Highlights of This Episode:
- Why it’s important to have this conversation about stealing ideas
- The four categories of creative development
- The challenges creative business artists face when it comes to idea thievery in the modern world
- The degrees of attribution
- How commerce changed blogging and the exchange of ideas
- How to use social and digital tools to attribute ideas to their original sourcse
- How and why being generous helps build communities
“…I think it’s important that if you really have respect for your profession and you really honor your profession, then you honor and respect the other people also in your field — you elevate your field rather than try to hoard ideas and claim that they’re your own…[U]ltimately the real benefactor is, I think, our communities…” — Jeffrey Davis
A Note from Charlie:
What does it mean to steal ideas in the digital world, and when and what type of attribution is necessary? That’s what we tackle in today’s episode.
Today’s podcast is an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking one to listen to for all creative business people. If you write a blog, if you have ideas and create programs or services or products based on those ideas, then you’ll want to tune in to the conversation today. Not just to listen to what we have to say, but hopefully to add your own voice to the discussion, because the point of this is really to open up a dialogue and get your thoughts on what it means to be an idea thief in today’s digital world.
Jeffrey and I first started talking about this idea a while back, based on articles and other peoples’ perspectives on the same idea (see all the references below), and we wanted to have a good, thoughtful conversation about the topic.
There are so many things that could be said and we could talk about this for three hours, but we did our best in this episode to frame the problem, talk about potential solutions, and talk about why it’s important to, as Jeffrey calls it, “show your trends.” We talk about why it’s important to share and to be open-minded, and how attribution can really only serve and benefit your community.
This podcast might be slightly different from what you’ve heard here in the past – it’s less of an interview and more of an elevated conversation about a tricky philosophical and ethical question. But I guess that’s what’s bound to happen when you get two committed, thoughtful people discussing a shared challenge and concern.
Enjoy and please let us know what you think in the comments below, on social media, or in a review on iTunes.
About Jeffrey Davis:
Jeffrey Davis is an author, speaker, and veteran strategist. As CEO of Tracking Wonder Consultancy, he and his team help business artists to shape their captivating Story – in remarkable books, astonishing brands, and intentional lives.
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Tracking Wonder
- Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
- Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
- The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
- The Anxiety of Influence by Harold Bloom
- Danny Brown
- Jim Collins
- Peter Drucker
- Jen Louden’s blog post Claim your Lineage
- Maria Popova of Brain Picking
- Apple’s 1984 commercial
- George Orwell’s 1984
- After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- The Twilight series
- End Malaria by Michael Bungay Stanier
- Kevin Kelley
- Chris Anderson
- Chris Guillebeau
- Pam Slim
- Seth Godin
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