Category Archives: Creativity

The Amateur

Steven Pressfield in his new book Turning Pro creates a graphic image of the amateur. Here he is. Maybe you know him? The amateur repeats himself without progress. He is the master of lots of the same. He is narcissistic … Continue reading

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A Great Idea for Our Time

I have never on this blog simply posted a link to something because it speaks for itself so beautifully that I would not touch it along its way. I wish there were a way of bringing the day featured in this … Continue reading

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Why Join and Why Stay?

Robert Kraut and Paul Resnick, of Carnegie-Mellon and University of Michigan respectively, are prominent scholars who specialize in research-supported principles for designing communities that rely on voluntary participation. These scholars are experts on questions like how best to induce members to … Continue reading

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A Slight Disappointment

Most of my readers know that I study communities that explore ideas and undertake creative action. That research includes case studies of a variety of promising models, both online and brick-and-mortar, that might be considered and shared as prototypes for vital creative communities. … Continue reading

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A Welcome Change

The artistic directors of the upcoming Sydney Biennial (June to September, 2012) describe the shifting focus of the professional artist of our time in contrast to his counterpart in the last century. Here is an excerpt from the vision statement for that Biennial: We are … Continue reading

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Duration as a Design Feature

One of the first considerations for a professional who designs learning communities is the issue of duration.  In particular, is the community intended to be short term, what designers call provisional, like a one-off situated learning encounter or a temporary project team? … Continue reading

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What Is Intuition?

One of the cornerstones of popular culture and behavior in modern times is a profound belief in intuition. Regardless of how much, or how little, information or experience a person has in a particular area, it is common to hear people … Continue reading

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