ReShape Reality

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Long before there were words, there were shapes. Long before written language as we know it today was developed, people communicated using drawings. Our mind is wired to look for shapes and match visual patterns from the day we are born. Letters are shapes and although they might seem arbitrary to a modern eye, they evolved from simple drawings representing real objects. In some languages they still are. Today we are excited to announce the latest addition to the seempli Platform: the ReShape Seeds.

Getting Things Done. Differently.

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In the past week I attended the Atlassian Summit in Barcelona. If you are not familiar with Atlassian, this is not the place for describing their amazing platform and tools. But this quote of their mission statement is a good introduction to the spirit of the company: “to help unleash the potential of every team through open work.” This post is not in any way a promotional post. I am not affiliated with Atlassian and I was an attendee like any other in the conference. But when I come across a creative way of doing something pretty trivial (might I say even boring), I’m turned on. So, here’s what turned me on this week.

Take Your Next Flight to New Heights

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In a few hours I will be on a flight to Barcelona. As lovely as the destination is (or as important the goal of the trip is), flights are rarely what you might tag as “time well-spent”. Let’s be honest, flights are often a waste of time, and that’s even before you take into account standing in line for check-in and collecting your baggage. Sure, a book is a great option. I don’t leave home without my Kindle. And there’s always the on-board VOD. But if you want to make your next flight a bit different, you are in the right place. Here’s my personal to-do list for my upcoming flight. And it is all about turning this dead-time into a fun-creative time.

Make Every School Day Count

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When I was a kid, the first day of the school year was so exciting. Sure, there was nothing like the summer vacation, but the first day of school was all about expecting the unexpected. New teachers, new friends, old friends which might have changed — it was like a chance to start fresh all over again, even if objectively most of it remained the same. Soon after that, when the excitement faded away, it became mostly routine. Unless…, unless there was a teacher who knew how to keep us on the edge (in the best sense possible): to keep us in expectation mode — imagining what could happen next. Today, when two of my children are about to start another school year, my excitement is replaced with a wish.

The Best Thing Ever

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Almost nothing compares to how it feels to create something. It doesn’t have to be something big. It doesn’t have to be something that will amaze the world. It just has to be something which wasn’t there before. Almost nothing is better than staring at your own creation. A simple doodle, a photograph, or a short story — whatever it is, it is yours — something you imagined and realized. You might have an urge to share it with others, or you might want to lock it in a drawer — but whatever you do with it, you will always know it is there because of you.

Beware of What You Wish For

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Asking my children to do something about the mess in their rooms is pretty much a common ritual in our house. My wife and me find ourselves puzzled ever too often with the amount of stuff our children have managed to collect over the years and their unique approach toward dealing with it: leaving it where it was last used. Luckily, “where it was last used” is confined in most cases to their own rooms. So, the ritual start with a request, and then a protest, and then some nagging, and eventually (one day or one week later) they do us all the favor of realizing that cleaning up the mess will take them less effort than dealing with the infinite nagging. Eventually, their rooms look decent (read: you can actually see the floor or the desk). But to our unsurprising surprise, it takes less than a week for the exact same level of mess to reappear magically.

Flying a Kite and Other Experiences

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The first time I flew a kite was when my oldest son was three years old. At least that’s the first time I remember. I have no memory of flying a kite as a child. Ignoring the risk of this statement being a trigger to a psychoanalysis session that’s over 30 years of missing the simple experience of flying a kite.

Read This One Article!

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If you were an alien with a Twitter account, you would think earth is Heaven, and the life on our little planet is as easy as If you want X, do Y.

Fifty Shades of Failure

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Once upon a time everybody wanted to succeed. Failure was not an option. Except that it was. So, at some point, someone came with the innovative idea that failure is an inherent part of the creative process. Everyone was relieved because it is a well-known scientific fact that failure is the default outcome of any activity and you must invest energy to prevent it. When failure became an acceptable result, everything seemed to be a bit easier.

The ‘I’ in Team’s Creativity

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You know the saying “There’s no I in Team”? It is one of these generic statements that are being pulled in situations where a real answer that addresses the situation is hard to craft. It also has a nice ring to it and when combined with the fact there is really no ‘I’ in the word “team”, you have a killer slogan you can use for lack of anything better to say.