Ed Cotton curated an impressive group of talented folks and gave them the assignment of sharing inspiration in a five-minute format. They were also asked to invite two others to do the same. Essentially, it was a day of experiencing first-hand~ all the best links from your friends and influencers.
How it played
Fast-paced introductions to projects, collaborations and other labors of love, fantastic group exercises, visual art & storytelling.
Good Things Are Afoot~beyond the magazine, we have all sorts of tools and ways to be forces for good.
Madison Mount, IDEO, discussed the importance of standing for something good in the face of many, many choices and a populace that is increasingly thinking contextually. Mount cited Newman's as an example of how to answer metaissues with the brand.
Kanyi Maqubela, field director of Virgance, described the power of the mob as a force for social good. Virgance is a platform for social activism that has worked with Carrot Mob and One Block Off The Grid. Read more about their collaborations here.
Emily Piloton discussed Project H Design is a non-profit coalition that finds design solutions to problems such as the hippo roller transporting water in Africa, teaching math through playground design in underserved populations in Africa and the U.S..
Jennifer Pahlka from O'Reilly discussed the spirit of internet citizenship. Pahlka encouraged urged us to frequently consider what would a citizen do? Pahlka also suggested that brands begin behaving like citizens.
Paul Kim, Mozilla, reminded us that everyone of us has the opportunity to be a student and a teacher. Kim shared some ways Mozilla has enabled participation. A couple of highlights jotted in my notebook:
Strive to make everyone feel included.
Make it easy for your community to do the easy things.
Allow people to do more.
Enjoy Paul Kim's deck "Three stories about participation"
"We all have invisible rules. Always question those. Always look for them." Gary Hirsch from On Your Feet
Gary Hirsch lead an interesting exercise demonstrating the power and role of the audience in storytelling. Hirsch suggested that in order to engage audiences we do less work, by providing ways to co-create with them.
During the Q & A an audience member asked if there is an overemphasis on being unique?
The answer was an emphatic Yes.
Speaking of Yes. We heard about the power of the word from Chris Barden and Jelly Helm. Chris focused on the power of collaboration when he shared that quite possibly the most inspirational two words are: "Yes, and..."
Jelly's call to action was to judge less. embrace limits. be not afraid. be open. forgive and love. His blog post on the day.
Chris's wife, artist Doris Mitsch contrasted the yes men with her story of saying NO. She took us through a difficult period of feeling blocked as a painter to the beautiul photograpy she is now creating (see photo credit below).
I enjoyed Jeben Berg's YouTube tips and examples. With 15 hours of video being uploaded to youtube every minute, we can all use pointers on how to stand out.
Here are some of Berg's suggestions & reminders for creating successful videos::
~It's not about technology. It's about trust.
~be who you are: enter the conversation organically.
~be thick-skinned: dove evolution eventually embraced the hijacks (after first resisting them)
~don't tease: build with the intent to deliver something phenomenal. over and over.
~create a competition: by our nature we are compete with others. Show people where to play. There is an audience for everything.
~be addicted to love: strike the heart. it will be shared. we love to forward emotion.
~be self-contained: make content that can live on its own.
~think low-fidelity/high concept
"Elevate the writer in all of your work...design means nothing without narrative." - Chris Riley of Apple
Chris Riley, shared the poetry of Ted Hughes and spoke emphatically about the importance of the narrative.
Marieka van Der Poel confirmed the importance of the story in her presentation on trends. But it did not require the talents of a trend forecaster to sum it up. Every presentation in its unique way demonstrated the power of narrative and how it can inspire.
Much, much more happened but these are a few of my selected nuggets. Beyond the quality of the presentations was the great conversation in the line for the women's restroom (there's a simple design challenge for all of you), during the lovely lunch and at the party hosted by Flamingo at The Tipsy Pig.
The day exceeded my expectations and I am again thankful to everyone at BSSP who made it happen. Especially Mr. Cotton. Respect.
Related: Cotton shared 10 themes coming out of Influx Curated.
photo credit: Spring B from Doris Mitsch website.