Be a People Connector

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This is a great article:  The Key to Luck Is Being a People Connector, by Jocelyn K. Glei

“Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity — including one that has a financial payoff — you’re really looking for a person.”  – Ben Casnocha

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CONSENSES – Art that connects

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I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to visit the Consenses exhibition on Martha’s Vineyard and meet it’s amazing founder, Sally Taylor (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon).

Consenses is a collaborative, multidisciplinary game of “Telephone” featuring the work of 130 artists from all over the world who have never met.  22 Photographs of Martha’s Vineyard were selected.  The photos were sent to song writers, the songs were sent to dancers, the dances were sent to painters, the paintings were sent to perfume artists, the perfumes were sent to designers, and so on.

Sally was inspired by the ancient fable “The blind men and the Elephant” in which 5 Blind men come to their own concept of “Elephant” based on limited interactions with one.  It is her wish, through ConSenses that we explore what happens when we listen to one another without words, share our perceptions without judgment, take a look through each other’s eyes and let go of everything we thought we knew.

 

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Check out her fantastic TED Talk!

New book: Headstrong

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An inspiring collection of 52 visionary women in science, technology, engineering and math.  Did you know that a woman created the standardized test given to all babies to determine health status?  Did you know a woman revolutionized heart surgery?  A woman was responsible for some of the earliest treatments of terminal cancers.   I’m guessing most of us don’t know their names.  Rachel Swaby (www.rachelswaby.com) has collected and profiled an impressive collection of some of these amazing women.  Eye opening and much needed.

Entrepreneurial Failures (and comebacks!)

Anita Roddick
 I love reading about people that overcame significant hurdles before finding success.
Take a look at Anita Roddick (1942-2007).  When she opened her first Body Shop, a beauty products company, in Brighton, U.K., in 1976., two neighboring funeral parlors initially objected to the name.  Roddick fought back by suggesting to a local newspaper that she was a woman entrepreneur under siege.  The publicity generated traffic to the store, and by the early 1990s, there were more than 700 Body Shop stores.
Quote: “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

Lesson: Don’t let minor setbacks throw you off course.

Here’s the FULL ARTICLE from Entrepreneur.com.