seempli Spots: Creative Playgrounds are Everywhere

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Today, I am excited to launch the latest addition to the seempli Platform: seempli Spots™. But instead of just telling you what seempli Spots are and how they fit into our creativity platform, please allow me to start with just how the concept for seempli Spots was conceived. Like many others, I spend a significant part of August with my family on vacation. The highlight of our vacation was a trip to London, which I hadn’t visited for far too long. If you follow Habit Zero and this blog, you already saw some of the insights from this trip. It was the best time ever, full of music, theatre, art, great food, and just wandering in the streets, exploring places, people, and unfamiliar things. For someone whose motto is “observe and explore,” these eight days were a feast of discoveries and insights. I took so many photos and notes I will need some time to process it all. Now, please don’t laugh, but with all these experiences in mind, one of the things I loved most in London was the Tube. From the iconic design of its map to its remarkable efficiency. From the variety of people you meet to … Read More

GOOD EVENING ROMFORD

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“Cover band? What do you want to be in a cover band for?” He tried to explain it dozens of times to his father. He just didn’t get it. When their van entered the empty driveway of the Brookside Theatre, he tried to explain it to himself. It was a small gig in a small town. It was more of a community center than a theatre. The hall was so small you could walk from door to stage in ten steps. 120 foldable chairs were arranged in ten rows. The ceiling was so low he could almost touch it. And the soundman came with the place. Backstage, which was more of a side-stage, he held a small mirror in his left hand, and carefully put on his makeup with the right. He heard the people starting to fill the small hall and dragging their chairs. In ten minutes his band will take the stage. When the audience is big enough, there’s energy in the air no-one can (or wants to) resist. With 120 people in a community center, you just cannot know how it will be like. These people are here because of their memories. He and his friends are … Read More

habit zero #139

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one thing I observed   It’s common to find bicycles around the city. People are locking their bikes to practically anything. It is also not rare to find bicycle parts locked, like a wheel or the frame of the bikes. But this was the first time I saw not one but two wheels, placed one on top of the other, chained to a strange-looking wooden structure. They looked like they were there for a while, which made me wonder, why locking the two wheels (which are easier to carry than the frame) and where exactly is the frame. And this is when I started to imagine… one thing I thought of   Maybe these wheels are not part of a bicycle after all. Perhaps they are part of two unicycles. Imagine a strange couple riding on two unicycles, and then dismantling their wheels and locking them when they arrive at their destination. Are they acrobats? Maybe they leave in the smallest apartment and could not store two bicycles? Or perhaps they could not afford to buy two regular bikes? The things we observe make us wonder. And the combination of exploring something and wondering about it can lead to imagining … Read More

habit zero #132

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the challenge   Today we are playing Total Recall. You challenge is to pick a visual Insight (or any other photo for that matter) you’ve captured in the past and write a short story or a poem inspired by it. Note that you shouldn’t describe what really happened in the scene you’ve captured. Just use what you see in the Insight as a trigger for imagining an entirely new story. my insight   The light drew her like as if she was a moth. It was bright white, and yet somehow it managed to color the night in blue. She was hypnotized. Every step she took she knew herself less. Deep inside she knew what would happen when she reached the invisible source of light, but it was inevitable. The penetrating bass made her heart beat, or was it the other way around? She closed her eyes and went in. The doors closed behind her. When she opened her eyes, it was surprisingly dark. Only the beating bass suggested this was the same place she had walked toward. The infinite space was full of people, but she was never so alone. She cannot go back. There’s nowhere to go back … Read More

habit zero #121

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the challenge   Yesterday, I dedicated the daily entry to the first word that defines my values — my ethics, as Todd Henry calls it. This is my operating system. At least this is what I aspire it to be. Today’s entry is dedicated to its second layer.

Imaginative Implementation

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Innovation is almost always associated with having new ideas. We all know that having a creative idea is just the beginning of a possibly long journey — the journey toward its successful implementation. And yet, it seems like the ideation phase of a project often gets all the fame and glory. Ideation is the cool activity where the magic happens. The rest is often treated as a necessary evil — something that has to be done and obviously requires technical skills, but which has little to do with innovation per se.

habit zero #105

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the challenge   Our creative assignment for today is to create a sculpture out of toys or part of toys. The Seed the sculpture should be inspired by is Change. Let’s see how it goes..

habit zero #103

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the challenge   Today we take our creative practice to the kitchen. Our assignment when playing with the Sous Chef Prism is to create an Insight using things we can find in the kitchen. What things? Well, practically anything, as long as it is in your kitchen. And the outcome of this challenge is as open: a sculpture, a kind of drawing done with stuff you find, a dish you prepare — anything goes. The Seed we are playing with is the Time Zone Seed. Ready? Let’s play!

habit zero #101

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Welcome back to the second volume of Habit Zero. I know, “the second volume” sounds a bit pretentious, but I love the sound of it. It creates a sense of a new beginning and, at the same time, acknowledge the fact we have already spent 100 days together with creative challenges, insights, and reflections. If you are reading this, you are already part of this journey or a newcomer. So, welcome! Or welcome back!

habit zero #100

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A few years ago, which seems as far as another life, I launched a year-long photography project called TLV365. I set a goal to capture and publish one photo a day, and by that to create a collage of an eclectic, surprising, city — a city you can love or hate, but you cannot stay indifferent to. With the number of photos many of you probably capture each day, this might sound like a trivial task. But it was the commitment to do so seven days a week for an entire year that turned this project into a real creative challenge. Add to that the desire to do reasonably good work, and you got yourself a full-time job.