Inspire
Your Senses

Imaginative tidbits, little wonders and wise words to awaken your creative states and fuel your sense of possibility.

“To live with hope in times that reward cynicism and, in many ways, call for cynicism, I think, is a tremendous act of courage and resistance.”

quote

~ Maria Popova

joyous

MAAT

Playmode

Sep 11, 2018 - Feb 17, 2020

exhibition

Highlights artists and designers using play as a critical tool for social transformation.

playful urbanism, culture

Gordon Hempton

Being Hear

film

An acoustic ecologist on why silence is the think tank of the soul.

wondrous environment, culture

Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste

Another Generosity

intervention

Poetically probes how architecture can generously respond to both humans and nature.

thoughtful environment, infrastructure

Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste

Another Generosity

intervention

A band’s playful approach to hunting for magic and finding amazing ideas.

thoughtful environment, education, infrastructure, culture

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."

quote

~ Roger von Oech

playful

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Designs for Different Futures

(Oct 22, 2019 – Mar 8, 2020)

exhibition

A provocative dive into how we are reframing our future, socially, ethically and aesthetically.

thoughtful economy, culture

School of Life

Emotional Barometer

tool

A tool to help us overcome our vagueness and tell others how we really feel.

authentic spirituality, wellness

Carolien Niebling

The Sausage of the Future

book

Reimagines the sustainability potential of a mundane food staple.

playful food, economy

Bernie Krause

The Great Animal Orchestra

film

A poetic meditation on the fragility and future of our animal kingdom.

wondrous environment, urbanism

Milan Triennale

Broken Nature

(Mar 1 - Sep 1, 2019)

exhibition

A provocative take at designing our own beautiful extinction.

thoughtful environment, culture

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

quote

~ Arundhati Roy

wondrous

Cai Guo-Qiang

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

film

Shows our connection to the universe is as transformative as it is ephemeral.

wondrous spirituality, culture

The Why Factory

We Want World Wonders: Building Architectural Myths

book

A call for buildings to inspire us to feel, think and wonder.

wondrous urbanism, infrastructure

One Minute Wonder

Nelly Ben Hayoun

film

Introduces the fearless, fantastical approach of this très Frrreench experience designer.

playful environment, culture

Bjarke Ingels

Why Architecture Should Be More Like Minecraft

film

Reminds us of architecture’s power to build future dreams into reality.

playful urbanism, infrastructure

Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby

Speculative Everything

book

Proposes design as a tool for thinking critically about possible futures.

playful economy, culture

Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things

audio

A transporting voice to feed your sense of wonder for the natural world.

wondrous environment, culture

"When enough people raise play to the status it deserves in our lives, we will find the world a better place."

quote

~ Stuart Brown

playful

Miguel Sicart

Play Matters

book

Champions play as productive, expressive, educational and fundamental to our well-being.

playful education, culture

V&A Museum

The Future Starts Here

(May 12 - Nov 4, 2018)

exhibition

Asks us to creatively and critically question the future we are creating.

thoughtful environment, economy

V&A Museum

The Future Starts Here

intervention

Whimsically turns frozen lakes into heart-warming creative playgrounds.

playful urbanism, culture

Through the Repellent Fence

film

Thoughtfully questions how our connection to the land defines and divides us.

human infrastructure, culture

Science Gallery

Life at the Edges

(Jun 22 - Sep 30, 2018)

exhibition

Investigates how extreme climate organisms might help us push our boundaries.

thoughtful environment, economy

Planet B: Ideas for a New World

book

Creatives of all disciplines present bold visions for the 22nd century.

playful environment, economy

"All things change according to the state we are in. Nothing is fixed."

quote

~ Robert Henri

thoughtful

2018 London Design Biennale

Emotional States

(Sep 4-23, 2019)

exhibition

Foregrounds how design influences the way we experience and feel.

human wellness, culture
Being Hear

Analog Research Lab

Being Hear

book

Joyously explores what it really means to be present and listen.

joyous wellness, culture

New York Times VR & Alec Soth

Laughter Yoga

article

Frames the oddity, intimacy and profound humanity of laughter yoga.

joyous spirituality, wellness

"The 20th century was all about big changes in the outer world; the 21st century is about big changes in our inner worlds."

quote

~ Douglas Coupland

authentic

Jeppe Hein

The Happiness of Burnout: The Case of Jeppe Hein

book

Authentically questions the role of pain and joy, and what life is worth living.

authentic wellness, culture

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