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I have receieved the most rewarding e-mails from a teacher who is using the posters in her classroom. She asked to be anonymous but said I could post these wonderful photos. She also gives the postcards as leaving gifts to her students when they finish school. 


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 11th Nov 2014
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An inspirational talk with relevance to my search for a project sponsor this year. Max Schorr is a Co-Founder and Community Director of the wonderful GOOD magazine.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 23rd May 2010
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Thank you to Sarah Foley and the Pratt students for this amazing opportunity.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 18th May 2010
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Blog description from the brilliant Newspaper Project:

"This is the blog where we're alarmingly honest about where it's all going wrong. And occasionally smug about where it's going right."


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 22nd Jan 2010
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This poster was designed by Steve Bond and Dean Owens for the purpose of inspiring content for their magazine POST.

It's a view of life summed up by the expression on Steve's wonderful friend Mabel's face, who should contribute her own advice to the project as soon as possible. For me it means that a day in thought is a day owned; thought leads to action; action leads to control, not over anything in particular, but some control over what comes next and that coming from you. Your input is vital: in collaboration, in everyday matters, in relation to others and to yourself.

So I wanted to put it up here as:

1) I have come to realise that it is a credo my friends live by and I'm delighted they let me turn it into an advice poster.

2) Because it is becoming my credo too and am proud to share it with such wonderful people. I hope I can live up to their example.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 17th Jan 2010
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Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 20th Dec 2009
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I just heard about StoryCorps through a wonderful segment on the BBC World Service Outlook programme.

"You bring a loved one to our booth - a parent, a friend or someone you have just met on the bus whose story you want to get to know - and for forty minutes you just talk. Most people ask the big life questions like: "What are the most important lessons you have learnt?", "How do you want to be remembered?" or "What did your grandmother sing to you when you were a child?" Then at the end of 40 minutes two CDs have been burnt, one stays with you and the second goes to us and we put it in the Library of Congress and it becomes part of the oral history of America."

Listening to the piece reminded me of the inspiration for this project. I was talking to my friend Cynthia and she mentioned how she often asked her Grandmother for advice and inpiration; it was something I had never done and immediately regretted. 

I wrote down two phrases from Mathew Bannister's conversation with StoryCorps founder David Isay:

"Forty minutes to transmit wisdom from one generation to the next."

"Turn off your computer and cellphone, look a loved one in the eye and tell them how much they mean to you by listening to them."

There is a wonderful conversation between Seymour and Marcia Gottlieb in the Outlook piece and these three compilations are an introduction to the breadth and emotion of the recordings. The talk below by founder David Isay gives an overview of his career as a Radio Producer and the ideas and passion behind the StoryCorps project (apologies for posting such a long video, but I enjoyed it so much I would feel I was cheating to post anything shorter). 

Finally, if you have the chance, I throughly recommend listening to as much of the World Service as you can.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 27th Nov 2009
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It may not look like much, but this is pretty rough for Gylly.

And after a night of storms...


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 19th Nov 2009
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The rewards of sitting still and being observed by Dean


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 03rd Nov 2009
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Coralie Bickford-Smith recently designed a wonderful advice poster, partly inspired by the Orange Juice song 'Rip it up & start again'.

The association feels especially relevant as Edwyn Collins
(lead singer of Orange Juice, solo artist and idol of mine) suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005. His remarkable determination to recover - learning to speak, read, write, walk, draw, sing and compose again - is documented in the BBC Scotland documentary Home Again (see part 1 of 4 below).

As Coralie writes:

"It's all about reinvention: that it's flexible; that when it feels like it's going wrong it's ok to start again and when you do things over, although it's a chore, it makes them better. Practice makes perfect...."


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 14th Aug 2009
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