Indie capitalism is, above all, a maker system of economics based on creating new value, not trading old value.

My former BusinessWeek colleague, Bruce Nussbaum, writes a hopeful Fast Company piece on the rise and rise of indie capitalism. The quote above, with its reminder of the importance of actually creating new value rather than just shifting all that was old around the place, reminded me of a great episode of This American Life from earlier in the year. In How to Create a Job, Ira Glass and his team of intrepid reporters attempted to get behind politicians’ trumpeted jobs plans. And, as Adam Davidson memorably said on attending the International Economic Development Council conference in San Diego:

This is what drove me crazy about this conference, actually about the whole profession of economic development. They’re not creating jobs. They’re just moving jobs around. Arizona steals a company from California by offering some tax break and lighter regulation. Then Texas cuts taxes a bit more, does away with even more regulation, and gets the company to move there. That doesn’t help anything. We still have the same number of jobs. But now we have this race to the bottom. Who can cut back government services the most? Who can eliminate the most regulation?

Creating, not trading. Creating, not moving around. Creating, not indulging in a pellmell race to the bottom. Let’s do that.

(via thoughtyoushouldseethis)




I read this last night it is such a good review for anyone who is trying to become a real artist! (like myself!!!)

this pretty much encapsulates my views on the matter! might be helpful to those who are worried about inspiration in either their own or other people’s work.

and of course, personality imitation, stalking and never-ending denial about your direly one-sided ‘inspiration’ are NEVER okay but fall into a totally different category of creepy impersonation that would require a totally different kind of article to understand. i think most of you know who/what i mean. this article is not about that, just about people who are searching for a healthy attitude towards being inspired!

via kecky’s tumblr.

A really excellent article indeed!

The author talks about the dos and don’ts of copying, controlling your content, how to best integrate your inspirations, the concept of looking at things with an “artist’s eye,” and the legal/ethical quandaries of imitation (one of my favorite subjects, as you all know) in very kind, simple, easy to understand terms.

I was going to say it’s a must-read for beginning artists, but it’s really a must-read for everyone, as it put a lot of tough to pin down thoughts I have on these subjects into quality words.