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Creative Generalist’s 2007 Round-Up

Posted on December 26th, 2007, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Another amazing year for generalist ideas and initiatives! Here’s a holiday sampling of some of my favourite posts from the last 12 months.

Gen C – Empowered, participative, and thriving on inter-relationships.

Seeing the Long ViewWho Killed the Electric Car?, The Long Emergency, The Upside of Down, and Lead or Get Out of the Way.

Plight of the Original Cross-Pollinators – Bees are dying and no one is really quite sure why.

Explosions in the Sky – 2007 was a good year for concerts – none better than this one.

The Right Place at the Right Time – Aussie onlookers are treated to a sunset, fireworks, lightning, and a comet – all at once.

The Ambidextrous Pitcher – Creighton’s Pat Venditte has a special pitch.

Do Schools Kill Creativity? – Sir Ken Robinson’s must-see TED presentation.

Fridge and Stove Stories – Miranda July wins my award for best book promo of the year.

Extra-environmental Man – The ‘Socrates of San Francisco’: Howard Gossage.

The No-Man’s Land Between Established Fields – The excellent introduction to Norbert Weiner’s “Cybernetics”.

Big PicturesRunning the Numbers and Manufactured Landscapes.

The Knowledge Web – An ambitious volunteer-run project with the goal of mapping out the time, space, and technology of human thought and experience for the purpose of facilitating broad inter-connected learning in education.

Poet Managers – “Poets are our original systems thinkers.”

Sketchy Art – Marvel at the Etch-a-Sketch master.

Rising Comedy StarsJo Koy and Variety Shac.

Drive and Curiosity – The two most important things to look for in a new hire.

Specialists and Generalists in 3D – Riffing on some great diagrams by Dave Gray.

The Single Most Important Leadership Skill – The emergence of “intersectional CEOs”.

Haiku Applecart – One clever gem of observation after another.

Outlearn and Outward – Consider a glance at external factors.

Everything is Miscellaneous – On David Weinberger’s book about intertwingularity, etc.

Specialized Places – Is the most important role of an urban planner essentially a generalist one that fosters cooperation and a synthesis of all the varied interests?

A Woman’s Touch – Handywomen take on construction.

Generalists Happier? – Why specialists are grumpy and generalists are happy.

Powers of Ten – The classic short film.

At the Palace – Louisville’s truly spectacular concert venue.

Dispatches from a few very inspiring eventsIdea Festival, BIF-3, and Open House NY.

Product Specialists and Brand Generalists – A half-theory on the difference between product and brand strategies.

The Amen Break – Who knew a 6-second drum sample from the b-side of a 1969 single would play such an extraordinary role in the evolution of music and the conversation about intellectual property.

Henry Rollins Provoked – Three hours and ten minutes of masterful storytelling.

Amazon’s Tinderbox – Observations on the bookseller’s e-reader launch.

The Cross-Discipline Design Imperative – “There is a tremendous demand for design thinkers today.”

Bent Objects – Simply brilliant creations.

Crowd Farms – An MIT invention makes something out of nothing.

Belly Flops – A Jelly Belly innovation makes something out of nothing.

The Top 5 Reasons to Be a Jack of All Trades – Author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” champions the generalist mantra.

The Character of Leadership – This is probably the best summary of what successful leadership is.

Try Everything in University – If you’re doing the university thing, might as well make the most of it.

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