I want to meet the person that somehow got “trending” to gain a foot hold in media. The perky faced announcer with the in ear monitor reading the teleprompter, “Here is what is what is trending today…” (snip)
Fast forward to all the people watching the show, telling their friends, “the trend for the day is…”
All of this makes me really wonder, “What do people think about? Or do they just regurgitate info?
The “trend” in the market is that people watch, see something and hit re-transmit on their mobile device with social media.
Am I just odd by wanting to know what people think and feel and not care what the collective herd mentality of the planet is pushing buttons about? Or have I learned that today’s button push, will simple lead to another batch of tomorrows button pushing, with minimal thought about “how” or “why?” to today’s button pushing?
I ask some questions a few days ago after I sent a friend an image of what the skyline of NYC will look like in a few years. He is a skyscraper designer, so I really enjoy the knowledge and explanation of how structured are built that rise high into the sky without toppling over and the trends with new technologies and the urban settings with population density increases.
What struck me with the NYC skyline were how thin and tall the buildings all were. Then when I thought about the “trend” of the price per square foot people are paying for apartments in the city, I really wondered if Manhattan would simply be a place for the well heeled to live, and everyone else will have to go to the other borough, even beyond Brooklyn (has that ever changed) to simply live.
I find it odd, that to make these new gleaming towers reality for the wealthy that have price tags from 20-100 million and a trend that bigger is better – aka – bring the mc mansion into Manhattan - the developers use creative ways to work around the laws to get tax credits. Usually they will develop some rent stabilized or lower income units as a way to make it look like they are not catering to just one sector of the 1% of the American economy.
What I lament is that the folks who get one of these coveted spaces, usually are not allowed to walk through the same entrance door as the well heeled. They have a different entrance– yet they live in the same building.
While I know life isn’t fair, this trend is going to do more damage to the United States as we further polarize. I have no problem with someone making money, but in the aquaculture meeting a few days ago, I see just how different the mindset of American “win at all costs” versus “what is best of the team” works. On one hand, you have to protect the survivability of the organization, yet, at the same time, having a family type team really makes a decent quality of life highly probably. Working in cutthroat business is really exciting for the mind and brain, but it will suck the soul out of you before you ever notice. One day you wake up, shake your head and ask, "how did i get here?"
A question for this actual post is what someone sent me, “will working in a entrepreneurial workplaces make people more innovative?” Another asked, “Why isn’t the world more creative?”
I would usually say yes, but at the same time, I don’t see the entrepreneurial side working in the traditional brick and mortar ideology – but rather – the stock pump – IPOs – lets get a market value worth zillions dream. The Google mentality has a few winners, but loads and loads of losers, burning through lots of cash - all-trying to copy some part of the similar idea.
What is amazing is that one can take a laptop, some software, a digital tablet, a 3d printer – and if one actually takes the time to learn the software – you can create anything your mind imagines.
So what do most do? They go out and look at what everyone else is doing and try to copy or do a linear progression. While it is technically an innovation – is it really creative?
This is where I think that perhaps fundamentally, you can line up 10 people in front of a space like an empty warehouse that is and ask, “what would you do with it?”
One in the ten would get all excited and start firing off sketches and ideas. "why not build this?" My guess is 9 out of 10 would stare at the space not really being able to visualize much?
If you were to line up the same 10 people in front of 10 finished spaces or rooms within that space, 9 out of ten would say “I want that” and the one would go, “why can’t I make my own?”
While not scientific data, I am guessing that is just how the world is working more and more. We are turning into a flow of trends and instant gratification. This is not a bad thing, but what about each person’s heart and soul?
Do we even realize we have one anymore? Take a moment, stop following trends of others, and start creating trends for yourself.