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Selected By: Seth G.

Alley NYC

500 7th Ave - 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018 (map)

Selected by: Michael G.

Message from The Icarus Sessions (organized by Seth Godin):

The Icarus Sessions are a challenging new way to bring your art forward. Not to make a sales pitch, not to get customers or patrons, but to find the courage to stand up and say, "here, I made this."

A presentation at an Icarus Session is 140 seconds long. You can go shorter, but not a second longer. You can use slides, or handouts, or even better, just bring your enthusiasm. Videotape it if you like.

The assignment: Tell the group about your art. What have you created? What frightened you? What matters?

Check out the principles of the Icarus Session before you come: and be sure to contact the organizer if you're hoping to speak.

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  • Gail M.'s Photo

    I went to this meetup last night and I want to thank everyone who "shared" their art. I almost didn't go because I had a lousy day yesterday and I live about an hour outside the city, but I pushed myself and glad I did. It changed my mood and buoyed my spirits. Thanks Seth for this idea and Michael for doing a great job of hosting. For everyone in attendance who wanted to know more about my project http://www.openingoureyesmo...­

    Posted by Gail M. January 3, 2013
    • Phil O.'s Photo

      Hi Gail. Just watched the trailer - what an inspiring project with excellent photography. Please let us know when you have a screening in New York. Is there anything this Icarus crowd can do to help make that happen? Sure we would all be inspired by seeing it. P

      Posted by Phil O. January 3, 2013
    • Julie V.'s Photo

      The trailer is gorgeous! Thanks for introducing it to us. Those really bad days get turned on their head when you come out to events like this. :)

      Posted by Julie V. January 3, 2013
    • Gail M.'s Photo

      Thanks much for your kind comments. I have learned from one of the subjects in my film, that "we all have to shine each other up". These meetups enable that.
      Phil in response as to what the Icarus crowd can do to help - it could be as simple as "liking" our FB page­.
      As far as screenings in the NY area - I'm working on it and any updates will be on the website­

      Posted by Gail M. January 3, 2013
  • Bill B.'s Photo

    Great projects, all...! You can learn more about mine at www.BikemanThe911TheatricalExp­ Show's going up in March downtown near Ground Zero. Sign up at website for updates.

    Posted by Bill B. January 3, 2013
  • Ben R.'s Photo

    Thanks again for putting this together, it was great! I forgot to pass around the DVD I made / give it to anyone who wanted a copy. If you want an audio only version of my comedy album you can download it here:­

    Posted by Ben R. January 3, 2013
    • Phil O.'s Photo

      Hi Ben. Good to meet you last night - just watched the six minute video on you site, excellent (recommended to all!!). I'll definitely come along to watch your show this month - and would love to meet your mom (scary!)!!! P

      Posted by Phil O. January 3, 2013
    • Julie V.'s Photo

      The video on the homepage is hilarious! :D

      Posted by Julie V. January 3, 2013
  • Michael G.'s Photo

    Hi All. The Icarus Session will be tomorrow (January 2nd) at Alley NYC - 500 7th ave, 17th floor.
    The venue will be charging $10 per person and wine will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

    Posted by Michael G. January 1, 2013
    • Jeremy D.'s Photo

      Hi Michael - Thanks for organizing this great event tonight! What is the link to complete our information so it can be distributed to the group?

      Posted by Jeremy D. January 3, 2013
    • Michael G.'s Photo

      The form to submit your information is online here -­

      For those that are interested, we'll be holding this meetup at The Alley again next month (date TBD). This way, the group can keep each other accountable on their goals and what they have shipped.

      I'll be emailing everyone the link to the document at 5pm. If you have entered your info and would like to be removed, just let me know.

      Posted by Michael G. January 3, 2013
  • Julie V.'s Photo

    I didn't have any cards to hand out on my documentary film on my grandmother, so here's the link: The Kickstarter campaign will launch in a few days. Thanks so much to those who expressed support!

    Posted by Julie V. January 2, 2013
  • Howard G.'s Photo

    Hi y'all. Thanks for a fun evening. Several people expressed interesting in trying out Eatoni Triage and giving it a 5 star rating (baring emetic effect). The link is:­

    Posted by Howard G. January 2, 2013
  • Natalie N.'s Photo

    I was able to make this afternoon's event and as always, left inspired by Seth and all the artists and innovators in the room! If you were there, I'm the (seasoned) mom who serves rookie moms in crisis, and asked the question about overcoming obstacles about marketing and selling your products if YOU are your art. I RSVP'd that I would attend tonight, but unfortunately I won't be able make it. Hope to meet more of you soon! Meanwhile, fly higher Comrades and Change Agents!

    Posted by Natalie N. January 2, 2013
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    • Natalie N.'s Photo

      Hi Holly, Sorry we didn't connect personally but here's my art, what I made and what I do:, and my email address is [masked] if you want to connect. Feel free to connect on FB or Twitter, or whatever you prefer. Who are you and what's your art, or the dream of what you want to do?

      Posted by Natalie N. January 2, 2013
    • Robert C.'s Photo

      Thanks Natalie, I'll check it out!

      Posted by Robert C. January 2, 2013
  • Robert C.'s Photo

    I also attended Seth's talk today. It was great, as he always is. Really looking forward to reading the book. I signed on to attend tonight but had to change my plans, as I see many others did. I'm not ready to speak yet anyway, so looking forward to attending a future session.

    Posted by Robert C. January 2, 2013
  • Alia T.'s Photo

    I enjoyed Seth's presentation this afternoon, too. Sadly I am not able to make it tonight :(. Jealous of all of you. Have a great time!

    Posted by Alia T. January 2, 2013
  • Pilar V. A.'s Photo

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. I am stuck at work. I hope to make the next one. I hope it's a great night for everyone!

    Posted by Pilar V. A. January 2, 2013
  • Holley M.'s Photo

    This afternoon's session with Seth was amazing. I unfortunately will no longer be able to attend this evening but do hope that this becomes a monthly event so that I can meet you all in the future. Enjoy tonight's session, everyone!

    Posted by Holley M. January 2, 2013
  • Andrew M.'s Photo

    Suddenly rescheduled webinar now conflicts, so my regrets. Will look forward to connecting with everyone next time.

    Posted by Andrew M. January 2, 2013
  • Douglas's Photo

    Unfortunately I am not going to make it tonight, but hope to come in the future.

    Posted by Douglas January 2, 2013
  • Howard G.'s Photo

    Not clear: will there be a computer/screen for showing powerpoint,keynote or whatever?

    Posted by Howard G. January 2, 2013
  • Phil O.'s Photo

    Just enjoyed a couple of hours listening to Seth - inspiring. Will have a coffee and polish my 140 secs of art! Looking forward to tonight. P

    Posted by Phil O. January 2, 2013
  • Andrea Y.'s Photo

    Can't make it tonight but I have a question. Is it okay to attend if you are not ready to share your project? I'm still in the early stages. Thanks and have fun tonight.

    Posted by Andrea Y. January 2, 2013
  • DCW's Photo

    I guess the venue just decided to charge at the last minute.

    Posted by DCW January 2, 2013
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    • Keni F.'s Photo

      Hi, will everyone who wishes be able to give their 140 second presentation? It sounds like that's the whole point, but it isn't clear... thanks.

      Posted by Keni F. January 2, 2013
    • Michael G.'s Photo

      There are 21 submissions right now. So everyone should be able to go.

      Posted by Michael G. January 2, 2013
  • Juan Manuel Mosiño D.'s Photo

    Hello everyone!! I made a video of 100 seconds (in Spanish) for my presentation tomorrow... If you speak spanish could you please take a look and give me your comments? Your help will be highly appreciated! You can take a look to my 100 seconds video at­

    Posted by Juan Manuel Mosiño D. January 1, 2013
  • Natalie N.'s Photo

    I'm looking forward to connecting with you and meet at the Icarus sessions. I would like to apply to speak but am confused about who to send my application to. The organizer of this meet-up?
    Please let me know if you know!

    Posted by Natalie N. December 27, 2012
  • Alia T.'s Photo

    SO Excited about attending this!

    Posted by Alia T. December 18, 2012
  • The Icarus Sessions (organized by Seth Godin)'s Photo

    343 towns, villages and cities are signed up so far for the first Icarus Session.

    The challenge now is for every person who is signed up to find two friends or colleagues to sign up as well... time to whisper and get the word out.


    Posted by The Icarus Sessions (organized by Seth Godin) December 15, 2012
  • Jay S.'s Photo

    Hi Friends, Just to share

    I have setup a Facebook group for all the Icarus Sessions to share ideas, information and help. This can be connecting point on a global scale to further explore the ideas.­

    Posted by Jay S. December 11, 2012
  • Michael G.'s Photo

    I'll check with the alley to see if the venue is available

    Posted by Michael G. December 5, 2012
    • Phil O.'s Photo

      Hi Michael. I'm in New York (from the UK) for 2 months with time on my hands - happy to help with any of the set up, etc. Cheers. P

      Posted by Phil O. December 5, 2012
    • Rob's Photo

      Glad to help out if you need - I'm around for a couple of weeks.

      Posted by Rob December 6, 2012
  • Michael G.'s Photo

    If you are interested in attending and sharing, please fill out this form -­

    Posted by Michael G. December 5, 2012
    • Pascale K.'s Photo

      hello michael. i submitted the form you requested and am hoping to speak. please let me know how i can make that happen. thanks!

      Posted by Pascale K. December 6, 2012

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