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From TEDxUniMelb: For the last 10 years Will has been at the leading edge of web, design and storytelling. He writes university courses and teach/consult often on the same subject he does every day as a Director of Squareweave. The talk is a unique and succinct one on crowd sourcing, politics, social change and music piracy. · Watch video →
From Mark McGuinness at 99u: “There is really no prescription for creative work, I heard a writer say the other day that he sits down at the keyboard and the first thing he says to himself is ‘I don’t know.’” — Geoff Talbot
That writer sounds like a wise man to me. All too often, when we start work, we bring too much knowledge, too many preconceptions about how we expect the work to turn out. So many, in fact, that we end up cramping our imagination to fit our expectations, instead of allowing it to surprise us with something unexpected.
From The Heart of Innovation: Organizations want structures, maps, models, guidelines, and systems. On the other hand, that’s all too often the stuff that squelches innovation, driving it underground or out the door. True innovation is about allowing room enough for paradox to be a teacher and guide — and to accept, at least for a little longer than usual, ambiguity, dissonance, and discomfort — the age-old precursors to breakthrough.
By Guy Kawasaki at American Express Open Forum: Many people have explained what one can learn from Steve Jobs. But few, if any, of these people have been inside the tent and experienced first hand what it was like to work with him. I don’t want any lessons to be lost or forgotten, so here is my list of the top 12 lessons that I learned from Steve Jobs.
From Harvard Business Review: Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to manage, your firm will be mediocre at best. Suppressed creativity is a malign organizational tumour. Although every organization claims to care about innovation, very few are willing to do what it takes to keep their creative people happy, or at least, productive. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees?
From Tom Asacker: Every meaningful success comes through a messy, unpredictable process. It usually begins with curiosity. Moves quickly to data and information accumulation. Then right into trying things. And failing.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes. The good news is that this process invariably creates actual knowledge.
Researchers at Oxford University are working on technology that would let you ride in a self-driving car that’s partially controlled by an iPad. According to a report in Clean Technica, the RobotCar UK project is headed up by Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science.