Brian and I have been volunteering together since high school, but neither one of us had seen anything like this before.

I had never seen the effects of flooding firsthand before this weekend — at least not at this level. The neighborhood we served experienced flooding that varied between 3 and 9 feet. …


Let’s start at the finish.

I was met with one of the biggest hugs I’ve ever received. But I wasn’t sure who it was. As he pulled back, I recognized his face from the day before. It was the race’s director, Prentiss Douthit. He embraced me and asked me how…


Markus Magnusson made some delightful reaction GIFs for Dropbox paper.

When Flavors.me announced they were shuttering I audibly groaned. What was I going to do with my site? I had been using the service for years as an easy solution to the modern problem of how to present one’s self online.

With Flavors, I rarely had to maintain anything, yet…


I find myself feeling very reflective today. It was eight years ago that I stood on the National Mall with thousands of others to witness history—our first African American President taking the oath of office.

What I recall of that day (besides not getting up early enough to beat…


Here’s why I’m asking you to contribute to our Kickstarter campaign to fund CreativeMornings Summit 2016.

It was nearly two years ago when I finally came to understand what it meant to have a “tribe.” I walked into a reclaimed, Brooklyn warehouse and there were 150+ of my people. …


I vividly recall witnessing Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2009 TED talk on creative genius. No other talk has stuck with me in quite the same way (and I have seen a lot of talks at this point).

From her history lesson on the evolution of the word ‘genius’ to her insight on…


Technology with humanity.

I drive for Lyft in my spare time, and think you should, too. Why?

I value community, and it’s clear that Lyft values that, too. You can see it throughout their ecosystem. What images do they feature on their site? Their social feeds? How many of them have people…


Image Source

Recently Instagram changed it’s format, allowing users to post non-square photos and videos in native HD proportions. This is a dramatic change from it’s former rule, forcing all images and videos to be square.

Rumors are flying that Twitter will soon remove its 140 character limit on tweets.

It’s like…


As I write this, I’m sitting on the grass of the University of Texas campus. It’s a living version of every student handbook cover ever. Students are milling about, the bells of the tower are announcing the time, and there’s an energy of anticipation as a new semester gets underway.

Ben Thoma

Creative Catalyst. Organizer for CreativeMornings/Austin. Fatherhood, baseball, and craft beer also get my attention.

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