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Entrepreneurship for the Arts and the Creativity Economy

Posted by Plish on January 24, 2013

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Being an entrepreneur,  building a dream and sharing it with people requires nothing less than a healthy dose of creativity.   But this really informative blog post over at StartUpOwl (with some great resource links as well!) speaks of a creative economy and how important creativity is to the future of all industries and culture in general.

Think about it, the arts can help healing, build communities, and even start revolutions.  We don’t see it in the United States too often, but in many countries, the ‘bad guys’ that go to prison are artists, musicians and writers.

That’s the power of the arts and creativity!

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It’s horrible to end up in chains

 To die in captivity,

But it’s worse to be free

 And to sleep, and sleep, and sleep—

 And to fall asleep forever,

 And to leave no trace

 At all, as if it were all the same

 Whether you had lived or died!

 1845 – Taras Shevchenko, “Mynaiut’ dni, mynaiut’ nochi”

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What Color is Your….

Posted by Plish on January 18, 2013

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What color is your brand?

No, not the colors in the logo, but what color is your brand?  What is the color that authentically speaks and shares of its essence?

What color is your product?

No, not the color of the housing, but what color do people see when they look at your product? When they touch it? When they hear it? What color are the support services you offer? What colors emanate from your customers?

Do all those colors harmonize?

Pay attention…

Colors always speak their minds

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What colors do you live and breathe?

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E Pluribus Design – Some Thoughts on Co-Creation

Posted by Plish on January 11, 2013

My new friend, Sankar, the Founder of Younomy (and I do hope he considers me a friend as well!), sponsors a series of great interviews on innovation, social technology and co-creation.  I was extremely honored and humbled that he asked me to join the ranks of those interviewees.

My interview can be found here.

I also encourage you to check out Younomy’s blog. It’s a veritable gold-mine of articles on co-creation.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Please let me know your thoughts on the interview and on Co-creation in general.  I’m involved in a couple of exciting co-creative projects and I’ll share those as they launch.

Until then, live, love and create together.

 E Pluribus Design!

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Three Principles for a Creative, Innovative and Impactful 2013

Posted by Plish on January 4, 2013

I read this amazing little piece written by Steven Zuckerman.  Steven reflected on his experiences planning a celebratory event honoring the great musician and inventor, Les Paul.

It’s an extremely short piece and worth reading in its entirety.  It can however, be summarized in three short principles:

  1. “No one told me I couldn’t do it” – Steven Zuckerman
  2. Doing good things will touch people’s hearts and the results will reverberate like ripples on a pond.  (One of those ripples touched Paul McCartney.)
  3. “It wasn’t there and it should be.” – Les Paul

Think about it.

If you go through life, trying to touch people’s’ hearts with goodness…

If you’re bold enough to initiate new projects without needing permission…

If your eyes are open to needs and your hands ready to craft something to fill those needs…

Think about what you could accomplish!

Or better yet,

– stop thinking, start doing –

 

 

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