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The Overture SNAP

We started the surveys to connect creative professionals with each other through issues we felt of interest. Issues that are growing increasingly volatile.  Twenty-twenty kicked in with political anger at an all-time high and increasing alarm over global warming. Then came the pandemic shortly followed by the police murder of George Floyd. Black lives matter […]

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The Way We Speak About Law Enforcement

Overture Police Nomenclature Survey:    We put this survey together in June 2020 to understand how people across the creative and communications industries perceive public and personal security in relation to the language that surrounds law enforcement. Survey results and a free infographic are below.   Download the free infographic here.

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A Better Mousetrap

“Living at home.” It might conjure some image of sleeping on the couch where you spent childhood holidays. For those of us long past college, the Spring of 2020 may be the first time we are actually living at home. Not our parents’ place but our own. Not living in the dark—literally—where we leave for […]

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A Falling Democracy: One Pole at a Time

The erosion of democracy begins quietly. Often by means that don’t violate the law, thumbing noses at process and subpoena power. Enabling power-consolidating legislation, and leaders with authoritarian impulses. Many democratic eroding strategies progress with the unspoken support of the people, activated in plain view through amendments or legislative process. These multiple small weakening steps […]

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MY BEST 5 TIPS FOR WRITING ONLINE

If you didn’t work online before Covid-19, you do now. Your writing should be targeted for those online audiences. Because so many of us scroll through websites, we tend to think people read faster online. But we actually read about 25% slower when we’re looking at a screen. We’re also more likely to skim rather […]

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In a world reshaped by COVID-19…

We all find ourselves living in a giant will-it-blend world of new socio-economic factors spinning us into new experiences. Driven to a large degree by the world’s populations and economies being intertwined more than ever before, it’s the unintended consequence of a flat Earth/global economy. What do we do to get through this and emerge […]

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Three Mantras that are Helping me Right Now

I find myself turning to mantras to get me through these difficult days. There is something soothing about the repetition and simple wisdom of the words. The first one is from a yoga class I took a couple of months ago. My instructor told us “Trust your equipment.” She meant the phrase in a physical […]

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Finding work in a changing world

“Become a trusted resource to people. … I don’t think you can do wrong when your intent is being of service to others right now,” Don Young, Overture member. Overture members recently gathered with creatives from around the world to talk about ways to find work in this shifting economy. Here is a clip from […]

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An Acoustic Guitar

The entrepreneurial experience… Drinking Black Russians in a room full of cigarette smoke. I must have been 23 or 24.  A small dark room. The stage was only one step up from the floor. The room so small I could smell the performer’s sweat. The only light was a couple spots on him as he […]

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Allie Runs

The entrepreneurial experience…My feet touch the ground with a light tap-tap-tapping sound. I love that feeling I get when I run. It’s a lightness. I’m alive, moving myself through the air, passing walkers and some runners. I’m running for the joy of it. The balls of my feet tap-tap-tapping my body along. Breathing deep, feeling […]

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