This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!
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:
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