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Richard Branson's Climate-Change Agenda - Newsweek

Richard Branson's Climate-Change Agenda - Newsweek | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
His empire includes airlines, mobile phones, digital publishing, and space travel. Why the billionaire high-school dropout has added climate change to his agenda.
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Frank Chimero: How To Have An Idea

Frank Chimero: How To Have An Idea | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it

My fascination with the creative process, curiosity, and visual experience informs all of my work in some way. Each piece is the part of an exploration in finding wit, surprise, honesty, and joy in the world around us, then, trying to document those things. My work process involves play, elevating the everyday to a special status, and a hearty enthusiasm for nonsense and alogical thinking.
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Print Magazine, Vanity Fair, STEP Magazine, Monocle, CMYK Magazine, Art Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Grain Edit, Drawn! and lots of other websites. Thank you!
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Ueli Gegenschatz soars in a wingsuit | Video on TED.com

Ueli Gegenschatz soars in a wingsuit | Video on TED.com | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.
The contrast between his shyness/ low profile attitude on stage and the craziness of what he does in the air is great. Fascinating story of an Extreme Dreamer...
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Sofia Coppola. You either love her or hate her. Here's why.

Sofia Coppola. You either love her or hate her. Here's why. | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
As both a beneficiary of creative privilege and a critic of it, Coppola has become a lightning rod for authenticity questions more broadly haunting American culture since the last boom era. Her problematic attack on Hollywood is the reason why these quiet and parochially minded movies stick so sharply in the nervous system of their time.
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Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s man behind Mario : The New Yorker

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s man behind Mario : The New Yorker | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Master of Play
The many worlds of a video-game artist..
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Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News : NPR

Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News : NPR | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
In an interview with Terry Gross, taped in front of a live audience in New York City, the Daily Show host deconstructs his upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity" on the National Mall and explains how The Daily Show comes up with material.
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T.E. Lawrence: Michael Korda, Hero, on His Middle East Legacy - The Daily Beast

T.E. Lawrence: Michael Korda, Hero, on His Middle East Legacy - The Daily Beast | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
From the drawing of national boundaries to the use of IEDs, T.E. Lawrence's impact on the Middle East was tremendous writes his biographer Michael Korda—and says we must follow his example to fix the region.
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Jeff Bezos: What Life Story Will You Write? | Open Culture

Jeff Bezos: What Life Story Will You Write? | Open Culture | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
A quick bit of inspiration from the man who has changed the way we buy books, and now the way we're reading them – Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon). Speaking at
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Net Positive: A Conversation with Clay Shirky | Open Culture

Net Positive: A Conversation with Clay Shirky | Open Culture | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The Internet has brought about a sea change in the way societies organize and operate. Few scholars anticipated the trend sooner, or articulated it with
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Scorsese on Kubrick

Scorsese on Kubrick | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
When Eyes Wide Shut came out, a few months after Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999, it was severely misunderstood, which came as no surprise. If you go back and look at the contemporary reactions to any Kubrick picture (except the earliest ones), you’ll see that all his films were initially misunderstood. Then, after five or ten years came the realization that 2001 or Barry Lyndon or The Shining was like nothing else before or since.
 
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Carlos And Zuckerberg : The Men, Myths, Movies NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR

Carlos And Zuckerberg : The Men, Myths, Movies NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds.
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The Art of Roger Federer | Ivar Hagendoorn

The Art of Roger Federer | Ivar Hagendoorn | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
In some of my papers I refer to research from the 1980s which showed that, since modern day tennis serves are too fast to gauge the direction of the ball after it has been hit, tennis players anticipate its direction by looking at the movements of their opponent.
The New York Times has a fascinating video which explains how Roger Federer's footwork makes him such an effective player. He really is pretty awesome. He's up there with Michael Jordan as one of the greatest sports persons ever.
Some years ago David Foster Wallace wrote a brilliant essay on Federer for the New York Times.
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Brain scan: Making data dance | The Economist

Hans Rosling has become an online star by using data visualisations to make serious points about health policy and development
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NPR : Jon Stewart's Latest Act: Sept. 11 Responders Bill

NPR : Jon Stewart's Latest Act: Sept. 11 Responders Bill | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
For a long time now, Stewart has occupied a unique place at the nexus of news, politics and comedy.

"He's a satirist who has perfected the art of being taken seriously when he wants to and being taken frivolously when he wants to," says communications professor Bob Lichter, who runs the Center for Media and Public affairs at George Mason University.
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A Mega-Portrait of Steve Jobs Depicts His Outsized Legacy

A Mega-Portrait of Steve Jobs Depicts His Outsized Legacy | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Call it the ultimate "get well soon" gesture: designer Charis Tsevis built a portrait of Jobs using hundreds of tiny photos of iStuff.
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Keith Richards On 'Life' With The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards On 'Life' With The Rolling Stones | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
With his songwriting partner Mick Jagger, Keith Richards created some of the most iconic rock 'n' roll songs of the 20th century. But the opening line of one of The Rolling Stones' most famous hits — "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" — wasn't a collaboration. The riff came to Richards during a dream.
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With a Little Help From His Friends | Culture | Vanity Fair

With a Little Help From His Friends | Culture | Vanity Fair | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Is Facebook founding president Sean Parker a greedy cynic or an idealistic (if hard-partying) genius? David Kirkpatrick fills out the personal profile of the very private 30-year-old phenom.
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The Original Mad Man - Reason Magazine

The Original Mad Man - Reason Magazine | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Advertising genius Albert Lasker transformed America.

But it was Lasker’s genius for selling everything from avocados to sanitary napkins that had the most profound and lasting influence on American life. Because of the mass consumption he helped inspire, products proliferated, prices dropped, and quality improved. “The general raising of the standards of modern civilization among all groups of people during the last half century would have been impossible without the spreading of knowledge of higher standards by means of advertising,”
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The story of Polaroid inventor Edwin Land, one of Steve Jobs' biggest heroes - (37signals)

The story of Polaroid inventor Edwin Land, one of Steve Jobs' biggest heroes - (37signals) | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
Both of them had this ability to not invent products, but discover products. Both of them said these products have always existed — it’s just that no one has ever seen them before. We were the ones who discovered them. The Polaroid camera always existed and the Macintosh always existed — it’s a matter of discovery. Steve had huge admiration for Dr. Land. He was fascinated by that trip.
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Joshua Hammer Reviews "Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years" | The New Republic

Joshua Hammer Reviews "Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years" | The New Republic | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
The Mandela who emerges from Smith’s complex portrait—pieced together from diaries, oral histories, and dozens of interviews with his family and surviving members of the ANC inner circle around Mandela—combines greatness with pettiness, compassion with coldness, altruism with selfishness. Smith shows again and again that Mandela’s deepening commitment to the anti-apartheid struggle damaged those closest to him, and, in the end, led him to accept almost casually the role of martyr, despite the terrible consequences for nearly
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Video: Meet Asher Bradshaw, the 7-Year-Old Skateboarding Phenom | Playbook

Video: Meet Asher Bradshaw, the 7-Year-Old Skateboarding Phenom | Playbook | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
When you were seven years old, chances are you were playing with Transformers, tossing the ball around on the diamond, or just hoping you could get that
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Marlon Brando: Never-Seen Portraits - Photo Gallery - LIFE

Marlon Brando: Never-Seen Portraits - Photo Gallery - LIFE | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
By 1952, Marlon Brando was well on his way in Hollywood, with three incredible roles under his belt: his big-screen debut as a paraplegic war vet in The Men; a searing on-screen reprisal of his Broadway turn as the iconic brute Stanley Kowalski in director Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire; and the title role in the biopic, Viva Zapata!, about the Mexican revolutionary hero. But for all those successes, remarkably the actor had not yet made the cover of LIFE magazine. In '52, that oversight was remedied, as legendary photographer Margaret Bourke-White shot a portrait session with Brando, capturing the 28-year-old star in a casual, playful mood. For reasons unknown, those photos -- recently discovered in LIFE's archives and marked with the sole descriptive phrase, "cover tries" -- were never published. Until now. Here's Brando at his sexy best, seen through the lens of one of LIFE's greatest photographers.
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Usain Bolt Biography - Profile of Usain Bolt - Esquire

Usain Bolt Biography - Profile of Usain Bolt - Esquire | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
A bio of Usain Bolt, the runner who, in just two years, has demolished the 100-meter dash world records with times that are superhuman. What if the greatest athlete alive decided to actually get serious?
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Kanye West: 'Beautiful' Soul Or Raging Egomaniac? : NPR

Kanye West: 'Beautiful' Soul Or Raging Egomaniac? : NPR | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, both chastises and praises the hip-hop singer for being an arrogant perfectionist. Rock critic Ken Tucker says it may be an example of "egregious self-aggrandizement," but it's also "superb music-making."
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R.J. Cutler: What I Learned From Anna Wintour

R.J. Cutler: What I Learned From Anna Wintour | Inspiring Stories | Scoop.it
For eight months, while making The September Issue, I observed Anna Wintour day-in and day-out as she single-handedly commanded the $300-billion global fashion industry.
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