Creativity + Imagination + Smarts

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You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful - or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.
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Break Free - Ruby Rose

Bottom line: Gender isn’t just something we’re born with — it can also be a function of expression. This short film blasts at rigid expectations of who can rightfully present as “masculine” or “feminine.” Even though gender and sexuality may be cut-and-dried to many of us, it’s not for a lot of people. And for that matter, it shouldn’t even have to be viewed as a choice.

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Actors Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini are sitting on a boat, anchored in the impossibly blue waters off St. Lucia. The character played by Law, takes a whiff of his whisky and says, “I want this boat.”

But this is not just any boat. In the words of Giannini, “Built in 1928, designed by the Baglietto yard, Varazze, Italy. Nothing like it in the world. Rarer than rare. It’s not for sale.”

Law responds, “I don’t want to buy it with money.”

And so begins the new short film by Johnnie Walker for its luxury Blue Label whisky, The Gentleman’s Wager from agency Anomaly and directed by Jake Scott, that chronicles the lengths to which one man will go to win.

It’s a fun, well-executed short, with fitting but not gratuitous product shots. Not only does it add a nice little shine to the whisky brand, it also features a partnership, through the YouTube link, with Mr. Porter so that viewers impressed not only by the film but the characters’ wardrobe can shop accordingly. SYNERGY.

Very well done.

Via FastCoCreate

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An interview with Marianne Williamson - this women inspires me to want to both understand and actively participate in the political arena. Eloquent, intelligent and passionate.

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Hermione is a role model for readers, and she’s also a trailblazer for our current literary and popular culture heroines. You can draw the line from Hermione Granger to The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and to Divergent’s Tris Prior, all of whom are thinkers, fighters and political activists whose stories have romantic subplots that are important but are not what define the female characters. Just as Hermione repeatedly saves her friends, these characters repeatedly save the day to create political and social revolution. You can imagine Tris, Katniss, and Hermione — all these smart, brave, politically astute young women for whom dating is really not a top priority — meeting each other for the first time and recognizing each other as kindred spirits.

Harry’s still Potter-ing around, but Hermione is my true hero: Reuters, July 2014

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Any species, if its behavior becomes maladaptive for its own survival, either mutates or goes extinct. What arrogance it would be to believe that that applies to every species but our own. In fact, humanity’s behavior is in fact maladaptive for our own survival: we fight too much with too many weapons of mass destruction existing on the planet, and are actively destroying our own habitat. Our choice is clear: we will either mutate or we will die.
The Revolution Of Consciousness, Marianne Williamson