I was intending to show you some other people’s pots this week, but got diverted from becoming an ‘online curator’ into thinking about what’s happening with identity and culture online and off (quite a big subject…).
I’ve recently started getting Harvard Business Review blog daily alerts, which I recommend for anyone working in an office. It let me to a fascinating article about Generation Y’s multiple identities at work (summary: if they could show their tattoos everyone might be more inventive). Wiki has more on Gen Y et al. Baby boomers like me had our multiple identities serially, I think, me being a ‘second lifer’. But I was quite energised by the idea of being allowed to be more than one thing at a time, like Gen Y. I recently got my suits out to interview for an internship at nesta, doing policy and strategy research, and they seem OK with the idea that I will continue to be a potter as well (although it’s early days). So hurrah and thanks to Gen Y (please pass this on if this is your kids).
In social media, maybe the challenge is to ‘self-curate’ these multiple identities. My favourite on Twitter, for example, is David Millar @millarmind who is concise, pointed, funny, personal; you get a real feeling of his emotional point of view.
Hard to achieve of course, and I can’t post without some images, unrelated other than I made them too….