Precious work


  1. of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly.
  2. “precious works of art.”

In the past, I was once part of an online course where we worked on a long-term assignment in a designated group of 4-5 students. We didn’t have a space to share our work with other groups, but we did have feedback sessions with our mentor that were crucial to help us to move forward. At some point, a student came up with the idea of having meetings where groups could share their work so we could all learn what the other groups were doing.

This idea didn’t catch on with most students. One of the reasons given by a student to reject it was that their work was too precious to share. We lost a unique opportunity to put our ideas to the test, question our assumptions, and, most importantly, learn from others.

SCA is on the opposite side of that fence. I can’t even think of the possibility of us trying to hide our ideas because they are too precious. The challenge here is to let others tell you how precious it is. 

I am more than grateful for my learnings from the past,  but I prefer to be in a place where I have to live with the bitter taste of not finding a sticky enough idea yet, than being in a world full of unquestionable “precious” ideas. What’s more, I don’t feel that any of my ideas are precious now, but I hope that by the end of this adventure, my brain muscles will have exercised enough to start to create some sweet, precious ideas.

To close, here are some ideas that have fascinated me so far: 

  • DALL-E. A digital tool to draw anything with the power of AI. 
  • Fussy. An eco-friendly deodorant based on friendly, harmless lactobacillus that loves to eat sweat!
  • “Clown proof” -Audi’s Ad. Pure gold.
  • Book: Sticky wisdom. Mark Palmer, a mentor at SCA, recommended it, and it’s worth every cent. I enjoyed a section about the cynics, hazardous people, ready to kill ideas as soon as they come from others’ mouths. I have been a cynic sometimes. I think most people are at some point. Well, I promised myself not to be a cynic anymore. There are some great quotes from cynics in the book. My favorite is: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”  Charles H Duell, Commissioner of Patents. 1899. He should talk to the creators of DALL-E. 
  • Scamping! I love to draw again, and it’s a great way to test ideas fast. 
  • The 4 Rs: Re-arrange, Random, Revolution, and Related words. 
  • It’s great to create by Jon Burgerman. My favorite book to improve scamp-talents.

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