Hot Talks with Mark Busse at Hot Art Wet City Gallery in Vancouver BC on August 29, 2013
Sorry about the video quality. Audio is also poor toward the end... oh technical difficulties.
CREATIVITY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT:
How engaging in creative leadership saved my career and life
Complaining about shit sometimes seems like a Vancouver pastime. I know I do it too. But I also try to invest my time, energy and creativity in as many causes as I can. And despite a fear of public speaking or being found out as a fraud, I force myself to say yes to nearly every scary opportunity that comes my way — like giving this Hot Talk for instance.
After studying art and business in university, I spent a decade of trying to break into and succeed in the design field. One day I found myself sitting in the audience of design association AGM, whining to the person beside me about the disorganization, the lack of participation, and terrible leadership being displayed. That person, who happened to be a very successful business owner, and one of the most active volunteers and philanthropists I know, turned to me and said “Mark, it’s time for you to shit or get off the pot” and went on to bluntly explain that if I wanted change, I should be the change. That if I wanted success, I should be the success. That if I felt the leadership and management of the organization wasn’t up to snuff, then I should stop bitching and put my hand up. So I did. Two years later I was the president. Two years after that I was representing Canada at the World Design Conference in Havana, Cuba.
I’ll tell a few stories about how diving into scaring situations where I didn’t know the way forward led to personal growth and personal moments of reinvention and reward. I’ll also examine a few of my recent projects and talk about they have served to motivate others in the creative community, creating a ripple effect the maximum benefit we’ve not yet experienced.