How To Pitch Ideas Q&A (for designers)

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Last night I ran a workshop on How To Pitch Ideas, hosted by the wonderful folks (Llewyn Paine, Emilie Thaler and  Cathie Toshach) at the Seattle IXDA chapter. The topics covered were generated by the attendees themselves at the session and I promised I’d write up notes, which you are reading now. References: My popular essay: […]

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Vote On The Cover Design: Final Round

in Ghost
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More than 350 of you voted for the previous round of cover designs. Thanks for your feedback dearest readers. A few weeks have passed since then and I’m back today with what are likely the final cover concepts: only two to choose from. How exciting! Important: If you missed the kickstarter campaign, you can join this […]

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Snowpiercer Review

in movies

I’m a fan of creative dystopia and when I saw the graphic novel Snowpiercer at Elliot Bay Books I immediately picked it up. The premise is ridiculous, but metaphoric: all the survivors of the human race are stuck on a train together, a train that must keep moving for everyone to survive. Go ridiculous metaphors! […]

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I regularly take the the top voted question from readers and answer them in a post. With 62 votes, today’s winner was: How Do you Get Out of A Bad Habit There is plenty of advice today about habits and how to change them. I’m no expert, and you can find plenty of well regarded books on […]

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I’m speaking this Sunday at World Domination Summit in glorious Portland, Oregon. The event started yesterday and it’s clear this is a most unusual event: there’s an energy that I’ve only seen a handful of times in the hundreds of events and conferences I’ve been to. I decided to take notes during the many sessions […]

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We love to blame the world because the world can’t blame us back. I recently read Sarah Gooding’s article titled Drowning in Data: When News is Noise. She feels information overloaded makes it hard to cultivate creativity. It’s a sweet article and you should read it, even if I disagree. She writes: It’s never been […]

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The doors of Paris: a photo essay

in On Tour
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I spent a few days in Paris last week (to speak at USI 14). For fun I took photos of every interesting door I walked by. I didn’t seek out interesting ones with a plan. I didn’t want to be deliberate about it. Instead I chose to pay attention as  I walked through the city. Doors […]

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Back my next book on Kickstarter today

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This morning I launched the kickstarter campaign for my next book, The Ghost of My Father. I’ve written several posts about the book over the last few weeks, and if you’re interested in the book now is your chance to be a part of it. There are plenty of great rewards – if you’re a […]

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Can technology reduce consumerism?

in ask berkun
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I regularly take the the top voted question from readers and answer them in a post. With 62 votes, today’s winner was: Can technology reduce consumerism? I am certain the answer is a 100% definitely maybe. I need to pre-order a grande soy latte from Starbucks on my blue-toothed iPhone 5 while driving in my series M […]

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I’m considering using Kickstarter for my upcoming book, The Ghost of My Father, a memoir about the most difficult relationship in my life. Using Kickstarter was a great experience for Mindfire thanks to all your support - I know many of you were excited about getting your name in the book and owning personally signed copies. The […]

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For the last two weeks I’ve been working with designer/developer Ryan Sommers on a redesign for scottberkun.com. I asked you readers for feedback on the current design a few weeks ago, and wanted to post again with an update. Here are three concepts we’re working with. Have a favorite? I want your input since it’s you […]

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Vote on The Cover of My Next Book

in Books, Ghost
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Today I’m working on the third, and likely final, draft of my next book. For this project I’m again working with designer Tim Kordik (see our previous work together for the Mindfire cover). He does great work and I love his approach to creativity and design. The book is titled The Ghost of My Father. It’s a […]

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How do you transform fear?

in ask berkun
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In this edition of Ask Berkun, where I pick the top voted reader question and answer it, this time it’s one of my favorite subjects: How Do You Transform Fear? I grew up thinking fear was binary and that heroic people simply knew how to turn it off, or, perhaps more disturbing, never felt it at all, […]

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It’s time to redesign scottberkun.com. Yay! I’m looking to hire a designer to work on a redesign of scottberkun.com and have my own list of goals and issues. But before I go too far I wanted my make sure I invited you readers, the people this site is for, to speak up about your suggestions, […]

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Min / Max Note Taking for Conferences

in General
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As part of my recent talk about getting the most from events and championing ideas, I mentioned a brief theory on how to take notes. I’m presenting an updated version of the talk as the closing session of An Event Apart Boston tomorrow and wanted to share some advice early on. I call the theory minimum […]

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I enjoyed Brian Chesky’s recent post Don’t Fuck Up The Culture, where he proclaims to the employees of Airbnb the importance of culture in everything they do. I like Airbnb and it’s nice to see a founder emphasize culture. But there’s sloppy thinking in the post. The first problem is we have a field of study […]

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