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.

Future-Ready Education

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It seemed like the reasonable thing to do at first: introducing more technology in schools. It was also pretty cool. A dedicated classroom equipped with personal computers was a natural decision — we want our children to be ready for the future, don’t we? Next came the iPads, or Chromebooks, or regular laptops. And along with them new initiatives promoting Ed-Tech showed up by Apple, and Google, and Microsoft. Schools don’t have plenty of resources, so they appreciate any help. And when it comes with the coolness factor, it’s even better.

Against the Stream

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Most organizations in the world aim to be innovative. Without a doubt, they demand their employees to be creative. At least so they say. Many of these organizations, however, fail to provide their employees the right settings for creativity and innovation to flourish.

The Element of Surprise (or the Next-Gen Kindle)

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If you follow the seempli Daily Creative Challenge, chances are you came across The Next Kindle challenge. Based on the Next-Gen Prism we defined the following challenge: think of an upgrade or a redesign of the Kindle. As inspiration, we picked a random seempli Seed, and this is what we got: