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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

American Creativity Association

I spoke earlier today at the American Creativity Association's annual conference here in Austin, coordinated by William "Bud" Wurtz, who told me there were around 100 very smart, creative people attending. It was a great group, and I regretted that I couldn't hang out longer. I talked about Worldchanging.com, reviewing the history of the site and the nonprofit organization that emerged from it, and discussing my role in the the development of a Worldchanging Blog Network. The group had excellent questions; they're all fired up about innovation in its many forms.

Bijoy notes that Gregg Fraley, who spoke to the Ideation group, will be at the ACA meeting, which runs through Saturday.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Ideation March Meeting with Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley, author of Jack's Notebook spoke at the March Ideation Meeting at Cafe Caffeine. Bijoy started with a call for participation in BootKarma, and an introduction to the BootBoards.

Here's a brief outline of Gregg's talk:
  1. Make a wish list. No judgments, just list. Don't let your mind get in the way
  2. CPS Method: Exploration: research, problem framing; Generation: ideation; Plan for action. Techniques include iterative divergent/convergent stages: List/choice, list/choice, etc.
  3. Backdrop principles: Make lists, defer judgment
  4. Generate Ideas: In what way might I....Use the best topic from your wish list. Make a list, go nuts. Hit the wall and keep going past it. The best ideas come after the wall. Re-frame and distill the problem or goal
  5. Post-it Note Brainstorming; find your resource group and use it; brainstorm then organize ideas into categories: cluster and combine ideas
  6. Re-frame your problem by using adjectives from an unrelated object (like a bottle or computer)
  7. What would an influential person from your past advise? A teacher? Mentor? What would Abe Lincoln (or another important historical person) say?
  8. Develop criteria for a reasonable solution (does it cost under a certain amount or is it actionable within a specific time-frame, use 4 generally) and rate your solutions on a 1-3 scale according to those criteria. Then improve on each idea to make it score better
  9. Getting into Action: Make a list of people who can help; make a list of people who might hinder; make a list of resources; make a list of who would be excited about it
  10. Take action. What is one thing you can do today before you go to bed? Remember: that which is measured improves

All attending seemed to get a great deal out of the meeting as Gregg had us each focus on a specific problem we are facing. Gregg can be reached at gregg AT greggfraley DOT com.

Additional reading: Jack's Notebook (CPS explained in a novel format), Creative Leadership (in-depth explanation of CPS, very technical)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Check out SockNet Austin

The Social Networking group SockNet Austin has formed and you are invited to join.

Our most recent post is notes on the Bootstrap Marketing Swarm on Shelley Chan's OakTreeIdea.com site.

Please join, put up a note about your social network or social media site, and blog about us!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Marketing Swarm | Social Networks

Per Brian Massey on the Bootstrap list...

Don't forget to come to the next Bootstrap marketing swarm on
Wednesday, March 7. We'll be reviewing social networks: how to build
them and how to market them. Social Networks will be the guerilla way
to market many businesses in the coming 5 years.

We have been able to secure a location for our Social Network Swarm.
You'll find a map here:
http://tinyurl. com/2he69o

No food, so grab something before you come.

Call Brian Massey for questions:

Should be a good lead-in to all of the Bootstrap evens coming up for SXSW Interactive.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

DemoCamp Recap

Just wanted to post a quick recap of our first DemoCamp Austin. The event took place last night at Cafe Caffeine and it rocked! Official attendance per Whurley was 68, the place was packed for sure. It was great to see so many people there interested to see what's going on in the local Austin start-up scene and I hope it was good feedback for everyone who presented.

I'd have to give top honors to Steve from SnapPages. His demo was awesome and everyone there was pretty much blown away by how smooth and user friendly it was. Thanks again to the folks at Cafe Caffeine and everyone who made it out. We plan on holding a DemoCamp every quarter as interest allows so shoot me a note if you want to present, we are just about full for the next one!

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SnapPages photos

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bootstrap on the Radio

Fellow Bootstrapper Jason Myers, founder of Business District Magazine , has just launched a 1-hour radio show every Sunday at 3pm on 1370AM Talk Radio . Last Sunday was the inaugural show with a spirited discussion between our own Gary Hoover and Jan Triplett on the entry of Walmart at Northcross Mall.

This Sunday (tomorrow), Jason will interview me on Bootstrapping, Bootstrap Network and how we bring our creative communities in Austin together. A good part of the discussion will revolve around my recent article in the current issue of ABD. Just yesterday, Kevin, Steve and I spoke at Wisdom at Work on how to create a vibrant community for their members based on insights we've learned at Bootstrap. Interestingly, this issue's Fast Company has an article by Andrew Park on cities trying to find their "inner Austin" to become attractors for the Creative Class (pg 43). Andrew also wrote the BusinessWeek article on Bootstrap last year.

We'd love it if folks would call in tomorrow and join the discussion. The number is: 512-390 1370. The show is 1hr and starts at 3pm.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

BarCamp Austin & SXSWi Panel Schedule

The panel schedule for SXSW Interactive has been posted and it looks to be a great lineup as usual.

Also, for those of you who don't want to burn $350 getting in, you can attend the non-conference BarCamp Austin on March 9-10 for free.

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