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Can Writing Change the World?

Oh, what’s that? You said you needed some inspiration for this week? To the TED!

Hannah Brencher. Founder of the More Love Letters movement where people write love letters to strangers, for encouragement or just to brighten up their day. She wrote a post for Good Women Project that every young person in a cubicle searching for a dream is bound to find encouraging. The takeaway from it is encapsulated in the quote “Your dream job does not exist; you must create it”.

Hannah is a researcher  and the director of the National Poetry Campaign for She’s the first, founder and head honcho of moreloveletters.com as well as a copywriter and creative consultant. She was also chosen as a finalist for the TED2013 Global Talent Search. She  blogs at hannahkaty.com.

To learn more about how to get involved in the More Love Letters movement, check it out here.

image from  goodwomenproject


TED Talk of the week: Dare to Disagree by Margaret Heffernan

I’m always impressed when someone can persuasively make their point and capture an audience’s attention sans slides. This is one of my favorite TED talks of all time, because it forces me to do something I’m not inclined to do: Disagree. Embrace Conflict. Risk sounding stupid.

One requirement Margaret mentions is right: Seeking people who are different than you and finding ways to work together requires patience and a willingness to be wrong, and beyond that, to change our mind. Most of us find issue with being wrong. However, more important than being potentially wrong is the fact that disagreeing has to do with caring.

It’s easy to go along with the status quo. It takes a high level of caring to disagree, not only for the sake of disagreeing, but  constructively disagreeing to find stronger solutions to problems.

If I Should Have A Daugher

Man, I miss this. Reminds me so much of Rives.

Happy Late Mother’s Day! I think it should really be a week. A day is just not enough to celebrate the most important women in our lives…the ones with whom with share mitochondria (something from Biology stayed in :)).

We love it: TED

TED is awesome. Technology.Entertainment. Design…but so much more. There are so many TED talks online that it would take months to just go through it all. There are a few that relate to books and reading and creativity that we’d like to highlight here.

1. Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story. This is a personal favorite. It helped me to see world events in a much different ways. There IS a danger to telling or hearing a single story…over and over again.

2. I never knew what went to designing a book cover. Very insightful…and very  funny.

3. “Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.”

Love this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.

We have to talk about: Amy Tan

Could you google “Amy Tan”? Yes, you could. Could you wikipedia her? Of course. In fact, you probably should. But, we have to talk about Lady Tan. (Yes, we just renamed her that). We have to talk about a few things that we love about Amy Tan, the author of the first book we’re tackling here on the blog (halfway done, yes!)

  • Despite disapproval from her immigrant mother, she switched her major from Pre-med to English. She gets a high-five from all first-generation college students with interest in creative fields, for pursuing her passion.
  • Anyone who sits down and pets a cheetah deserves a high five. Fearless Lady Tan!
  • She’s funny. in that dry wit, did-she-just-say-that kind of way. Just watch her TED video on Creativity. A little rambly but definitely funny.
  • She has her own Simpson character, cementing her place in American Pop Culture. For some reason, I could not find the English version of that clip.
  • She’s in a band…along with Stephen King (yes, that Stephen King) and Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama.  They’re called The Rock Bottom Remainders. Whaaa….

Photo courtesy of  amytan.net