First up, Amanda Palmer’s 2013 talk The Art of Asking. This was one of my favorites at last year’s conference, and I was thrilled when a colleague suggested it for this week’s gathering. In her moving talk, Palmer explores the relationship between fans and performers, and shares her belief that artists should allow fans to pay for content rather than force them.
“I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”
Palmer talks about passing the hat, couch surfing, and giving it all away, with themes of trust, honesty, and fear woven throughout. Not sure I’ll ever look at a human statue the same way.
Next up: Doodling – a topic near and dear to my heart. Anyone who has ever sat next to me in a meeting can attest to the fact that my margins are rarely empty. Fish tend to swim between the lines, and dates often morph into galaxies. As a kindergartner, I took the non-nap option and doodled during rest time – and to this day there’s something calming and grounding about my pen moving that helps me listen more clearly and process information.
There’s a stigma of “spacing out” that doodlers like me know well, which is why Sunni Brown’s 2011 talk, Doodlers, Unite! was such a welcome perspective! Fortunately, I work at a company that encourages my doodles – and I was thrilled to receive this book from our founder earlier this week!
“Our culture is so intensely focused on verbal communications, that we’re almost blinded to the value of doodling… Doodling has a profound impact on the way that we can process information and the way that we can solve problems.”
Any other doodlers out there?! I’d love to see your thinking and hear how you use it as a tool – tweet me your doodles (@charlottefixler) if you don’t mind sharing!