I really like Sumana Harihareswara’s post on 'From “sit still” to “scratch your own itch”' because she shares great tips for people who don’t feel like they have big ideas of their own. I’ve been learning more and more about building things based on my own ideas. I often hear from people who struggle with coming up with ideas and who don’t feel like they fit in, or who are waiting for that one great idea before they go ahead and explore their dreams. There are lots of ways to get started even without that clear spark, though, and it’s great to read about some things you can pay attention to.
Here are Sumana’s tips and how I can relate to them from my own life:
If you’ve ever told yourself, “But I don’t have any good ideas!”, you may want to check out Sumana’s blog post:
… and that’s a great thing. =)
Check out these creative presentations by Betsy Streeter:
If you like my hand-drawn presentations, have fun making your own! All you need is a something to write on, something to write with, and a camera. Alternatively, you can get all fancy-like and buy an inexpensive drawing tablet. Enjoy!
All you need to transform your laptop lid into a reusable surface where you can display your latest doodles are: one photo album with self-adhesive pages, a knife, and double-sided tape. Get a photo album that uses plastic and a sticky(ish) surface. Life is easier and neater if the strip that keeps the plastic attached to the book is on the outside edge. You'll see what I mean.
Step 1. Position the laptop face-down on one page of the photo album so that the strip that keeps the plastic attached to the book is along the top edge of the laptop lid. Trace laptop outline onto one page of the photo album. (If you feel particularly diligent, you can measure it instead.)
Step 2. Cut the photo album page to size. Trim a bit off the bottom part to avoid hitting the laptop hinge.
Step 3. Attach double-sided adhesive tape to the laptop.
Step 4. Mount photo album piece on laptop.
Step 5. Peel back plastic and put in stuff.
I like this approach because it doesn't require me to bring any special supplies in order to add to the display. For example, I can add fortunes from fortune cookies, Post-it notes, or even business cards.
This is handy for my wild idea about selling advertising on laptop. This laptop hack's primarily about creatively expressing yourself, though. =)
I came up with a terrific plan B: a whiteboard with a plastic protector to keep it from being erased in one's backpack. That one's pretty cool, too. I'll blog about it more on Sunday, Aug 27. In the meantime... enjoy!
On the way to jazz choir practice, I thought about what I like creating and when people have called me creative. One of the things people have complimented me on is the way I hack conferences, from modding conference T-shirts to posting people's tag clouds along the wall in order to spark conversations.
I _love_ going above and beyond the usual ideas of what a conference should be like. That's one of the reasons why I'm really excited about CASCON 2006: as part of the organizing team, I can try out many cool ideas!
I'd love to start a bigger conversation around that, and I'd love to share my thoughts with more people! I think it would make a great blog. I want to share tips and ideas with participants, speakers, and organizers. It'll also be a great place to post my conference reports and pictures of hacked T-shirts! ;)
I already have a name for the blog: Conference Commando. I came across the term "conference commando" in Keith Ferrazzi's book Never Eat Alone. Good stuff, and I think I've got a lot to contribute to this space.
So I'm going to make it happen! Here's what I need to do:
Fun! Hooray for Creative Thursday!