On the Road to Creativity
by Dan Taylor
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16 years old, bought a van
travelled the world
learned about the internet on the day Gerry
Always been bringing together
technology and culture
started at gr4 science project
Playing a role in the revolution
Right here from E Van
He's not a technologist
took 17 years to get a bachelor's
In interdisciplinary studies
being the rosetta stone between suits and
geeks, Secret sauce for him to stay employed
What he learned
Art makes the future
This is how we have learned about history
Without artists, we only have a record written
by the winners
Offended by CONTENT
Where's the quality?
Don't get precious with your stuff
Most people deal with obscurity, not piracy
You need to be in between your
audience and your awesomeness!
Find a place where you can put the two together
and rock their world on a daily basis!
Creativity starts with a walk
Role Models that we've had
War & Peace: it's not just a trivia answer, it's a
book, read it!
We need new heroes!
Just had rock starts and celebrities
Who were you in your past lives?
Dig out that shoebox and put it out there
It deserves an audience
Who were you at 15? 25? 5?
Express with Vigor!
If you are awesome, you can get away with
anything, just ask him!
Don't get hung up on who is going to like it?
Ignore the gatekeepers! They're just stone
write for yourself, write for others
It's not about signing your rights away, it's
about building the tribe around your content
Those situtations are those that test you, really
figure out who you are!
Everything/Nothing is new!
We are just reinvent the same stuff
It's direspectful to say that we are creating
It's just a conglomeration of all the little
thoughts in your head
Tech is just a Tool
It's an awesome tool but it's just a tool
Telegrams lasted about 150 years, do you think
Twitter will last that long?
Be your own eyewitness
held jobs in Germany, Japan
learned from experience and diversity
Twitter is like a CB Radio
Develop your own code
Develop relationships with people you may
If you do meet them, they are not what you
And you share your cultural info, such as coffee
shops. etc. Develop those relationships.
CB is social media!
An ability to amplify interestingness
Stop counting hits, followers, etc.
Do something interesting! Share something
Be the Driver (sometimes)
Put a sign up: This is my cause, this is my
Be wary of getting kicked off the bus though!
Always be hustling
Sold chestnuts at Amsterdam
Started making money, got his job as a picker
Mushroom Farmer in Japan
Might get lonely
You can only do this by putting yourself out
If you practice hard enough, you will reap