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Patrizia Filippetti

Great! It's time to make the difference...

Arnold Beekes

This is so inspiring! Finally some recognition for the valuable work that passionate creratives are doing and could be doing.

John, will you set up a platform to bundle the strenghts of the passionate creatives?

PS. this links with the demographic study which indicates that there is a substantial group of people called the 'cultural creatives'!


This is a wonderful articulation of why passionate creatives might struggle within the more traditional organizations

"We are profoundly frustrated by the daily obstacles that we encounter at every turn. We see all the possibilities, but experience firsthand the barriers that keep these possibilities far out on the horizon rather than within our grasp. {snip} We quickly learn that our passions are viewed as deeply subversive, rather than as treasured assets."

Who will support Passionate Creatives with the transformation of their institutions? For some (including myself) the struggle is overwhelming, so I will leave in search of a more receptive organization.

Are there other organizations like Buckman (http://www.buckman.com/) that have managed to create value for the company and their customers by nurturing innovation and collaboration?

Scott Anderson

A related thought around learning, creativity, and passion: feedback. I've seen a real lack of feedback from people's efforts in organizations, and social media and technology offer the opportunity to increase this dramatically. Even as simple a metric as "number of days accident free" is posted because we know people want to effect their environment.

Feedback on your post (this comment and others) is always interesting-- no one wants to post and be greeted only by silence. Communities created through social media are offering new opportunities for feedback, and when that is combined with business intelligence capabilities it can create opportunities for the "diamond in the rough" to be discovered and presented to the CEO for action.

Transparency is a big part of this, and transparency is itself a form of feedback: watching your ideas "progress" through the community can be rewarding. I even know of one organization that is using a virtual currency to trade in ideas, and then paying people in real pounds based on their degree of investment in projects. This creates enormous energy, as people feel they can actually effect their environment.

Perhaps this is part of what living with passion means: you feel connected to the world, and you have the ability to effect it.

Rachel Rosenfelt

John-- this is truly inspirational. Your point that "passion fosters new dispositions - it not only welcomes new challenges, it actively seeks them out," reminds me of an observation by Ortega y Gasset:

"The most radical division that is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: those who make great demands of themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every moment what they already are; without imposing on themselves any effort toward perfection; mere buoys that float on the waves….The few individuals we have come across who are capable of a spontaneous and joyous effort stand out isolated….These are the select men, the noble ones, the only ones who are active and not merely reactive, for whom life is a perpetual striving.”

James Folkestad


You made my morning! Waking up to this post was refreshing and provided me with renewed commitment as I work within a very traditional organization at a university. I can confirm what you are saying - as I continue to see universities (and schools) become marginalized as they continue to hold to the notion of scarcity.

Your post and work has been helpful to me as I frame my ideas around learning and innovative Edgility (edgility.net). I will post more on my Edgility blog (www.edgility.blogspot.com).

Thank you!


21st Century Guilds

Who will lead their creation? It is my sincere belief that the guild system will return to prominence in the 21st century - as the most appropriate organizational "form" to harness the potential of we passionate creatives.

After all, wouldn't it be incredibly rewarding to commit to a genuine apprenticeship under the leadership of a master like John Hagel?

Seth Godin has more recently defined the "Tribe" as a new social form (http://tiny.cc/cIcwc) - and he could very well be onto something.

Rock on!
_ James

Alex Osterwalder

Inspiring, John. Thank you!

I'm just coming out of several months of leading the co-creation of a book with over 400 other passionate innovators. The joint passion clearly helped create a better product...

There is still so much underexploited potential for communities of innovators to jointly explore.



Well said. It is time to create a new United Artists for many fields. The platform capabilities can become a shared resource. My brother-in-law, Michael Harvey is a TV producer (created Cold Case Files), and novelist (Chicago Way, Fifth Floor, and Third Rail coming out in the spring). It is amazing how little marketing, etc., the publishers do anymore. We need to create a new platform...

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