After playing with how to think out loud / share / build community with all the tools we have at hand, I've come to this, the blog will get richer in content for thinking and sharing. I talk alot about cultural and creative themes in class and this will be my place to archive those. Facebook will be quick shares of an array of readings and cool stuff as I've been doing for the last few months. Twitter is for short bursts and retweeting smart stuff from others. Delicious and Zotero (sort of social) are for organizing. I just know you needed to know that.
And so, the three things I know as I sit here and finally make good (or actually better...I've just been flinging it out there and this organizes the process) are three smart concepts, all of them handed to me yesterday. It was "watch out for hidden messages" day as I sat through meetings, ran errands. I want to make them more apparent in my life.
SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING TO BE, NOT WHERE IT'S BEEN. A Wayne Gretsky paraphrase, this gem should be embroidered on pillows, tattooed on foreheads all over j-schools and the media professions. Doing that -- even now, when the future acts much more like a golden snitch than a hockey puck -- will assure our success. How do we anticipate where things will be? How do we teach and learn and hire for next year rather than last year? How do we take the leap, change things up, give others the lift to do the same? I look at Victors & Spoils and what it probably took to get them there. Jay Chiat would approve.
MORE WAG LESS BARK. Really, get along and make things happen together. Even if you're in the midst of discussion and change, it works better to have the teamsmanship model rather than the bitching+moaning approach. I've done both. B+M not only cuts energy, it stops progress and when I do it, I know things will spiral. This is not to say love is all we need and skip along, but does make the case for a roll-up-your-sleeves approach. When combined with bravery and taking a stand, you have magic.
THINK GLOBAL, BUY LOCAL. Works for potatoes and sunflowers (have you been to a farmer's market lately? talk about real stuff...wow), but it also stands for working relationships. We look to thought leaders and icons for inspiration, but the real stuff comes in the hallways and what we do there. How do we invest in our people and build that to make better thinkers? It also means we can't define ourselves by the budget or the title, something I've learned from watching some of the best creative thinkers in the world do their stuff.
Back to work.