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Changing your mind – Ten Learnings

I recieve Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings by email as I’m sure many of you do, and I’m often drawn in by both the imagery and insight she shares in and around other creatives. A couple of months ago, I came across her Ten Learnings from Ten Years, which I thought immediately demanded to be brought to life with some visuals of their own. So I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s no.1…

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Fruit of the Commons

Before I started drawing, I was only remotely aware of Creative Commons – if at all. I remember coming across it a few years ago. Ah! Some people have taken a complicated thing and boiled it down so that people can use my stuff in an appropriate way? For free? Creative Commons is now central to my business model: Let others use your stuff. Every once in a while someone sees something out there I’ve created and thinks “I wonder if he can help us visually capture…”

This image was created for Olga Belikov at Creative Commons as part of #CCquest

Creative Commons – which role do you play?

In my experience, the awareness of what exactly the Creative Commons is, and what rights it affords you with respect to other people’s creative works, is at best patchy. During a conversational thinkery session with Alan Levine, we started to think through some of the roles people can play. I could give examples of all these roles, but I have a deep gratitude to those Defenders of the Commons – who understand it’s value, and why it needs protecting.

Of course, the best way to learn about the commons, is to share some of your own creative works…

Creative work has DNA

Creative work has DNA

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I had the recent pleasure of doing some conversational thinkery with Alan Levine about what Creative Commons means to us both. When I create something, it’s an outpouring of my self, both consciously and unconsciously, which is one of reasons I sign all my work – the ebb and flow of a creation that evolves and takes shape – and who knows how it ends up like it does. Obey the idea…

The Hunch

the hunch

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How little we know of the opportunities life has ahead of us.

I often follow my hunch – that warm fuzzy feeling compelling me to go in a particular direction. I need to know some stuff – but not too much – otherwise I’d talk myself out of it.

Who knows where it might lead?

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Defender of the Commons…

defender of the commons

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Hey!
My buddy created that image. I really think you should attribute him as he spent quite a bit of time creating it. Otherwise, how will anyone else know that this image is available for them to use under creative commons as well?

I love these people – these defenders of the commons. Power to their elbows!

This thinkery comes from a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with Alan Levine.

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Remix I/O

remix io

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I’m in the shower — where all good ideas are formed. Well — not formed as such, just realised. There’s something about the sensation of water on skin that grabs the half-baked thoughts hidden deep within the subconscious — thoughts which have been jolting around my grey matter while I slept, before throwing them up to the fore with a ping! A freshly condensed droplet of thought.

This is REMIX — because no-one bakes a cake without using any ingredients…

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Remix

Remix

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We are nodes on a network. We’re influenced by others. We, in turn, can influence others. Our creations contain flavours and mixes of whatever has gone before, for who bakes a cake without any ingredients?

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Participatory Culture

Participatory culture

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I zoomed in to Catherine Cronin’s talk on “If open is the answer, what is the question?” at the recent OER16 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. This thought resonated with me, as it’s something I’ve learning in my journey with Visual Thinkery: our contibutions matter. With a sideways glance at school, I think there’s a massive difference between enforced participation and a culture of participation…

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