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passion+inspiration = innovation

Eric Marden
September 23, 2007

passion+inspiration = innovation

A brief history of the internet -- from the view point of building new features out of old ones.

Eric Marden

September 23, 2007

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  1. passion + inspiration = innovation by eric marden { xentek.net

  2. passion primary (or primal) ingredient

  3. what are my passions? music art culture technology

  4. what are your passions? discover embrace cultivate extend

  5. if you don’t have a passion you don’t have a

  6. your passion will give you purpose surround yourself with people

    that share your passion your job shouldn’t pick your friends, your passions should
  7. BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of... being

    helped by hidden hands? JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell once said:
  8. inspiration fuel for your fire

  9. there are no new ideas only new iterations

  10. the conversation. evolved an incomplete history of the internet

  11. In the beginning... ... was the BBS. Users dialed up

    a server and left messages for each other.
  12. That gave way to... ... the Forum. Innovated by CompuServe

    as a way to ‘centralize’ the BBS system. Still required ‘permission’ and special ‘access’.
  13. Which became... ... the Message Board. Internet Version of the

    Forum. Access is (mostly) open to the internet at large. Still an asynchronous communication model
  14. Then the ‘me’ gene kicked in... ...And the Weblog was

    born. Satisfied both a publishing problem and a need to communicate. Comments were soon added, which created a ‘one person’ message board, of sorts.
  15. And then ‘Web 2.0’ arrived... RSS turned updates on its

    head. MySpace bastardized the blog and the private message. Twitter micro-sized the blog post. Pownce improved it and made it a group activity. And 1000s of other iterations...
  16. there are no new ideas only new iterations

  17. innovation the spark of genius

  18. So what became of the conversation? Message Boards and Blogs

    evolved in separate spaces, serving different needs. Social networking turned the internet on its head. Then someone decided to marry the two...
  19. The Blog Forum or ‘Flog’ Drawing on obvious prior art,

    the Blog Forum was born by creating a new system to house the conversation.
  20. So let’s see some examples

  21. Icon Buffet Free Delivery icon trading social network

  22. icon buffet: features Lightweight Profile Folksonomy Invites Social Connections ‘Game’-Like

    System keeps you motivated
  23. icon buffet: features And the Blog Forum... Posts are made

    and shown from the profile page Comments appear here too
  24. icon buffet: blog forum All posts are organized under a

    couple of different topics. Users can find the post in the Blog Forum or on the Profile Turns blogs into a community experience
  25. asoboo international creative community

  26. asoboo: features Lightweight Profile Allows your Flickr, RSS, and other

    Feeds to be plugged in for parsing on your profile Has a blog forum, but...
  27. asoboo: blog forum asoboo turns the Blog Forum concept inside

    out Everything is a comment - groups, blogs, etc. Every comment is shown on the Profile
  28. The post (comment) is the base unit of measurement of

    the conversation It’s not where you say it - It’s what you have to say.
  29. Where to go from here? Some things to think about

  30. What concepts can you extend? And how does it dovetail

    with your passions
  31. Scratch your own itch And success is possible. Do anything

    else, and it’s a Job.
  32. Fire your Boss And go start something

  33. What would life be like if we had no courage

    to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh
  34. Do the thing you fear the most and the death

    of fear is certain. Mark Twain
  35. Links http://www.iconbuffet.com/people/xentek http://www.asoboo.com/ http://xentek.net/