip and seek funding for a second trip.

Would you volunteer for the trip? If so, why?


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