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Good Ideas Salon With Seth Godin Recap

Good Ideas Salon With Seth Godin Recap
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PSFK's Good Ideas Salon with Seth Godin, held last Thursday at the Soho House, provided to be an inspirational and thought provoking morning where Seth shared ideas from his new book Linchpin.

Dan Gould
  • 8 february 2010

PSFK’s Good Ideas Salon with Seth Godin, held last Thursday at the Soho House in New York City, provided to be an inspirational and thought provoking morning where Seth shared ideas from his new book Linchpin.

He talked about what it takes to to a be a successful Linchpin; one fundamental component being to treat the work you do as art. He explained that there needs to be an element of gift giving and real care in the work that you produce, to give as much as possible without a concern for reward, and that it needs to truly change people to be art.

Playing by your own rules, and beating what he calls the “lizard brain”, the voice inside your head that argues to keep you safe and inside your comfort zone, are other key traits of a Linchpin. Finally, the importance of “shipping” your work constantly, and as fast as possible without sacrificing quality was stressed by Seth.

Some additional thoughts below from the PSFK team:

Francisco Hui:
Advice on how to be an artist / lynchpin:

  1. Seek and solve interesting problems.
  2. Be a leader.

Kyle Studstill:

During Wired’s Future of Space & Time event, there was significant backchannel twitter conversation and sharing.  I think that the exercise of having people leave their mobiles at checkin to IDEO’s Humanizing Social Media event was an attempt to address this, to ‘rehumanize’ the act of being together.

I looked around the room during Seth’s talk and found that almost no one was on their mobile. Looking at the twitter feed upon my return confirmed this – in fact what I found was commentary on the fact that very few people at the event were sharing their experience.

What I saw at the Good Ideas Salon is that Seth’s insight and passion completely overpowered our dependence on being connected to the digital world. That’s humanizing.

Photos by Dave Pinter

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