You Are a Curator. Creation is Fallacy.
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Creation is a fallacy. Ex Nihilo creation is for gods and mythical characters. Mere mortals curate new content from old content. We remix old ideas to make new ones.
Here’s two examples from my life. Did I create or curate? It’s quite the admission, but I now think I curated.
AnswerSets – A segmentation tool.
I build a company that made a segmentation tool called AnswerSets (or Set Analyzer). I sold it to Business Objects in 1999. Was it new? No, it simply used SQL. I borrowed Venn Diagrams (Reverend John Venn 1880) to select data instead of Boolean logic (George Boole – 1854). Isn’t that crazy. I sold a company that was spawned from a problem created in 1854 that was first solved in 1880. 119 years later! That’s how long it took to gestate. Nobody said curation is a fast process.
GiftTRAP – The Gamification of Gift-Exchange
I self-publish and distribute a board game called GiftTRAP. It’s won 20+ awards. It’s in 12 languages worldwide. I began patenting the idea only to learn it was incredibly similar to a game called Personal Preferences (PS The Patent searches didn’t find it). I had never seen or heard of the game. I wasted a heap of cash chasing the creation dream. My game succeeded without a patent because I curated a unique experience. The mechanics were similar, but the experience was unique. Award winningly unique.
GiftTRAP did a better job of packaging the idea:
- More story
- More emotional connection
- More community (I crowd-sourced content for the game)
GiftTRAP has since been copied in spirit twice. I won’t name names. It’s irrelevant. Neither has been successful. They were both products with no story, no crowd, no emotion. They created. They didn’t curate.
Execution trumps Ideas.
What matters with ideas is not the source of the idea. It’s what you do with them. It’s all about who you get to care. It’s all about the story you tell and more importantly the story others tell on your behalf. It’s how you curate something that makes it successful. If you stop at creation, you are falling short. Curating content makes you think about how you can expand the scope and include more people in your project. Curation is all about connecting people emotionally to your outcome. For me, curation and crowdsourcing are very much intertwined.
Story & Experience trump Commodities & Products
Creation is a defunkt metaphor in my mind – 1.0 thinking. Curation is today’s reality. Curation is about story and experience. Look at a museum or an art gallery if you need proof. Stop trying to be creative, be curative. It’s less hard work. It produces better results. And it’s more repeatable.
Perhaps curation doesn’t sound so sexy. Perhaps there’s no black art, no magic to curation. For me curation wins every time. How about you?
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