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How to Dominate the Scary Space of Creativity in the Digital Era

May 22, 2016

We love our online lives. We know all too well how good It feels to click on our familiar apps and websites and hang out with those who like what we like and think what we think.

But there’s a danger lurking in comfortable conformity.

If all we see and hear are those who think and believe just like us, we can leave little room for new ideas and different perspectives.

These are the spaces where creativity stagnates and intolerance grows.

So, is this where our digital journey has led us? And, if so, is this where we truly want to be?

If not–if we are sure we want something better–how do we break free of this comfortable conformity and lean into the scary spaces of creativity and innovation?

Here’s a short video I recently did that tries to answer some of that:



Agree? Disagree? Let’s chat about it. Leave me a comment!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2016 6:11 pm

    Great video.. though I think the diversity of using Snappy portrait camera shots is more a fad than an improvement 🙂

    Blaming the interwebz is a lot like referring to your life as “online” vs “offline” .. it’s making up stuff that isn’t logica.

    I don’t live “online”.. I use a computer, phone, and many other technologies that are better off connected to information and people. And that system does not control me.

    Some talk about this like anyone using a pencil is a pencil person and subject to all the deeds of other pencil people. That sounds absurd!

    Less absurd is “people who went to State” or “people who drive Fords” .. yes marketing can do this.. build tribes where people feel attached to a brand.

    Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.’ -Barbara Tober

    Politicians do it. Statement do it. Religion, movements, causes.. heck. WE ALL DO IT.

    • May 24, 2016 9:00 am

      Thanks much for your comments. And, yes, I have to agree on the vertical video thing. It’s great for throwing out some quick thoughts via Snapchat (as this was). But for big-boy videos, landscape is indeed the way to go.

      I also agree about the hard lines and strict compartments (i.e., “Online” vs. “Offline”, etc). All they really do is create separation and impede the flow of new ideas. (Plus, when every thing we see and touch–from our sneakers to a Starbucks cup–is sending/receiving data to the cloud, that particular distinction is going to get pretty murky!)

      As life keeps moving faster and faster around us, I think the we’ll increasingly recognize that relationships–with their ups and downs, comforts and challenges, similarities and differences–are going to be the most important and vital anchor.

      Thanks again and GREAT QUOTE! ~d

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  3. Michelle Ockers permalink
    August 20, 2016 1:09 am

    ‘Leaning into differences’ is a great phrase. Thanks for a thought-provoking view on exploring differences amongst those we feel enough similarity with for it to be comfortable to lean into the differences. Your video has encouraged me to increase engagement when I am online, to leave comments, ask questions, share my experience – even if what I offer is half-complete, half-thought through or different to the view expressed by someone else.

    I like the casual nature of the Snapchat style video – regardless of whether it’s portrait or landscape. Agree that for something polished for ‘big-girl’ videos landscape is the standard. 🙂

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