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The Great Patreon Debacle, and What it Means for Independent Creators

I’ve raptly followed the recent Patreon controversy, eager to understand why one of the lifeblood services of so many independent creators inadvertently alienated and infuriated the very creators and patrons they serve. How did this happen? What does it mean for creators? What Went Wrong in Patreonland A few weeks ago Patreon suddenly announced an […]

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My Gift to You: A Bounty of Billion-Dollar Business Ideas

One night not so very long ago, my self-imposed daily writing word count goal loomed. But I was feeling like a sleepy dumb rhinoceros, and didn’t know what to write about. So, I decided to play a game. It worked like this: J would prompt me with problems — potential gold mines of of disruption […]

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Creativity Storytelling Writing

Intersection of Fiction and History

Fiction and reality often intersect in interesting, surprising ways. Actual events merge with the imagined; invented stories draw on and feed back into history. In many ways they’re obviously distinct and identifiable; in other cases differentiation becomes impossible. Such relationships and dichotomies — experience versus invention, reality versus invented stories — came vividly to mind […]

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Creativity Education

Giving and Taking Shape

On the incarnations of a side project and evolution of an idea: how I’ve conceived, reconceived and re-reconceived “Antilibraries”. This is the ongoing story of a project I’m working on, Antilibraries. It’s a look at how such projects can be containers for continued exploration of personal interests that are deeply felt, but also still coming […]

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Creativity Education Reading

Everyone Needs an Antilibrary!

Antilibrary. It’s a strange word; a strange idea. I first came across it in Black Swan, where Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes Umberto Eco’s massive library of 30,000+ volumes, many of them unread. These unread books, Eco’s antilibrary, embody the potential energy of knowledge, of books and reading and learning. Their value lies not in what […]

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Business Creativity Life

Jiro, Mastery, and Limitations: Philosophies on Work and Learning

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intimate portrait of mastery, an exploration of the practiced art and craft of one of the world’s best sushi chefs, through the lens of his daily routine and philosophy of training and practice. In many ways, it’s about asymptotically approaching perfection, and the process of constant learning. Jiro’s approach towards training […]

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Creativity Writing

Writing 750+ Words a Day for 365 Days Straight

When I first set out to start a writing habit, I’d never consciously written on consecutive days, let alone kept a streak alive. What was The Thing that Finally Motivated me to Write Daily? A strange, delightfully masochistic thing called NaNoWriMo. This, too, was something I’d previously observed from afar. It’s a yearly event, a […]

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Creativity Life Media Technology

A Personal Niche, An Internet Cathedral, A Networked Empire

Some people — and no, not the .gif virtuosi that walk among us — really are winning the Internet, sitting several cuts above the rest with really outstanding, intriguing, thought-provoking online presences. Oh, how I aspire to their ranks! It isn’t just that they blog well, or post great links on social media, though both […]

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Field Guide to Phenomenal Creation (Learn Do Share #4)

The following is one of my two contributions to this year’s “Learn Do Share” project—a booksprint designed to document the incredible diy days, using a process of open collaboration, and distill the lessons learned to serve as a resource for anyone interested in applying design thinking, social innovation, storytelling, and collaborative creativity. For more, visit the Learn Do […]

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Emergent Creators, Emergent Economies (Learn Do Share #4)

The following is one of my two contributions to this year’s “Learn Do Share” project—a booksprint designed to document the incredible diy days, using a process of open collaboration, and distill the lessons learned to serve as a resource for anyone interested in applying design thinking, social innovation, storytelling, and collaborative creativity. For more, visit the […]

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Spirit Fingers: Gestural Art in Action with the Leap Motion

I received the Leap Motion a couple weeks back, and have had fun using it sporadically and testing out as wide a variety of apps as I can without breaking the bank. There’s an impressive lineup already available, from educational to music, games to random art/physics interactive visualization simulators—and more being released each week—so it’s […]

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Twofivesix Conference Notes

Below are my notes from the Twofivesix conference that took place in Brooklyn a few weeks back. I serendipitously discovered the conference via a tweet the morning of, and luckily was able to watch it via livestream and take notes at home. These notes are fairly comprehensive, though with a couple caveats (I missed the […]