Community Genius: Leveraging Community to Increase your Creative Powers

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<ul><li><p>Shelly D. Farnham, Ph.D.Waggle LabsIgnite, April 29, 2009</p><p>Community Genius: Leveraging Community to Increase your Creative Powers </p></li><li><p>What is Community?</p><p> "I define "community" as networks of interpersonal ties that provide sociability, support, information, a sense of belonging, and social identity. Barry Wellman (2001).</p><p>Seattle Cupcake Society</p></li><li><p>Community is to Social Capital</p><p> as</p><p> Love is to Babieshttp://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/image-files/cartoon-babies-3.gif</p></li><li><p>Community Groups Enable Transitive RelationshipsHey Im in The Cupcake Society too !Can I borrow some sugar?Sure!And try my special recipe!</p></li><li><p>Process of Creativitynovel ideasManifested into reality</p><p>Social!Remixed!</p></li><li><p>Tip 1: Seek Diversity</p></li><li><p>Tip 2. Seek High Rotation in Weak Tieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weak_tie</p></li><li><p>Tip 3: Develop Colleagues/Friends with Good Flow</p></li><li><p>Tip 4: Get a White Board</p></li><li><p>Tip 5: Play Different RolesPassive observerActive participantLeader</p></li><li><p>Tip 6. Play Nice</p><p> Reputation spreads like wild-firehttp://www.judiciaryreport.com/images/universal-fire-6.jpg</p></li><li><p>Tip 7: Hang Out a Lot in Bars</p><p>Conversation drives creativity</p></li><li><p>Tip 8. Give Away Ideas and Knowledge FreelyThe Love Cat Way</p><p>Be a Love Cat!!</p></li><li><p>Tip 9. Play the Yeah, and Generative Idea GameDudes, lets do something really geeky!Yah like with LASERSYah and it plays music like a giant harp!Yah and like youre inside a giant brain playing laser neurons!!!Yah like a Giant Robot Brain!!!Dudes this is going to be sooo cooool</p></li><li><p>Tip 10. Generate *Many* Ideas, but Pick Only a Few Ideas to ExecuteReality Checks:Skills?Passion?Time?Resources?Venue?Steve the Robot H.E.Ai.D.http://dbltht.com/ubergeek/</p></li><li><p>Tip 11. Have PlaceHangouts where you can do stuff as a group</p></li><li><p>Tip 12. Have Project DaysSaturday HouseArt DayWednesday Night Project Night</p></li><li><p>Tip 13. Give up Control</p></li><li><p>Suggested Groups and EventsDorkbotSeattle Tech StartupSeattle Robotics911 Media Arts CenterBCWA (Burning Man, Ignition Northwest)Seattle Mind CampBarCamp SeattleHackerbotIgnite!ThingamajiggrFrayed Wire</p></li><li><p>Frayed WireJuly 11thOne dayeventart , technology, communityPresentations, workshops, discussions</p><p>Web of relationships, Ongoing exchange, Feel a part of a larger whole, Relationships last through time*Transitive trust and reputationTransitive emotional and instrumental supportIdeas and knowledge proliferation</p><p>* Its a myth that creativity occurs in isolation, it is often through a social process of recombining, remixing diverse approaches and ideas*Do you hang out with all the same kind of person, people just like you?Seek out people who are NOT like youTo find diverse groups with diverse memberships:Get on communication channels (mailing lists) Go to their meetingsGo to their hangouts</p><p>*interpersonal ties are social connections (sociology)more novel information flows to individuals through weak rather than strong ties [Granovetter]</p><p>*EngagedLoss of self-consciousnessBalance between your abilities and sense of challengeWhole is greater than the sume of the partsEffortless, fun</p><p>*Put it in your kitchenOne rule: anything can be erased at any time</p><p>*Being less involved is ok: being a flake is not</p><p>*Being less involved is ok: being a flake is not</p><p>*presentations, workshops, discussions, an open lab space.Speakers: Ward Cunningham (AboutUs.org), Trimpin (Artist), Robin Oppenheimer(Professor, UW), Jeff Brice (Professor, Cornish), Susie Lee (Artist), Sumit Basu (Researcher, MSR), Robert Campbell (Professor, Cornish) Workshops: Intro to Arduino, Processing, Basic electronics</p><p>*</p></li></ul>