Creativity.

10 Life Lessons from History's Most Famous Artists

Kim Smiley | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Everybody's a critique. Paul Cézanne, the Post-Impressionist painter, was mercilessly ridiculed by critics when he exhibited with the Impressionists. Claude Monet's paintings were called "formless, unfinished and ugly." Aside from the art of perseverance, what can the greatest artists of all time teach us? Here are my top 10 takeaways.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

Be Creative or Die Inside

Lacey Haynes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

I have experienced firsthand the internal withering that comes from slinking away from a creative existence. I have also felt the expansiveness, the joy and delight that comes from choosing imagination and possibility. I don't think it's too dramatic or petulant to say that life without imagination sucks.

Three Ways to Get a New Idea -- Fast!

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

Here it is, the no holds barred answer of my top three truths about creativity. In my 12 years consciously studying my own creativity and those around me (and the 26 years I studied it unconsciously) I have found the following to be universally true...

How to Make 2014 Your Most Creative Year Yet

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

There's a lot of pressure on 20-somethings these days to discover your calling, define yourself or find your passion. We read blogs or hear speeches by creative types who are living the dream: they have that "spark" in their career, they're making something meaningful and they're loving it. Here's how you can as well.

How My Writing Allowed Me to Heal

Shaena Lambert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Shaena Lambert

In February, 2012, as I worked to complete my book, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was thrust into a world of MRIs, visits to the cancer clinic, operations, radiation. I was afraid. Yet, to my surprise, I found myself writing in a more focused way than ever before, with more efficiency and less drama. Even on bad days, I headed to my desk. By disappearing into writing, I had a refuge, and to my surprise the stories I had been having trouble finishing finished themselves. The cancer may have nailed me, but I really felt, as I sat writing under that apple tree, that I was nailing it back.

Tomorrow's Einsteins Are Playing in the Key of G(enius)

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Researchers at Michigan State University just published a study drawing a strong line between creative arts and scientific acumen. The researchers found that, of 82 students who had graduated from science, technology, engineering and math programs at MSU's elite Honours College, 93 per cent had music training at some point in their lives.

If Other People Think Your Creative Ideas Are Crazy, Ignore Them

Anne Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

One story that Shapiro shared was of the challenges facing Houston Airport, where luggage would be available within eight minutes but passengers were at the luggage carousel within one minute and disgruntled about having to wait. The answer: airport staff created a longer path to collect luggage which took eight minutes, so luggage and passengers arrived at the same time.

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.

What BlackBerry Could Learn From the VW Camper

Jon Packer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is on the ropes and we all know it. Amid the financial turmoil of this once Canadian icon, there was news that the humble VW Camper, itself an iconic brand, is set to be retired at the end of this year.

How to Make Friends and Inspire People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

It all starts with a conversation. A real, open and honest conversation about something that really lights you up. When you speak up and share that, you just never know who you might inspire. Here are three easy things you could consider doing today or this week to create something new:

On How "Normal" People Can Make it To the Top

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Excerpt from a communication I received after winning Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur: "I opened my wife's Chatelaine Magazine while waiting for the ...

Return to The "Summer of Love" World Domination Summit Style

Beverley Golden | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's taken me a few weeks to digest a question I've been living with: "What just happened?" It was a two-and-a-half day whirlwind of positive energy a...

How PR Is Extending Its Reach

Nick Cowling | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

The most common mistake companies make when engaging public relations in the marketing mix is trying to use it as a blunt instrument to simply sell to an audience. I want to issue a wakeup call on how to effectively use PR in a time where it's becoming increasingly more valuable.

Vancouver Creatives Need More Play for Young and Old Alike

Billie Kell | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Billie Kell

Creativity is the design of novel and useful products. Exploring the world through creative and innovative lenses results in solutions to challenges. Stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing play is essential. It's what creativity goes with and cities need to be more playful to keep talented creative people: which is why Emily Smith started the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

Saving Capitalism from Itself

Richard Florida | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada
Richard Florida

This piece originally appeared in the Toronto Star. You don't have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock marke...

Daydreamers Are Better Learners

William Koch | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
William Koch

The most common view of the human mind assumes that our normal way of thinking consists of concentrated focus upon immediate tasks at hand. But researchers have found that this is not the case. Daydreaming is now considered to be the normal state of our minds, with focus appearing as a break from the more common mind wandering.

How Creativity Can Benefit You in Business

Erin Gee | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
Erin Gee

Most of us grow up on the belief that we're either creative or not. The number of times I've had colleagues tell me that they "just don't think that way" is shockingly high. But in actuality, creativity is a learned skill. Most of us grow up on the belief that we're either creative or not. The number of times I've had colleagues tell me that they "just don't think that way" is shockingly high. But in actuality, creativity is a learned skill.

I Hate Video Games, so Why is My Kid Playing Minecraft?

Paul Hughes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

I was introduced to Minecraft by my son, who was nine at the time. I would ask him to stop watching Minecraft videos, which he seemed addicted to. When he started playing, I asked him to get off the computer and get outside. All parents do this, but few of us take the time to truly understand what it is our kids are really doing on that computer. Well my son, now 10, has taught me a huge lesson.

This Year, Make a Point to Pay it Forward

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

So many awful things have been happening recently around the world. But there are things that we, as individuals, can do to bring back inspiration and hope to the world in small ways. I recently read about a fellow Canadian blogger, Taslim Jaffer, who is doing her own "pay it forward" in a uniquely creative way with her Make-A-Wave Cards. Why not do our part and fill the world with a little bit of hope?

How the Looming Apocalypse Has Taught Us to Prepare

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalia Yanchak

Two words: Apocalypse Preparedness. It's on the minds of the citizens of the Western World and is stimulating this Leftist-Libertarianism. Simply put, when the world goes to shit and it's every person for themselves, those with a cold-storage full of preserves and an equipped workshop that can repair radios and shotguns will be more likely to survive.

If Someone Steals Your Idea, Be Flattered

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It has happened to all of us at some point. You have a great idea, and someone else likes it so much they "borrow" from you -- or outright steal. In the big picture, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, if we were able to copyright ideas, creativity would be stifled. So what do you do when someone steals your ideas?

Don't Share Your Dreams Until You're Ready

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg When we have a big vision for ourselves -- and are taking steps toward fulfilling that dream -- it can be time of major transition and growth. When we are in this stage of growth, we need to muster all that we have to make our creative dreams come to fruition. Including our self-confidence. But, often it is not wise to share our vision or dreams with others until we are truly ready to do so. Here's why.

The Best Way to Grow the Economy? Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Business
John M. Eger

Importantly, Canada and nations like America have entered a new phase in which promoting creativity and innovation represent the only option for boosting global competitiveness. Canada or any country desirous of succeeding in an interconnected world must aggressively adopt the idea that creativity is the single most important ingredient to reinventing itself.

So Your Dream Fails, Now What?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.05.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It is wise to be driven by enthusiasm and to have a well thought-out plan to make it happen, and it is certainly nice to fantasize about, but reality has a habit of ensuring that not everything we start in life comes to fruition. Like it or not, accept it or not, it is simply the way it is.