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  1. Elizabeth Gilbert on Self-Loathing and the Art of Working ‹ Literary Hub

    Elizabeth Gilbert—whose most recent book is called Big Magic—takes time out from a brief vacation in Miami Beach to talk to Paul Holdengraber for episode seven of A Phone Call From Paul. Things get rather deep, rather quickly.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on vocation over vacation….

    I’ve realized that I really love my vocation. I really love my work as a writer. And so, I’ve now given myself to permission to work on my writing while I’m on vacation because otherwise I’ll be lonely from not having it, you know? I used to think, I should put that way, I should just relax, but actually the happiest I could possibly be is when I’m working on a new book.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on what farming taught her about the value of boredom…

    I think what I saw in my parents was, even when the working was boring—because a lot of farm work is very boring and repetitive—it’s interesting if you do it long enough. If you stay through the tedious part, you get to the really interesting part. Which is also what I think writing is…I think a lot of what I see people calling artistic anguish is actually them just not being able to deal with tedium…The tedium is also part of the work and part of the creativity. Don’t mistake it for anguish, it’s merely tedium. It’s only boring. It’s not gonna kill you.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on complaining as the enemy of inspiration…

    And [complaining] also drives away inspiration which is the heart of my whole magical thinking about creativity, this idea that inspiration is this strange otherworldly force that wants to work with you just as much as we want to work with it. And like any sentient force in the universe, it likes to be liked. And if you walk around all day complaining about how awful it is, I think you push it away. I think it says, well look, I’ll go somewhere where my services are welcome. I’ll go to an artist who’s happy to receive me and deal with me and doesn’t just want to complain about how awful I am. I think it drives the work away, and I can feel that in myself whenever I start complaining, my inspiration channel kind of closes off.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on overcoming self-loathing…

    I always say, we all want to go out there in the world and be kind, compassionate, forgiving—all of us do, we’re all good people, we all want to try and be good people and kind people. And conveniently, there’s somebody who you live with 24 hours a day that you can practice all that on, all the time, and it’s yourself. And it’s the last person we ever think of to practice it on. But it’s such a good patient that you’ve got to work with.



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  2. A16z Podcast: Beyond Lean Startups | Andreessen Horowitz


    What began as a scientific approach to creating and managing startups has now become a worldwide movement for companies of all sizes — and for creating (or rather rediscovering) entrepreneurs in all places. Not just inside startups, not just for software, and not just inside Silicon Valley. It’s about unlocking human creativity everywhere. Perhaps even reinventing the firm.

    As utopian as that sounds, Eric Ries — who pioneered the lean startup movement and wrote the definitive book on it — argues the case in this episode of the a16z Podcast. But has it become too much of a religion? One where people apply the letter of, but not the spirit, behind lean startup principles?

    Ries, who recently crowdsourced a leader’s guide for practitioners to test and evolve the very concepts he first published 5 years ago, shares lessons learned — as well as the true meaning of overused terms like ‘MVP’ and ‘pivot’. Ultimately, lean startups are about how to make decisions and build new products under conditions of high uncertainty. Without having to chisel the principles into stone tablets.

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  3. Discussion - Lawrence Lessig and Jeff Tweedy with Steven Johnson

    A discussion between Lawrence Lessig and Jeff Tweedy moderated by Steven Johnson. Recorded live at the New York Public Library on April 7 2005.


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  4. Science Friday Archives: Steven Johnson and ‘Where Good Ideas Come From”

    How did Darwin develop some of his ideas? Why did YouTube burst onto the social media scene when it did? And how are those two developments connected?

    In this segment, we'll talk with Steven Johnson, author of the book "Where Good Ideas Come From." We'll talk about how great ideas come to be, and what conditions help to foster creativity and spur advances in thought.

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  5. Clay Shirky and Cognitive Surplus

    From Future Tense with John Moe:

    Sometimes at night I’ll wonder what’s on TV. Surf around for a while, not find much, and get on the computer instead. There, I might update Facebook, tweet something on Twitter. And I’ll think, “It didn’t use to be like this.” Time away from work and responsibility used to be passive, we watched TV mutely, we read a book. We didn’t post videos to YouTube or edit Wikipedia. Online culture has meant that instead of just consuming culture, we also create it and share it. We don’t just watch Lost, we watch it and then go on message boards or even make our own videos.

    This is a shift detailed in Clay Shirky’s new book Cognitive Surplus: creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. He teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and has been a big thinker on the way we work together online for many many years. We talk to him about what this shift means for society in the long term.

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  6. Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson at the LSE

    Steven Johnson has spent twenty years immersed in creative industries, was active at the dawn of the internet and has a unique perspective that draws on his fluency in fields ranging from neurobiology to new media. In his new book, he identifies the key principles to the genesis of great ideas, from the cultivation of hunches to the importance of connectivity and how best to make use of new technologies. By recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur – whether within a school, a software platform or a social movement – he shows how we can make more of our ideas good ones. This event celebrates the publication of his latest book Where Good Ideas Come From: A Natural History of Innovation.


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