August 22, 2008

I met the Walrus: John Lennon on participative culture

I'm making some Beatles references in this morning's keynote at the Alberta 1-2-1 Summer Institute in Calgary. In my morning aggregator rummage I found this gem, an animation produced in the space of nearly 40 years, by a child who became a man. For me, many of the messages about achieving peace through the equipment and space of the Establishment could be translated into the kind of daily struggles some of us have in our domains.

For me, it's trying to inspire people to make a little extra push in the name of innovation, learning something new or make a little trouble to see where it goes. Take five minutes out to watch this and let me know if you see any parallels with your way of thinking, working, living. From YouTube:

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message.


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Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the no-nonsense company that makes accessible the creative process required to innovate: to find meaningful problems and solve them.

Ewan wrote How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, a manual that does what is says for education leaders, innovators and people who want to be both.

What does Ewan do?

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School leaders and innovators struggle to make the most of educators' and students' potential. My team at NoTosh cut the time and cost of making significant change in physical spaces, digital and curricular innovation programmes. We work long term to help make that change last, even as educators come and go.

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