hits the big screen

February 12, 2007

Sunday night in New York and I’m tired of getting intimate an interactive with my computer screen. I need people and fun, East Village here I come! On 3rd and Ave A, I see a sign and it looks awfully familiar : on the marquee at the Pioneer Theatre. I blink, stunned. I saunter in as if I’m in the know and get stopped at the cash register. What else is new? I smile at my date and hand over my $10.60 for a ticket and a cookie. I’m still cluless as to what exactly I’m paying for but I’m invested and curious now. Time to sit back, and enjoy the show. But for once, I’m not alone. In fact, I feel like I’ve found my peops, my community, all here, like me, to partake, en masse, in some of the finest comedy on the net. Except it’s not just on the net anymore, it’s on the big screen and in my local theatre thank you very much! And who else is giggling in the dark at Amanda Congdon‘s ‘Confessions to a Robot’ and ‘s kitchy sci-fi? Why it’s Dina Kaplan, along with crew Mike and Charles (both voted in the top 10 hottest men in the blogosphere category for 2006). Looking around the dark theatre, I recognize dozens of familiar faces from the popular website’s top hits.. In fact, the entire audience is full of funny ‘characters’ from my computer screen. They’re alive and well, hanging in the East Village, at least for the night. You too can catch them on your computer screen, and I’ll upload some video in the next couple days so you can get a feel for the vibe. Better yet, get your own vlog on and I might just pay 10 bucks to go see you on the big screen showing the world the star that you are.

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what if we joined forces?

January 17, 2007

Hey all,
Since last September’s IF: Inspiration Festival in New York City, many people have wanted to know what’s next. Here are some notes that I wrote on a napkin this past week, during a flight somewhere between New York, Austin and Montreal. Here’s some food for thought..

Two upcoming creative community building events you won’t want to miss:
San Francisco January 18, 2007
New York January 31st, 2007
New York February 7th, 2007 (Gathering mixer for New York’s Media Summit)
(see details at end of blogpost)

On January 8th, a group called FLOW flew to Texas to meet up with Austin’s entrepreneurial community. They had heard about our New York IF events and asked me to participate in a meeting aimed at building a creative community that acknowledges, leverages, and cultivates Austin’s role as a center for entrepreneurial education and empowerment. Hmmm, what exactly does that mean?? Luckily, the question was posed to the all of the attendees, not just me and it’s up to the entire creative community to chime in with an answer that we can all agree upon. And yes, that includes you! In fact, to me, the process by which we all answer that question is part of a larger community building experiment that I and IF : Inspiration Festival are excited to be a part of. Here’s an idea of what our community members are committed to:

o We intend to collaborate in an ongoing, sustainable way, with benefit to all involved and the missions, products, services of our network of entrepreneurial friends.
o Our principles, practices, and skills are rooted in innovation, creative interdependence, friendship and love for humanity, which is at the core of “liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good.”o We are committed to promoting sustainable peace, and prosperity through our projects.
o We acknowledge and respect the power of ideas, and are committed to collaborating and innovating with others.
o We cultivate creative interdependence, a network of friends, committed to growth, development, learning, empowerment, creative expression, and success; that of each other; and that of the community.

If you live in San Francisco, you can join in our diologue and be part of the community:

Date: Thursday January 18, 2007
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena Gardens, 730 Howard St.

For New Yorkers, you’re invited to a creative community building event on January 31st, between 5-8pm.
The evening will feature brief presentations and lively dialog on “liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good” featuring you! Keep checking in here for more details on the upcoming NY event. I’ll also post video snippets of that first Austin meeting shortly on this site.. Meanwhile, feel free to tag any inspiring images, blogposts, etc with inspirationfestival ..

I’ll be in my room, reconnecting with my editing software. Back soon..

What IF?

My fellow IFsters and I have been getting busy and responding to an avalanche of requests to see IF presentations on our site. While we were getting into the video on the net groove, we uploaded IF clips into Yahoo’s Time Capsule, created by none other than Jonathan Harris who shared his beautiful “We Feel Fine” ( at IF on Sept. 25th. Look out for a clip of that presentation in December. Meanwhile, this month, Jonathan Harris talks about creating a useful tool for the community and Flavorpill’s Sascha Lewis tells the community where it’s at and where we’re heading.

And speaking of community, we introduced you to the world of mobile video content at Inspiration Festival in New york- now here’s a chance to get involved again and bring it to the world.

The Marathon Mobile Ad Contest at Inspiration Festival was a great success and showed us a glimpse at the great possibilities for mobile content. If you weren’t able to participate or if you’d like to continue producing mobile content, here’s your chance.

Our friends at iThentic are offering IF attendees a space to create and showcase your content for mobile devices. iThentic is dedicated to bringing the best independently-produced, original content to a variety of mobile platforms and the web.

To learn more about eligibility specs, check out

To view the “What IF” Marathon Mobile AD Entries and Winners, check out:

Show us what inspires you!

Guest post by Luke V I Pellegrini

Creative Community: Inspiration before and after The G5 Gathering

What is creativity?
Creativity to me is anything that a human being brings into reality. . . from the un-manifest to the manifest. . . and creativity should not refer only to faculties of art. Unfortunately this label of what creativity is has been applied solely to artistic abilities and has stuck to define what a creative person is.

But to me, creativity is a state of a liberated mind – Creativity can and should be applied to all people, to all passions and to all jobs. Creativity can be found in words such as those of Martin Luther King Jr. “What I’m saying to you this morning, my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; (Go ahead) sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” “a liberated mind that develops into a creative genius.

In Genesis, our inherent image is made in the likeness image of the creator. It is in our very essence to mirror this divinity of the creator and to create. Unfortunately, we live in a world where most people are what I refer to as the walking dead. This means that they are unaware of the creativity they have locked inside their empty shell. They are unaware of what their passions truly are, unaware of what they really want to accomplish in life. Unaware that they CAN achieve if
what they want in life – if they only realize that they posses this power of creativity. Creativity comes from a place of purity, of finding the essence of the creator within us – ourgoal is to reach beyond what is to what could and should be. But, most people remain trapped in their shell, far from self-actualization about who they really are . . . and what they could be if they had a mirror to their soul – that captures the promise of the creative – from the creator. I believe that we are moving into a integrated global village where people can awaken to their creative talents and to their ability to change the world to a better place from their perspective.

What is a creative community?
It may or may not happen in our life time but our efforts working together
can at least lay the foundation for this fountainhead of creativity that lies within us – and in converging together in all parts of the globe can
translate into the most powerful force on earth.

This conference is living proof of this promise. This society, a creative
community, in my own eyes, is where everyone realizes the soul purpose in their lives and works until they follow it to fruition.

Another truth again put more eloquently so eloquently by Dr. King regarding finding your niche is,” Everybody will make the so-called big, recognized things of life. Very few people will rise to the heights of genius in the arts and the sciences; very few collectively will rise to certain professions. Most of us will have to be content to work in the fields and in the factories and on the streets. But we must see the dignity of all labor.” We must realize also that not everyone makes the choice to make it big. People are looking for three square meals, clothing shelter, safety, and work If these ingredients aren’t in place globally, how can we awaken this creative community? A creative community where each person has what they want and knows his or her role and plays it out to the utmost potential, but Maslow’s hierarchy first needs to be in place globally.

This may sound like a utopian dream but it’s not. It is a visionary map where everyone gets to create in the manner they choose, thus contributing to & motivating others and allowing the community to add and reach it’s full potential. One globe – fully utilizing the creative and passionate promise of all of its people

This assumes that each person will serve the needs of the whole. We have to be decisive yet humble enough to see not only our passionate plans, but the creative promise of others. But how do we move now towards such a creative community? How do we awake and move into the future of creativity surrounding the globe? My passions and my roles are to help manifest a creative community.

How do we institute the creative community?
My understanding of change is one that it initially happens internally. As
Gandhi said – “be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is truth. But the first step is awareness of your current state of mental sleep. I am blessed to be born in a country and live in a city that was founded upon this principle of change and moving forward. Circa 1770, when John Hancock and Samuel Adams had enough of the stagnation of the status quo, their creative minds lit a fire of freedom that lead to lead to the creation of a new society and a promise we all treasure.

We again are at the creative crossroads. And I truly believe it is our inherent duty to serve each other and help to awaken the consciousness of the entire human race through our projects partnerships and inspiration.

We are the agents of change for a global village that truly is a creative
community based upon freedom of choice and passions to create to our fullest potential. We must make a commitment to ourselves and to our brothers and sisters that we will awaken from our sleep and lay the foundation for a community based upon inspiring eachother and living the creative promise that each of us has a duty to live. We must see we are the ones who have been chosen to be the microphones and put on lampstands to shine light into the darkness. Whether we like it or not this is the responsibility and duty that comes with the territory. And we have an obligation to use our power to inspire and create this global community.

The Grand Experiment: What If?

September 18, 2006

What if you could participate in an unprecedented experience with 150 of the top creative people in the world?

What if you could drop your corporate mask, share stories over a few beers and recharge your creative batteries?

What if you had only 48 hours to run around New York with a team of crazy creatives and film everything that you found inspiring in the city that never sleeps, get praise for your efforts by your peers AND win a new video phone?

What if you could get your hot little hands on some tech toys that aren’t even out on the market yet?

The reality is, to be able to create that kind of experience at If, we needed help. So here is the truth: many of the companies involved in If, from Nokia to RedBull, from Atlantic Records to Associated Press, will be participating through integrated marketing, and aren’t even listed in our literature. In other words, our agreements with them specify no logos or banners, both in the promotion of If events, as well as on site during If events. Instead, brands are effortlessly integrated into workshops, contests and impromptu performances.

I recently noticed an article in Brandweek about a national retailer doing something similar on a larger scale with the MTV awards where ads were integrated within the programming of the show, as if they were one and the same.

If is about inspiration and creativity, not about brands. Instead of pushing brands, we seamlessly integrate them into a unique if experience.

Participate in IF online

September 14, 2006

Start sharing your own inspirations from the worlds of art, technology, science, innovation and media by tagging and bookmarking things ‘inspirationfestival’ on Flickr,, Ma.gnolia and your blog posts through Technorati.

If your creative input is inspiring to us, you could win a 3-day pass to IF: Inspiration Festival so start tagging now.

“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance…”

I was recently reading something on effective creative people. The main difference between Creatives who become renowned in their lifetime and those who do not, in terms of their work style is simple: the creative person likes to live in their own world, with a few visits to the outside world. An effective creative person is the one who can be creative in their own world and also have the ability to step into the ‘real world’ for extended periods to test their ideas and concepts against ‘reality’, and then go back to their own world to produce the ‘work’ that will not only reflect their inner vision, but also reflect the outside world, thereby creating a new language for all with which to communicate.

In my experience, this holds true for all that is creatively successful, even the phases of love. You meet, you cocoon, you honeymoon, and at some point each individual in the couple feels the need to explore who they are as an individual, to better bring back that knowledge to their mate and infuse the relationship with new discovery and growth…if this process of introspection and exploration is ongoing and they can share in this process and communicate with each other, the couple will continue to blossom and grow.

Oh yeah, and those around the couple will continue to be inspired by the growth… like me…