the miser and the curator

9 curators wanted

‘Exclusivity is the economic sibling of scarcity.’*

Small-town America with diners and ice-cream bars one minute, then a scoop of London the next, behind which opened up a world of witches and wizards.

My wife Christine and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, even though it was the repackaging of the large into the small.

Life, though, seems to be set up the other way around.  Taking us from small experience to large, including from me to me and you, and from us to others and more.  From this, we know the experience of life isn’t set.  It grows through the increasing numbers of people involved in sharing gifts.

‘No one else can drink from the ego-of-two.  It has its moment in our maturation, but it is an infant form of the gift circle.’**

We are walking sensor arrays.  No wonder mindfulness is one of the phrases and experiences of the present.  People are rediscovering they’re more than their thoughts.  As I was sifting through my thoughts this morning, I was struggling with a headache but was I was still excited by what I was reading.  The excitement wasn’t registering in my head but in my chest.

Rohit Bhargava’s description of the curator caught my attention:

‘This combination of collection and contemplation is central to being able to effectively curate ideas and learn to predict the future.’^

The miser operates in a world of scarcity.  He takes something very big and makes it small so he might own it, control it.  Deep down, he’s cynical about the experiences of others who witness to there being more.

The curator selects from a world of abundance on order to shape an experience intended to open up the future.  Hers is a crucial task in the universe’s circle of the a gift, making it possible for as many as possible to receive gifts and to give gifts on.

‘When we see that we are actors in natural cycles, we understand that what nature gives to us is influenced by what we give to nature.  So the circle is the sign of an ecological insight as much as of gift exchange.’**

We all have the opportunity to be a curator for at least one other.

(*From Joseph Pine and James Gilmore’s The Experience Economy.)
(**From Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)
(^From Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious.)


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