Paul Jun is the Head of Content at CreativeMornings. He's a writer, portrait/editorial photographer, author of Connect the Dots, and co-founder of The Observers—an online publication featuring visionaries in photography, film, and curation. He's the former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA. His essays have appeared on 99u, Fast Company, The Next Web, Business, 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
It occurred to me that learning to see critically, the way my colleagues did, was teaching me the value of perspective. Everyone had something different to offer.
When we come together with our power, our resilience, and our resistance, that we are a force.
The foundation of activism, I believe, is love. I believe it is hope. I believe it is sacred and ancestral. It is radical visions of liberation that are more spiritual than anything of this place.
Being in the community is how I survived.
When you gather and you exclude with purpose, you're not making it personal. And when we start creating a culture where we all gather on purpose and we develop a habit where we're cleaner and clearer about what we want and don't want, now, not forever. Every gathering is temporary.
Start with your need and communicate it to other people, and then exclude people in your life who are not going to help you with that need in that specific moment.
The discerning gatherer understands the difference between routine and ritual. Rituals are powerful when the form continues to match the underlying need or purpose of the gathering.
We tend to conflate category with purpose. For example, when I say I am having a birthday party, most of us have a specific archetype of what that means—candles, a cake, etc. And we follow scripts in those categories. . . . The most powerful gatherings begin with purpose and don't begin with form.
The transformative unit of gathering was that every gathering carried some amount of risk. Risk can be psychological, emotional, or physical.
Part of the reason why marriage therapy or conflict resolution is so powerful is because it gives a common language and a common structure for a temporary moment of time to destigmatize attitudes, language, and behavior that we assume to be scary.
Part of the reason we're scared of conflict is because it's dangerous. And we have lost our collective rituals to deal with it. . . . Therefore, it goes into unhealthy heat.
Conflict is about power.
In our multicultural world, we've lost the capacity for civic discourse in part because we don't have a common language; and in part because we're operating in a different power structure.
A part of the art of gatherings is to get people off their scripts and do things that are unexpected.
Fear comes from both not knowing but also offending. When the fear comes from not offending, if you're really listening, the fear is coming from love. And that's a different source from fear that comes from hate.
CreativeMornings, to me, embodied transformative gatherings.
You know when you see work that makes you cry, you're doing the right work.
Priya Parker The Art of Gathering
Is there a market for this? Or even better, can we create one?
Be what you want to see because you never know who's watching and wants to be that with you.