Part 2 of a multi-post film series about how innovation and creativity intersect our prevailing cultural ideas about them here in the US.
Archive for March, 2011
I’ve been thinking about winners and losers lately. Have you noticed that political contests on the US seem to be more about who’s winning and who’s losing—who’s scoring points, rather than developing support for ideas and leadership? Duh. Okay, less obvious: I’m wondering if one of the reasons many in the US seem unmoved by [...]
America’s economy is going to be saved by innovation and creativity, right? This is the first in a series of shorts exploring the cultural conflicts that stand between us and our innovation dream.
The other night, I was talking with Richard Tryzno Ellsberry, who founded the excellent, increasingly legendary email discussion group, Artmobile. We were talking about recent politics, in particular, the NPR funding controversy. Richard said he’d like to see some discussion in the media as to whether or not just BEING a journalist attracts and/or promotes [...]
The Your Input page of WhoWeAm gives you a place to upload images of things you might see everyday in the US, that make a person want to ask: what kind of culture would produce such a thing? Why is it so important to understand our culture? Because if you are interested in social change—in [...]
It was a long trip from cultural ground zero in Schenectady, but ultimately, I settled in Baltimore. Despite years spent in New England, London and New York, the seamy-sweet tang of Baltimore’s culture sucked me right in. It felt palpable and compelling. In decline since before the riots and abandonment of the sixties, Baltimore careened [...]
Yesterday, I heard columnist David Brooks of the New York Times talking about his new book, The Social Animal. He says his whole perspective as a journalist has changed. He now sees the policymaking—the human decision-making he’s been covering for decades very differently than he did before.