Paul Jun is the Head of Content at CreativeMornings. He's a writer, portrait/editorial photographer, and author of Connect the Dots. He's the former Community Manager for the altMBA. His essays have appeared on 99u, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and more. Profile pic: Bill Wadman.
Creativity, content marketing strategy, community building, writing a book, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, fitness, snowboarding, and asking good questions.
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"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." — Seneca
Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Martha Graham, Temple Grandin, Steven Pressfield, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus.
Where something is, but not the street name.
How to set up a digital commonplace book.
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
How do we avoid building our ugly past into the future? Maybe put another way: How do we think about gathering data that reflects the future we want to build?
If we're taking all of the past data to predict the future, doesn't that mean we're going to have all of the problems of the past?
The important thing to understand about machine learning is that what they're great at is figuring out what's normal. And then predicting the next normal thing. . . . Question is, what if normal is garbage? What if we're giving it data that has inherent bias in it?
A lot of the times we think about machine learning, algorithms, as being the work of data scientists and of engineers. . . . There is also an important role in design for all of it, for the presentation of this information.
It's really about setting appropriate expectations for what the system can do and channeling behavior in the right way.
What I found the more that I work with and design these machine learning experiences is that it's less about designing for a fixed path through information and much more about trying to put some guardrails up around the weird stuff that the people will ask these 'smart systems.'
Josh Clark The Era of the Algorithm
Yoshie Akiba Connecting through Music after War
Because when they put me in the dirt, no one is going to care about my Instagram likes or the Addie's I've won. I want to be remembered by the people I lifted up, the stories I supported, the space we created; that I did right by my mom, raised two little soldiers, and that I love my wife fiercely.
Folks come into my office scared, excited, empowered, confused, confrontational, and I have to meet them there emotionally. I'm not a designer; I'm a servant with a sketchbook.
Michelle Ortiz Familias Separadas: Inspiration
I intentionally place my art in public space to say, 'We are here. We have been here. And this is what we contribute to our society and to this country.'
I see my work as an artist as cultural currency that I used to invest back into the communities I connect with.
After hitting a sort of creative wall in my life, I had to break through it and realize that I needed to self-assign. I'm responsible for my creative life. I'm responsible for the stories I tell. And I can't depend on other people to hand those to me.
Your energy is currency, spend it well, invest it wisely.
Phil Toledano Death Is a Start, But It's Not The End
Desmond Mason From NBA Player to American Artist
I don't know when exactly I stopped being "that Asian girl" and became Miss Info. But I wouldn't have lasted long enough to find out if I was checking my retweet counts or my Instagram comments.
If your passion can protect you, and if it can also shield you from judgment, then I would say use it by really exploring all of the different aspects of whatever your passion entails because then you're more worthy of that protection and you will contribute better to that creative community.
Nobody could deny that I loved what I did, even the little tiny menial parts of it, and I knew my shit backwards and forwards. I think that was the ultimate thing, that passion, and the work behind it is what broke people down. That's how passion protects you.