Building bridges

Adrian does his art person to person, changing the community as he does.

Building bridges
 
Slow down and make something beautiful
 
Why not change by giving?
The connection economy rewards people who feed the network first, and often. 

http://www.rodskog.com/

Why not change by giving?
 
Opening our eyes

People making the world a better place...

http://openingoureyes.net/

Opening our eyes
 
Made by hand

At some point, art must involve a human. A human with intent. Your hand can be your heart or your words or your effort or a hug, but, yes, the work of a human.

Every one of these mugs is different, because Lori Koop made them by hand.

Made by hand
 
Projects, not industries

Best Made Projects isn't trying to produce an item that sells forever, to everyone.

Instead, embracing the weird, niche nature of our future, they set out to produce a few, for a few. With gusto.

Projects, not industries
 
The way you tell it...

Abbey Ryan is a painter, but she's also an artist.

A significant part of Abbey's art is the way she brings it to the world. A painting a day. Every day, a new small painting.

The narrative informs not just the way she paints, but the way her fans appreciate that art.

The way you tell it...
 
Leading people is an art, too

Danny Meyer has reinvented the New York restaurant, and he's not even a chef.

His network of upscale restaurants has brought service and community to the fore. It matters.

Leading people is an art, too
 
Even fundraising is a form of art

If you de-industrialize the process and return it to humanity, to connection, then yes, it's art. 

Even fundraising is a form of art
 
Getting kids to eat their carrots
 
The image may be temporary

...but the art lasts forever. Tina Roth Eisenberg wants you to use your skin to express yourself. Tattly isn't for everyone, which is precisely why it might be for you.

The image may be temporary
 
Her art is something you can taste

Sarma's restaurant Pure Food and Wine attracts guests from all over the world. Her One Lucky Duck snack shops are an addictive revelation.

And none of it was obvious.

Part of art is doing what others are certain is going to fail.

Her art is something you can taste
 
Find out how (and why) to share a bookmark

Your art is too important not to share.

My new book, The Icarus Deception, will be in bookstores on December 31. A bookstore is a magical place, not merely because it's filled with smart people connecting with interesting ideas, but because the books themselves are a bit like a totem pole, a central place to find and be found.

Here's a bookmark you can download and print out. Then, go ahead and write on it. Share a link to your contribution, tell a stranger about what you do and why you do it. Not a sales pitch, please, but instead a signpost. It could be a URL, sure, but it might just be a sentence or two about what matters to you and what you're doing about it.

And now, the cool part--go to a local bookstore, find a copy of my book and (carefully) put the bookmark into the book, then put it back on the shelf for a stranger to find...

Perhaps you'll do what I do every time I visit a bookstore--buy a book or two while you're there. But either way, share your art.

If you find a great bookmark, take a photo of it and email it to me at differ69tip@photos.flickr.com  . I might post it on this blog (I'll be adding a post every day).

Thanks for sharing.

Find out how (and why) to share a bookmark
 
Why make art?

Art makes us human. Art is the connection between one person and another, something that hasn't been done before, something that might not work.

Fly closer to the sun.

Why make art?
 
Here's the bookmark (click to enlarge)

Print it out and bring it to your local bookstore. You can use this card to tell the world about your art, about something you made, about a difference that matters.

Just place it gently inside a copy of the Icarus Deception for the next person to find.

(and feel free to support your local bookstore while you're there).

If you find a bookmark and you want me to see it and possibly feature it on this blog, email it to me at differ69tip@photos.flickr.com

Here's the bookmark (click to enlarge)