Creativity and Community

“If you’re going to create, create a lot. Creativity is not like playing the slot machines, where failure to win means you go home broke. With creativity, if you don’t win, you’re usually no worse off than if you hadn’t played. – Scott Adams

Every day at work we eat lunch together. We take 30 or 40 minutes and we all hang out and talk about movies, politics, business, and “stuff.” We have formed our own small community, and lunch is one of the great parts of the day. Not only has it engendered a closeness among us, it allows us to feel conformable sharing our thoughts and ideas.

Just as our dining table is a place for us to gather, we hope that crowdSPRING will be a place where creatives from around the world can interact, share their creativity, view one another’s work, and teach and learn from each other. We want to give users endless possibilities to interact and to learn about and enjoy one another.

How do we enable creative people the world over to share their vision, their work, and their knowledge? In our last post we commented on how artists need to create and that their urge to create is universal. They just can’t seem to stop themselves. And while they continue to create and create and create, their studios fill with their paintings and sculptures, and their hard drives fill with their essays, their music, and their photographs. A problem that many artists (particularly younger people, or people from non-traditional backgrounds) have is that they lack outlets which allow others to view their art.

In brainstorming ideas to promote community, we are focused on ways to enable our users to share their bounty. One idea is to enable crowdSPRING contributors to create slide shows of their work. Wouldn’t it be nice to have simple tools to create a DVD, or a quicktime of your online logo design or other design portfolio which you could share with others? Another idea we’re kicking around is to allow users to post virtual gallery “exhibits” of work. Much like Buyers can post projects that Contributors can submit to, why not allow Contributors to set up special rooms populated with individual or group shows? Other users could comment, ask questions, and come away with inspiration for their own work. A kind of virtual Gallery District on crowdSPRING…