So, friends, every day do something that won't compute~Wendell Berry
Creative Conference 2009Again I traveled to Portland for another opportunity to listen, be inspired and observe the talents of a creative community that is distinct from my own. So it was, that my Saturday morning began by thinking about accelerating change with Dan Wieden.
As society begins to awaken to the exponential growth of information technology, our most valuable asset is the ability to lead a creative life. This is the hypothesis put forth by Mr. Wieden.
Yes, but how do you do it?Share some of your magic Dan. And he does. He tells the stories and rolls the film.Having the freedom to fail is the key, he says. He says that he subscribes to the notion that children should be praised for making mistakes rather than for their knowledge. He shares his past demand: Fail three times.And this idea, oft expressed at W + K, that while you were sleeping the world you knew changed. Today your job is to find out how.Later, as he recited from a recent creative brief, a gorgeous manifesto for Levi's current Go Forth Campaign, I was moved to imagine how I might do more.