Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

Sam Martin: The quirky world of “manspaces”

Author Sam Martin shares photos of a quirky world hobby that’s trending with the XY set: the “manspace.” (They’re custom-built hangouts where a man can claim a bit of his own territory to work, relax, be himself.)


Picturing Excess

Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.


The myths of India and of the West

Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.


The Permaculture Concept

Bill Mollison co-founder of Permaculture gives insight into the techniques, practices and benefits of the most important interdisciplinary earth science of our age. To find out more about Bill and his work please visit

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Naked States

Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits.


Greening the Desert

Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute describes the “Greening the Desert” project in Jordan – from the DVD Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way.

Behind Greening the Desert



Radiolab presents: Moments by Will Hoffman. This films is a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman’s book, Sum.


What I want my words to do to you

Documentary about female inmates who are part of a writing workshop inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Produced by Eve Ensler.

The inmates try to determine whether redemption is possible after committing a crime.

This documentary is proof that:

  • writing matters
  • writing can change your life
  • writing can touch the hearts of others
  • everyone has a story to tell
  • everyone is a storyteller
  • storytelling has the power to heal

WARNING: This documentary is filled with brutal emotional honesty.

CAUTION: This documentary may motivate you to write something that is brutally emotionally honest.


Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

About Stefan Sagmeister
Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things.


The Boat Race: The Challenge of Selecting a Perfect Crew

Striving for, and achieving, high performance in teams has become a major business imperative.

Drawing on two years of ethnographic research with the Cambridge University Boat Club, this film examines the causes of team failure and success.

The mix of differing personalities, skills, motivations, career aspirations, and leadership styles as well as the complexities of the task means that building and shaping high performance teams is fraught with difficulty.

The challenge of finding a balance between competition and cooperation.

Click here for an article about Mark de Rond and the Making of a Boat Crew.

Mark de Rond’s blog and book.