Putting the crazy, half-baked ideas in concept space

“Thanks for reaching out.”

That’s a phrase that I’ve bumped into a few times recently.  The phrase is a result getting in touch with complete strangers doing pretty cool things in the city that I (a) want to know more about (b) want to get my students and/or myself involved in or (c) some combination of a and b.

A powerful message: Thanks for reaching out

A powerful message: Thanks for reaching out. Got this email in November 2013. I’ve been thinking about the significance of reaching out ever since.

It’s such a simple message.  “Thanks for reaching out.”  But it suggests so much.  It reminds me that people who genuinely love their work (be it a paid job or what they do out of love for their community) are excited about sharing said work and possibly interested in taking advantage of the brain power/passion existing in local (and sometimes virtual) communities.

I received another “Thanks for reaching out.” just this morning as I settled in with “As We May Think.”

"Thanks for reaching out."

“Thanks for reaching out.”





I’m not far into the article yet, but I started thinking about the significance of “reaching out” and collaboration.  In the article, Bush writes:

They have done their part on the devices that made it possible to turn back the enemy, have worked in combined effort with the physicists of our allies. They have felt within themselves the stir of achievement. They have been part of a great team. Now, as peace approaches, one asks where they will find objectives worthy of their best.

I’m no physicist (as much of my amateur work with electronics will prove), but I consider myself an ally of many individuals and organizations in Richmond.  Especially those people/organizations who endeavor to support and nurture a kid’s curiosity or serve as a champion for whimsy.

Bush is talking about physicists working together, sharing research, etc. for a common goal.  This “reaching out” is “interdisciplinary” (does that have any meaning out side of a school environment?).  The devices that make it possible to turn back the enemy?  Twitter, email, coffee, a beer.  Anything that is conducive to conversations and the the building of networks.

I’m stretching, aren’t I?

I have to say that I’m really surprised by how easy it is to throw out an idea when it’s masquerading as a thought vector.  Idea.  Opinion.  Thought.  These are things loaded with the weight of suggestions.  “Thought vector.”  Totally liberating.  Also, Jenny Stout’s permission to put the crazy, half-baked ideas in concept space is also a gift.

I hope it’s a gift I can give my students in the 2014-15 school year.



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