annelibby

annelibby:

christianarca:

Every now and again I hear different departments or roles being described as support roles. Customer service, administrative, assistant, roles are just a few that are commonly thought of as support roles.

I hear people both in and out of those roles describe their roles as support roles.

But…

"As an employee if you’re not supporting the organization, the business, or the customers you have no business being an employee."

Preach.

tinabeans
Maybe the trick in the end is to stop searching for answers “out there.” Real answers—the ones that propel us to do the next thing confidently, the ones that allow us to feel like we are “on track” even if the world tends not to agree—are not obtained through listening to others or scanning through data alone. They are synthesized. Part of this comes from what you’re able to sense from users, from advisors, from the market. The rest comes from what you believe.
Some excellent thoughts from Tina. Read the whole thing: On track 
marniegelf
Creativity is a great adventure. We must approach it through the eyes of a child, with hope, excitement, ideas bubbling to the surface, feelings expressed in colors and brushstrokes. It is this mindset that allows us try new things and the freedom to explore. There are no walls and no boundaries in creative expression. We invite the inner critic to come to the table only after we are done playing.
the-full-grohac
Let’s say it’s a vocal minority that’s not representative of most people. Most people, from indies to industry leaders, are mortified, furious, disheartened at the direction industry conversation has taken in the past few weeks. It’s not like there are reputable outlets publishing rational articles in favor of the trolls’ ‘side’. Don’t give press to the harassers. Don’t blame an entire industry for a few bad apples.

Yet disclaiming liability is clearly no help. Game websites with huge community hubs whose fans are often associated with blunt Twitter hate mobs sort of shrug, they say things like ‘we delete the really bad stuff, what else can we do’ and ‘those people don’t represent our community’ — but actually, those people do represent your community. That’s what your community is known for, whether you like it or not.

When you decline to create or to curate a culture in your spaces, you’re responsible for what spawns in the vacuum. That’s what’s been happening to games.
marniegelf
marniegelf:

The Joy of your own discovery.

Reflecting on my time in the Orbital Bootcamp led by Gary Chou, I realize that so much of the process of breathing life into a project is the journey of self discovery. Gary mentioned at our last class that he studied Photography under Emmet Gowin at Princeton University and how Emmet’s philosophy about picture making touched on the idea of midwifing a photograph and how it will reveal itself when it is ready. This is so similar to the idea of creating and launching a startup. 

The process is messy and uncertain. There are many twists and turns in the maze and once you test and try one idea out, many other assumptions may not work anymore. I have had to remain open with a beginner’s mind to living the questions and being open to answers that were not obvious or expected. I have also learned that it is ok not to know the answer right away. This process takes time and involves trial and error experimentation.

In a conversation with fellow photographer, John Paul Caponigro, Emma Gowin discussed the idea of being trapped within an experience
and how it often leads to authentic self discovery:

 ”But that’s a parental emotion at work when one says I don’t want a student to be trapped. The truth is, I’d be perfectly happy if they would be “trapped” within the experience their own authentic difficulties. If they would be trapped on their own, then any freedoms they discovered would be their own. Which is what interests me, because I believe that the joy of your own discovery is what confirms your own aliveness, your own value." -EG
 
So here is the kicker, while I am a STUDENT at Orbital Bootcamp trying to launch my idea of smART box adventures, an online art class for kids celebrating the journey of art making coupled with a subscription art box of supplies to coordinate with each lesson (and eventually an online art gallery for children to share their work), I am also a TEACHER who wants children to experience art in an unbridled and free way, celebrating the journey of creating. As a student I have hit walls, needed to stay open to new experiments and findings and pivot when needed. This is exactly what I expect my own students to do…to explore and stay open and flexible and respond creatively. It has been interesting to be on both sides of the equation. The learning is balanced and leads to great self discovery.


I like to re-read the interview Marnie is referring to every so often.  Each time, I get something new out of it. 

marniegelf:

The Joy of your own discovery.

Reflecting on my time in the Orbital Bootcamp led by Gary Chou, I realize that so much of the process of breathing life into a project is the journey of self discovery. Gary mentioned at our last class that he studied Photography under Emmet Gowin at Princeton University and how Emmet’s philosophy about picture making touched on the idea of midwifing a photograph and how it will reveal itself when it is ready. This is so similar to the idea of creating and launching a startup. 
The process is messy and uncertain. There are many twists and turns in the maze and once you test and try one idea out, many other assumptions may not work anymore. I have had to remain open with a beginner’s mind to living the questions and being open to answers that were not obvious or expected. I have also learned that it is ok not to know the answer right away. This process takes time and involves trial and error experimentation.
In a conversation with fellow photographer, John Paul Caponigro, Emma Gowin discussed the idea of being trapped within an experience
and how it often leads to authentic self discovery:
 But that’s a parental emotion at work when one says I don’t want a student to be trapped. The truth is, I’d be perfectly happy if they would be “trapped” within the experience their own authentic difficulties. If they would be trapped on their own, then any freedoms they discovered would be their own. Which is what interests me, because I believe that the joy of your own discovery is what confirms your own aliveness, your own value." -EG
 
So here is the kicker, while I am a STUDENT at Orbital Bootcamp trying to launch my idea of smART box adventures, an online art class for kids celebrating the journey of art making coupled with a subscription art box of supplies to coordinate with each lesson (and eventually an online art gallery for children to share their work), I am also a TEACHER who wants children to experience art in an unbridled and free way, celebrating the journey of creating. As a student I have hit walls, needed to stay open to new experiments and findings and pivot when needed. This is exactly what I expect my own students to do…to explore and stay open and flexible and respond creatively. It has been interesting to be on both sides of the equation. The learning is balanced and leads to great self discovery.

I like to re-read the interview Marnie is referring to every so often.  Each time, I get something new out of it.