an ongoing resource hub to start you on your journey to change.

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Timely and relevant articles from our mentors and folks that inspire us to do better work


Videos to kick-start your journey to growth and to inspire you to keep searching


Our favorite books on the topics of entrepreneurship, social innovation, career change, inspiration, and more


Podcasts that we return to on a regular basis because they push us to be more creative and self-aware in our daily lives


Mentors that have given us an invaluable advice over the years and who continue to inspire by their own example


Events in the NYC area and beyond that we are excited about (including our own workshops and informal sessions)

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
— Mary Oliver


Our purpose is that which we most passionately are when we pay attention to our deepest selves.
— Carol Hegedus


Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
— Steve Jobs




by Chip and Dan Heath

Switch asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heaths, is a conflict that’s built into our brains.

Why we love it: This book details how change happens by connecting to people's emotional triggers.



by Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares

Most startups don’t fail because they can’t build a product. Most startups fail because they can’t get traction. Startup advice tends to be a lot of platitudes repackaged with new buzzwords, but Traction is something else entirely. 

Why we love it: Traction pushes us to try things we are not used to, instead of following what we know.


design the life you want

by Ayse Birsel

A joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you've always dreamed of, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer.

Why we love it: A creative and visual step-by-step process to deconstruct and rebuild the vision you have for your life. 


giving voice to values

by Mary C. Gentile

How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, colleagues, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite? Giving Voice to Values is an engaging, innovative, and useful guide that is essential reading for anyone in business.

Why we love it: You get to unlock the simple secret to living your values: identifying and dissecting the situations where you already do.


big magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic asks us to embrace our curiosity. It shows us how to tackle what we most love & face down what we most fear, discussing the attitudes, approaches, & habits to help us live our most creative lives.

Why we love it: Big Magic reminds us that if we are human, we are creative & that we don't have to call ourselves "an artist" to invite a little creativity into our daily lives.


show your work

by Austin Kleon

A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion, Show Your Work! is the followup to Austin's New York Times bestselling guide to creativity, Steal Like An Artist.

Why we love it: What could be better than 10 ideas for sharing your creativity and getting discovered.

If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, then you’ve launched too late.
— Reid Hoffman



the ivy podcast

The IVY Podcast offers life-changing advice from the most inspiring leaders shaping our world today. With fascinating conversations covering entrepreneurship, social impact, policy, the arts, and more, The IVY Podcast is an invaluable resource for lifelong learning and growth.


the future of work podcast

The Future of Work is a weekly show where futurist and best-selling author Jacob Morgan has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work. Each episode explores a new topic and features a special guest. Why is the world of work changing? How is work changing and what do you and your organization need to do about it?


successful dropout with kylon gienger

Successful Dropout is the only podcast in the world that features weekly interviews with inspiring and successful people who dropped out of school to pursue their business, idea or dream job. Get actionable advice on how to create your own path and succeed in business and in life without a college degree.


future u podcast

In Future U, co-hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn discuss what’s next for #highered and talk with the newsmakers in the academy and the Ed Tech industry you want to hear from most. If you’re curious about the future of colleges, learning, and human capital this is a podcast you won’t want to miss.


1-3-20 podcast with daniel pink

In each episode of the 1-3-20 Podcast, #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink selects 1 important book, asks its author 3 key questions (What’s the big idea? Why should I care? What should I do?), and wraps it all up in under 20 minutes.

Instead of wondering when your next vacation will be, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
— Seth Godin



50+ collaborators, thinkers, and doers helping you every step of the way, our mentors come from backgrounds as different as conservation, technology, and education


david bornstein

NYT Journalist, Founder, Solutions Journalism Network

David is a veteran journalist and a co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network

Kate Otto

Physician & Author

Kate is a resident physician, non-fiction author, and global health professional; her purpose transcends a single profession. You'll learn how to build a deeper connection that impacts you and the world.

Neil Blumenthal

Co-founder and CEO, Warby Parker

Neil is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
— Amelia Earhart



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