Desire for the Magical

What if one of our fundamental gut desires is to believe in the non-factual, the unproven, the ineffable? May we call that kind of desire a “desire for the magical” without placing any judgment on it? Watch video or listen to the audio Why? Could this help us understand those in the hard sciences who […]

Is Thinking Enough?

Is Thinking Enough? In addition to the Theory of General Relativity, Einstein is often credited with this insight: “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Most people read this and assume Einstein is encouraging us to expand our thinking. Therefore, the postulate(1) most people mistakenly take away from […]

The Chevy Commercial – Using AI May Be Risky For Creatives

Using AI to Mimic what Sells is Risky for Creatives If you create or lead a team of creators, your work is far more than artificial. Shouldn’t the creative act be extraordinary, too? When everyone uses AI to make content, will your work still sing? Will its energy be alive…or artificial? I contend that using […]

Happy New Year, Marketers

After about thirty years of creating and producing high-quality musical performances, mostly directly related to what we do, we began doing high-touch one-to-one volunteer work with at-risk people, won a national award, and considered how to productize our lived experience as a business. Turns out, one could do that back in the day, so we […]

The True Cost of Freedom – Veterans Day 2023

Freedom Isn’t Free In a few days, America will celebrate its living warfighters. Many of them survived combat; all of them survived the ordeal of serving in the United States Military. Just because they are alive doesn’t mean they have stopped fighting. America’s military Veterans join those worldwide who are fighting visible and invisible wounds […]

There must be a better way

There must be a better way. Endless online networking. Content consumption. Webinars. Long-format videos. Short-format videos. Podcasts. Joint-ventures. Collaboration. One-to-one frog kissing. There must be a better way. Dues. Workshop fees. SaaS. Apps. Plug-ins. Add-ons. Helpers, parsers, and all kinds of purpose-based AI. Cloud storage. Cloud backups. Cloud backup subscriptions. Authenticity fees, certification fees, continuing […]

Old Wine / New Bottles

Back in the day, it wasn’t a great idea to store new wine in old wineskins. As the new wine fermented, it would put pressure on the wineskin, which was fine for new, stretchy wineskins, but would burst the old, brittle ones. What are today’s old wineskins? Perhaps a better question: who are today’s old […]

What’s All This Shift?

webb telescope - shift is essential for awareness in transition

No Shift! Meet The Shift. Our awareness is in transition. From the Age of Enlightenment through Modernism, things worked pretty well. Around the time of John F Kennedy’s assassination, a Post-Modernist period swung back against Modernism, and our recent global pandemic will probably be marked as another pivot in awareness. Some have begun to refer […]

Mind Blown: Why Creativity Matters

Just finished Rich Kirkpatrick’s “Mindblown: Creative Insights from Science and Magic.” It’s a quick compendium of the scientific basis for creativity and the sociological reasons why being creative matters. And creativity does matter: to both our success and our sanity. Have you ever wondered why there are so many more “negative” emotions than “positive” ones? […]