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High Resolution Interview

Judy was delighted to be featured on the High Resolution video podcast series. Focused on Design Leadership, High Resolution is the passionate endeavor of Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu, showcasing some highly inspired dialogues.

Our conversation ranged from Wert&Co.’s history recruiting creative leadership over the last two decades, to some of our behind the scenes insights and tools, and even our favorite children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon and how it can serve as a metaphor for mapping one’s own professional (and personal) journey.

Peace & Good Cheer for 2017

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From all of us at Wert&Co., wishing you a festive holiday season. 

In following our tradition of donating to a deserving cause at year’s end, we are contributing to UNICEF. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.

The power of a safety pin.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Happiness& Work& Business& Nature& Music& Politics& Sleep& Passion& Color& Productivity& News& Design& Art& Data& Sleep& Leadership& Trust& Conflict& Growth& Technology& Promises.

We have so many fascinating conversations with our community here at Wert, we’d like to offer you a weekend reading list that reflects just some of the topics that we touched on in the past week.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

The Laws of Simplicity By John Maeda

New Year, New Beginnings

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No matter how you fill in the lines, Wert&Co. wishes you a colorful holiday season!

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Giving Thanks

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To us Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude…..

We at Wert&Co. wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday.

Kids For Peace

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At Wert&Co., we had the honor of hosting an evening event in support of the non-profit Kids4Peace at our Duane Street office. “Kids4Peace is a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and other divided societies around the world.” In addition to discussion about the organization’s plans for growth, we also heard from Yousef Bashir who shared his personal journey from Gaza to his recent graduation from Brandeis University (Masters Conflict and Coexistence). Thanks to all those who attended, and see the Kids4Peace website to participate in a $50,000 Challenge Grant (Donation), made even more timely by recent, sobering, world events.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Holidays can bring such a recharging of the spirit, especially if one gets to journey to far away places. And while books can illuminate and enrich our experiences, (like Italofile designer Louise Fili who takes us along with her on eight walks through Florence) Fall grounds us, and our reading list becomes crowded with tomes to bring far away lands here. These new releases are a great inspiration, armchair travel to tide us over until we hit the road again. 

A contemporary portrait of Paris from Les Deux Magots to a Bastille Day parade is offered by shutterbug Nicolas Guilbert. Considered the Axel Vervoordt of Asia for his masterful use of ancient elements and materials renowned Thai architect Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu’s residential Lanna architecture is characterized by the concept “discovery, not invention.” Instead of visiting the souk, we might be consoled by some new tea cups while co-authors Andreas von Einsiedel and Julia Leeb take us inside some of Morocco’s most beautiful and stylish homes. And acclaimed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson brings us 700 historic recipes to feed our soul from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Destination is never a place…..

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Wert&Co.’s founders recently travelled to the state of Chiapas Mexico, spending time in the deeply beautiful Mayan culture. Known for it’s colorful and intricate clothing and textile design, there was much visual delight — but on a deeper level it was also rich in learnings about the complexity within societies. For more imagery follow Judy’s instagram.

Evidence is piling up on the power of time off, not simply to disengage from our plugged in 24/7 lifestyle, but as a way to unleash creative thinking.  In a radical fashion, designer Stefan Sagmeister takes an extended sabbatical every seven years which he discussed in a popular TED talk about his motivations and the ideas that flow back into his work as a result.

Tiptoeing To Twenty Fifteen

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With Thanks for your Partnership & Warmest Wishes for a Very Happy Holiday & Peaceful New Year!

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