Another thought from the Workshop Open Mic event, this graph shows what happens when you share your creations. Consider the initial path: you’re certainly improving over time, but it’s so slow compared to what it could be. The dots where the path changes is each time you share your creations. In the context of the event, we were at the first dot. If we gave participants another 30 minutes to refine and improve after the first share, their workshop would get so much better. If we repeated that four, five, or maybe six times they’d be approaching readiness for a fairly large audience.
We recently hosted an event called “Workshop Open Mic.” The goal of this was to show participants that you need remarkably little time to prepare. It’s obvious that no preparation yields poor quality, but it’s less obvious that having nearly infinite time doesn’t improve the quality *that* much. In this event we had the goal of getting participants close to the inflection point at that dotted line. We estimated this point would be about 30 minutes of prep time.
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.