Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Yesterday I attended a talk about crowdsourcing. Interesting subject. Inspiring talk by @JWalphenaar.

What inspired me most was not how he kept being surprised about his own successes. It was the opposite. It was the full genuineness of his feelings when things weren’t going as planned. Still, he kept going. He didn’t give up. He had hardly a choice, with the whole of the Netherlands breathing down his back, but still.

He showed me that showing your failures is ok. It is ok to fail. And it is ok to tell other people about it. You learn from the processes you create for yourself. And by sharing both your successes and your failures to the world, you can teach everybody something.

Sharing failures is not the same as whining. Sharing failures is letting others know it’s ok to fail. Let’s all celebrate our successes AND our failures. Again, why do we keep pretending?

So. I’ll start.

In the process of naming my company I wanted to experiment a bit. On a fling, I decided to give it a go and ask people via twitter and Facebook to associate on things with us, while we were doing all the creative things in a room in Utrecht.

Unfortunately, it didn’t really work. There were a handful of friend reacting (thank you for that!), but timing was, of course, off, and they didn’t know what the process was about so for them it must have been confusing. It must be hard to tap into the energy of a creative session from a distance.
It could have been due to the lack of preparation (which consisted solely of: hey do you think we can do this?). It could have been that it just doesn’t work, being creative through Social Media. However, I’ve not given up. If ever I have a creative session and would be able to incorporate Social Media channels, I think I’ll give it a try, just to check whether it really doesn’t work.

What’s your latest failure? And what did you learn from it?


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I get it. I think I now understand why I’ve been having this same discussion lately with various people and why I have formed an opinion about it:

Them: “I don’t want people to see everything about me.”
Me: “Well, what you post on Facebook is up to you.”
Them: “Yes, but everyone is always sharing everything, and I think that can be quite dangerous.”
Me, thinking: Dangerous to what? To your career? To your reputation? To your life?
Me: “Well, I don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t really think there’s any danger in that.”
Them: “I just don’t want other people to see pictures or other things. That’s private.”
Me: “Yes, that’s your choice! And by all means, do this in your own way. I just think that many people are afraid of sharing things, without knowing why and without founded reasons. I think that sharing things can lead to new insights and find that valuable.”
Them: “I just don’t feel the need to tell everybody what I’m up to.”

And then I wonder. What is it that makes this other person not want to ride this freakin’ awesome rollercoaster ride of the new world where everything is shared and open? How come they don’t see how much greater the world can be using these tools? And why do I not share his/her opinion?


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I have challenged myself to write 10 songs in 10 weeks, the first weeks of 2011. I will also be forcing myself to put them on this blog and on YouTube, no matter how crappy they are. This will be a big step for me, because I’ve always been too critical of my own songs to post them anywhere. Now, there’s no turning back. I will have to do it.

I know it’s possible. It’s also a lot of hard work. To motivate myself to do it, I made an event out of it on Facebook so other people can join in. To my great surprise, people are accepting my challenge! To me this proves a couple of things:

– The power of new media. Within a couple of hours, people knew what I was up to and felt compelled to leave a message.
– People are insane enough to accept this challenge together with me. I’m not complaining. I love insane people.
– I really enjoy motivating people, something I never knew before.

So. I will build yet another website. I will motivate all others who are supporting me in this endeavor by doing it themselves. I will try to get the conversation going and to share the experience with others. I will also try to use other people’s input in my songs. And I will post a lot of songs in the beginning of next year. I’m already looking forward to it.

If your inner composer wants to be challenged, check the following website:

10 Songs in 10 Weeks

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