Watching the first cherry blossoms burst from the branches like popcorn makes me pause/gasp/smile. This is my favorite time of year...for those of you still in the snow, it's coming.
This newsletter is bursting with tons of projects by people who inspire me (events, books, apps, art shows, films), along with some of our talks and projects in the works. TEDMED just released my recent talk. The portion of the talk that explores neuroplasticity and what skills you need to flourish in the 21st century is the basis of one of our new films, “The Adaptable Mind,” which will be premiering along with our film “The Making of a Mensch” on Character Day Sept 18. We'll be offering these films and educational materials to schools and organizations around the world for free through our nonprofit Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. If you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend and want to get their school involved, it's easy breezy...sign up for Character Day here.
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National Day of Unplugging | March 6-7, Everywhere
Painting Is the Pattern at Jules Maeght Gallery | March 7 - May 9, SF, CA
The CJM presents Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box | Apr 9 - May 17, SF, CA
Speaking at SXSW | March 15, Austin, TX
All Eyes and Ears @ CAAMFest | March 15 & 21, SF, CA
#SEDER2015 Launching mid-March
Lava Mae's Showered with Love: the Un-Gala | April 4, SF, CA
Tribeca Film Festival | April 15 - 26, NY
Headlands Center for the Arts Spring Open House | Apr 19, The Headlands, CA
San Francisco International Film Festival | Apr 23 - May 7, SF, CA
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards | April 24, NYC, NYC
Speaking at Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards | May 14, Santa Clara, CA
TEDWomen 2015 | May 27-29, Monterey, CA
Speaking at Reflections on Jewish Fathers JCCEastBay | June 11, Berkeley, CA
Speaking at Aspen BrainLab | July 25, Aspen, CO
Future of Storytelling | Oct 7-8, NYC, NY
TO CHECK OUT
Design Matters Podcast
Our Film Brain Power on Alaska Airlines
Wise Sons Delicatessen, SF
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear
Plus One by Christopher Noxon
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack
EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE (by date)
National Day of Unplugging
March 6-7 | Everywhere
Find out about how to get involved in National Day of Unplugging here.
"Painting Is the Pattern" at Jules Maeght Gallery
March 7 - May 9 | San Francisco, CA
“Painting is the pattern of the nervous system being projected on canvas” and features commissioned new work by two emerging young artists. Pierre Roy-Camille from Paris and Zio Ziegler from San Francisco are known for their energetic and studied relationship to canvas and paint and for their street art and interface in the worlds of fashion and technology." - Love Zio's work and Natasha Boaz's curation. More info here.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents
The Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box
Apr 9 - May 17 | San Francisco, CA
"More than 35 contemporary artists reimagine the tradional Jewish alms container.
$360 VIP; $180 general; cocktail attire.
March 15 | Austin, TX
- Ken and I are looking forward to participating in panels at SXSW this month. In an unusual twist of events, I will be speaking about social robots. My panel is on Sat March 15: more info here.
Ken's panel is In Shaping the Future for Much Better Overall Human Life on March 16. They'll talk about the adoption of Integrated Intelligence, seamless interfaces with human AI to improve the lives of people everywhere.
premiere at Center for Asian American Media Festival in SF on March 15 and also at Tribeca Film Festival. -Cannot wait to finally see this film!
#SEDER2015 Launching mid-March
"For SEDER2015 Michael Hebb has gathered an extraordinary group of scholars, universities, rabbis, artists, media outlets, activists, and Jewish leaders to embark on a several year journey to understand the importance of Passover - allowing the wisdom of this tradition to illuminate the current world we live in."
- Find out more about this fantastic project here.
We invite you to come let loose while supporting the work of Lava Mae. They are aiming to provide 50,000 showers via old decommissioned buses to San Francisco’s homeless community, delivering dignity, and unlockung opportunity."
- I love this organization and am on the host committee for this event. Join us!
The Tribeca Film Festival is a stupendous film festival! I'll be there - so many good independent films and interactive media and so much more. Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and the whole team create magic there.
Tribeca Film Festival 2015
Spring Open House, Headlands Center for the Arts
April 19 | The Headlands, CA
"Definitely come roam the various buildings of our campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances, hear readings, and stay for a housemade lunch in the Mess Hall."
-Headlands Center for the Arts is the most fertile soil for artists to create. Loved doing my artist-in-residency there.
Click for more info.
San Francisco International Film Festival
April 23 - May 7 | San Francisco, CA
"The San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery. Last year's festival featured 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, which were attended by over 210 filmmakers and industry guests from over 21 countries around the globe."
- Looking forward to experiencing what Noah Cowan and the amazing team have for this year's festival.
The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation awards focuses on breakthroughs occurring at the intersection of technology and culture, where frequent clashes and resistance to change impede social progress and solutions for some of the world’s most vexing problems."
- Loved being a part of this event several years back.
Craig Hatkoff and his team do a fantastic job curating new ideas.
May 14 | Santa Clara, CA
"Each spring, the Anita Borg Institute hosts an awards banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of three prominent women technologists whose lifetime achievements have significantly advanced the field of computing."
- Honored they asked me to keynote this event. All people interested in women/tech, join us.
Read more and get tix here.
"TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED's most iconic moments yet."
-TEDWomen is such an inspiring event curated by Goddess Pat Mitchell. Highly recommend. More info here.
Reflections on Jewish Fathers JCCEastBay
June 11 | Berkeley, CA
Tickets on sale tomorrow. All info can be found here.
July 25 | Aspen, CO
- I will be speaking here along with Walter Isaacson, 14 Tibetan Monks, and others. This is my favorite subject- and very much looking forward to presenting and absorbing.
The Future of StoryTelling summit (FoST) was founded on the belief that stories—in the broadest sense of the word—shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life."
Future of Storytelling
Oct 7-8 | NYC
- It's a fantastic and unusual gathering.
"Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast hosted by Debbie Millman that profiles graphic designers, artists, writers and educators."
- Love this podcast. Looking forward to being in conversation with her in April:)
- Co-founded by one of my BFF's Julie Hermlin. It's such a great service! Can't wait for it to come to SF. Those of you mommas in LA, check it out.
"Life's not one big joyride. There are bumps & misadventures along the way.
Share yours here. It just might lighten the load."
- This is a very funny addictive new app by good friend Julie Drazen!
"Ornish Living is for anyone who is interested in leading a healthful lifestyle. We’ve found that when you make healthy choices, you feel better quickly, and feeling better is what makes these choices more sustainable."
- This site is so fresh itself...thank you Dean & Anne Ornish and Editorial Director Rachel Lehmann-Haupt.
Brain Power about early child brain development is playing on Alaska Airlines flights starting in May 2015 :) Happy to be playing in the skies;)
"i.amPULS is a whole new experience built from the wrist up."
- The next iteration of wearables...
"Vulnicura is given sonic texture by Bjork's lush string arrangements and the skittering beats of co-producer Arca. It's disarming yet reassuring to hear the Icelandic icon’s stratospheric voice wailing bluntly about recognizable human emotions."
- Bjork is one of my favorite artists. She always takes her work and us to new places.
Wise Sons Delicatessen, San Francisco
"Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best Californian ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make their bubbies proud."
- Love their food and the building their kitchen was housed in recently endured a fire. Please give them extra support now by checking out their amazing Jew food. Visit them here.
"36 Questions and 4 minutes later, will you fall in love? Based on research conducted by Dr. Arthur Aron these 36 questions were designed to accelerate intimacy between strangers (or not so strangers)."
- I highly recommend trying this with someone you love or want to fall more deeply into...
Purchase one of their bags here.
-Sister Nyirumbe's work is so important. Please join me in supporting her and all the girls she nurtures.
(devoured all of these books. Highly recommend)
Things to Read
Even This I Get to Experience
by Norman Lear
"In EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE, Lear opens up with all the candor, humor, and wisdom to be expected from one of America’s greatest living storytellers." Read more...
by Christopher Noxon
"Christopher Noxon's debut novel Plus One is a funny-smart Hollywood novel about male householders and female breadwinners in contemporary Los Angeles." Read more here.
"Economics authority Professor Noreena Hertz shows us how to make better choices and decisions in all areas of our lives against the backdrop of a supercharged environment in which we are deluged with data, conflicting expert advice, and marketing and political spin." Read more...
by Emily Spivack
"Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers."
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
- Margaret Atwood
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