Art & Design
... and it's another deviantArt.com contest, this time for the crafty peeps. Click on the link on the image above to find out more, I checked out the two entries so far and they are really cool. Good Luck
This time, I'm straying from the reommended books genre a bit to include a documentary film and a novel based on the tech/ social network boost (dare we call it a bubble?). In my experiene it is always a good idea to change things up a bit and keep an eye out for different sources - especially if you're doing background research and looking for inspiration for a project you are working on. Enjoy!
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow is an exciting kind of novel: tech-drama, economy-dystopia, digital science fiction, and collaboration business in action. It takes co-lab to a syndicate, corporate level, and it at the same time examines society on all levels and shows us the winners and losers of this upturn of the traditional institutions and employers. There is a new generation taking over the business desert of the dot.com/ recession aftermath: Small inventor outfits equipped with masses of junk left-over from the throw-away glory days and legions of 3D-printers.
And let's face it, who wouldn't love the awesome (and sometimes pointless) inventions of Perry and Lester? A hoard of Elmos collectively driving a car? A ginormous mechanical calculator that adds Barbie/ Ken doll heads and dispenses MMs? How cool is that! Meantime Suzanne, the journalist turned blogger, is there to chronicle the unfolding events through fame, fortune, and chaos of the big businesses fighting back against decline.
If you have even a cautious, tentative foot in the small start-up business world today you know that rapidly evolving technology is enabling new entrepeneurs to open their store, restaurant, business, with tools formerly reserved for big business (such as smart phone credit card processing and accounting). But one of the key aspects of this movement is the collaboration of many individuals into groups and movements that build the support structure and flexability to compete with the giants of the business world.
Cory Doctorow is taking the trends of tech and business ecology today and amplifies them to a wild, exciting story of evolving economy, and ultimately, of people.
"Meet the Author
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the science fiction novels Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, as well as two short story collections. He is also the author of young adult novels including the New York Times bestselling Little Brother and For the Win. His novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He is co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing, and has been named one of the Web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum." (author bio from BarnesandNoble.com )
For the writers among my friends who have a soft spot and a knack for spooky stories - this will be right up your alley! Clive Barker is doing a collaboration project on deviantArt to come up with the ultimate crowd-sourcing story. Right on time for Halloween 'season', you can submit your versions of how the story should continue chapter by chapter; and fans of the author of cult horror books such as "Cabal", "Books of Blood", "Imajica" and movie adaptaions such as "Hellraiser" and "The Midnight Meat Train" sure have to be giddy about this amazing opportunity to work with him.
'Nuff said, check out the deviantArt page on the contest/project and break out your pencils, notpads, laptops (or whatever brings out your creative genius) and think of something scary. All rules, deadlines, and prologue are detailed there. Good Luck! CJ
TEDx City 2.0 Urban Inspiration is about to start, and they have a live stream going today: https://new.livestream.com/tedx/TEDxHonolulu . By coincidence, they organized this amazing event just as I am trying to work with the social context of the cultural whole and the individual in modern life. Really looking forward to this! :)
Are You a Connector, a Maven, or a Salesman?
Continuing my book recommendations on the theme of Social networks, this is the next publication on the subject. Sometimes, especially when it takes a long time to finish the project, it helps to see other people's vision on the matter. It gives you new inspiration, new wind to work harder on your piece - unfortunately, I just keep getting more and more new ideas that I don't have time to start...
"The Tipping Point" (2002) by Malcolm Gladwell focuses on the people and circumstances that make a trend, news, video, or quite literally a disease, go viral. It is very much in the same theory strand that works with the "small world" network law and all about the group dynamics, the specific kinds of person, and the circumstances it takes to spread an idea/product/virus. And some of the theories about group and social dynamics (like the Law of 150) should also be very interesting to companies or groups striving for a perfect work environment ideal to innovation and team work.
Gladwell manages to take a number of many unrelated seeming facts and examples, and applies his Three Rules of Epidemics to explain the trendiness of one or the unattractiveness of another. At the same time , he manages to be very entertaining as well.
And when it comes to movers and shakers: Are you a Connector, a Maven, or a Salesman?
"Malcolm Gladwell is a former business and science writer at the
Washington Post. He is currently a staff writer for The
Business Week: "...an imaginative...treatise that's likely...to generate some buzz...it's hard not to be persuaded by Gladwell's thesis. Not only does he assemble a fascinating mix of facts in support of his theory...but he also manages to weave everything into a cohesive explanation of human behavior. What's more, we appreciate the optimism of a theory that supports, as another pundit once called it, the power of one...there's little doubt that the material will keep you awake..."
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.