How Informal Creative Communities Thrive

We have a loose and informal community of creatives. I try to be a part of the conversation and facilitate the discussion and the goal is the discussion guides us to a place of inspiration, hope, encouragement, and belonging. Gauging the effectiveness and reach of the community happens through feeling and anecdotal evidence. I just want to know it’s going somewhere positive.

Here are the challenges:

1. It’s mostly virtual and hardly face to face.
2. Many people with many different needs, wants, hopes.
3. It’s too easy to avoid being known in a digital community (a phrase I heard from the guy behind this).

This is how we can address these challenges:

1. Meet with people face to face who we connect with online.
2. Keep my interests and goals clear and focused so others with the same interests can connect.
3. Create space where people can tell their stories.

I want to begin addressing #3. The purpose is layered. While creating community by forcing people to make themselves known, we’re also struggling with a creative challenge. I want this to be a labor of love. In telling your story you’re creating something much larger than what you can see. You’re adding to “the stock of available reality.”

I will formally begin this venture after August, but I hope you’re subconscious begins thinking about your story.

On Wednesday Chris Hunter will be featured in the Bereshit Bara Creativity Series. Chris lives in Olympia Washington. He teaches science to people in the 8th grade. He eats one chocolate croissant per week and prefers cats over dogs. Although he didn’t write about it, he believes challenge and discomfort are catalysts for creativity, and that often these are delivered by fateful forces. So to this, he often succumbs.

I don’t know Chris, but one friend described him as the most creative person he knows. I hope to see you on Wednesday. If you check out the Podcast on iTunes you can hear the episode before Wednesday.

I usually add a few things in the Podcast that aren’t in the post. I’ll be featuring some posts from our creative community in the future podcasts as well.

Let me know in the comments what creative project you’re working on.

The Hybrid Economy and the Importance of Community to Commercial Properties

This is what I learned from a Charlie Rose interview with Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford and an author of a bunch of books. His latest is called Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.

Lessig explained that two economies exists on the internet. There are the commercial economies, which is the buying and selling of goods, and there are also the shared economies, where enormous value is produced mostly for free (ie. Wikipedia, Flickr, Facebook, etc.). It’s important for the commercial properties to show the proper respect for creativity produced in shared economies, giving it space where it can grow and create value to the commercial property.

I found the interview very interesting because I’m trying to pitch the idea of a shared economy for the business I work for. I think what is scary for the business is the new idea of a community being created within the shared economy. The key will be showing the business how important that community is to the commercial property. The other key will be to show how important it is to create a safe space that is also passionate about the business’ goals and focus.