Archive for ‘Ideas’

February 4, 2011

Stephen Johnson and good ideas

I finished reading Stephen Johnson‘s Where Good Ideas Come From.  It’s quite inspiring — a bit of a self-help book for creative/intellectual types who wouldn’t be caught dead buying a self-help book.  From the conclusion:

Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle, reinvent.

Okay, it’s not really a self-help book, but he does encourage readers to apply his suggestions to their own lives.  It made me feel better about going back to grad school as an older student (mature is the kind word for this).  It’s a new network after all.    Where Good Ideas Come From also reminded me of how important collaboration is.  After doing most of the work on my current documentary film, I am more convinced than ever that my next project needs to be far more collaborative.  My favorite scenes in my doc are the ones that I did not shoot or edit myself.  The few days I spent with a story editor were also essential.  I want even more brains involved next time.

Here’s a video version of the book in 4 entertaining minutes:

February 4, 2011

The first one

I recently started the graduate program in Media Studies at The New School in New York.  I also teach at the New School’s International Affair’s department and am quite enjoying being both student and teacher.

One of my assignment in my mandatory Introduction to Media Studies class, was to think about creating a public professional persona.  Encouraged by one of the readings,  “Your blog is not your resume” by Margaret Kimball, I’ve decided to start a blog as a way to organize ideas and share some of the process of projects as they develop.