Creative Generalist’s 2007 Round-Up
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.