Hypothesis calling

Ah, my return to the blogosphere! It hasn’t been for a lack of thoughts or insights to share that I have been offline for so long. It’s just that sometimes one needs to shut the hell up and get out of the way to invite clarity. So, I’ve been shutting up, playing with the niechews*, and letting clarity clothe me in the fashion that suits me best. Wanna know what that looks like? Here we go.

As a producer for The Scooty & JoJo Show, Jonny Stax Presents is incredibly proud to announce that Scooty & JoJo’s GoGo Legit campaign has been a huge success. With the support and contributions of its fans, Scooty & JoJo are able to pursue licensing arrangements for several of their properties. This means that for the time being, we must hold these shows out of circulation while contractual considerations are fully assessed.

This time away from producing, though, is allowing us time to comb through the feedback we have received from our one-on-ones with various organizations and individuals doing work related to Chicago Lab and Urban Retreat. We have also been piloting programs such as the arts project residency with Lacy Campbell. This time has allowed us to reflect on the business we have been creating – the internal assets, the challenges we face, the opportunities and threats in the external environment, and our fit in the world.

This has all led us to a great hypothesis we are going to test this fall. I want you in on this testing process.

Our hypothesis, which derives from my years of leadership in business, social justice, artistic, and educational settings, is that there are common phases, principles, and practices of the creative process that translate across diverse fields. That the processes involved in creating a new work of art, creating a new business, creating a new product or service, creating a new education curriculum, and creating a new social initiative share common characteristics as do the people who initiate and engage in these creation processes.

What I want to test with you this fall is:

  1. what are these commonalities and where do they end?
  2. What can people from different fields involved in their own creation processes gain from sharing the same space and experiences?
  3. What structures and systems have been built or need to be built to support distinct processes and cross-pollination of these processes?
  4. What services, tools, and experiences would help each or some of these sectors’ creative processes?
  5. and who would want to participate, invest in, and observe this type of work?

So, through various methods this fall, we will be asking these questions, exploring possible answers, and refining our theories. Come on aboard. Creation exploration can be fun!

*Niechews is my new term for nephews and nieces, because I get tired of having to gender them and say three words when the rest of my family gets to say one (i.e., grandchildren, children).