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  • This is What Winning Looks Like

    By admin on May 28, 2013
    Vice Magazine raised the bar considerably for independent journalism, with their on the ground, tell it like it is, style approach to documentary filmmaking.  Their lates from Ben Anderson on Afghanistan follows the same – now available on YouTube in a full documentary Anderson gives us a picture of an incompetent, uneducated, poorly trained Afghan army that is too disorganized, […]
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  • Peter Singer and Effective Altruism

    By admin on May 26, 2013
      d Peter Singer’s TED talk was just published on Effective Altruism.  He cites numerous examples of a global movement to combine the head and the heart – making rational choices to benefit the lives of others.  I felt particularly inspired by 80,000 Hours, a nonprofit that provides career advice to maximize your altruistic impact on the world.  The name […]
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  • Happiness and Meditation – Talks from Tibetan Monk Matthieu Ricard

    By admin on May 25, 2013
    Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been called the happiest person in the world.  More specifically, he scored highest in a particular part of the brain associated with altruistic love. By getting away from the ups and downs of reactionary forms of behavior, meditation allows you to be grounded in a sense of mindfulness.  It provides one with the inner resources […]
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  • Entrepreneurship and The Myth of the Job Creators

    By David Passiak on May 20, 2013
    Like many people who have started their own business before, I hire out of necessity, not simply because I have more cash in the bank.  Yes, when I hire that makes me into a job creator, but creating jobs is a function of demands for products and services.  Why hire unless you need to?  Why not just keep more cash […]
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  • You don’t have to be dying to live

    By David Passiak on May 20, 2013
    Facing a rare form of terminal bone cancer, osteosarcoma, Zach Sobiech turned to music.  And what he created was both inspiring and beautiful.  Take a few minutes to watch the celebrity music video of people who felt touched by his life, followed by a short documentary.  Zach died today, May 20th. Here’s the short documentary – it’s worth every precious minute […]
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  • Emergence – Pictures from India

    By David Passiak on April 23, 2010
    This is my first blog post after six months of travel throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and India.  Where to begin?  How about pics of my favorite places – I’ll start with a few from India The above picture is of a Shiva sadhu.  He walks naked covered in ash, carrying his trident in one hand with eight-foot dreadlocks draped over […]
  • Off to Southeast Asia

    By David Passiak on November 2, 2009
    I will be traveling for the next several months in Southeast Asia and will be writing infrequently on this blog but devoting time to finishing my book, which I’m tentatively calling Buddha to Brooklyn – a Reluctant Memoir. The book explores my perceptions on the co-evolution of modern marketing and the social sciences primarily from the 1960s to the present, […]
  • Visualizing Sound

    By David Passiak on September 15, 2009
    I’ve always been fascinated with sound and believed since an early age that rhythms contained and could unlock intrinsic patterns to the underlying core of our being. In the above clip Evan Grant demonstrates cymatics, the science and art of making soundwaves visible. I found the patterns he unveiled to be strikingly similar to the ones published by IBM recently […]
  • Simple Beauty of Mother Nature

    By David Passiak on August 15, 2009
    Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – (song is Please don’t go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo. My colleague Jeff Malmad posted a link to the above video by Jon Rawlinson, a cinematographer and editor who specializes in documentary projects. His shorts serve as poignant reminders of the simple beauty found in mother nature. […]
  • Buddha to Brooklyn

    By David Passiak on August 13, 2009
    I rarely post about personal experiences but felt compelled to share and reflect. Last Sunday my good friend Pepe Lopez Waldron and I went to Blue Cliff Monastery to see the venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is in the U.S. for two months for a short tour. Thich Nhat Hanh joined the monkhood at age 16 and began […]
  • Rhythm and Universality and Short Thoughts on Twitter

    By David Passiak on August 3, 2009
    World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo. I stumbled across this video today and it made me happy.  You should watch it.  Bobby McFerrin talks about the universality of the Pentatonic Scale and how audiences always respond to it around the world. Jump ahead and I come to […]
  • The Power of Framing

    By David Passiak on July 4, 2009
    I spent a lot of time lately thinking about the ways in which many of the common narratives used to frame our perceptions of the present are being called into question.  The video above provides a simple illustration with implications for political oppression that seem somewhat obvious, but I think there is a more profound fragmentation going on as a […]
  • Chinese Students Laugh But The Truth Ain’t So Funny…

    By David Passiak on June 1, 2009
    Laughter of Chinese students filled the room following Timothy Geithner’s statement that “Chinese assets are very safe,” reports the Times Online on the U.S. Treasury Secretary’s speech during his first visit to China.  China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. bonds worth $768 billion. Trade barriers with China broke down in the last couple of decades leading to a […]
  • The Future is Always Uncertain, Relax

    By David Passiak on May 31, 2009
    I came across this video on one of my favorite sites Everything is Terrible and it reminded me how uncertain the future always is.  It’s very unfortunate that excessive greed, poor lending policies, and over-spending behaviors culminated in the current economic crisis, but I think we need to remember to be cautious but not constantly in fear over things that […]
  • Appropriation of Forms and Multi-Culturalism

    By David Passiak on May 18, 2009
    Wes Anderson Trailer from Alex Cornell on Vimeo. Quick edit: how tacky is it of Vimeo to put a line of text like the one above in their embed code? I stumbled across a video yesterday that’s a part of a graduate design thesis by Alex Cornell.  It’s in Wes Anderson’s style about a hypothetical Wes Anderson film festival.  I […]
  • Internet Censorship Ironically Coming From The French

    By David Passiak on May 12, 2009
    French philosopher Michel Foucault introduced the panopticon into academic discourse, which has come to represent internalized sense of fear that polices and shapes our behavior and emotions. English philosopher and social scientist Jeremy Bentham first introduced the concept in 1785 of a prison where guards could observe prisoners without them being able to see watchful gaze (shown above).  The mere […]
  • The Water of Life

    By David Passiak on April 22, 2009
    Last weekend I fortuitously watched the classic David Lynch film Dune and today I read a recent editorial in The Economist on the world’s water shortages. Dune’s inhabitants were equipped with suits that recycled fluids enabling them to survive for weeks in the open desert. The thought intrigued me and made me think about what life would be on earth […]
  • Social Commentary on Body Trends from SNL

    By David Passiak on March 25, 2009
    This video cracks me up, thanks to my friend Brandon Haynes for posting this on his Facebook profile. It reminds me of a broader trend in the evolution of conceptions of beauty within the last 10 years. The lower back tattoo emerged within the same context of the public obsession with abs and the more private removal of body hair […]
  • Uniting Theory and Practice

    By David Passiak on March 22, 2009
    Academics are tasked to teach their students the requisite skills and knowledge required to perform professionally.  Often times this leads to heavy reliance upon theory at the expense of teaching practical ways to address and manage problems in the workplace. The theoretical models often go through rigorous review and debate in journals and conferences before making it into the classroom, […]
  • Alva Noto And The Timeless Rhythms of Our Mind

    By David Passiak on March 21, 2009
    I absolutely love Alva Noto, and this collaboration with legendary Japanese artist Ryuichi Sakamoto is simply beautiful. It has a timeless appeal at an almost pre-conscious level of understanding in the minimal music, colors, and natural imagery. The following two are solos by Alva Noto, Prototype 6 and Berlin. Both resonate strongly to me with the processes that occur at […]
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  • Relativity and the Ego

    By David Passiak on March 21, 2009
    New Yorkers have a way of forgetting that there is an entire world beyond the 5 boroughs, and so when my friend Carol Pitts forwarded me an email from her father, a former NASF celestial pilot, I felt compelled to post the images and reflect a bit. The juxtaposition of the Earth next to the various planets, then sun, then […]
  • Conceptual Baggage and Its Limitation to Innovation

    By David Passiak on March 18, 2009
    I listen to podcasts every day on the subway – they transform my time between destinations into a period of reflection and contemplation.  One of my favorites is Buddhist Geeks – “totally Buddhist, totally Geeky,” to use their tagline.  Each show consists of 20 minute conversations with notable practitioners across Buddhist traditions that are both accessible to the non-practitioner and […]
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  • Design And Conventional Perceptions

    By David Passiak on March 16, 2009
    I encountered this innovative eyeglass tray on the design blog Swiss Miss and followed a trail to the blog BBlinks which eventually led me to the homepage of designer Fiona Carswell.  She explains the piece as follows: “When the glasses are in the tray, the eye chart appears in focus.  When the glasses are removed, it becomes blurry. Concept for […]
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  • Inaugural Post for Think. Now. Yes.

    By David Passiak on March 9, 2009
    d Thanks for visiting Think. Now. Yes.  This is an evolving resource center dedicated to exploring ways in which we might view the current volatile economic climate to be an opportunity for change and a better future. TNY combines the years of experience I have working with brands and agencies in the social media and experiential marketing space with my […]
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