daily purefix: making ideas happen, change connections, stoked mentoring, and figment*


Hey Guys, hope your having a lovely day!  In contemplating some inspiring thought for today’s post, I was coming up blank.  When I stepped back and considered why I was unable to summon some morsel of inspiration, it struck me that in my hyper-active mode of oscillation between blue-sky thinking and highly-focused execution, it is often challenging to get clear.  This is where setting goals and developing action steps becomes critical.  My friend Scott Belsky recently wrote an incredibly helpful book on this topic called ‘Making Ideas Happen.’  Now a NY Times best seller, I urge you all to check it out here.  As we know, ideas are great, but they have absolutely ZERO value if not executed effectively.  PLEASE, MAKE YOUR BEAUTIFUL IDEAS HAPPEN TODAY!

Have a lovely day and enjoy the inspiration below!


All Day Buffet’s The Feast + Nokia Launch CHANGE CONNECTIONS

An initiative by The Feast in collaboration with Nokia, Change Connections is a space for your ideas to collectively exchange, connect and collaborate for social good and to foster new thinking on groundbreaking social innovation.

A website based in serious play around serious issues, opportunities for ideation are structured around five key themes — Livelihood, Learning, Health, Advocacy and Resilience — as well as insights from a variety of experts, from social entrepreneurs and field workers to technologists and policy makers. Add your ideas and thoughts and Change Connections!

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Stoked Mentoring Story

Mentoring kids via action sports.  Visit Dowser for more.


Thank you all so much for your tremendous support of FIGMENT. We were literally receiving art and project submissions for the FIGMENT NYC and Boston events right up until the deadline, and we’re looking forward to getting full art listings up at our FIGMENT website soon.

Many of you have been asking how you can help… Here are some answers!

#1. Help our viral fundraising campaign – To make all of our planned projects happen this year, we are facing a serious budget shortfall. But if 4,000 people (less than one-third of last year’s participants!) each contribute $5, we will meet our goal. Your friends can make a donation online or by texting FIGMENT to 20222.

#2. Engage your social networks – Whether you are a Facebook addict, Tweet religiously, or are in constant email list dialogues, use your networks to promote FIGMENT. Invite people using the Facebook event tool (for the NYC and Boston event), spread the word about the fundraising campaign, or even just use your Twitter account or Facebook status to show your enthusiasm.

#3. Make new friends – We literally have thousands of FIGMENT postcards to distribute. Contact us at outreach@figmentproject.org to pick up a stack of postcards, and start talking to everyone you meet. The guy who makes your sandwich at the deli by your office, the parents of the adorable kid who smiles at every passerby on the subway, the people on the picnic blanket near you at Central or Prospect Park.

#4. Sign up to volunteer – Your time and muscle-power can do wonders. Whether you want to move sound equipment, greet arriving participants, help build sculptures, or give out mini-golf scorecards throughout the summer – we need your help. Sign up here.

#5. Wish list – If you have any of the materials on our wish list to donate to FIGMENT, we would appreciate it! We can never have too much sidewalk chalk, and several other artists have requests. Check out our wishlist!

Bonus item, #6. Helpful connections – If one of your friends is a member of the press, or has the connections or capacity to make a large donation, or is an artist who might want to create a season-long sculpture or mini-golf hole in 2011, connect us to them! Email an introduction to info@figmentproject.org and we would love to use your network!

Thank you!


FIGMENT: What are you bringing?

FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. Become a part of events in NYC (June 11-13) and Boston (June 5), and interactive exhibits on NYC’s Governors Island from June through October. For more information, visit http://figmentproject.org.

FIGMENT is a project of Action Arts League, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is created and produced by a coalition of volunteers. FIGMENT is entirely funded by grants and individual donations, and accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s SwingSpace program, which was created with lead support from the September 11th Fund. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, in addition to the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

FIGMENT Boston is produced in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council (www.cambridgeartscouncil.org), which exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge.


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