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Interview with Photojournalist Amy Toensing

Photojournalist and National Geographic contributor Amy Toensing discusses her recently funded Kickstarter campaign In the Shadows, a project aiming to document and raise awareness of urban refugee children in Africa. In the interview she discusses the opportunities crowdfunding offers creative artists, the sense of responsibility that comes from having your individuals instead of publications fund […]

Interview with Emily Best-CEO & Founder, Seed & Spark

I recently interviewed Emily Best, CEO and Founder of Seed & Spark, a platform for crowdfunding and self-distribution of independent films. Her interview shines with insight into the ways filmmakers, and independent creatives of all stripes, need to shift their mentality from solitary artist to that of a CEO developing a product to serve the […]

What’s This Creative Content Project All About?

There has never been a better time to be an independent creator looking to self-publish and self-distribute your work. Tools for creation are more powerful and less expensive, platforms for distribution are emerging and a number of early pioneers are showing success in forging ahead without traditional publishers and distributors. But how do you do […]

Insight, Inspiration and Vision from Edward Tufte

“The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.” Edward Tufte might just be my new hero. I’ve long admired his work on telling visual stories with data, but this quote, and the longer interview on NPR (embedded below), provided me with new appreciation for his work and philosophies. via: Explore

Creative Content: Case Study: Clark Stacy

I’ve recently begun work to develop a new seminar “Unlocking The True Value of Your Creative Content” on behalf of ASMP for the NAB Show’s Technologically Advanced Publishing track. (whew, that was a mouthful). In any case, the primary focus of the presentation will be on the ways independent content creators can fund, publish and […]

Sustainable Business Models Symposium

I’ve been remiss in not posting a link to the ASMP Sustainable Business Models Symposium I helped moderate last October. As I begin work on my next presentation, Unlocking the True Value of your Creative Content, to be delivered at the NAB Conference on April 10th, I’ve been reflecting on the wonderful insights provided by […]

Awesome! Eddie Obeng: Smart Failure For A Fast-Changing World

This 10 minute video is awesome! It’s well worth your time to watch. “We spend our time responding rationally to a world we understand and recognize, but no longer exists.”

Insights on Big Data from Edge.org

Big Data has emerged as one of the most talked about technology trends in 2012. Although there is legitimate debate on the extent to which Big Data will reshape marketing, information gathering and self-tracking, it is clear that as we add more internet connected devices to our environment and more data is collected, big data’s […]

At the Intersection of Ambiguity and Chaos

Owning your own business is, at its most exalted, a liberating and profoundly rewarding experience. At its worst, running your own business, particularly when preparing for an uncertain future, can be disheartening and demoralizing. The truth is, the professional benefit from a self-determined career lies at both extremes (and points in-between). It’s great to have […]

In Praise of Irrationality, In Praise of Creatives

I’m in the midst of taking two online courses, Intro to Finance and Intro to Statistics and appreciate the tools and insights both disciplines bring to the decision making process. Paradoxically however, the more I’ve learned about thinking, the more problematic I find our deep-seated perception of humans as rational entities capable of making informed, […]