National Creativity Day (United States, May 30, 2021)
National Creativity Day encourages people to use that creativity to make the world a better place or at the very least, a more interesting place. Be creative everyday.
(Video) Everyone Is Awesome: Lego to launch first LGBTQ+ set 🏳️🌈
Danish toymaker, Lego is launching its first-ever LGBTQ2S+-themed set on June 1st, called "Everyone is Awesome". The 346-piece set contains 11 figures, each with an assigned rainbow color. The message to fans is to express individuality while remaining ambiguous. Matthew Ashton, the Lego set designer behind Everyone is Awesome, initially created the set for his own desk. Other members of Lego’s LGBTQ+ community loved it.
Ashton shared his thoughts on the Lego blog on coming out and finding allies:
I came out in my late teens. For some people, it’s easier than it used to be, but there are still a lot of struggles for people that are coming out and it’s a really scary process. If I had been given this set by somebody at that point in my life, it would have been such a relief to know that somebody had my back. To know that I had somebody there to say “I love you, I believe in you. I’ll always be here for you." ... In a way, this set is not just for the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s for all of the allies – parents, siblings, friends, schoolmates, colleagues etc. – out there as well.
Ashton on inclusion and diversity:
We’ve made sure to include black and brown colors to represent the broad diversity of everyone within the LGBTQIA+ community. We’ve also added in the pale blue, white and pink to support and embrace the trans community as well. I purposely put the purple drag queen in as a clear nod to the fabulous side of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Flynn DeMarco, a member of the LGBTQIA+ Afol community said:
Often LGBTQ+ people don’t feel seen, especially by corporations. There’s a lot of lip service and not a lot of action. So this feels like a big statement.
(Video) The world's first adaptive deodorant built with a diverse disability community ♿
If you break your arm or live with a permanent upper-limb disability, everyday tasks are difficult or impossible with one hand. One example is how hard it is to take the cap off a tube of deodorant with one hand.
A new, first-of-a-kind package design from Degree Deodorant, called Degree Inclusive solves this problem. The deodorant is easier to open because the cap has a hook, so it can be hung up. A magnet closure makes it easier to put the cap back on. It addresses upper limb physical challenges people face, and can also help older people with limited dexterity.
Bas Korsten, the global chief creative officer at Wunderman Thompson told Fast Company,
In general, inclusive design is better design for everyone. There’s also a huge market for more inclusive design. According to the World Health Organization, almost everyone will likely experience some form of disability, whether temporary or permanent, at some point in their life.
Women CEOs demonstrate more inclusive leadership style during Covid peak
A joint research project conducted from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020 found that women CEOs showed a more inclusive leadership style during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Women scored higher for positive sentiment and used words like trust more frequently than men across 8,500 companies and 61 countries. Words like empathy, adaptability, accountability and diversity were publicly emphasized more frequently than their male CEOs
Daniela Brandazza, Senior Director at S & P Global Ratings and lead author of the report says:
Women CEOs favoured a leadership and communication style that emphasized flexibility and adaptability during a crisis period, enabling their connection with employees and other stakeholders.
Little progress has been made on gender equity at the CEO level. Men CEOs outnumbered women by a ratio of 19:1.
Gabriel Morin, Associate Professor of Leadership Development for LARGEPA said:
The research focus on women as leaders and communicators provides invaluable insights into a corporate terrain that is increasingly concerned with becoming more diverse, equitable and sustainable...The impact of women CEOs as role models seems to be far more inspiring.
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BookTok: How do you find new books, music, movies or television shows? 🔎📚
The #BookTok tag on TikTok currently has almost 10 billion views. The BookTok term describes the book community on TikTok. People record time-lapse videos recommending books, discuss book insights, making jokes about reading and their love for reading non-fiction and literature. Some BookTokers sob openly into the camera after an emotionally crushing ending. Non surprisngly, teens and women in their 20s have become very popular and influential for book publishers and authors.
Shannon DeVito, director of books at Barnes & Noble, told the New York Times:
These creators are unafraid to be open and emotional about the books that make them cry and sob or scream or become so angry they throw it across the room, and it becomes this very emotional 45-second video that people immediately connect with.... We haven’t seen these types of crazy sales — I mean tens of thousands of copies a month — with other social media formats.
POP CULTURE 🎥🎵🎮
(Video) Antonella wasn’t sure she could do it, but with mom's encouragement — she did it! 🥰🇧🇷
This poem reminds us of how to be like Antonella and not give up. If she can do it, so can you. Original IG post here.
The fisher who draws in his net too soon,
Won't have any fish to sell;
The child who shuts up his book too soon,
Won't learn any lessons well.
If you would have your learning stay,
Be patient, stick with it and hold fast:
The man who travels a mile each day,
May get round the world at last.
NOTABLE PEOPLE📝 📖🖊️
(Film) OPEN DOORS: Filipino filmmaker collaborated with 10 young artists & leaders from 10 countries to inspire us during Covid-19 🦠😷🌐
The short film, Open Doors, was a finalist in the 2021 Health for All Film Festival by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The film is a collaboration with 10 young people from 10 countries in different fields sharing their feelings, fears, hopes and actions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. No matter how big or small, they found hope and took actions that inspired others to get past this unprecedented period of loss and uncertainty.
The opening scene narration:
When all our doors closed, when the world stopped, we were all surrounded by fear. But when there is fear, there is also hope.
I interviewed the filmmaker and director, Breech Harani about his reasons and vision for making his short film.
1) What inspired the film collaboration for Open Doors?
During the strict lockdown in the Philippines, I was so eager to make something during quarantine that I created a Philippine-wide collab for an experimental film 'Window'. After that film won in Taiwan, I thought to challenge myself more and make another film but this time a worldwide collaboration. And that's how Open Doors began. Since the majority of us were feeling really hopeless about the crisis, I thought I should create something that would encourage people around the world by presenting these inspiring young people from 10 countries.
2) What was the main message you wanted to communicate in your film?
Social media during that time was very messed up. People are fighting and there's so much misinformation going on. I made the film specifically to tell people that the only way we can overcome the crisis is through Unity. And it helps that the film features different people's insights to combat indifference, be more open-minded, and to cooperate with health protocols.
3) How did you find and select your collaborators featured in the film?
All of the people featured in Open Doors are individuals I collaborated with and met in some special moments in my life when I was still traveling across the globe. I selected them for their backgrounds in volunteerism, arts, advocacy, and civic participation. They have made very important contributions to their communities depending on their field of practice.
4) You won a Young Creatives Award and been listed by Forbes Magazine for the '30 Under 30' Class of 2020. What message do you have from youth in 2021 and beyond?
I really wish for the youth to be more involved in social discourse in the present and in the future. We don't have to invent something or make something mind-blowing. A simple expression of their thoughts in a responsible way can already make a difference, whether it be through the arts, through social media, or sports, any action or simple solutions matter to make this world a better place.
5) Is there anything else you’d like to say about the "OPEN DOORS” film?
Open Doors is a passion project that would never be possible without the help of the players featured in the film. Without hesitation, these amazing young people agreed to film themselves to spread a message of hope in a time when it feels hopeless. And for that, I am very thankful for them.
6) How did the film's collaborators -- all young people -- feel about the project?
The best part about working together is learning about all the experience in the room. It's heartwarming knowing so many people are motivated to work on the same thing. This project particularly was interesting because everyone made it in the confines of their homes and that added this element of intimacy.
-Moiz Khan (Pakistan)
When I was asked to take part in the project, I was in the middle of living under complete self isolation at home, due to the global pandemic. I feel somewhat disconnected from the world. The Open Doors project somewhat allowed me to relate and feel connected to the different people involved within it, showing that despite our diversity; there's something that we share and ties us all together, as humans. That was a really meaningful experience to have for such unprecedented event.
-Mariyam Yasmin Baagil (Indonesia)
What I like about the film is how it depicts ordinary humans with very different backgrounds going through an unimaginable global event. It affirms our common humanity.
-Alejandro Gonzales-Permingeat (Argentina)
This film has allowed me and everyone in this project to participate in a cause that is relevant in our time today. Open doors is about how different people around the globe rise above the fears and uncertainties brought by the pandemic. The project has helped and inspired a lot of people struggling with the pandemic and to be part of it is an honor and a reminder that I did something sensible and purposeful last year.
-Ace Perez (Philippines)
I found working on the project quite cathartic, and it was great to focus energy on something creative during what was quite a bleak time. I was also personally really excited to work with Breech as his creativity is inspiring to me. I’m sure it won’t be the last collaboration!
I love the message of the film. I think it opened an avenue to process the world situation and an honest dialogue on what the ’new normal’ would be. It was comforting hearing from others around the world, a reminder that even though we were physically many miles away from each other, we remained connected during this extraordinary point in our collective history.
-Funke Alafiatayo (UK)
OPEN DOORS Film Global Collaborators
Directed and Produced by Breech Asher Harani
In collaboration for production with
Ace Junrell Perez (Davao, Philippines)
Alejandro Gonzales Permingeat (General Arenales, Argentina)
Funke Alafiatayo (Manchester, UK)
Mariyam Yasmin Baagil (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Ioana Vatamanu-Margineanu (Chisinau, Moldova)
Gisela Perez (Coatzacoalcos, Mexico)
Moiz Khan (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Nurlan Jahangirli (Hamburg, Germany)
Ernesto Ferreira (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Jojo Xie (Changsha, China)
Mary Ann Valiente-Marinas
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Welcome to Issue #9. The theme of this newsletter is creativity. National Creativity Day happened in the U.S. on May 30th. It's really something we can do everyday, everywhere.
Twyla Tharp, the great American dancer, and choreographer, who is 79, works just as hard today as she ever did in her 60-year career. She was featured in the April newsletter after PBS released her new documentary, Twyla Moves. She says creativity is for everyone and is mostly about hard work and developing good work habits. In her book, The Creative Habit, she has no shortage of zinger quotes:
The folks behind The Second City improvisational theater troupe view collaboration as an "ensemble" and want you to steer clear of the word, "team". In their book, "Yes, And", Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton recommend answering every question with "Yes, And...".
The "Yes, And" attitude requests that you replace all the teams in your organization with an ensemble. Sheldon Patinkin, who was a director and teacher at The Second City for more than fifty years didn't like the word, teams. He often told his students one reason organizations have problems was because they used the word, teams, in a way that pitted people against each other:
Patinkin changed it to an ensemble-friendly statement:
Teams feel adversarial while ensembles are collaborative. The best creative ideas, comedy, and workplace cultures that follow a "Yes, Any" attitude are more inventive, more engaged and more effective in solving problems. Instead of immediately criticizing or killing an idea, "Yes, And" always starts by giving every idea a chance.
The next time you want to make someone wrong, think of your team as an ensemble. Surrender judgment and your need to be right. People will be happier, more creative and collaborative. And you'll make more friends!
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