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“ What is the optimal balance between social immersion and creative solitude? Why does interpersonal conflict so often coincide with innovation? Looking at pairs allows us to grapple with these questions, which are as basic to the human experience as the push and pull of love itself. As a culture, we’ve long been preoccupied with romance. But we should also take seriously something just as important, but long overlooked — creative intimacy. ”

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Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, considers the end of the sole genius myth in a New York Times op-ed. (Hemingway, of course, would disagree – in his short and spectacular 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he spoke to the creative value of working alone.)

A side observation: The op-ed seems to be the new-old book trailer. Shenk recently wrote a similar piece for The Atlantic

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On participatory commerce and how to design for personalization, engagement and learning.

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Songs for shamanic nights. This ancestral language speaks straight to my bones. And makes me resonate with the universal expression of voice before words, of meaning without grammatical structure. Pure spontaneous expression of essence. 

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olena:

Wright’s Celestial Map of the Universe, 1742
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A synopsis of the universe, or, the visible world epitomiz’d / by Thomas Wright of Durham.

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Wright’s Celestial Map of the Universe, 1742
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A synopsis of the universe, or, the visible world epitomized by Thomas Wright of Durham.

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Systems map from my conversations in Boston (June 8-11,2014).
Two days of super stimulating connections of ideas, people and creative explorations of technology, media, culture and human evolution.

From food design as an entry to point to stimulate collective reflective experiences (#rethinkfood by #mitmedialab and #culinaryinstituteofamerica) to affective computing and virtual reality as a way to better understand the neuroplasticity of our human brains.

Radical film makers that created a two year film set where actors and physicists were all role playing a period of socialist Russia recreating the scientific discoveries that were made during the 30s and 40s. Now they’re looking into #virtualreality and #immersivetechnology to share their footage with the world through #transmediastorytelling platforms.
Talked about the connection between the subtle visual queues in #bodylanguage and how by understanding and modeling them, a new generation of affective computing can stimulate better communication, learning and connection.
Shared a worldview of no longer identifying ourselves with a country or nation, but with a global human race that is the compounding effect of history and cultural evolution, and that we are all interconnected at some point #systemconsciousness.

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Wisdom Hackers

Re-organizing our society around inquiry is a grand revolution, in which we are only one small part. Imagine a workplace where you are not known by a job title, but by a question you are asking. What if we owned ambiguity without pushing it away? We are always living in perpetual beta – our professions, relationships, and ideas of self ebb and flow. At core, human beings are a seeker species and yet a lot of our infrastructure for this kind of metaphysical probing has been dismantled by a secular rationalism. Many of us are caught in the hustle of modern life without time to pause and reflect, to honor our own inner grumblings.

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