Just A Reflektor

The Experience

Just A Reflektor is an interactive  film that explores the themes in the song “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Filmed in Haiti, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own. To experience the film, visit justareflektor.com in Google Chrome on your computer, and g.co/af on your Android or iOS device. Your computer will connect with your… Read more »


Smart Growth for Cities

Today, 3.6 billion people live in cities around the world. However, by 2030, 5 billion people, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. In effort to better understand how we can improve cities, McKinsey & Company conducted an in-depth research study, interviewing 30 stakeholders, including mayors and other city government officials, in cities on four continents. Their efforts resulted in a report titled “How to Make a City… Read more »


Online Video Dashboard July/August 2013

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Top 10 YouTube Videos – August 2013

#1. Lady Gaga – Applause (Official) // 38,721,273 views #2. Katy Perry – Roar (Lyric Video) // 28,787,007 views #3. 5-hour ENERGY® – Feeling Sluggish After Lunch? // 16,371,263 views #4. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Official Trailer // 15,309,715 views #5. Krrish 3 – Official Theatrical Trailer (Exclusive) // 14,744,695 views #6. Russian Navy Hovercraft Lands On Busy Beach (PART ONE) // 12,760,405 views #7. Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing… Read more »


Martha Stewart Loves Her Grey Cardigan

While we’re sure Ms. Stewart shares our fondness for the evergreen (or grey) wardrobe staple, we’re actually talking about the Brian Jasinski’s design outfit.  Four years ago we began seeing his distinctive, often retro-inspired style popping up at galleries & boutiques throughout the Cleveland area.  We loved the work so much that Eric commissioned a custom piece based on a photo of the two of us that we have hanging in our living… Read more »


The Seven Rules of Brainstorming. Created by Ideo.

1. Defer judgment “Creative spaces don’t judge. They let the ideas flow, so that people can build on each other and foster great ideas. You never know where a good idea is going to come from, the key is make everyone feel like they can say the idea on their mind and allow others to build on it.” 2. Encourage wild ideas “Wild ideas can often give rise to creative leaps. In thinking about ideas… Read more »


The Root of Success

Source: Scott Suttell, Crain’s Cleveland Business.  “Cleveland is an above-average performer when it comes to the share of its workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, according to a new analysis from The Brookings Institution. As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs — 20% of all jobs — require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field, Brookings says. STEM jobs have more than doubled as a share of all jobs since the… Read more »


Making Big Data Small

Living in a digital world, we track everything. From the miles we run with MapMyRun to calories burned with Nike+ to how we sleep with Jawbone Up. But that’s just the passive data generated from life, that doesn’t even begin to describe the mass amounts of data that fill our everyday lives, from stock prices, product sales, climate change and beyond. Data becomes even more cumbersome as we start… Read more »


Health, Not Healthcare

We were humbled to have been included in a small group of folks that were invited to The Sydell and Arnold Miller Pavillion at The Cleveland Clinic (or more specifically, its unbelievable roof terrace – I’m told there is lunchtime yoga up here and I want IN) last week for a state-of-the-Clinic event.  After a few minutes of mingling, hors d’oeuvres eating & beverage enjoying, we gathered to hear from… Read more »


The Makers of Things

Who we are is intrinsically connected to what we do and the things we build. So what does a lifetime of making things look like? The Makers of Things A short film collection by Anne Hollowday, The Makers of Things, documents the work and workshops of the Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a sprawling organisation with members all over the world. Their common tools and methods mask a huge array of interests and skills,… Read more »


108 Years of Herman Miller in 108 Seconds

Source: Herman Miller At Herman Miller we think, learn, and communicate through design. It is the language with which we share new ideas and address the problems people face. Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we must first ask “why?” It is in this spirit of inquiry that we approach the stories we tell on WHY. For us, design is never just about a finished product. It is… Read more »


People for Smarter Cities

IBM is committed to creating solutions that help cities all over the world get smarter, in order to make life in those cities better. That’s why IBM and Ogilvy Paris worked together to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter Cities” project, and unite city leaders and forward-thinking citizens. To spread the word, Ogilvy created outdoor advertising with a purpose: a bench, a shelter and a ramp that are not only designed to be beautiful, but to be useful to city dwellers as well.

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IBM Watson at Your Service. One Step Closer to Passing the Turing Test.

IBM has recently unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, “a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.” Brands such as the Royal Bank of Canada and market research organizations such as Nielsen, are taking notice.

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A Culture of Innovation

In an interview with YaleInsights, Tim Brown, CEO and president of the design consultancy IDEO, describes the elements of an innovative culture: Curious Minds: Empathy for your customer and openness Risk Intelligently: Relentlessly inspect and adapt in a trusting and nurturing environment Source: YaleInsights

Q: What do organizations need in order to innovate?

Tim Brown: Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared… Read more »


Detroit is a finalist for Summer X Games

ESPN announced the competing cities had been narrowed down to Detroit, Chicago, Austin, Texas and Charlotte, N.C. Organizers Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler, with the support of city administration, business leaders and other stakeholders, submitted their official bid for the project in early April.


The Lonesome Crowded West

For me, Modest Mouse was one of those bands that changed the way I made music, and also how I perceived music. This documentary was a great reminder of the creativity and rawness behind each musician in the band. It takes me back to high school when I first heard Trucker’s Atlas and practiced that infamous beat until I could figure it out. I’m also reminded of going on tour with my friends Danielle and Amanda… Read more »


TEDxCLE 2013 to focus on collaboration as key to Cleveland’s future

Cleveland’s fourth official TEDx event, TEDxCLE will take place Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, beginning at 1 p.m.  At TEDxCLE, Cleveland’s innovators will speak on a variety of topics in order highlight areas in which Cleveland is excelling and reinventing itself.  This year’s event highlights ways that the corporate & non-profit sector as well as those at the grassroots level can come together to create a bright, sustainable… Read more »


Full Cleveland

Nonprofits are part of the fabric of Northeast Ohio. Did you know that there are… 4,700 public charities in Cuyahoga County $35 billion in total assets 1,400 private, corporate and community foundations $140 million foundation dollars to Cleveland nonprofits annually 12% nonprofit employment as a share of total private employment View the infographic as an image Learn more about nonprofits in Cleveland and visit the Foundation Center website


the musCLE house

the musCLE house is a thriving music community where students receive one hour music lesson in exchange for one hour of philanthropic involvement or community service. Teachers provide instruction and mentorship, while also receiving payment with a unique structure. Teachers will enrich students with music education and students will improve the community they live in with philanthropic efforts.

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The Mixologist

Making cocktails has become a pastime of mine. I may have made a few bad drinks while trying, these guys keep me motivated and inspired. The featured mixologists from New York are Mr. Jim Meehan of Please Don’t Tell, Mr. Greg Seider of Summit Bar, and Mr. Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere.