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Investors told Paul Tasner, 75, he should put up his feet and enjoy retirement. Instead, he reinvented himself and launc...
10/18/2021
A new start after 60: ‘I was fired at 64 – so I faced my fears and started my first company’

Investors told Paul Tasner, 75, he should put up his feet and enjoy retirement. Instead, he reinvented himself and launched a thriving sustainable packaging business ↓
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/17/a-new-start-after-60-i-was-fired-at-64-so-i-faced-my-fears-and-started-my-first-company

#thevividminds #thevividmindsstories

Investors told Paul Tasner, 75, he should put up his feet and enjoy retirement. Instead, he reinvented himself and launched a thriving sustainable packaging business

This lifestyle is a dream for many but what does one start with?Various studies have shown that "digital nomads" have hi...
10/11/2021
10 Top Destinations for Digital Nomads - Vivid Minds

This lifestyle is a dream for many but what does one start with?
Various studies have shown that "digital nomads" have higher work satisfaction and more transferable skills.
As for your first Nomad destination, here are some ideas ↓
https://thevividminds.com/tips/10-top-destinations-for-digital-nomads/

#digitalnomads #freelance #career

Who are Digital Nomads? Digital nomads are freelancers, independent workers or self-employed who change cities and countries regularly while maintaining

"Yes! More and more of us are working towards turning our business ideas into a reality".Is it possible to start a busin...
10/10/2021
Enterprising During the Venezuelan Crisis - Vivid Minds

"Yes! More and more of us are working towards turning our business ideas into a reality".
Is it possible to start a business in Venezuela? Read about invaluable experience of the founder of Hecho en Venezuela Store and co-founder of Ridery (local "Uber") ↓
https://thevividminds.com/enterprising-during-the-venezuelan-crisis/

#crisis #enterprising #enterpreneurship #Venezuela

Enterprising During the Venezuelan Crisis crisis Enterprising entrepreneurship Venezuela Gerson Gomez Founder of Hecho en Venezuela Store and co-founder of Ridery (local "Uber") A couple of days ago someone asked me if it was possible to start a business in Venezuela, as the media picture us as a co...

"It was incredible. After all my body had gone through — the fertility and cancer treatments and just the sadness and de...
08/26/2021
From Professional Model to Modeling a New Feminine Revival - Vivid Minds

"It was incredible. After all my body had gone through — the fertility and cancer treatments and just the sadness and depression of divorce I’d found a way to heal myself. Through this class, I could feel my energy start to shift".

The Vivid Minds spoke with Nadiya Williams, the founder of Feminine Revival, about growing up in the Soviet Union, modeling in Paris, and finally finding her true passion in helping women discover their sensual joy ↓

https://thevividminds.com/from-professional-model-to-modeling-a-new-feminine-revival/

#business #fashion #health #revival

The Vivid Minds spoke with Nadiya Williams, the founder of Feminine Revival, about growing up in the Soviet Union, modeling in Paris, and finally finding

"When I meet with friends who have social media, they already know so many details about each other, which I have little...
08/09/2021

"When I meet with friends who have social media, they already know so many details about each other, which I have little chance to find out about staying offline. It’s harder to communicate with people without social networks, but people who really want to get in touch with me will do it anyway".

Read more: How It Feels to Log Out From Facebook Forever ↓
https://thevividminds.com/how-it-feels-to-log-out-from-facebook-forever/

#facebook #usa #france #germany #socialmedia #disconnected

"When I meet with friends who have social media, they already know so many details about each other, which I have little chance to find out about staying offline. It’s harder to communicate with people without social networks, but people who really want to get in touch with me will do it anyway".

Read more: How It Feels to Log Out From Facebook Forever ↓
https://thevividminds.com/how-it-feels-to-log-out-from-facebook-forever/

#facebook #usa #france #germany #socialmedia #disconnected

"I quit using my personal Facebook account in 2012. And in 2018 I closed my professional account which I used for sharin...
07/31/2021

"I quit using my personal Facebook account in 2012. And in 2018 I closed my professional account which I used for sharing my journalism works. I kept my professional page longer because I had fans there. Unfortunately, Facebook kept on changing their algorithm so that if you didn’t pay the platform to promote your posts, they would reach fewer people. At first, maybe 40% of my fans would see my posts, but then every year that number dropped".

Read more: How It Feels to Log Out From Facebook Forever ↓
https://thevividminds.com/how-it-feels-to-log-out-from-facebook-forever/

"I quit using my personal Facebook account in 2012. And in 2018 I closed my professional account which I used for sharing my journalism works. I kept my professional page longer because I had fans there. Unfortunately, Facebook kept on changing their algorithm so that if you didn’t pay the platform to promote your posts, they would reach fewer people. At first, maybe 40% of my fans would see my posts, but then every year that number dropped".

Read more: How It Feels to Log Out From Facebook Forever ↓
https://thevividminds.com/how-it-feels-to-log-out-from-facebook-forever/

School, company or digital project? Hackademy is all that and more. Meet the hackers who claimed the term and now place ...
06/02/2021
From hackers to entrepreneurs: connecting the best programmers with the companies that seek them as a business model

School, company or digital project? Hackademy is all that and more. Meet the hackers who claimed the term and now place the most talented programmers in Mexico and Latin America in projects of international stature ↓

School, company or digital project? Hackademy is all that and more. Meet the hackers who claimed the term and now place the most talented programmers in Mexico and Latin America in projects of international stature.

We normally don't post about politics, but this is an exception! We admire the spirit of people who keep going on protes...
10/30/2020
Belarusians Discuss Their Hopes and Fears During the Protests - Vivid Minds

We normally don't post about politics, but this is an exception! We admire the spirit of people who keep going on protests in Belarus despite fear, threats, and detentions https://thevividminds.com/belarusians-discuss-their-hopes-and-fears-during-the-protests/ #belarus2020

There have now been over eighty days of protests in Belarus that started due to suspicious election results and Lukashenko’s claim of victory. Every

While imprisoned for selling ma*****na, Frederick Hutson experienced the challenge that many inmates face: to stay conne...
06/27/2020

While imprisoned for selling ma*****na, Frederick Hutson experienced the challenge that many inmates face: to stay connected with loved ones.

Prisons charge high per-minute call fees to inmates who, if they have any in-prison income at all, make on average $0.63 per hour. A mere phone call to a family member can become a financial burden.

Frederick was released in 2012 to a half-way house. In 2013 he started Pigeon.ly, which has raised over $6 million in funding from investors such as Tim Draper, Erik Moore (Base VC), and Mitchell Kapor (Lotus) to this date. He was also accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator program.

Pigeonly’s service, Telepigeon serves over 60,000 customers and has saved families $3 million in telecom fees. (as of 2014)

On top of that, Frederick built a photo-sharing service. Normally, family members have to print and mail physical photos to their loved ones in prison. Pigeon.ly send pics through the postal service directly to the incarcerated for a flat fee of 50 cents a print.

Given the scale of the U.S. mass incarceration system, he estimated the market to be worth $2 billion (quote as of 2015)

06/23/2020
Nell Scovell in Conversation With John Oliver

She is fierce, she is funny, and she put words in Obama's mouth (c)

Comedy writer, producer and director Nell Scovell sits down with John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, to discuss her new memoir — Just the Funny Par...

Why leaders feel lonely? What's the most common quality among leaders? How and why people become leaders?We spoke with S...
06/18/2020
Suzan Bond On Executive Coaching and Why Leaders Feel Lonely - Vivid Minds

Why leaders feel lonely? What's the most common quality among leaders? How and why people become leaders?

We spoke with Suzan Bond, who has been an executive coach for over 15 years.

"We think that leaders have to be strong and decisive, but people can lead in various ways, and each way differs from one organization to another.

For me, the most important leadership tasks is relationship building. I spend more time talking with leaders about relationships than anything else.”

Suzan Bond has been an executive coach for over 15 years. Her recently published article, “Why Leaders Feel Lonely,” documents the isolation and solitude

Evan Spiegal, a 29-year-old billionaire and the founder of Snap, called for the creation of an American commission to ad...
06/02/2020
Snap CEO Spiegel Calls for Reparations Commission, Taxes to Address Racial Injustice

Evan Spiegal, a 29-year-old billionaire and the founder of Snap, called for the creation of an American commission to address racial injustice. On Sunday he shared a lengthy note with his employees. Here is an excerpt:

"It is never too late to turn towards love, and it is my sincere and earnest hope that the leadership of our great country will work towards our founding values, our raison d’être: freedom, equality, and justice for all...

I know there are many people who feel that just because “some people” are racist, or just because there is “some injustice” in our society that we are “not all bad.” It is my view that humanity is deeply interconnected and that when one of us suffers, we all suffer. When one of us is hungry, we are all hungry. And when one of us is poor, we are all poor. When any one of us enables injustice through our silence we have all failed to create a nation that strives for its highest ideals."
More: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/snap-ceo-spiegel-calls-for-reparations-commission-taxes-to-address-racial-injustice

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel called for the creation of an American commission to address racial injustice and comprehensive tax reform, saying in a lengthy note to employees that he was “heartbroken and enraged” by racism in America.“Economic inequality in America has reached levels unseen for nearl...

“Violence is not the answer, it doesn’t work anymore. We are at the end of the worst century in which the greatest atroc...
06/02/2020

“Violence is not the answer, it doesn’t work anymore. We are at the end of the worst century in which the greatest atrocities in the history of the world have occurred... The nature of human beings must change. We must cultivate love and compassion.”

― Martin Scorsese

The Vivid Minds is based on these ideas: Cross-cultural ExchangeThe project fosters cross-cultural exchange and thought ...
05/31/2020
The Vivid Minds Founder on Launching This Project - Vivid Minds

The Vivid Minds is based on these ideas:

Cross-cultural Exchange

The project fosters cross-cultural exchange and thought leadership by sharing perspectives from our global community of founders and creators. So far, we have featured leaders from Germany, France, Georgia, the US, Russia, Italy, China and Canada.

Empathy and Compassion

Research shows that storytelling affects people's emotions and influences their decisions. We believe that our interviews nurture the creation of a better community of conscious individuals. Leaders open up about their challenges by talking about their vulnerabilities, which makes it easier for others to accept their imperfections.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are creating a supportive, all-inclusive environment for leaders to exchange ideas and bring them out. Any person featured on the website can be reached by emailing the team a short introduction.

Anastasia Chernikova elaborates on the idea and impact behind The Vivid Minds When the war with Ukraine broke out in 2014, I was working as a business

05/26/2020
From Life Sentence to Business Prosperity

Quan Huynh spent sixteen years in California’s Solano State Prison for second-degree murder. He was paroled in 2015 and went off to start a cleaning company. In three years, his business had a six-figure net worth. Now, together with Defy Ventures, a nonprofit organization addressing mass incarceration and recidivism, Quan is encouraging other ex-inmates to pursue their entrepreneurial goals.

Catherine Orer, business strategist and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, shares insight into how artists can shift th...
05/24/2020
On Turning Artists into Entrepreneurs - Vivid Minds

Catherine Orer, business strategist and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, shares insight into how artists can shift their mindset to achieve financial success and personal fulfillment.

"People buy art because they really believe in the artists and their work. Whether you become an entrepreneur or not, you are still an artist. What’s important is how you present your story and how confident you are about your work. If you trust yourself, others will see that reflected in your work, and they’ll want to buy it. Then you’ll be sharing your story with the world."

Catherine Orer, business strategist and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, shares insight into how artists can shift their mindset to achieve financial

Quan Huynh spent sixteen years in California’s Solano State Prison for second-degree murder. He was paroled in 2015 and ...
05/15/2020
From Life Sentence to Business Prosperity - Vivid Minds

Quan Huynh spent sixteen years in California’s Solano State Prison for second-degree murder. He was paroled in 2015 and went off to start a cleaning company. In three years, his business had a six-figure net worth. Now, together with Defy Ventures, a nonprofit organization addressing mass incarceration and recidivism, Quan is encouraging other ex-inmates to pursue their entrepreneurial goals.

Quan Huynh spent sixteen years in California’s Solano State Prison for second-degree murder. He was paroled in 2015 and went off to start a cleaning

We spoke with doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19, based in New York, Moscow and Milan. "Looking back, it is likely th...
05/08/2020
Emergency Room Doctors in the US, Italy and Russia Share Their Experiences of the Pandemic - Vivid Minds

We spoke with doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19, based in New York, Moscow and Milan. "Looking back, it is likely that it had been spreading unchecked in NYC since early February. However, since no one was tested, we had no idea what was really going on. Our mantra, “If you don’t take a temperature, you can’t find a fever,” taken from the 1978 satirical novel, The House of God, adequately summed up the situation we found ourselves in." https://thevividminds.com/emergency-room-doctors-in-the-us-italy-and-russia-share-their-experiences-of-the-pandemic/

The Vivid Minds spoke with doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19, based in New York, Moscow and Milan. Because of tighter privacy rules in the healthcare

Meir Briskman: "I describe myself as a conservative atheist Jew — an atheist, who still cherishes Jewish traditions, lik...
05/03/2020

Meir Briskman: "I describe myself as a conservative atheist Jew — an atheist, who still cherishes Jewish traditions, like Friday night dinner and other parts of our culture. And yet, I hope my son will not be religious or ultra-Orthodox. Two years ago on Purim, we had a talk. He asked me if I keep Shabbat. When I told him that I don’t, he started crying. I started crying too and asked him what it was about. He said he wished we had this conversation before. Honesty mattered to him more than God, and that made me feel really happy.

In certain ways, it’s so beautiful. When we’re out on the street, people see a fifteen-year-old Orthodox Jew and a secular musician walking together. They can’t possibly understand what’s going on. Let them wonder!"

We are truly diverse - the new story is from Israel!This is like Unorthodox on Netflix, but from a real person and our f...
05/01/2020
From Ultra-Orthodox Jew to New York City Conductor - Vivid Minds

We are truly diverse - the new story is from Israel!

This is like Unorthodox on Netflix, but from a real person and our friend.

"Growing up, I had no formal music education. The only instrument in our home was a piano that we got by mistake. My grandfather had donated it to the village he built, but when they got a new one, they sent it back. My mother still regrets that decision. I taught myself to play the piano by listening to various kinds of music, finding harmonies and chords that I could replicate. I had an innate talent."

The Vivid Minds spoke with Meir Briskman about growing up Orthodox, leaving the faith, and becoming a successful musician. I come from a long line of The Vivid Minds spoke with Meir Briskman about growing up Orthodox, leaving the faith, and becoming a successful musician.

Robin SchellenbergCo-founder of Klunkerkranich"The only chance for us to survive is with a bank loan, as we haven’t rece...
04/25/2020

Robin Schellenberg
Co-founder of Klunkerkranich

"The only chance for us to survive is with a bank loan, as we haven’t received any external aid so far. The bar reopened just after winter break in January and February, so we don’t have any cash reserves. The virus hit us full-force.

The government said it would reimburse wage earners for “Kurzarbeit” [short-time work]. That means our employees will be getting paid 60% or 67% of their usual wage, while they are staying home.

The situation is quite difficult. I’ve never seen so many people in existential fear. Nevertheless, we are still together, giving each other a hand."

Not just the hippest city in Europe, Germany’s capital has also stood out during the crisis as a staunch advocate of fre...
04/23/2020
How Berlin Is Fighting the Coronavirus by Supporting Businesses and Nightclubs - Vivid Minds

Not just the hippest city in Europe, Germany’s capital has also stood out during the crisis as a staunch advocate of freelancers and small business owners, allocating over a billion euros. About 150,000 freelancers who applied for immediate financial aid received 5,000 euros each. Businesses with up to five employees are eligible for an additional 9,000 euros, and businesses with up to ten employees are eligible for 15,000 euros more.

In addition to receiving state support, Berliners have organized initiatives to prop up beloved establishments through vouchers and crowdfunding. The two biggest initiatives, Helfen.Berlin and #Supportyourlocal, offer patrons a voucher from their favorite bars, restaurants, small shops and services and allow them to use it when the crisis is over.

The Vivid Minds continues to explore how different countries are dealing with the pandemic. So far, we’ve spoken with Italian artists, New York’s small

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