While updating on the status of a program we were looking at innovating as well as generally ideating, Dylan mentioned this one person he had been talking. After Dylan had explained most of the situation, he and I came to exactly opposite conclusions, but that’s irrelevant. Needless to say, he’s an awkward dude at times.
In Too Deep
This is may be a more controversial one. Stemming from my experiences in how my professors–people who push the boundaries of human knowledge in very specific subjects–act, I gather that one can become very entrenched in the way things are or the way things work. Someone who knows literally nothing about a subject doesn’t know the bounds at all, and can’t necessarily appreciate the creative ideas for what they are. Those who see the boundaries, but aren’t nearly as entrenched in the subject can appreciate creative ideas for what they are, while having the openness to seriously consider them.
Trending on the Blog
After seeing enough articles written using phrases like “people are saying” or “the internet wants,” I’m starting to believe that for something to be trending, a few people have to have already been saying it’s trending, well before it’s actually trending. I’m not saying that having content go organically viral is impossible, but it’s certainly not the rule. Maybe since I’ve titled this post the way I have, it’ll actually start trending.
Sometimes the sweet-spot is a necessity. Somewhat surprisingly, when there’s almost zero noise, I’m unable to focus–not dissimilar to when there’s overbearing noise. Too much silence–especially artificially created silence is a little creepy–makes me hyper aware of my surroundings, same as loud noises. The sweet spot seems to be somewhere close to the natural sounds of a room, possibly with some relatively quiet music in the background.
Make an Agenda
The unpredictabilities of creativity are an amazing thing, but to respect people’s time, it’s important to schedule it that way. It’s beyond frustrating when a meeting wanders aimlessly because no one took a few minutes to figure out the agenda as to not waste everyone else’s time.
Drawn in the run of “sweet-spot” graphs I did a few weeks ago, there are distinctly sharp changes in my desire to go outside–usually where my main range of clothing is insufficient, ex. needing to put on more than about three heavy layers or when a t shirt and gym shorts is still too hot. By analogy, you can definitely operate in any space outside of where you’re most prepared, but desire to do so and by extension effectiveness is vastly reduced.
In trying to teach as well as running workshops, students consistently seem to learn better from doing rather than hearing or seeing. This can be attributed to a lot of things, but an interesting possibility is the effort required. Learning from doing is far more of an active process than alternatives, which potentially increases the students’ sense of ownership over the material.