Join us for a lively conversation on "Why does design matter?' Saturday, October 12, at 9 am ET at #ideachat on Twitter. Special guests: @shubush @cecilepoignant of @TrendTablet, @shellartistree and @soenaudio.
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How does color inspire your creativity? How does color drive trends?
According to trend expert, Cécile Poignant: "Color is for me everything: it's Life itself. We, as human being, have the chance to see the world in colors and this means a lot. It gives rhythm, feeling and emotion to everything around us: from our food to our home to our clothes…to the way we see other people. Color is completely linked to Trends.You have trendy color, color we love for a long time then we don't want them any more and we are tired of seeing them. There are cycle in our perception of colors, their meanings also change with time : black was the color of the widows and then came the color of elegance and chic with the LBD - little black dress-, later black was used by the Punk to express chaos & destruction. Color is one of the greatest keys to express creativity. To me color is always linked to material and will not exist without light and without shadow."
Sometimes it's not enough to just take a day off of work or get out of the city; we need to immerse ourselves in nature to access our full potential for creativity.
"After only 3 days immersed in nature, subjects displayed a 50% increase in creativity."
What role does nature play in your creativity? This is the topic for our July 13th #ideachat discussion. I asked one of my favorite artists, Holly Friesen, @holly59 on Twitter, to share her special relationship with nature that is the essence of her art and work:
“After 30 years of painting from close observation of the forests, rocks and rivers, I feel I am no longer observing the natural world around me but rather, in a reversal of roles, the natural world seems to be observing me. Direct and spontaneous brushstrokes become intuitive movements that follow breath and echo emotional responses to this living, breathing vitality. Through a dynamic energetic exchange I feel as though I am being held within an intelligent, sentient field that expresses itself through colors, shapes and movement. I am both humbled and awed by this process.
I learn what I need to know by painting. The more I paint the less separation there is between inner and outer ecologies which results in a linking of perceptions with the natural world where attempts to define or control are useless. For me, painting is like deep prayer awakening a reverence for the earth’s inner landscape; the image is in you and you are in the image. Painting is my breath, beauty my compass, and the earth my body.”
Leading up to the next #ideachat on Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a blog post here every day on some of the best new, and your favorite go-to, creativity tools.
If you have a modern app or favorite old skool creativity tool--including inspiring books or blogs--ping me @blogbrevity to guest post! (Just about 200-400 words with a photo, video or your own work of art!) Also follow the project @creativitytools on twitter.
In this video, Robert Moore gives us the scoop on Internet Media Labs' tool, "SeeSaw".
SeeSaw enables you to view your Twitter stream like an art gallery of photos! Imagine how the Twitter conversation may change and take on new perspectives as these images can be viewed simultaneously in a horizontal board? Trends will become more apparent for one!
Conversation Architects join #ideachat May 12th to discuss "The Future of Twitter Chats"
What type of Network Weaver are you? June Holley identifies four types of network weavers in her new "Network Weaver Handbook". This is Part 2 of my interview with June about "network weaving" for #ideachat April 14th.
"I think the most important skill for a network weaver is simply to be present with other people. What that means is that people are really listening to each other, they are asking questions that bring intelligence out of a person, and they are thinking about who they can connect that new person to..."
"In this new world, relationships are going to be more rewarding, more precious, and more valuable to us."
If you missed #ideachat, you can link to a transcript courtesy of BurrellesLuce Social Media Monitoring and Engagement solution. This archive is current and goes back to May 2011. Ideachat started in October 2010.
"Are we reawakening in education, in business, in society, and even, government, to the essential relationship between creativity and learning? What can we learn from designers, makers, builders, composers, creators to inform our understanding of learning and creativity?" Join us at #ideachat on Twitter, Saturday, February 11th at 9 am EST!
Bush imagines a more colorful future and dynamic new form factors. Putting anything on your body is an expression of who you are, and how you feel. Glasses started out as a purely medical device, but are now a style object – even for those who don’t need them. "We wear objects as adornment, to feel good," says Bush. Why not look at a neck brace or a walking stick in the same way?
#Ideachat is simple--a global discussion about “ideas.” A look at the power of ideas in a socially networked world. A salon for Twitter thinkers, creators, artists, scientists, analysts, writers, entrepreneurs, you! A convergence of connected minds, right, left or whole-brained. Held on the Second Saturday of every month at 9 am EST.
Photo of Wangling Soho Building by Zaha Hadid Architects
A Beijing building project by London-based architect Zaha Hadid – which was not even finished yet – was already being copied in Chongqing. “Hadid herself seems a little more relaxed about the use of her work, provided the results contain a certain amount of innovation, saying ‘that could be quite exciting.’” – Philippa Warr in “Architecture Pirates May Finish Copycat Building Before Original”
What effect does having your idea stolen have on your creativity?
“When the creative idea or design was stolen, the author’s dream was stolen too ... something that is part of that person has been stolen as well. It is their idea, and the solution that they found. It is something that came from within their mind and their being. What was created exists because the author exists and creates. It is the heart of what a creative person is, and after their creation is stolen, they are left with wreckage, and with anger and fear.” – Linda Rash Pilkington in “Everything Can Be Stolen”
“There are two ways that idea-stealing can involve fear. First, there’s the writer who’s so afraid that someone will steal his idea that he never shares any of his work. On the other hand, there’s the writer who is so afraid of unknowingly taking someone else’s idea that she never writes anything at all.” – Gabriela Pereira in “Idea-Stealing”
“For years now, I have seen a normal and essential part of the creative process going underground and it makes me sad and, sometimes, outraged. This normal and essential creative process is called claiming your lineage.” – Jen Louden in “Claim your Lineage Proudly or Why Stealing Other People’s Stuff has Got to Stop”
Is there such a thing as an original idea?
“There are no original ideas. There are only original people.” – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison.
“Great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
“Steal Like an artist.” – Austin Kleon
“I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist.” – Brian Eno.
“Sometimes I think everything I draw is just a combination of all of the millions and millions of drawings I’ve seen.” – Dash Shaw
Can ideas be owned?
“Share ownership of your ideas. The more people who lie awake in bed thinking about your idea, the better.” – Scott Belsky
“I don't want to hear ideas. I just want to see the execution.” – Derek Sivers
Join us for #ideachat with Jen Louden as our special guest on Saturday, May 11th at 9 am ET, and read her post:
Innovation writer Juliet Barbara highlights #ideachat in Forbes and describes the network potential of Twitter Chats. "Twitter, in its ideal state, is a liquid network. It brings disparate people, organizations and ideas together in a sort of “primordial soup” of idea creation and sharing. ... Because of the diverse group of people a Twitter chat can bring together in an open, “liquid” environment, there’s potential for those serendipitous connections that just may complete an idea."
This week we're beginning a new program of regular (bi-monthly) joint Twitter Chats between the good folks at #ideachat, hosted by the delightful and charming @blogbrevity aka Angela Dunn, and our very own innocats.
Angela has managed to snag @ValdisKrebs, the social network analysis superstar, to come visit with us and launch us into an exploration of networks and serendipity.
Below is the beginning of Angela's framing post ...
The first combination #ideachat + #innochat is Thursday, February 7th at 12 Noon ET. Join us and learn how to find serendipity in your network!
This is a guest post by David Hood, @davidahood of @doingsomegood , who will be the guest host for #ideachat on Saturday, August 11th at 9 am ET. He will be joined by @CDEgger as we discuss "Ideas for Social Good."
"If we are to solve these so called wicked problems then we need be addressing these issues systemically and working in new ways across sectors drawing from diverse disciplines for new approaches to cocreate innovative and effective solutions to transform our failing systems and institutions. As Einstein famously stated, 'We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.' And it might just be good business.
So what do we need to be doing differently, and how do we need to be thinking differently if we're to solve the grand challenges of our time? Where can we find ideas for social good and how might we best make them happen and have a positive impact?
Join us for this month's #ideachat where we'll explore ideas for social good - and the idea of social good. We will discuss how we can support the development of a global ecosystem to share, develop and implement ideas to transform community, culture and systems, and ideas that can help us build better futures for all, together."
This is Part 1 of my interview with Cecile Poignant of TrendTablet.com as we get ready to talk about "ideas for the future" at #ideachat on Twitter, Saturday, June 9th at 9 am ET . Follow @cecilepoignant and @trendtablet .
The above Prezi, "Innovators are Conversation Architects," is from my presentations on Twitter and curation in 2010 both at Realtime in New York and the IDEAGORAS conference for Healthcare Social Media in Madrid.
I saw that "curating" content around strategic hashtags could also become a powerful means of community-building and branding. I thought about the power an individual could have for innovation, and the many opportunities conversation architects could create with global hashtag conversations.
"What is the Future for Twitter Chats?" Join #ideachat, Saturday, May 12th at 9 am ET.
Francis Pedraza is the founder of Everest App and a self-described "agent of disruption" Francis hopes to inspire you to disrupt yourself along with investor Whitney Johnson and hacker Kevin Sakhuja at #ideachat, this Saturday, March 10th, from 9 am to 10 am EST on Twitter as we discuss "Ideas + Startups: Building Your Dream".
You will learn how to sell your idea to investors, create today's modern online pitch deck, and build your dream!