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The Blur Message

Blur is a 2-day, first of its kind event for young techies. We provide a forum to shamelessly discover and cultivate your creative pursuits.

1. Who — Participants:

  • Blur is invite-only. Entrepreneurs, software engineers, product managers, media mavens, and the digitally talented will be invited to participate in Blur.

  • Young people in highly technical jobs with a creative side they’re eager to cultivate.

  • They’re looking for like-minded people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by.

2. What — Summit Set-Up

  • Blur is a 2-day, invite-only summit that provides a forum for young technical workers to shamelessly discover and pursue their creative interests

  • The marquee event of Blur is a community Talent Show. We provide a stage for participants to perform, sing, dance, and entertain.

  • Summit sessions will inspire participants to be unapologetic about their passions, and provide practical guidance for tackling new creative endeavors.

  • Our programming is designed to enable connections among a professional network of young workers from the world’s leading technology companies.

  • These creative pursuits include (but aren’t limited to):

    • singing

    • dancing

    • writing novels

    • writing music

    • writing poetry

    • painting

    • playing piano

    • playing guitar

    • playing poker

    • meditating

    • building sand castles

    • telling really good stories

    • sculpting

    • monologue-ing

    • fire-eating

    • DJing

    • designing board games

2a. What — Blur Theme

Work and culture are increasingly influenced by the changing roles and perceptions around technology, media, and creativity.

  • Work: Playing the cello makes you a better programmer. As young technology workers unapologetically cultivate their non-technical creative pursuits, they are more likely to integrate their full complement of experiences and insights into the products they design, develop, and produce.  Advancements in science and technology are accelerated when these innovators are writing code and writing music.

  • Culture: When you need to play the cello, play the cello. Technical companies have led the way in terms of creating an environment for employees to seamlessly integrate their life and their job. But they haven’t gone far enough. Here’s the gap: When you say workers can do anything they want with 20% of their time, you should really mean it. They spend that 20% working on the company’s special projects, but they’d like to spend it tending to the bees, performing for friends, and practicing the cello. Young technologists have embraced today’s 24/7/365, always-on reality for work. They are at their most productive and happiest when they pursue work duties as they see fit in the context of their day.

3. When

  • October 29-30, 2014

4. Where

  • Brooklyn, NY

5. Why

  • Because we can be both highly technical and creative by seamlessly integrating work and life.

Never take the photos you see on magazine covers or online too seriously. Everyone has thigh cheese. It’s part of life. Nobody is perfect. Ask Lauren Fleshman | Keeping it Real. h/t @laneystrange

My Blur Bio

My name is Billy Bicket, I’m a ball-busting whip-cracking polymath. I’m organizing a new generation of technologists:  irreverent, unapologetic professionals who are cultivating their creative interests. Also known as polymaths, these people write code and design products by day, and write poetry and play the cello by night.

I have more access to the theater and the arts, and greater opportunities to cultivate my right brain than ever before. Yet, my impulses on this side of the wire are often narrowly constrained outside my job, and I pursue them in social isolation or don’t even bother. Which leaves me depressed and sad.

This is where Blur comes in. I’m participating at Blur to unapologetically pursue these right-brain creative projects on and off the clock. My work day is no longer from 9 to 5, so why should I constrain my interests during the day to just technical pursuits?

We’re working towards a day when technologist polymaths have a global forum to discover, develop, and publish their creative works, ideas, and performances.

 

Blur Program (Advisory Board Cut)

Now that you have the context, here’s an early cut of the type of program we’re designing for the Blur Summit. (Note that we made up the talk titles to package up the general direction we’re moving in. They are, in other words, imaginary talks, but ones that would be pretty awesome to have.)

Blur Summit Update: About Blur, Why We’re Here, What We Can Accomplish v1

@laneystrange and I have been designing a new event series we call Blur. A Summit aimed at sparking a dialogue about the limits and opportunities that abound in technology culture. Here’s a rough summary of what we’re up to, our rationale and what we hope to accomplish.

We’ll be refining our thinking about the Blur narrative with our Advisory Group over the next week, but want you to challenge our thinking and join in on the fun.

1. About Blur: The problem Blur is addressing is how creative pursuits are separated and relegated to the background of most people’s professional careers, leaving most people feeling stifled, cranky and less engaged in their work than they could be if things were different.

2. Why We’re Here: We have creative pursuits that we are developing and we’re actively seeking the space and support to go all-in on our creative projects. We are here to connect with others in similar circumstances who we can jam with, learn from and get energized by. We have something to say. We have something to share. We have things to do, and it’s not what you think.

3. What We Can Accomplish: Creativity & Craftsmanship knows no boundaries b/w work and play. We’re organizing the Blur community to spark a national conversation with some of the biggest technology companies in the world about the implications for biz and society when technology workers have the space, support and resources they need to pursue creative works (contributions to the science of creativity), ideas (fuel and inspiration for works and performances) and performances (encouraging and celebrating craftsmanship) seamlessly into their schedules.

How should we connect in order to accomplish this? The Blur Summit provides a number of ways for people to connect. The Talent Show is the showcase for accomplished creatives to show us what they got. The breakout sessions connect participants with one another who are likely allies trying to accomplish similar goals. The plenary sessions provide inspiration for participants to connect around. The Blur platform provides an entry-point for people everywhere to participate.

Interested in participating at the invite-only event? You can apply here.

If anything here resonates with you, drop me a line and tell me why. I’d love to hear from you.

@billyb 

billyb AT memphispunch.com.

 

There is no such thing as two people—whether baby and mother, two lovers, or teacher and student—being perfectly in sync with each other’s needs and wishes. Real intimacy arises from an ongoing process of connection that at some point is disrupted and then, ideally, repaired. I think of this as an interpersonal crochet stitch: connection, disruption, repair, over and over again, until a fabric is created with enough strength and flexibility to endure the wear of any two people attempting to know one another. Looking into the Eyes of a Master | Tricycle #blur h/t @katrinaperdue
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