Tightly packed cities mean traffic, crime, noise and general craziness, but squeezing people together brings out creativity.
Think about all this interaction. Cities are like idea factories, where all the friction acts as a catalyst for inventiveness. So much interaction is good for the mind, but it’s also good for the soul. In fact, according to urbanist Leo Hollis, living in a city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative – and, perhaps, even happier.
But what about our tightly packed online village?
The last time I checked, the social web was pretty damn crowded.
All good. The more people you interact with, the more folks you read, and the more seeds you spread (get your mind out of the gutter), the better off you are. In fact, all this mixing bumps up your creative IQ a few points.
You spread your knowledge and like a dry sponge, you soak up the wisdom of others.
In fact, we’re all actively bouncing ideas off each other all the time.
Cordial, heated or in-between, you usually walk away with something. A tidbit of knowledge. An idea for a new post, or a spark of insight.
The trick is not getting sucked into the vortex. This place should enrich your mind, so it’s important to maintain some kind of focus and not get lost in the bright and shiny.
You may even want to step away, because our online city has plenty of sucking power and can kill creativity as well as foster it.
But really, if used correctly the social web is the most creative force I know. I’ve grown more in my one year of blogging than ever in the history of my little existence. I am but a speck on a pale blue dot in a vast universe.
… But as a speck I do a lot of bouncing and growing.
We’re all bits colliding in a kinetic dance. Sparking ideas and generating creative energy.
Cities are packed hives of activity, but so is our online utopia. It’s just a different form of interaction. You see words and avatars, but you are interacting with real people and this, my friend, is how you grow.
I wrote a post about solitude and stand by the statement that seclusion is good for the soul, at least for introverts.
But in that post I wrote about why our little online village is so crackin’. While participating in our online utopia, you have a chance to experience privacy AND participation. That’s dope, phat and Jim Dandy.
It is! It’s a brilliant form of interaction and it’s good exercise for both left and right lobes of your old noggin.
So why not celebrate this digital heaven, really.
Enjoy the process, but be a focused little speck and become the virtuoso you know you are.
Suck up the flowing knowledge like a Libman dish sponge and keep rocking’ in our digital wonderland. But please, don’t get lost.
Enjoy the trip, maintain constant focus and expand that creative mind of yours.
How is the social web like a city to you?
And how has it expanded your creativity?