She wanted to make something happen & how she’s learning to get it there.
New Term: fusionist – meld & mixup old things to make new content
She had a miserable experience making contacts, in terms of art. Online stuff was fine, but in terms of art & dance & music, it was miserable. Local bellydance community here was a no-go trying to connect. She noticed that a lot of artists were having trouble making connection. Fine art had little interaction with edgy artists. Young & old avoided each other. Backstabbing & all the ickyness like that.
The worst thing? She’s seen & thrived in the past in a welcoming community. People are hoarding resources. Ick!
It’s starting to change, but it’s not enough yet. She thinks there’s a desire to create, but aren’t enough venues yet.
- We need a groundwell of change. Revolution of thought.
- Obey Wheaton’s Law: Don’t be a dick!
- Creativity isn’t a zero sum game. It’s like biodiversity…if we work together & diversity, it’s possible for more niches to develop. [me: That NEEDS to happen]
- [Humm….can the library be a venue?]
New Term: Permeable Artworks – to promote permeable membranes between artists, artistic groups, communities.
Community needs some common tenents, like
- The art of sharing
- The art of openness
- The art of Honesty
- The art of maturity
- The art of dropping borders
- The art of collaboration
People usually act from what they feel is right. Usually there are not that many people in blackhats being jerks. Remember this when you have a conflict. Could just be a miscommunication from a different set of values
So if this works, others will want in on it IRL, thus the Online Implementation
- website (with goals & tenents displayed)
- list of adopters so those who are on board can preferentially work with each other
- public calendar
- social media (Twitter, FB)
- [Hey, Bran! You need to have regular meatspace meeting to build community. I’m sure you know that, but feel free to ask me about the Small Business Resource Network & how that works]
The first rule of Permeable is we talk about Permeable
- Raise awareness in an unannoying way.
- Just do it. Make the change in how you treat other artists. We’ve been taught we have to jealously guard & steal. But this kind of permeable relationship will make your creative life way more fulfilling.
Problems with implementation?
- Trundling behemoths of ideas
It’s a complex subject. No simple tagline so it’s harder.
So…what are our experiences? (Comments)
- Jared says that in tech community, it was a kickstart when the P&C would do a thing about what local bloggers were saying. The first few meetups were really awkward. Offline meetings that weren’t designated helped. But you can’t force things to happen & it’s rewarding
- Goes back to setting a goal. We need to drop the self esteem & doubt & shyness stuff to step out of the fear we’ve learned.
- Brian Richardson’s story about how a meeting where people genuinely want others to succeed helped.
What’s important when it comes to online community?
- It’s a real person on the other end of the line. If you’ve made a commitment, and something bad happens in your life that prevents you from doing what you promised, hey! Understand that
- Some ppl are online all the time, and some aren’t. Some are twittering constantly & some just check their email once a day.
- Community does not always equal big blog world. C=knowing someone’s real life stuff. Being more transparent fosters this
- “Food bloggers never show you their burned food. But they still burn food” [heeheee!]
- Knitbloggers are honest about their screwups & talk about how they fix stuff.
- Must do something to build trust & comfort level. Posting real names at the beginning might really help.
- A name? Permeable? [me: I floated Permeabl. Yes, that 5 AM alarm call is really really showing now. 😉 ]