Considering the Creative Ecology

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A speech by Andrew Taylor in Austin, Texas, on June 24, 2009, on 'creative ecology' and approaches to advancing Austin's creative life. The speech was invited and hosted by the Austin Circle of Theaters, the Create Austin committee, and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.

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Considering the Creative Ecology

  1. 1. Considering the Creative Ecology Andrew Taylor | ataylor@bus.wisc.edu | www.artfulmanager.com Austin, Texas | June 24, 2009
  2. 2. But first... about my yard...
  3. 3. The persistent visitor
  4. 4. Tending the garden ✤ Demands a (malleable) vision. ✤ Has a boundary (stated or implied). ✤ Already in progress (for thousands of years). ✤ Moves and grows in cycles. ✤ Subject to larger (and smaller) cycles. ✤ Interconnected...you can’t just change one thing.
  5. 5. The creative ecology...
  6. 6. Creative... ✤ expression ✤ experience ✤ insight ✤ innovation ✤ spark ✤ connection ✤ catalyst SOURCE: Flickr user Martino!
  7. 7. Creative... ✤ expression ✤ experience ✤ insight ✤ innovation ✤ spark ✤ connection ✤ catalyst SOURCE: Flickr user Martino!
  8. 8. ...Ecology ✤ living system ✤ environment ✤ complex ✤ interconnected ✤ interdependent ✤ balanced ✤ evolving
  9. 9. Tending your garden ✤ Demands a (malleable) vision. ✤ Has a boundary (stated or implied). ✤ Already in progress (for hundreds of years). ✤ Moves and grows in cycles. ✤ Subject to larger (and smaller) cycles. ✤ Interconnected...you can’t just change one thing.
  10. 10. SOURCE: Flickr user Cesar R. A (malleable) vision...
  11. 11. Connecting, advancing, and celebrating Austin’s creative life.
  12. 12. SOURCE: Flickr user Liv... A boundary (stated or implied)...
  13. 13. “Art is limitation; the essence of every picture is the frame.” G.K. Chesterton
  14. 14. Who’s in? Who’s out? ✤ Industry Lens ✤ For-profit / Nonprofit ✤ Organized / Informal ✤ Industry / Job Function SOURCE: Creative Columbus report, June 2009
  15. 15. SOURCE: Creative Columbus report, June 2009
  16. 16. Who’s in? Who’s out? ✤ Human Lens ✤ Amateur / Professional (or “Pro-Am”) ✤ Creator / Observer ✤ Self-Description / Observed Behavior SOURCE: Flickr user garryknight
  17. 17. Who’s in? Who’s out? ✤ Human Lens ✤ Amateur / Professional (or “Pro-Am”) ✤ Creator / Observer ✤ Self-Description / Observed Behavior SOURCE: Flickr user garryknight
  18. 18. What I heard: “All In” (Jo Anne said so with some conviction.)
  19. 19. SOURCE: Flickr user MR+G Already in progress...
  20. 20. SOURCE: Flickr user mandus Moves and grows in cycles...
  21. 21. Adaptive Cycle
  22. 22. SOURCE: Flickr user j u l i a n o Subject to larger (and smaller) cycles...
  23. 23. Cycles ✤ Larger (STEEP) ✤ Sociological ✤ Technological ✤ Economic ✤ Environmental ✤ Political ✤ Smaller ✤ Local news cycle ✤ Trends, fads, etc.
  24. 24. SOURCE: Flickr user Toby Maloy Interconnected... (you can’t just change one thing)
  25. 25. “Side” effects ✤ Unintended consequence ✤ Frequent “surprises” ✤ Changing the players by changing the game
  26. 26. Tending your garden ✤ Demands a (malleable) vision. ✤ Has a boundary (stated or implied). ✤ Already in progress (for hundreds of years). ✤ Moves and grows in cycles. ✤ Subject to larger (and smaller) cycles. ✤ Interconnected...you can’t just change one thing.
  27. 27. Back to “creator / observer”
  28. 28. ...so that means we can’t do anything?
  29. 29. No, that means you must bring your complex creativity to the task... (And who better than a “creative alliance” to do just that?)
  30. 30. Four questions, four metaphors
  31. 31. “But doesn’t collaborating threaten our individual impact and ideals?”
  32. 32. Meaning is always co-created.
  33. 33. How can we find common ground, when we’re all so different in our creative work?
  34. 34. SOURCE: Flickr user Cayusa “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole.” Theodore Levitt, Harvard Business School Marketing Professor
  35. 35. “I’m already overclocked. How can I take time out to connect beyond my immediate need?”
  36. 36. The Honey Mushroom Armillaria ostoyae
  37. 37. “Seems huge. Where can we begin?”
  38. 38. SOURCE: Flickr user Rodrigo Campos Button by button, thread by thread
  39. 39. You’ve already begun, keep going...
  40. 40. With thanks to my hosts: Andrew Taylor Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration | www.bolzcenter.org Wisconsin School of Business Author, “The Artful Manager”| www.artfulmanager.com email: ataylor@bus.wisc.edu twitter: www.twitter.com/artfulmanager
  41. 41. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/

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