11 months ago
It is often difficult to describe to those who live in a free society what life is like in an authoritarian regime. You don’t know who to trust. You worry that you, your family, or your friends will be arrested and jailed without due process. The fear of political violence or death, whether through direct assassinations or targeted “accidents”, is constant. Such was the case in Kenya, especially during the 1990s. —Wangari Muta Maathai – Unbowed p. 206.

It is often difficult to describe to those who live in a free society what life is like in an authoritarian regime. You don’t know who to trust. You worry that you, your family, or your friends will be arrested and jailed without due process. The fear of political violence or death, whether through direct assassinations or targeted “accidents”, is constant. Such was the case in Kenya, especially during the 1990s. —Wangari Muta Maathai – Unbowed p. 206.

11 months ago
Saul Bass
1 year ago
Insanely long interview with Michael and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, pioneers in the ceramics game.

Insanely long interview with Michael and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, pioneers in the ceramics game.

A 1961 New York Times photo, showing Louis Armstrong playing trumpet for his wife, Lucille, in front of the Great Sphinx and pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

A 1961 New York Times photo, showing Louis Armstrong playing trumpet for his wife, Lucille, in front of the Great Sphinx and pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

1 year ago
“I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
- Roger Ebert, Life Itself

“I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

- Roger Ebert, Life Itself

When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story. (Editor’s note: I shared a couple emails and Twitter conversations with Roger Ebert. He was both wise and curious. He asked me what jawnz were. He will be sorely missed.)

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1 year ago
johncjay:


“Free Yourself”
One of the most inspired and challenging messages I have ever received.
It came directly to me from Dan Wieden, our visionary leader and co-founder of Wieden + Kennedy during a conversation on  how I could best impact the continued evolution of this already very innovative agency.
We as creative people often use our soap box to challenge our clients to be more brave, to embrace risk…yet often, the painful truth is that creative people, my beloved peers, are often the least willing to take those risks personally. I too fear the status-quo… but it is my own status-quo that concerns me the most, those walls of resistance or fear that keep me from daring to do what I know is best or right. The truth is usually provocative.
Our most important  responsibility is to ourselves…to  be the best we can possibly be. No one else can fulfill that destiny for us. It is our job 1. Only then can we protect and help others.
So imagine an entire company built on that premise, an ethos built not on selfishness but on sacrifice, a highly successful business that protects the humanity and individuality of its people. A place where creativity is a religion and ambition is anchored by integrity.
So Dan’s message to me was to be the creative person that made me happiest and that power will benefit the agency. These are remarkable times for Wieden + Kennedy.
 I should know because I just traded a corner office for a “garage”.
 Free yourself.
 John C Jay 
Creativity:
http://creativity-online.com/news/john-jay-launches-wk-garage/239083
Oregon Live:
http://www.oregonlive.com/playbooks-profits/index.ssf/2013/01/wiedenkennedy_veteran_john_jay.html

(Editor’s note: Was able to meet John in New York through Imprint Culture Lab…still a personal hero of mine and the reason I got into advertising in the first place. So humble for a guy who’s achieved so much. Excited to see where this concept takes him.)

johncjay:

“Free Yourself”

One of the most inspired and challenging messages I have ever received.

It came directly to me from Dan Wieden, our visionary leader and co-founder of Wieden + Kennedy during a conversation on  how I could best impact the continued evolution of this already very innovative agency.

We as creative people often use our soap box to challenge our clients to be more brave, to embrace risk…yet often, the painful truth is that creative people, my beloved peers, are often the least willing to take those risks personally. I too fear the status-quo… but it is my own status-quo that concerns me the most, those walls of resistance or fear that keep me from daring to do what I know is best or right. The truth is usually provocative.

Our most important  responsibility is to ourselves…to  be the best we can possibly be. No one else can fulfill that destiny for us. It is our job 1. Only then can we protect and help others.

So imagine an entire company built on that premise, an ethos built not on selfishness but on sacrifice, a highly successful business that protects the humanity and individuality of its people. A place where creativity is a religion and ambition is anchored by integrity.

So Dan’s message to me was to be the creative person that made me happiest and that power will benefit the agency. These are remarkable times for Wieden + Kennedy.

 I should know because I just traded a corner office for a “garage”.

 Free yourself.

 John C Jay 


Creativity:

http://creativity-online.com/news/john-jay-launches-wk-garage/239083

Oregon Live:

http://www.oregonlive.com/playbooks-profits/index.ssf/2013/01/wiedenkennedy_veteran_john_jay.html

(Editor’s note: Was able to meet John in New York through Imprint Culture Lab…still a personal hero of mine and the reason I got into advertising in the first place. So humble for a guy who’s achieved so much. Excited to see where this concept takes him.)

1 year ago