Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A scientist' business value proposition

From a tweet of Professor Steven Blank "Another incoming team at the NSF I-Corps+ (See previous blog entry: In praise of Open - Proprietary hybrid software releases )







Monday, October 28, 2013

In praise of Open - Proprietary hybrid software releases

In my post Why Open Source Software?  here is what I wrote in the end paragraph
Open Source Software is beneficial... Most of us, we do want to do goodness. There is no way to accomplish our mission and  keeping the freedom, if we starve to death, if we don't have children (like Richard Stallman),  if we don't get funding for  our projects and if no one uses what we invented and created ex-nihilo.
Danese Cooper, ex Sun, aka the Open Source Diva is a follower of  Meher Baba, the Irani Indian spiritual teacher. She is the most influential, sensitive and inspired voice and advocate of Open Source. This is what she says on background page of her LinkedIn profile:
I believe that the Open Source Methodology of increased transparency in software development (and possibly also in hardware development) can only have a positive effect on the technology we deliver to customers. The marriage of Open Source to traditional software development has created some interesting hybrid (part Open part Proprietary) models which I believe hold up favorably against entirely traditional methods in both time to market and satisfaction of market demand.
Danese means here something different than simply offering a model of free code and charging for support. Or as we did in Sun Micro with Sun Grid Engine, we offered two distributions, one with a priced license and one for free (using the most liberal SISL open source license ). The latter proved a failure, but this is another conversation

Let's see for example  The R Project for Statistical Computing . Just look at one field  High-Performance and Parallel Computing with R there is a mind-blowing large lists of packages available. The documentation is cryptic, as the authors assume everyone have the same abilities to understands as them. On the other hand, the R open source ecosystem has created a wealth of statistical applications impossible to be covered by proprietary software. Read Will 2015 be the Beginning of the End for SAS and SPSS?   This is already happening as we learn from this tweet

  1. IBM division switches from SAS to R to save money, partly to avoid charges from Global Services ... Ironic, eh?
Revolution Analytics  VP Marketing, David Smith reports that their "development team spent more than six months making R work on 64-bit Windows (and optimizing it for speed), which we released as REvolution R Enterprise bundled with ParallelR"  They call it an R Enterprise grade and it satisfy the desires of their  investors - which include Microsoft and Intel - to use the Windows 64 bit operating system. According to a 2011 press release, the prices start at $1,000 per single user.

This is probably a classic example of hybrid Open and Proprietary software release

Google has released three weeks ago  two R packages
RProtoBuf is an R package for Google’s Protocol Buffer library that allows one to define simple data structures with intuitive getter and setter methods. 
HistogramTools is a new R package  that uses RProtoBuf to read in a compact protocol buffer representation of binned data 
Both Revolution Analytics and Google do not develop from scratch. They adapt from a wealth of open source packages software releases that meet the needs of their own customers, financial backers or speed the internal development of new products

Why a mix of open and proprietary software development ?

The Agile Manifesto  is quoted by Tristan Kromer . He quotes  
"Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software."
But what is a valuable software? Tristan answer is 
"Value is determined by the customer in the act of paying for a product."
Open source releases have no monetary value. Proprietary established companies can re-use open source in a customer environment where there are people, aka customers, willing to place their hands inside their pockets, take our their valets and pay.

But how to get to this stage? The primary function of the proprietary partner in the Open-Proprietary model is to discover a sustainable (and scalable) business model. This could never be done in open source, where the development looks like this:
From Tristan Kromer: Open Source like Agile Develoment


Scientists as entrepreneurs

Yes. Traditionally entrepreneurship and science are compared to oil and water. 
Steve Blank and Bob Dorf  change this perception. For 3 years in row they teach the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) - professors and their graduate students -   how to bridge the commercialization gap between their scientific research and wide-scale commercial adoption and use. Quote:
The program pays scientists $50,000 to attend the program and takes no equity.
Currently there are 11 U.S. universities teaching the Lean LaunchPad curriculum organized as I-Corps “nodes” across the U.S.  The nodes are now offering their own regional versions of the Lean LaunchPad class under I-Corps.
The NSF I-Corps uses everything we know about building Lean Startups and Evidence-based Entrepreneurship to connect innovation to entrepreneurship.
From my experience in working with extremely talented scientists, a startup is a harder sell solution for a professor or scientist. My comment to Steve Blank blog on LinkedIn  is:
 I preach for over a year some initiatives to take research ideas to commercialization, Going "out of the door" and speaking with customers is adverse to most scientists psychology. It belittles lofty aspirations and researchers lack the risk taking capability. It is doable, but the devil is in the details
In my humble opinion Hybrid Open - Proprietary  commercialization will have much greater chances to success starting from scratch a startup. Researchers and professors, can keep their academic position and research staff, while the risks are mitigated by commercial companies.

Steve Blank writes:
Every time I go to Washington and spend time at the National Science Foundation or National Institute of Health I’m reminded why the U.S. leads the world in support of basic and applied science.  It’s not just the money we pour into these programs (~$125 billion/year), but the people who have dedicated themselves to make the world a better place by advancing science and technology for the common good.
Here is the progress report from Universities of Stanford, Berkeley and UC San Francisco. Jerry Engel was my professor at UC Berkeley Entrepreneurship program



Startups from open source are not the only option

Hybrid Open Source - Proprietary projects

These projects may create jobs for the same open source contributors who are now laboring for free

As a non-cliche Product Manager here are some ideas For each idea listed here, there about 100 more ideas to discover.
  • Build access to any cloud or grid using a laptop (Amazon Web Services, Joyent Manta, etc)
  • Build access to any TOP 500 supercomputer using a laptop
  • Commercialize an R package based in Bosco GridR to distribute the huge R jobs to all nodes for maximum throughput in a cloud
  • Submit  performance jobs via email. Yes, email
  • More suggestions supplied on request
Does any corporation have a need for these type of applications? Or, alternatively,  describe your problem. Interested? 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Best Buy employs my son

This is - in a sense - the follow up story after the The Extraordinary Laptop Repair . The two are seemingly unrelated - one is his project in Sierra College, the other is the work of many people including the Transitions program for the local, high standards of Rocklin School District, one of the best in California

My son David got the first job ever in his life in the Best Buy Store in Roseville, California. A place he loves to visit, who doesn't? He was so emotional first day, afraid of not making a mistake. David needs to see perfection in what he does

David is a trainee and now goes through various departments labeling the items and getting familiar with them. In the photo he works in the aisle with the headphones for sale. This just the beginning. David will keep surprising us all.

It is a small step and I expect to see many more HFAs in desirable, dignifying, rewarding jobs. David colleague , Davis, also works there

My sincere thanks to Chris Connelly, Holly Gotwals and the wonderful team  of Workability from Rocklin Unified School District.

Our deep thanks to the Best Buy management






Important Reference:  The New Dandelion: a plan for highly functional autistic employment

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The New Dandelion: a plan for highly functional autistic employment

 Introduction

I appeal to all readers of this article to circulate it as widely as possible. It proposes the creation  of employment for High Functioning Autistic young people in a natural  way, supplementing the institutions we already have  and leveraging their resources. The model I use as inspiration is the distributed, collaborative grid computing. What I describe below is a most unusual impact

"The most interesting developments in technology are not the gadgets and products themselves. It's how they impact the society"  (David Pogue in Scientific American 10/2013)

The Magic of OSG

You can see how an organization called Open Science Grid (OSG) creates in the example below, 1,780,000 CPU Hours in 24 hour time in our lives. This is mind boggling. In this snapshot below,  OSG did in one hour the work of about 74,200 single core desktops.


Fig. 1 OSG Display http://display.grid.iu.edu/
The snapshot of the display above refreshes every 15 minutes and it shows often two million computational hours squeezed in one hour clock time

You will be surprised to hear that Open Science Grid does not own any hardware. They never buy servers as they used other people's servers who work in  what OSG calls Virtual  Organizations.

An official description of what OSG is and how it works you can read on this wikipedia web page.

For a more intuitive description, perhaps this picture is worth a thousand words




We see at the bottom, represented by columns the capacity used locally in each Virtual Organization, VO #1 to VO #N. Each VO has servers grouped and managed locally as clusters. OSG does not manage those local clusters. Each VO has local users, they have priority and the red area is percentage used locally. Experience shows again and again that no one uses 100% all resources in the VO, 100% of the time. Each column shows in green the percentage of idle resources at one moment in time. The green area will always exist. It is virtually impossible that all VOs use 100% their resources at the same time.

The green area - the percentage of idle resources in each VO - are the bread of butter of OSG. Using a very clever software, -  based on High Throughput Computing (HTC) computer science principles - OSG is able to recover and use all these huge pools of idle resources. OSG customers are the same VO users, mostly scientists, researchers  who need resources that exceed the local VO capacity. In  some collaboration project, scientists from other projects, not working for a VO, will access the OSG virtual resources.

The final result is like a creation ex-nihilo . If OSG were  in a magic show, then Fig. 1 is what the audience sees. The public made of lay people will be mesmerized.

What this has to do with a employment plan for Highly Functional Autistic people, that integrates the HFA in the society? Please read on.

What is a High Functioning Autistic disorder?

This is the WebMD definition
High-functioning autism (HFA) is at one end of the ASD  (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Signs and symptoms are less severe than with other forms of autism. In fact, a person with high-functioning autism usually has average or above-average intelligence. The differences from other forms of autism have led many psychiatrists to consider high-functioning autism as similar to or the same as Asperger's syndrome. However, usually children with HFA have language delays early on like other children with autism. Children with Asperger’s, though, don’t show classic language delays until they have enough spoken language so that their language difficulties can be noted.
 Unlike people with other forms of autism, people with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome want to be involved with others. They simply don't know how to go about it. They may not be able to understand others' emotions. They may not read facial expressions or body language well. As a result, they may be teased and often feel like social outcasts. The unwanted social isolation can lead to anxiety and depression.

What are the goals of an HFA employment plan?

These are not in order of importance.

The #1 goal is to make an HFA candidate productive so the profits per employees exceed the cost of her salary and of the total expenses incurred by the mainstream employer. 

The #2 goal is to have a plan that is scalable and can relatively quickly  expand in a natural way throughout California and US

The #3 goal is make sure each HFA has a mentor both at school, college, university and in the place work

The #4 goal, is to make the top mainstream graduates from our colleges and university HFA employment champions

The #5 goal is make as many HFA young people feel happy. with a sense of fulfillment  

What HFA people  need to have in order to get a good job?

By a good job, we mean something more that a minimum wage salary, everyone needs
  1. An education to acquire skills that are in demand and lead to much better paid jobs
  2. A network of people they know who can provide references and recommendations
  3. Connections with many people already employed and who can provide inside information and do some door openings
  4. Mentors, who can make our career  grow
  5. Reach some  independence, not to depend on one employer only
HFA candidates, just as mainstream candidates, must have the door open to these opportunities

Existing autism  employment organizations

 Specialisterne are the pioneers for autism employment and they started in Europe. They call themselves "a social enterprise", although they present themselves also as a non-profit organization. Thorkil Sonne the founder - who appeared in HBR, WSJ, The Guardian, NYT articles, TV prime time - is a media darling. They are heavily subsidized in Europe and most recently, Specialisterne Denmark have received an injection of growth capital from the newly established The Social Capital Fund (“Den Sociale Kapitalfond”)

They employ the autistic job candidates and train them to offer Software Management, Testing and Registration and Data Logistics only.

They do not offer any College or Universities degrees. All their autistic employees are dependent for life on the Specialisterne.  There is no freedom to choose another job, they have no network of their own  and, no option to change an employer.

Perhaps for medium autistic people, such a protected, yet artificial environment is better suited.

But not for HFAs . They have higher goals in life, which fit the goals of a good HFA employment plan.

Specialisterne claims on one web page "Our long term goal is to enable 100,000 jobs in the US." Long term is vague. On other web page they claim "enabling 1,000,000 jobs - one step at a time" These numbers are not substantiated and are kept intentionally vague.

Some estimates tell  us it may take about 100 to 200 years to reach 100,000 employees using Specialisterne methodology.

We have the case of another  organization dedicated to the employment of the disabled, called Pride Industries. They deliver manufacturing and service solutions to businesses and government agencies nationwide, while creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities. They have not been very successful with autistic employees, mostly with other types of disabilities. They employ 2,400 disabled people using 4,600 mainstream employee. It is a well run non-profit corporation, founded originally in 1966. Today their income is around one hundred millions dollars per year.

In half century of existence, using an operational model almost identical to Specialisterne, they only have created jobs for 2,400 disabled employees, of which a tiny subset are from autistic spectrum.

As we can see, organizations like Specialisterne and Pride Industries simply do not scale. They do play a positive role in our society, but they can never reach the hundreds of thousands of jobs for HFA to change the society attitude.

Proposed employment plan  for HFA young people

Lets re-list from above what we need to create jobs for HFA people. 
  1. An education
  2. A network of people 
  3. Connections with many people already employed 
  4. Mentors
  5. Reach some  independence
My plan is based on experience and I refer to the many articles from this blog describing our discoveries: The Experiment , The extraordinary laptop repair, and more.

Here is a picture that is essence the same the Open Science Grid. We tap huge and highly effective teaching and mentoring resources already existing, but dormant.
Fig. 2: Leveraging HFA students to attend higher education with the help of tutors recruited from the student population
Using a tutor, another student at Sierra College in Rocklin, my son had a spectacular improvement in revealing his abilities (see The Experiment).

 WSJ reports "Virginia Commonwealth University recently published the first study of its kind to demonstrate that the strengths of youths with autism can be parlayed into gainful employment given the right educational program."

At Sierra College we pay the tutors with funds from Alta California. But to accelerate the process, we need an organization to raise funds to pay HFA tutor salaries. The tutors must be fellow students.

When these students graduate and get jobs in corporate America, they act as HFA champion advocates inside the companies .They will part of the network of each HFA job seeker. They are ideal door openers for the former HFA students they helped as students. Thy know how to make them productive

We call this organization, a true non-profit, The New Dandelion. TND will not employ tutors. They will approach each educational institution to make a case for accepting HFA students and create a plan. The local management of the tutors will be handled by the higher education school via specialized contractors. In Sierra College Progressive Employment manages the tutors

For the system to work, every HFA needs a mentor in the companies they join. and if for some reason the young HFA does not feel at ease in a job, there is a chance to appeal to the network of former tutors and find a more suitable job.

Once they reach a critical mass, the former tutors will change for good the entire fabric of  corporate attitudes towards HFAs

The New Dandelion: Can we make it reality?

Absolutely Yes! Like Open Science Grid unleashing some extraordinary resources we didn't know they exist, The New Dandelion (TND) uncovers precious resources in our 11,000 higher education institutions from US alone. There is no need to create gargantuan organizations of tens of thousands of employees. TND is lean and be replicated easily in every state of US and outside US 

But I can not do it alone. I need more influential, powerful, reputable and resourceful backers. And I need every reader to spread the word. 

I welcome any ideas on how to take this plan off the ground. Please email me miha dot ahronovitz at ahrono dot com 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The illusion of employment

So you graduated somewhere and you were lucky to pass the fancy interviews with one of the most desirable companies in the world: Google, Amazon,  Ebay, Yahoo etc.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek,  the employee retention: at Amazon and Google is dismal

In Amazon  and Google, 50% of the employees last up to 1 year .There is no such thing as security.

Would you like to spend your life as an employee? This is by default the career choice of the 99% of the people. It seems now,  being en employee is just as risky as the other options of making a living



Friday, October 18, 2013

The extraordinary laptop repair

This is a follow up to the earlier posts

The Experiment
Highly Functional Autistic young people employment plan and performance computing

This is a miracle we want it repeated for hundreds of thousands of HFA young people, prevented from getting jobs.

My son David, repairing a Fujitsu Lifebook NH570 laptop  in the lab of Mechatronics  as part of his final project during the PC repair course.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Frank Wuerthwein: one of the best speakers at ISC Bigdata'13

Dr. Frank Wuertwein, University of California San Diego presenting at
the International Supercomputing Conference Big Data 2013, September 25, 2013
in Heidelberg, Germany
There are more impressions following this event. My colleagues told me "We only heard good things about Frank. Some people even voted him as one of the best speakers at the conference."

The first ever ISC BigData'13 conference was a huge success.

Frank is a true red Tshirt-ed South Californian and he was highly visible in the sea of suites old Europe makes everyone wear at public events.

Quoting di Lampedusa (an Italian Sicilian writer) from his book The Leopard  
"If we want things to stay as they are, we need to change everything."
This is above all the upper meaning from Frank and his Dynamic Data Center Concept, proven by a very  successful pilot using OSG and Gordon Supercomputer.

It means everyone in the world must be one day able to put her computer resources as part of huge multi-continent cluster. Then take them back whenever one wants, with then same ease as lending a pen to someone: just take back the pen, smile when you hear "Thank You" and place it in your shirt pocket.


The world before 
See Frank slides again for easy reference


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Crunchbase. Most of companies acquired have a California HQ office

Having worked in open source for the last year, I was amazed by the wealth of idea scientists, students and professors created. So I decided to look at some data on startups being acquired and monetizing their ideas. For each company listed here , there are in my opinion 50 companies of equal of better potential value which were never started.

We are dealing with a basic fear to risk, that our society must mitigate to encourage the transition from open source and academia to the US economy. Why this happens in California? Maybe there is more sunny here. People are little bit more crazy.  In California, if  one entered this state, she discovered we have a grain of genius and a grain of autism, at the same time and we are normal in a this "tierra"  - while we were considered abnormal in the other places we happened to be born.

A picture is worth 1,000 words



Leaders are CA (by far), NY and MA. WI is a tiny dot and IL slightly better, no where near the leaders. There are many good engineers with good ideas everywhere. This is one of the reason why they should move out.

The 2013 biggest acquirers, surprise, Yahoo is the leader

Final2013Compa

Here are the latest stats for Q3 2013 with nearly four billion dollars  in exit transactions

Acquisition Stats

Total Acquisitions8,976
Total Acquisition Amount$10B
Total Exit Price$3.69B

Top Acquirers

Finally, how many people should have a start up to raise money?


Look at tweetdeck . They raised $40 million with 5 employees

If you are dreamers, like me, start meditating.


Monday, October 07, 2013

A good reason for the OSG community to feel proud. Updated October 8

October 7, 2013

According to Guardian newspaper The Nobel prize for Physics will  be announced tomorrow, October 8, 2013. The  Nobel committee  can not nominate only the favorite, the  British physicist Peter Higgs, whose name is synonymous to "God's particle" :

Give the prize for the Higgs theory, in which the eponymous boson appears, and they face another problem. A Nobel prize can be shared by a maximum of three people, but at least six physicists wrote out the theory in 1964. One – Belgian physicist Robert Brout – died in 2011. But five into three does still not go.
 The rumored solution could be
Predicting the existence of the Higgs boson is one thing. Finding it is another. That job fell to the 6,000 scientists on the Atlas and CMS collaborations at Cern, the particle physics laboratory near Geneva. The numbers reflect how modern science is done. And in this case, nothing is made easier by honouring only the leaders.One option, suggested by a former secretary of the Nobel physics committee is for the prize to be split. Half would go to Englert and Higgs; the other half to Cern as an organisation
If this come true, or not, it does not matter. Because "de-facto" this Guardian article reports  an implicit nomination for OSG (Open Science Grid), Fermi National Lab., Center  for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) and individual names like Frank Wuerthwein, Miron Livny, Lothar Bauerdick and many. many others.  These organizations and people were key contributors in the search coordinated by Cern for Higgs particle.

This is good reason for the OSG community to feel proud

October 8, 2013

So as expected, here are the winners of the Physics Nobel Prize: Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. This left out three more researchers,  Gerald Guralnik, Tom Kibble and Carl Hagen, who collaborated at Imperial College London in 1964 on an independent prediction of a Higgs-like mechanism for granting particles their mass. It also left out CERN , although
... this year’s award doesn’t honor some 6,000 experimentalists at CERN who helped to make the Higgs boson discovery, although the Nobel committee conspicuously called out the LHC’s achievement in its announcement, which recognized Higgs and Englert “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.”

Recent OSG contribution 

As far as OSG is concerned, we had recently a presentation of Frank Wuerthwein at ISC Big Data 2013 in Heidelberg . This is what ISGTW publication wrote
Last week, the inaugural ISC Big Data conference was held in Heidelberg, Germany. The event was chaired by  Sverre Jarpchief technology officer of CERN openlab, and CERN was the focus of two case studies presented during the two-day conference. Frank Würthwein, from the University of California at San Diego, US, discussed how CERN handles big data today and looked forward to how the organization will have to adapt these processes to cope with increased peak data rates from the experiments on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) after upgrade works are completed as part of the first long shutdown (LS1).
Until recently, the large CERN experiments, ATLAS and CMS, owned and controlled the computing infrastructure they operated on in the US, and accessed data only when it was locally available on the hardware they operated. However, Würthwein explains, with data-taking rates set to increase dramatically by the end of LS1 in 2015, the current operational model is no longer viable to satisfy peak processing needs. Instead, he argues, large-scale processing centers need to be created dynamically to cope with spikes in demand. To this end, Würthwein and colleagues carried out a successful proof-of-concept study, in which the Gordon Supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center was dynamically and seamlessly integrated into the CMS production system to process a 125-terabyte data set.
Dr. Wuerthwein presentation is a a major achievement as it set the principles of Dynamical Data Center, a concept created to address the needs of the Nobel Prize class physicists.

CERN web pages pay tribute to Frank, calling his paper "a landmark"

See also An interview with Dr. Frank Wuerthwein to learn more about Dynamic Data Centers and view the slides deck the presentation. I added them here as well for easy reference:



Nobel prize reflections


From the book "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman" we read about “Alfred Nobel’s Other Mistake.” The first being dynamite, of course, and the second being the Nobel Prize.

This is from the blog of  Sean Carroll
The folks who should really be annoyed are, of course, the experimentalists. There’s a real chance that no Nobel will ever be given out for the Higgs discovery, since it was carried out by very large collaborations. If that turns out to be the case, I think it will be the best possible evidence that the system is broken. I definitely appreciate that you don’t want to water down the honor associated with the prizes by handing them out to too many people (the ranks of “Nobel Laureates” would in some sense swell by the thousands if the prize were given to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, as they should be), but it’s more important to get things right than to stick to some bureaucratic rule.




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Friday, October 04, 2013

Creativity and our life as employees

I answered the following question on Quora:
Creativity: Do creative people get bored at work more easily than non-creative people? Or do they just need a job that makes use of that creativity?
The employee
Fast Company published the article 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People . It is based on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Management and Psychology at University of Chicago
  1. CREATIVE PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF PHYSICAL ENERGY, BUT THEY'RE ALSO OFTEN QUIET AND AT REST.
  2.  CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE SMART YET NAIVE AT THE SAME TIME
  3. CREATIVE PEOPLE COMBINE PLAYFULNESS AND DISCIPLINE, OR RESPONSIBILITY AND IRRESPONSIBILITY
  4. CREATIVE PEOPLE ALTERNATE BETWEEN IMAGINATION AND FANTASY, AND A ROOTED SENSE OF REALITY
  5. CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE BOTH EXTROVERTED AND INTROVERTED
  6.  CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE HUMBLE AND PROUD AT THE SAME TIME
  7.  CREATIVE PEOPLE, TO AN EXTENT, ESCAPE RIGID GENDER ROLE STEREOTYPING
  8.  CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE BOTH REBELLIOUS AND CONSERVATIVE
  9. MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR WORK, YET THEY CAN BE EXTREMELY OBJECTIVE ABOUT IT AS WELL
  10.  CREATIVE PEOPLE'S OPENNESS AND SENSITIVITY OFTEN EXPOSES THEM TO SUFFERING AND PAIN, YET ALSO TO A GREAT DEAL OF ENJOYMENT
Every reader of this blog is creative. I mean  at least a one percent in his personality identifies with these creativity traits. In our society centered on employees, often they feel guilty. Human Relations can not write a job description following these traits.
"The candidate must be proud, but also modest, must alternate between fantasy and rooted sense of reality, must be smart, yet naive, must combine responsibility with  irresponsibility, must be both introverted and extroverted, rebellious and conservative, exposed to suffering and pain, but also to great enjoyment etc.."
The successful candidate of such an employment ad, if it will ever exist,  will be unemployable in the rest of  99% jobs advertised on LinkedIn,

Csikszentmihalyi points out that creativity cannot be understood by looking only at the people who appear to make it happen. Creative ideas need a receptive audience to record and implement them. And without the assessment of competent outsiders, we cannot decide whether the claims of a self-styled creative person are valid.

Creativity results from the interaction of a system consisting of three elements: (1) a culture that contains symbolic rules, (2) a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain, and (3) a field of experts who recognize and validate the innovation.

We must use mental energy to be creative ;
In terms of using mental energy creatively, perhaps the most fundamental difference between people lies in how much uncommitted attention they have left over to deal with novelty.  When survival needs require all of one’s attention, none is left over for being creative. 
Desperation is a killer of creativity.
See cre-a-tive Doing Business Differently
Perhaps we should allocate on purpose time to notice novelty

  • Try to be surprised by something every day 
  • Try to surprise at least one person every day 
  • Write down each day what surprised you and how you surprised others 
  • When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it
Other advise from  Csikszentmihalyi  seems rather obvious
  • Make time for reflection and relaxation
  • Find out what you like and what you hate about life
  • Start doing more of what you love, less of what you hate. 
  • Develop what you lack
I created Ahrono Associates to have this freedom. I am very grateful to each of my customers, because they become partners who create together with me. Life is like crossing an improvised suspended bridge with huge precipices below, with looks like narrow corridor. They keep me on track.

The tracks
Any deviation means sinking in boredom or despairing in anxiety

People I work for may look the opposite of what I am, but in essence we have a deep chemistry and keep me going.

I am still waiting for this life changing call. The one most people think it happens in books and movies. I want to be  in the the area Csikszentmihalyi calls flow

The   F L O W !


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