Monthly Archives: August 2011

Communities and Innovators

I enjoyed this short talk by artist and author Hilary Austen where she posits:

The urgency of communication between community and innovator breaks down *all* the time.

She offers the story of a firefighting team in the 1940s and the one person on that team who was a “think different” kind of person. He had a solution to save everyone’s lives on the team but nobody else would listen.

It’s an interesting underlying thought on how artists are natural outsiders for whom translating their work to communities that don’t understand the possibilities of art can be truly important. Without that translation however, the possibilities cannot be bridged.