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According to their website RightBrainsAre.UsNo Right Brain Left Behind is a speed innovation challenge, calling on the creative industries to concept ideas that can help the creativity crisis happening in U.S. schools today. In collaboration with Social Media Week 2011, teams from creative industries will have 5 days to concept ideas. On the last day of the week, ideas will be submitted virtually to this site, and an expert panel will pick 3 winning ideas that are to be featured by our media partners. The best ideas are to be piloted in 2011 and 2012.

They are inviting teams of various sizes from advertising agencies, innovation companies, design consultancies, and communication schools. Ideas can be in form of tools, applications, or products, or whatever else not yet thought of.
This kind of thing makes me shiver with anticipation, following on from the extraordinary work of my hero Sir Ken Robinson, who changed my life many years ago with this TED Talk below. 


While running a website dedicated to spreading positivity can be really fun, it’s sometimes difficult to stay motivated while others suffer through the distress of loss, pain or (currently for Australians) even natural disasters.

It’s with this in mind that I have been searching for something that might keep us all pumped throughout the coming days.
The following clip is a mashup of some of the greatest sports movies ever made. Far from trivialising a frightening time for many people, I hope it serves to help bring a smile and a glimmer of hope to people around Australia and beyond, no matter how grim the outlook may seem at times.

Stay safe, QLD


Muz, Ains, Bry & DJ

I’m sure most of you are familiar with David Thorne‘s work over at the utterly brilliant

If not, maybe start with this infamous and extremely funny email thread he posted between himself and a fairly self-involved receptionist hoping to find her cat.

His humour is dry and unmistakably Australian, often using articulate, verbose email threads to highlight recent hypocrisy or downright stupidity.
However in this case, after a particularly unpleasant experience with a local snowboard store, he created this ad to totally screw them over.

And boy, did it work.
The hilarious results can be read here but for those who can’t be bothered reading the whole thing, here is my favourite part

From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 21 January 2011 2.17pm
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Advertisement

Dear Anton,
Yes, I am pretty sure if I ran a snowboardsurfing shop the last thing I would want is people new to the sport mistakenly entering my premises with the intention of exchanging goods for money. What a bunch of ‘loosers’. You should probably have that on your front door instead of the welcome sign. Otherwise, people might read the word ‘welcome’ and mistakenly think they are welcome.
Perhaps you could incorporate a sign similar to the ‘You must be this tall to ride’ kind displayed at carnivals, but amend it to ‘You must be this cool to enter’ with a big red arrow pointing to photos of Fatty, Tattooey and Fuzzy.