Category Archives: Inspiration

The Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So Far (or creativity can be the cure for what overwhelmes you)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the mass of buildings that is New York City?  If you  think about it, it is amazing that the mass of buildings (and people) sit on this proportionally tiny island, so close together, and almost everywhere you look.  It can all seem so impersonal … Read more




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Mapping Manhattan: Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship With New York City?

Do you have a love-hate relationship with New York?  You are not alone. So many people who live here say that they never thought they would, and dislike as much as they love about it. With all the things there are to dislike about New York, one thing to love, … Read more




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You Can’t Always do What you Want

I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the 1970’s. There are many things that are emblematic of that time. For me, two big ones are The Rolling Stones, and mosquitos. The Stones released six albums during that decade. We were big fans. People went to concerts whenever … Read more




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How to Get Things Done When You Feel Powerless: Karen Steinberg Interviewed by Heather Stagl

On March 19, I was a guest on “The Change Agent’s Dilemma: How to influence change without authority,” a blog-talk radio show hosted by Heather Stagl of Enclaria LLC. The show explores the different ways to influence organizational change, from the point of view of someone who is not calling … Read more




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NYC Street Photographer Makes Possibility

This week something remarkable happened demonstrating the exponential possibilities we can create when human beings act in connection with one another. Brandon Stanton, a street photographer in New York City and founder of Humans of New York (HONY), was approached several months ago by a representative of DKNY, who asked … Read more




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Great Principles, Issues, Causes: Martin Luther King on Fear and the Death of the Spirit

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do … Read more




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Martin Luther King, Jr. on Creative Maladjustment

Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at Western Michigan University (Dec 18th, 1963) is excerpted above. The full transcript of the speech is below. In it, Dr. King addresses modern psychology and introduces the idea of creative maladjustment: Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other … Read more




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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Therapist for us all

Martin Luther King Jr. provides brilliant therapeutic insight and leadership in his sermon “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart” – Here are some experts from it, from the book Strength to Love: “…life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. We must combine the … Read more




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Thanks Mom, for giving me a certain (progressive) frame of reference.

Like many folks who live in the US, Thanksgiving is a conflicting holiday for me. On the one hand, it can be a time of fellowship, of connecting with friends and family over home cooked food, lovingly prepared as an offering to each other, and a way to express gratitude … Read more




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Imagine All the People Living Life in Peace

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in … Read more




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