Monthly Archives: April 2009

Creative (Student) Leaders

I enjoyed this video today at the Student Leadership dinner here at RISD. The concept of a “leader” is something I found the students to reconcile elegantly as simply “people that bring other people together.” Special thanks to the Student Life staff on campus that made this event happen. -JM

Why is Art Important?

I was asked this by Ms. Peg Pasternak of Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI where she teaches, and she has an upcoming presentation there to talk about this topic. It turns out this is something I think about a great deal, so in this short PowerPoint (ZIP-ped archive or PDF) I have put some of the points down that I think help to argue a justifiable case for creativity in our world. I know that it’s not a comprehensive list of things, but it’s a start that if you wish to add to please post your edits here as it’s far from perfect as a list.

Thank you! -JM PS Visit for regular updates to the RISD movement…

Why is Art Important? (PDF)

Why is Art Important? (ZIP)

Web 2.0

I spoke at Tim’s conference in SF yesterday and was impressed with the number of folks there. Given the drabby stories of our economy I felt a sense of hope in the audience that was palpable. Maybe it wasn’t just hope. But instead, possibility.

The Web is an interesting place that helps us transcend normal boundaries of institution, country, and ideology. Spacetime collapses in order that our minds may form a more perfect union.

Everyone is a thought leader today on the Web if they think creatively. Because when they do so, they usually lead by example through an action — typing, photographing, illustrating, talking, playing. It’s a first person world that we live in virtual space. It is the ultimate in directly interacting with the world completely indirectly through mediation.

Anyways I could feel in the Web 2.0 audience possibilities. I look forward to experiencing them soon. The world needs your creative, thoughtful, hands-on leadership today folks. Thank you! -JM