Beauty in the Broken: Why Creativity Is About Seeing the Potential in Things | #BeUnthinkable

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In this episode, we hear stories about seeing the potential for things to be better, greater, and more creative, despite starting in a place that feels hopeless. When craft-driven creators are at the end of their ropes or they’ve been handed assignments or situations that feel utterly broken, what do they do?     In This Episode: First, I wrestle with some leftovers … Read More

2% Better: Why Creative People Obsess Over the Details

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Creative individuals use words like “agonize” and “obsess” when referring to our work. We go home late or wake up early just to refine a tiny little piece of the overall project. Then we suddenly look up and hours have passed. Why do we go through these mental time warps? What do we think we’ll find on the other side? Today on the show, … Read More

You Get There First

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Every day on my commute, I walk into Porter Square station to take the T (the Boston subway) from Cambridge and head south towards downtown Boston. When you first enter the station, you have to go deep underground to reach the tracks, so you have to make a decision each morning: Do you take the stairs or the escalator? Now, … Read More

The Danger Booth: Creativity Requires Personality

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Slingshot episodes are an every-other-week miniseries within the Unthinkable show. The goal is to profile people who create side projects that lead somewhere surprising. The Danger Booth is not your average photo booth. It’s an award-winning, open-air, sometimes-nudity-inducing, always-personality-driven experience. In this episode, Zac Wolf and Becca Goldring share the story behind their creative side project-turned-business.  Listen and Subscribe Now: … Read More

The Muse Is an Excuse [Unthinkable Ep. 004]

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We’ve got an EPIC episode today. (Literally — I open this episode reading an epic poem…) How often do we think we need some kind of external inspiration to strike? Why do we call upon “the muse” so often as creative individuals? And are we thinking about this all wrong? On today’s show, we first go Outside the Echo Chamber … Read More

The Story of Wooden Nickel Shorts, a Parody Group with Takedowns of Google, Twilight & More

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Slingshot episodes are an every-other-week miniseries within the Unthinkable show. The goal is to profile people who create side projects that lead somewhere surprising. In this episode, Dan Milano shares the story of his sketch comedy channel Wooden Nickel Shorts. Listen and Subscribe Now: iTunes | SoundCloud | Stitcher Thank you to Rightside Shirts for supporting Unthinkable. Rightside offers apparel designed by … Read More

What Do Creative People Mean by “Craft” Anyway?

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When someone utters the phrase “care for craft,” what do you hear? “That person gives several damns about their work” — right? And what do you see? Maybe you picture someone dutifully whittling a piece of wood. Maybe you think of a brewer holding up their beer to the light to examine it. Maybe you see a writer bent over a … Read More

What Does It Mean to Be Craft-Driven? [Unthinkable Ep. 003]

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In today’s episode, we start with a comparison of two activities: eating ice cream and sweeping your floor. By understanding someone’s motivation and how they approach a given task, we can more easily navigate the business word as creators who simply want to create great work. And as it turns out, there’s a word to describe all those people who … Read More

Carving the White Whale

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Slingshot episodes are an every-other-week miniseries within the Unthinkable show. The goal is to profile people who create side projects that lead somewhere surprising. Today, we go deep into the meandering, hilarious story behind Erik Devaney’s attempt to carve a toy for his nephew.  Listen and Subscribe Now: iTunes | SoundCloud | Stitcher   Thank you to Rightside Shirts for supporting … Read More