This short video puts Steve Johnson's book Where Do Good Ideas Come From? The Natural History Of Innovation in a fun nutshell.
I love a good idea. As an artist I have a deep inner motivation towards pushing off into the unknown and creating something new. I don't only want to write a new song but I want a new approach to making music all together. I can't simply keep doing the same thing over and over I really need to find a way to open up some new territory and I know I can't do it alone.
Beyond all our current disappointments about what ArtPrize isn't, I think we would have to admit that it is helping to create an ethos of creative interconnectedness-- that is setting the stage for Grand Rapids to be a city of collaboration and innovation. We have been historically known as a city famous for it's traditional furniture and old fashion values, -- great place to raise your kids. The ugly behind the curtain truth to this has been - it is also a place where displaced and misunderstood creatives can end up brutally wing clipped and broken, bouncing in and out of places like Pine Rest or just functionally depressed working drones somewhere doing their little part to keep the big machine clunking along.
I look forward to maybe seeing your comment here or on FB or better yet, maybe I'll colide with you and your ideas over at The Sparrows.