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Defend Your Creative Muse

Step through the looking glass frequently, go romping around out there, and come back and share with us what you’ve found.

How do we make a daily practice of communing with our wild, untamed self? Samantha Van Der Merwe invites you to experiment with ways of surrendering control and accessing that part of yourself that lies beyond the reach of this talk. She shares four lessons we can all use to defend the creative and wild-hearted muse within each of us.

(Video by CreativeMornings/Portland. Photo credit: Sam Reynolds)


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The modern trap of turning hobbies into hustles.

Life in miniature: Kath Holden creates tiny sculptures of everyday objects.

A letter to children about why we read.

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How to close the wage gap.

The stories behind four extraordinary inventions.

9 lessons for the first-time manager.

How to find new music you’ll actually like.

A 201 guide for taking your newsletters to the next level.

The difference between transactions vs. experiences.

Overcome creative paralysis by recovering from perfectionism.


RallyRally is a Toronto-based design studio dedicated to social change. They’re hiring!

Thoka Maer is an artist who is good with pencil and can make things move. Thoka makes things worth looking at.


Noissue is hiring a Creative Partnerships Coordinator in Toronto or New York.

Wahnsinn Design is hiring a Designer in Cologne.

Ueno is hiring a Creative Director in Reykjavik.

Bleacher Report is hiring a Senior Content Designer in New York.

Visceral is hiring a Business Development Lead in San Diego.

Bluebeam is hiring a Localization Coordinator in Munich.

Pro Photo Supply is hiring a Front-End Web Developer / Graphic Designer in Portland.

Enola Labs is hiring a Senior Application Engineer in Austin.

Forio Online Simulations is hiring a Lead UI/UX Designer in San Francisco.

Aquent is hiring a contract-based AR/VR Strategist in Spring, TX.

Camp Tech is hiring a part-time Workshop Manager in Toronto.

Editor’s note:

This newsletter was put together like a carefully curated playlist meant to impress your new friends at a dinner party — doing your best to hit all the right notes with all the right tunes.

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