A short story.
On the car radio came Bobby Gentry singing Ode to Billy Joe.
I’d never really listened to the lyrics before, but found myself caught up in a story being developed rather than repeated.
It got me thinking about how everyday we get to write an intriguing song or story, one which unfolds, avoiding repetition.
In the background lies the great Human story: from cognitive revolution to agricultural to scientific, and what next?
I finished the day by reading Philip Pullman’s introduction to Lionel Davidson’s thriller Kolymsky Heights, in which Pullmann offers, “It’s classic in shape. It takes an ancient form of the quest: the hero journeys to a far-off place, gains something valuable, and returns.”*
The following morning I read these words from Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler:
‘Thus, on April 9, 2012, just three months after Kodak filed for bankruptcy, Instagram and its thirteen employees were bought by Facebook for $1 billion.’**
Respectively examples of linear and exponential companies, Kodak and Instagram tell a story about how we are moving into a new age. We are exploring ways on a personal level for moving from linear to exponential stories. This is being made more possible by finding and creating with others. We haven’t reached a tipping point yet, but it’s coming.
Austin Kleon elaborates on Brian Eno’s idea of a scenius, a creative community:
‘Being a valuable part of a scenius is not necessarily about how smart of talented you are, but what you have to contribute – the idea you share, the quality of the connections you make, and the conversations you start.’^
Today, we get to live the classic story: far away places can be close geographically, where you’ll find something valuable, and bring it back to those you love.
‘The shortage is in people willing to do it. To take a leap. To walk onto the ledge and start.^^