As we enter into a new year and decade, I want to share my overarching theme for 2020: Be More Human. Inspired by stories, documentaries, conversations, and relationships, I want to go deeper into what it means to bring our humanity to our creative professions. I no longer want to be quiet in what matters most to me. I don’t want to shy away from the unrefined emotions that haven’t yet been processed and polished. Sure, I want the triumphs, but I also understand the importance of pain and talking about it as you are going through it. To be more human is to recognize that if we want to stand out and do something different, we must be ourselves.
“This is what all art strives for: the creation of a living permanence.” – John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.
How will I be more human?
- Ask deep, probing questions with a sense of empathy and vulnerability.
- Listen with respect and curiosity.
- Lead with my humanity in order to elevate others.
- Give a damn.
The people who have inspired this theme for 2020 and beyond:
- Heather Crank, the champion for the creative community
- René Mitchell and Martha Murray, Bend Design Conference
- Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger, Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different
- James Victore, Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life
- John and Molly Chester, Apricot Lane Farms and The Biggest Little Farm Documentary
- Gabe Ratliff, The Artful Entrepreneur
- Nick Laparra, Let’s Give a Damn
- Stephen Warley, Life Skills That Matter
- Danielle Evans
- Tim Griffin, a good friend and story producer
- Bruce Elgort, teacher, technologist, and the first listener and encourager of this show