“The generous listener is ready to be surprised.” Krista Tippett

“The generous listener is ready to be surprised. You go in with an assumption that you don’t know everything or understand everything. You’re truly curious which means becoming open to having any assumptions you bring to be unsettled. You’re gonna be graceful about that. You’ll be curious about that when that happens.”

Krista Tippett (American journalist, author, entrepreneur, and host of the public radio program and podcast On Being)

Listen to the full podcast interview: Krista Tippett on Design Matters with Debbie Millman

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On Manners: "If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage, they form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Creativity Manifesto

Of the manifestos I’ve wanted to write to simplify and solidify my core values, Creativity turned out to be the biggest challenge. (Seems I have very clear ideas on what makes me feel Kind and Happy.) I’ve shared so many books, experiments, and studies on creativity on my blog and podcast. I finally feel I’ve found a few core themes: Seven Creative Virtues Go. Take action. (Be Bold and decisive about trying actions that might work.) Listen for your voice. (Looking is more worthwhile than finding.) Collect thoughts and ideas. (Save freely your own thoughts and those of others. ) ... Read more

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I’m a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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