The Fantastic Worlds And Alien Cities Of Christian Lorenz Scheurer

These are the fantastic worlds and cities of Christian Lorenz Scheurer, an artist whose latest work include Thor 2 and Man of Steel. His work is beautiful, his architecture very organic and evocative. But without further ado, please feast your eyes upon his art.
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Man Loses Fingertip. So Naturally, He Engineers And 3D Prints A New One

Christian Call lost the top part of his right index finger in a work-related accident. Rather than cough up the coin for a prosthetic, he decided to try and make his own. Many designs and prototypes later, he not only came up with something terrific-looking, but extremely cheap — $ US5 cheap. More »


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6 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Company

Business-Manager-And-Team-idea-lightbulbsThe startup scene today is an overcrowded space where companies are constantly vying for talent. But hiring talented people is only the first step in cultivating an innovative and creative environment. Building a workplace where there is a constant exchange of ideas involves finding the right formula for your company and culture.

You can’t force creativity, but the right setting will put your team in the right frame of mind to find imaginative solutions. Here are six ideas to help cultivate creativity in your company:

1. Be easygoing.

A relaxed and flexible work environment increases your team’s productivity by letting ideas flow. Encourage an atmosphere where the boss is more likely to make you a coffee than expect you to make them one.

Let go of the traditional 9-5 work week and have team members come in to work when they are rested and at their best. Not everyone is an early bird, and that’s good! Embrace your employees’ natural rhythm — they’ll show up to work fresh and ready to go.

2. Hire for culture.

Look for team members who understand your vision and align with your culture. Having a team that shares one vision and works together helps the organization run smoothly. This doesn’t mean only hiring people who always agree with you, though. Encourage different perspectives — it will help your company stay ahead of the curve.

3. Bring on people who love what they do.

Hire people that are passionate about their work. You want people at your company who really care; people who are excited to go to work everyday because they believe in the product. Adding people that want to improve your product will be the most beneficial for your company.

Point #2 goes hand-in-hand with this one. It’s far more pleasant to work alongside interesting, friendly, and driven people working towards the same goals.

4. Encourage diversity.

Put together a team with different backgrounds, passions, and capabilities. Having a group with a diverse set of ideas and problem-solving approaches helps push your product forward. Embrace and celebrate your team members’ individuality — out-of-the-box ideas and problem-solving approaches help push your product forward.

5. Incorporate sprints

The hustle and bustle of daily office life can wreak havoc on your concentration: emails, phones, meetings — the distractions are endless. That’s where a “sprint,” a set amount of time in which your team works to finish a project, can be the solution.

Startups develop quickly in the early stages because everyday interruptions are at a minimum. When your company has started to grow into individual teams, having them work in a remote location surrounded by nature is a great way to center your focus and take up a project from start to finish.

6. Take ample time off.

Communicate how important taking vacation is. Our brains are constantly on and connected, taking time off for some R&R is crucial for a healthy work/life balance. Wore-down workaholics don’t produce the highest quality content, you want your employees to be fresh and excited to be at work. Convey to your employees how important time off is — and make it non-negotiable.

There are plenty of roadblocks your team will have to overcome to breakthrough in your industry; the company’s work environment shouldn’t be one of them. Reimagine what “work” should look like, and you’ll be surprised at the impact it will have on your team’s energy and creativity. The best takeaway for your employees? They won’t be boxed in by rigid rules and can focus on building the next game-changing feature instead.

What’s your favorite way of breaking the mold?

Christian Springub started his first business at the age of 12 buying and reselling kinder suprise collectible toys at flea markets. Three years later he switched to creating websites for small business in his hometown with Fridtjof. Christian moved to San Francisco in 2011 to build Jimdo in the USA.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

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Meet Your Doppelganger On Sodisco. A First Look At Ex-Payvment CEO Christian Taylor’s New Startup

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Lonely? Wish you had someone to geek out with about the weird stuff you’re into? Sodisco wants to find you a play date. It’s the soon-to-launch startup from Christian Taylor, ex-CEO of Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment, which just got bought by Intuit. Taylor called me up to reveal what Sodisco’s all about: analyzing your interests and introducing you to your nearest clones.

“There are people three blocks away from me who like the same things as me, but there was no platform out there to connect us,” Taylor tells me. Well, there are some others that try to connect you, but Sodisco wants to go all algorithmic on social discovery. Taylor explains, “I moved to San Francisco by myself. I ride a motorcycle and collect vintage lunch boxes.” He wanted people to share his hobbies with, and he thinks it’s a common problem.

The solution came to him while still at Payvment, which raised $ 7.75 million and served 200,000 merchants before selling. The company was analyzing people’s interests to see what e-commerce products it should recommend to them. Essentially, it would say “people with similar interests to you bought this.” Taylor realized, “hey, maybe we should just introduce these folks.”

So after priming Payvment for its acquisition by Intuit, and grabbing some vacation while the deal closed under new CEO Jim Stoneham, he began work on Sodisco. It’s named after comedian Eddie Izzard’s complement to people he thinks are cool: “You are so disco!” Now the startup is raising a seed round and building out a team. Taylor has already roped in CEO and co-founder of LaunchRock Sean McCullough as CTO.

Together they’re building a mobile and web application that “provides localized discussion communities around the interests you’re passionate about and enables you to discover new people in your geographic area who share those same passions and interests.” Users will be able to join groups around interests, post related content and exchange messages with other members.

Getting us to actually use the app will be the challenge. In a space cluttered with ways to connect with people, it may take a mini-miracle to convince users to frequent another site. Taylor admits “the world does not need one more friending app.” He doesn’t want his Facebook news feed any more cluttered than it is. Rather than a social network, though, Taylor likens Sodisco to Reddit.

But unlike normal online forums, the goal is to transcend the screen and get people to hang out in meatspace. And different from most offline meetups, Sodisco matches you with people you not only share a specific interest with, but that you’re generally compatible with, too.

Taylor concludes, “When I bought a motorcycle, I wanted to find people to ride with. I’d go to meet-ups, but just because we both like motorcycles doesn’t mean I’m gonna be friends with some big burly dude or some 20-year-old. It became so apparent to me that this was something I had the tech to solve.”

Sodisco hasn’t launched yet, but you can sign up to get an early invite when it’s ready.

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D.C. awards Fundrise and H Street CDC the R.L. Christian development bid

Through its online platform, Fundrise is able to provide local residents the opportunity to invest in local real estate. Together with its partners,Fundrise will bring a new investment model to the R.L. Christian project,changing the norms of both real estate investment and development, by redefining the meaning of public-private partnership on a national level.

"We are very excited about partnering with the District,"said Ben Miller , Fundrise co-founder."We believe we won this development-proposal in part because with Fundrise we were the only company that could allow D.C. residents the ability to invest with us in a city-owned property sale."


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8 Christmas Light Shows That Will Rock Your Stockings Off

The winter celebration of the evergreen tree is not a modern tradition — it extends back to pre-Christian times and to cultures all over the world. Maybe your holiday tradition involves stringing thousands of lights across your property for a majestic arrangement. Or perhaps your family just tours the neighborhood to see everyone else’s exhibits. [...]

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Christian Knapp – Co-founder of URBANAUTS

Kohlmayer Lutter Knapp Office for Systemic Design is a design agency based in Vienna, Austria. Following a post-structuralistic point of view, their credo is the creation of systems, not buildings. Each of their approaches into the fields of urbanism, architecture, and design consider a wide range of aesthetic, social, economic, and ecological aspects focusing on intelligent, clear, and down-to-earth solutions.

Last year, three young Viennese architects—Theresia Kohlmayr, Jonthan Lutter, and Christian Knapp—decided to take the concept of “boutique hotels“ literally when they seized on the idea of turning empty storefronts in the city of Vienna into standalone guestrooms. They have dubbed the project “URBANAUTS“—they say because the geography of the hotel encourages visitors to get out and explore the neighborhood. The breakfast room is a traditional cafe around the corner; the spa is a Moroccan hammam two streets away. The whole infrastructure of a four-star hotel is spread over the surrounding area.

What are you working on right now?

We are currently developing more Street Lofts in our local environment. The testing phase of our first prototype was quite successful. So we decided to establish one complete segment with 10 to up to 12 rooms and all the services you are used to in a traditional hotel, provided in our neighborhood. Then URBANAUTS can be called a real small boutique hotel.

Where did the idea for URBANAUTS Street Lofts come from?

Due to the fact that we are three young architects with a strong focus on urbanism, we started to think about the development and gentrification of European cities. There are thousands of unused square meters of space in our urban areas that went useless in the last decades. We wanted to establish a social and economic function in this microcosm that satisfies the needs of independent city travellers combined with a strong experience on one side together with a soft reactivation of our local resources on the other.

What does your typical day look like?

We are working with concentration and dedication on our daily tasks. The architectural office is designing, planning, and consulting. Theresia is managing the daily hotel business. We do have a really amicable, relaxed, and humorous atmosphere in our studio, which makes it a gorgeous place to be.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Together in our teams! Depending on the specific condition, task, or vision, we have a lot of great people around us, sharing, developing, and bringing ideas into action.

What’s one trend that really excites you?

Life that moves back into city centers.

What was the worst job you ever had, and what did you learn from it?

Once I was a bartender in a really fancy club in central London. It was quite a weird time and a tough job. What I learned there was to keep things simple, serve where you need to serve, and enjoy your time.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

We just started bringing our ideas and visions into life. And we will definitely make a lot of mistakes; some of them will be recognized, and some will stay unnoticed. From this present point of view, I have the privilege of not wanting to change anything.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I am very careful with recommendations. They should only be given for very special conditions. Undiscriminating, they can come across as vague. One thing that’s turned out to be good advice for myself is to stay hungry and foolish.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Starting your own business or being in charge is always a tough thing—you are facing so many more and multifaceted problems when you start being independent. It is pure curiosity which makes you move on.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about it?

I really hope that none of your readers will missunderstand this statement: I am already changing a lot in this world. So are you. It is a completely natural and fair situation. Everyone is responsible for himself and his direct surroundings, to change the world little by little, day by day.

Tell us a secret.

I just nicked a chocolate bar from my colleague Jonathan.

What are your three favorite online tools or resources and what do you love about them?

1.  The Atlantic Cities – Great blog about urbanism.
2.  Materia – Database for innovative materials.
3.  Bustler – Daily architectural news.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. It is a great introduction to post-structuralistic thought.

Three people we should follow on Twitter and why?

None of us is using Twitter.  Sorry.

When was the last time you laughed out loud? Who caused it?

Five minutes ago; my wonderful wife.

Who is your hero?

Luigi (Super Mario’s little brother).


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10 Animals Confused by Their Own Reflections [VIDEOS]

1. Kitten Freaks Himself Out

Well, he's got spunk.

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If, like us, you believe animals were put on this earth solely for the purpose of creating amusing YouTube videos, then we have a treat for you.

Specifically, take a look at the very special "animals vs. mirrors" genre. As you might imagine, cats and dogs feature heavily, but a few other cute creatures star in our gallery, too.

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Take a load off and a look through our video slideshow of very silly critters. Link in the comments below to any other pet clips you find particularly funny.

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Christian Gray – Executive Director of inCOMMON

Christian Gray - Executive Director of inCOMMON Community

Christian Gray was born and raised on the sunny beaches of southern California. For university, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he earned a B.A. in communication, and more importantly, met his future wife (Sonya Gray).

In 2004, Christian accepted the position of U.S. director with Word Made Flesh (WMF), relocating with his family to Omaha, Nebraska. While with WMF, Christian had the extraordinary opportunity to cultivate a deep passion for the poor, through extensive international travel. His experiences during this time fueled his primary domestic role with WMF, promoting local advocacy efforts on behalf the word’s poor.

After completing his contract with WMF in 2006, Christian became the executive director of inCOMMON Community Development. During his tenure at inCOMMON, he’s found great joy and satisfaction in the work of asset-based neighborhood development and social capital formation within vulnerable neighborhoods. Most of all, however, he’s enjoyed developing personal relationships with residents and friends who have taught him that the greatest asset of any neighborhood is the people living there.

In recent days, Christian’s passion for neighborhood development work has expanded into the realm of urban planning and design. This growing interest has come naturally through an increased holistic concern for the well-being of his friends living in poverty and through a growing desire to not only witness their individual, immediate well-being but also the well-being of their entire community. In pursuit of this interest (as well as in his long-standing interest in the human and social components of poverty), Christian is currently pursuing an urban studies master’s degree through the University of Omaha at Nebraska.

In addition to these pursuits, Christian is also actively engaged in the civic life of his community. Christian’s current involvement includes serving on the board of directors for The Neighborhood Center and Neighbors United, as a steering committee member of VOICE Omaha, as a board of trustees member of The Business Ethics Alliance, and as a grantmaking member of the Omaha Venture Group.

What are you working on right now?

My team is currently working on developing a community resource center in the low-income neighborhood of Park Avenue (Omaha, Nebraska). The Park Ave Commons will be a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Commons’ programming will include community-building activities, social services, individual development services, and job readiness workshops.

Where did the idea for inCOMMON Community come from?

I took on the leadership of the organization a few years after its conception. Although it’s changed and evolved in many ways over the years, inCOMMON has held on tightly to its original core value: developing relationships with people who are poor and marginalized in our city. We’ve been inspired by many great community developers around the country. One writer/practitioner who we’ve especially taken cues from is Dr. Bob Lupton in Atlanta. Lupton argues, “The single greatest cause to sustained poverty in our cities is isolation.” This idea–that people are held in poverty primarily because they are disconnected from the resources and opportunities –has been hugely influential in our work. Our motto, “transforming communities through community,” is evidence of this powerful influence at play.

What does your typical day look like?

Currently I spend a great deal of time developing funds and networking in support of the Park Ave Commons project. It’s super boring, but I plug away at it because of the vision I have for the next season of our organization, which involves relocating our entire operations into the neighborhood we work in and are so passionate about seeing transformed.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I’m pretty tuned-in to what I’m good at and what I’m not, so for me, a huge part of bringing ideas to life comes through teamwork and collaboration. I’ve been extraordinarily blessed over the years to have a very gifted team at inCOMMON. Each team member individually brings crucial pieces to the mix. In addition, Omaha is an amazing place in which to collaborate, particularly in the realm of community development. We’ve found huge success in bringing like-minded partners–both nonprofit and cross-sector–together around a common table to work toward the common goal of a healthy, more vibrant community for all. In this way, I’m very cognizant of the fact that accomplishing our mission to alleviate poverty on the neighborhood level can only come about through playing together intentionally in the same sandbox.

What’s one trend that really excites you?

I’m a social capitalist, so I get really excited when I see people get personally involved in working with others for the good of their own communities. I think the idea of social capital is particularly salient within the work of community development and poverty alleviation. When people get personally invested in the future of their communities and the lives of others around them, powerful things can and do happen. Millennials in particular seem driven to “get their hands dirty” by being a part of something meaningful and personal. Soup lines, albeit important tools for providing emergency aid to people in crisis, no longer have the volunteer appeal they once did. Emerging generations want to move to the other side of the service counter and share other people’s stories. This new-found personal investment, I believe, has the potential to radically change social service as we know it, not to mention the world.

What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?

The worst job I ever had was an admin role at a corporate office. Through that experience, I learned how important it is for me to have sufficient opportunities for creative expression at work. For the good and bad of it, I came to see that I’m much more valuable to a team or project as a conceptualizer/strategist than as a task-master.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

The way we began this work was fairly typical of any young, grassroots organization–we simply identified the felt needs of our community and addressed them in simple, practical ways. Over the years, as we began to mature little by little, we became much more strategic in our efforts. Although I wouldn’t necessarily go back and change our origins (those experiences were a vital part of us forming into what we are today), reflecting back on our history serves as an important reminder of the various phases an organization undergoes throughout the course of its development. I’ve learned the sobering reality that if the lifespan of a startup is limited to only a couple of years, the possibility exists that the best expression of that organization will never be fully realized.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Include people in the process. Like anyone else, I’ve had a lot of great ideas and a lot of terrible ones as well. It can be so difficult to get out of our own heads and see things from a different angle. Immersing yourself within a trusted community of people who can kill your idea from point-blank range is a gift. Furthermore, ideas (good or bad) obviously don’t come about in a vacuum. The best ideas are almost always adaptations of preceding ideas (there’s nothing new under the sun). Therefore, working and living in community is key for an entrepreneur, because he/she must be continuously exposed to new thoughts and paradigms.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Like any entrepreneur on a shoestring budget, I’ve had to become good at doing a bunch of things for which I’ve never had formal training or even really had the desire to do. I got into this field to pursue my passion for offering authentic relationships and hope to people suffering in the midst of poverty, but quickly had to learn how to develop organizational budgets and write grants. As I’ve added these new skills to my repertoire, though, I’ve become a better overall leader/entrepreneur. This, of course, is the gift challenge brings; if we can stick with a challenge and get beyond obstacles, we’re all the better for it.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about it?

I’m passionate about neighborhoods, because, as the context for where life is lived, they play a huge role in forming who we are and who we become. If my neighborhood is strong and thriving, and rich with opportunity, vision, and creativity, it’s much more likely there’s a positive future in front of me. If, however, the opposite is true, I face immediate challenges right out of the gate. So, if I could change one thing in the world, I’d give every kid the opportunity to grow up in the first type of neighborhood I mentioned. Of course, the way to begin making any dream come true is to just begin simply in your own backyard. My family and I have committed to living in under-resourced neighborhoods as a way to live-out–and hopefully inspire in others–a vision for neighborhood revitalization in our own daily rhythm.

Tell us a secret.

Charity and other seemingly altruistic forms of philanthropy often succumb to shallow piety and tokenism. Social change tactics rooted in consumerism and self-interest–the preferred method of the modern social entrepreneur–can be insincere and unsustainable. As trite as it sounds, I believe any measure of long-term, transformative social change must be driven by and rooted in love. Dr. King said, “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” I think this is universally true for all varieties of social change–violence, poverty, or otherwise. All social change movements that desire real, deep, world-altering change must therefore learn to cultivate and inspire pure actions of love.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton. I think it’s crucial that we begin to approach our social change efforts with as much head as we do heart, otherwise we risk bringing further harm to those we intend to help. Veteran community developer Lupton probably has the best handle on how to make this important shift from charity to empowerment.

When was the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it?

The last time I laughed out loud was this morning. My kids are the funniest comedians on the planet. Seriously.

Who is your hero?

One of my heroes is Dr. John Perkins of Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Perkins has inspired an entire movement of living-out what he calls the three “Rs” of community development: relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution. This movement encourages folks to move into under-resourced communities, to reconcile relationships across races, religions and socioeconomic levels, and to share their time, talents and treasures with those in need around them. It’s powerful, counter-cultural stuff. Most importantly, he hasn’t fathered this movement simply as a thinker, but as a practitioner. He and his family have lived out these values–even in the face of violence, imprisonment and tremendous heartbreak–for the past 40+ years. In a world of pop-up social causes and “slactavism,” Dr. Perkins is a true giant of authentic, sustained social action.

What trends are you most concerned with?

I love the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well across the country. However, as with anything, there are two sides to this coin. In my opinion, the underside of entrepreneurialism is “proprietary-ism.” Although a substantial drive toward innovation exists, there is great temptation to work in independent silos for the purpose of making a name for oneself. Everyone doesn’t need to start new companies or nonprofits. Sometimes the best solution is to join in and contribute to something that already exists. Not only is it expensive and time-consuming to run an organization, but it’s also possible to steal away the attention and energy of people who should be pushing powerful, world-changing ideas forward rather than running a back office (which, of course, is also a significant role, albeit a different one).

As a community developer, what is your vision for community?

For a community to function at a high level, it is essential that it capitalize on all the resources at its disposal. Since people are the foundational building blocks of a society, the only way to realize the type of community we all desire–a truly unique, vibrant, and inspiring places to live–is to ensure every community member is given the chance to contribute. Embedded within this notion is a strong belief in the concept of mutuality. We need each other because we all have something unique to offer, even the most unassuming of us. My vision is to see this type of inclusive, mutually benefital and empowered community emerge from the rocky, self-sufficient soil in my city, as well as in cities across the planet.


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