There is so much great content out there nowadays, that it can be difficult to catch everything. Here is a little taste of what has inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy!

Man's Best Friend: A photo of Abe Lincoln's dog.

Cartoonist Raises $1 Million For Tesla Museum: Nikola Tesla, the Electric Jesus and one of my favorite game changers, has one of the few remaining laboratories within the US. The lab was called Wardenclyffe, and it was built harnessing the mighty Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, the lab has been privately owned and has been going to ruin.

The cartoonist, The Oatmeal has been working with the The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe to raise money to buy the property and turn it into a museum. In less than a week, the team reached their goal: over $850,000, enough to get a matching grant from the state of New York. This means they can meet the seller’s asking price. Listen to the NPR story here.

Bottom Line: Tesla was a geek who did not receive the credit he deserved for his numerous contributions to modern day society. This type of crowdsourcing support shows that people recognize his genius and can use his work to help educate kids today.




2. Design Thinking Crash Course: I have been doing a ton of noodling about design thinking, the actual process, and how it impacts how we think and grow ideas (the reasons why, I will reveal at a later time). The at Stanford has put out this great crash course in design thinking. Within the course, you will find three sections:

  1. Gear Up!: How to kick-off a crash course (how to facilitate, prototyping materials to gather, documents to print)
  2. Go for a ride!: Virtual Crash Course Video (an 80-minute video with debrief questions to wrap the experience)
  3. Chart a new course: Putting design thinking to work (choose one of three half-day challenges to use design thinking to advance against a pressing current project)design-thinking-stanford

Though I do not fully agree with their process, the course is a great introduction into this type of thinking. If you’re interested in learning more, check it out.

Bottom Line: Design thinking is a great way to problem solve and fosters interdisciplinary exploration while creating an engaging experience. By incorporating this type of strategic thinking into a company or even ones person life, the number of viable solutions to a problem will at least double, thus allowing for individuals to feel more secure in creative problem solving, no matter which area of their life needs attention.

3. Geothe and Color: The way that color is woven into our lives, is complicated by nature. We as humans associate many things with color including biological makeup, emotion, and culturalgeothe-colour nuance. Maria Popova wrote this great post highlighting Geothe’s Theory of Colours and some of those associations.

Within his book, Geothe does not go into an actual theory. Instead, the book’s intention is to portray rather than explain through a series of specimen and the psychological impact that these different colors have on those specimen.

Bottom Line: Though this book is discredited within the science world, there is much to be said about how a subject reacts and interacts with a color based on its environment and other contributing variables. It is Goethe’s experimental and artistic approach which is outlined within the book that should be examined and praised. What a great way to explore something that we would normally consider strictly mathematical.


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