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Creatives & The Hope Economy: What Do We Do Now?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Creatives & The Hope Economy: What Do We Do Now?

Ideas are cheap and plentiful and offered like opinions at a political rally. Talent is everywhere, making us indignant that those with it aren’t better off. Yet companies aren’t looking for talent so much as marketable talent nor ideas so much as marketable solutions. Marketable mediocrity is preferred over unmarketable brilliance or talent with low ROI. So should we be appalled when creativity is harvested like feed corn as soon as the network bandwidth (see “The Long Tail”) is wide enough to sift it as though panning for gold?

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“Do It Because You Like It” – Dan Pink

Monday, September 14, 2009

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Our default is to be risk reluctant and to think things through to a logical end with no deviation from task. We narrow our purpose and use our craftiness to get to the finish line as fast and as free from criticism as possible – we go with what we know when under pressure. Perform with all eyes on you and you’ll do what it takes not to fail, together with relying on a tested formula for success. ----> In his TED video presentation, Dan Pink gives an outstanding presentation – argument if you will – for what science asserts truly motivates us. Dan explains that there is a mismatch between what science shows and what business does. Business wants innovation, yet motivates us to be formulaic with a narrow view of problem solving.

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Neil Young and a video interview by Charlie Rose

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Like his work or not, Neal Young is fearlessly devoted to his creativity. He does what he wants without looking back to check for followers. He is singularly devoted to his creativity; it's his life not his work. He doesn’t think about being different so that his work is easily marketable. Instead, he is genuine and protects his authenticity, therefore he’s different.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Video on the Origins of Creativity

Friday, August 7, 2009

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In this Video from the TED Conference this year, Author of Eat, Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has this fun take on the origins of our creativity and a great way to conquer the fear.

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Master of Your Domain

Thursday, July 9, 2009

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I’ve been reading “Ignore Everybody” written by Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com fame. He’s a creative dude with a quirky style who is profound in his discourse but disguises it well in a defiant “fuck you” attitude.

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The Original Permission to Suck – August 2005

Monday, September 18, 2006

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I'm not sure why writer's block is so notorious. Is the profession filled with vociferous whiners? Do they get creative block more than others, more than musicians, artists, web designers, research scientists, strategic planners, or Fortune 500 Marketing Directors?

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What Makes Me Creative?

Monday, September 18, 2006

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"My 8 year old son is so creative he's going to be an artist." How many times have you heard that? Naïve art – young children are natural at it. It's the first rain in the desert, new run-off paths are spontaneously created; the water forges streams where there were none. An 8 year old discovers crayons uninhibited by life experience, ego, and deadlines. Nearly every connection is a new one. She hasn't yet learned how not to be creative.

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