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  1. 1. Shelly D. Farnham, Ph.D. Waggle Labs Ignite, April 29, 2009 Community Genius: Leveraging Community to Increase your Creative Powers
  2. 2. What is Community? <ul><li>&quot;I define &quot;community&quot; as networks of interpersonal ties that provide sociability, support, information, a sense of belonging, and social identity.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Barry Wellman (2001). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Seattle Cupcake Society
  3. 3. Community is to Social Capital as Love is to Babies http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/image-files/cartoon-babies-3.gif
  4. 4. Community Groups Enable Transitive Relationships Hey I’m in The Cupcake Society too ! Can I borrow some sugar? Sure! And try my special recipe!
  5. 5. Process of Creativity <ul><li>novel ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Manifested into reality </li></ul><ul><li>Social! </li></ul><ul><li>Remixed! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tip 1: Seek Diversity
  7. 7. Tip 2. Seek High Rotation in Weak Ties http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weak_tie
  8. 8. Tip 3: Develop Colleagues/Friends with Good “Flow”
  9. 9. Tip 4: Get a White Board
  10. 10. Tip 5: Play Different Roles <ul><li>Passive observer </li></ul><ul><li>Active participant </li></ul><ul><li>Leader </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tip 6. Play Nice <ul><li>Reputation spreads like wild-fire </li></ul>http://www.judiciaryreport.com/images/universal-fire-6.jpg
  12. 12. Tip 7: Hang Out a Lot in Bars Conversation drives creativity
  13. 13. Tip 8. Give Away Ideas and Knowledge Freely <ul><li>The Love Cat Way </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Love Cat!! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tip 9. Play the “Yeah, and“ Generative Idea Game Dudes, lets do something really geeky! Yah like with LASERS Yah and it plays music like a giant harp! Yah and like you’re inside a giant brain playing laser neurons!!! Yah like a Giant Robot Brain!!! Dudes this is going to be sooo cooool
  15. 15. Tip 10. Generate *Many* Ideas, but Pick Only a Few Ideas to Execute <ul><li>Reality Checks: </li></ul><ul><li>Skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Passion? </li></ul><ul><li>Time? </li></ul><ul><li>Resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Venue? </li></ul>Steve the Robot H.E.Ai.D. http://dbltht.com/ubergeek/
  16. 16. Tip 11. Have Place <ul><li>Hangouts where you can do stuff as a group </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tip 12. Have Project Days <ul><li>Saturday House </li></ul><ul><li>Art Day </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday Night Project Night </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tip 13. Give up Control
  19. 19. Suggested Groups and Events <ul><li>Dorkbot </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Tech Startup </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Robotics </li></ul><ul><li>911 Media Arts Center </li></ul><ul><li>BCWA (Burning Man, Ignition Northwest) </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Mind Camp </li></ul><ul><li>BarCamp Seattle </li></ul><ul><li>Hackerbot </li></ul><ul><li>Ignite! </li></ul><ul><li>Thingamajiggr </li></ul><ul><li>Frayed Wire </li></ul>
  20. 20. Frayed Wire <ul><li>July 11th </li></ul><ul><li>One day event </li></ul><ul><li>art , technology, community </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations, workshops, discussions </li></ul>

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