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By Chanpory Rith

Video: Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration by Clay Shirky.

How-to: New life for Ikea's Urban Chairs

Materials: Sunbleached Ikea Urban Chair, Penetrol Description: Need to bring your Ikea Urban chairs back to life? Try a Scotchbrite and Penetrol (then protect with 303 Aerospace Protectant). On a lark, I remembered what magic Penetrol did for Eames fiberglass chairs, so I gave it a try on these Urbans. First, clean well and "exfoliate" the seriously ashy bits with a Scotchbrite.

Ikea fabric as a canvas

Materials: Saralisa fabric b/w, acrylic paint, stretcher bars Description: For me the hardest part of painting is the drawing, since I'm not that good at it I decided to use Ikea's fabric as a canvas with stencil. I just bought the stretcher bars and all the tools needed like a special stapler and the fabric grip.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #34

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This past week, Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, likely due to health reasons.

Expedit with stripped-painted finish doors

Materials: Expedit, plywood sheathing, acrylic paint, acrylic protector, handles, hinges, screws Description: In my case I bought the Expedit to use as an extension of the kitchen cabinet since we didn't have a lot of storage space for dinnerware. The problem was that the dust was covering all the plates and glasses so I decided we need to cover some of the shelves.

Self Trust is the Powerhouse to Regaining Control of Your Life

Self trust is often overlooked yet it is the most powerful virtue we have. In order to succeed in anything we must possess this ability. Otherwise we are living through someone else. When we trust ourselves we are first of all keeping our power, as opposed to giving our power away to outside sources that we look to for the right answer.

Dinner With My Family #30: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Bell peppers are appearing by the dozen in neighborhood gardens, which means it’s time to figure out some great uses for them.

Announcing the Winners of the AoM Put Up Your Dukes Pose Contest

This year we ran our first ever AoM pose contest. We asked readers to submit a photo of themselves striking the pose of AoM’s symbol: John L. Sullivan putting up his dukes in oldtime fisticuffer fashion. We chose 7 finalists and then opened the contest up to voting by the public.

What Keeps You from Trusting Men?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M. Levine of BetterMen.org. I lead men’s groups. I’ve seen the obstacles men face in developing trusting relationships with other men. These obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. But what they have in common is their power to keep men stuck…right where they are.

Happiness Is...Being Back at Home.

Home again! No matter how much I enjoy a trip, I'm always very happy to be home. In the past, I often felt bad about my lack of a deep enthusiasm for traveling. Didn't my love of hanging around my own apartment show a lack of adventurousness, a limited curiosity about the world, a cramped sense of possibility?

You got the Besta me

Materials: Besta Cabinets, Framsta Panels, Tofta Doors, Inreda Drawers and Lights Description: I ordered a new HDTV and my wife and I weren't going to be satisfied with just putting it on a stand. So we did what we always do....go to IKEA and try to find a cool, modern solution. We'd been eyeing their Besta cabinets for a while, and always liked them.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Hot Water or the Microwave

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Vinyl lovers storage unit and DJ console

Materials: Expedit and Molger legs Description: Simple ! I took a 5 x 1 Expedit, put it on its side and installed some 10 inch Molger cabinet legs (they go beyond the back a few inches). The key to this hack is reinforcement. When I use an Expedit I always put it together with wood glue. Makes a huge difference.

Review of Firepole Marketing’s Online Marketing Course

Firepole Marketing Course Online courses make me nervous. There, I’ve said it.

Workspace of the Week: Gracefully organized

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Gayle’s armoire office: There are so many wonderful things about Grace’s office. The most amazing thing about it is that the entire office can fold up and completely disappear. Second, everything is contained, nothing is out cluttering up the workspace. Third, everything is well labeled.