Seattle-based GeekWire billed its 2013 Summit as “the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest”. That was not hyperbole: Over the course of the day the spare, ordinary-looking GeekWire Summit 2013 stage at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel transformed into an epicenter of insight about the present and future of digital media. Even now, a few days hence, I feel buoyed by the feeling of “possibility” that permeated the event.
One of the standouts on the stage was Chase Jarvis, Seattle-based world-renowned photographer and advocate for creativity. Monica Guzman, digital life columnist for the Seattle Times and www.GeekWire.com , conducted the interview.
Jarvis touched a chord and connected with the crowd right from the start. Bursts of involuntary applause punctuated his talk as he delivered his thoughts about the democratization of creativity, the need for educational reform, and the power of passion about one’s work.
Long after he left the stage, #gwsummit flowed with a steady stream of his quotes. Here are a few of them:
“I believe very deeply that creativity is the new literacy.”
“As a culture, we need to fundamentally value creativity.”
“Education is the next industry that needs to be disrupted. Learning isn’t broken, education is broken.”
“We need to foster an education system that nurtures creativity. All of humanity’s fundamental problems are solved through creativity.”
“Be different, not better.” (Jarvis’ guidance on innovation and creativity.)
“Whether you are building a business or an iPhone app, creativity is the thing that drives what we do.”
“The internet has brought about a democratization of creativity. It’s the first time in history that makers and creators don’t need permission from anyone else.”
On photography, he adheres to traditional wisdom: “The best camera is the one that’s with you.”
Jarvis described his own online venture to democratize creativity, www.creativeLIVE.com. “It’s a platform to connect millions of people worldwide to unleash their creative power by connecting them live with inspiring creatives.” The business model is simple: Content is free while the program is live. People can pay to download and watch it later at a cost of $29 to $199. Jarvis said the average course attendance is 32,000, with the largest being more than 150,000. “We revenue-share with instructors. We treat them well.”
Using this business model, Jarvis launches today, September 16, his first “CreativeLIVE Photo Week.” This event features six days of live photography workshops taught by 50+ photographers, totaling more than 150+ hours of instruction. It’s free if you stream it live or you can pay to view anytime. (Check out the details here.)
To experience for your self the excitement inspired by Jarvis’ GeekWire Summit 2013 talk, watch the live stream here: (See time 1:52:15 through 2:28:48.)
For a taste of Jarvis’ photography work, check out this recent video of a photo shoot: “Chase Jarvis Dream Photo Shoot for Samsung Monitor”.