Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, they’re interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality... the system starts to fail.
This summer, two friends and myself all left our comfortable jobs of six years to spend two months traveling across the country and teaching photography workshops along the way. We all felt that it was time to take a risk and get out of our comfort zones... adventure was calling us. It was a trip filled with endless hours cooped up in a van, exploring breathtaking landscapes, sharing stories and laughs, meeting some of the nicest people, making new friends, getting to meet old friends from around the country, and sharing our love of photography with others.
This trip was a constant test for me, as we had such short and limited time in nearly all of the spots we visited. In most cases, I'd have to hurry out of the van with all of my gear and find a decent composition in a very short amount of time as soon as we would arrive at the location. It was a constant race against the light.
During those 2 months, we traveled across 32 states , visited 13 national and state parks, and drove nearly 13,000 miles in a (somewhat) trusty old Dodge Caravan... with no cruise control. It was an adventure that gave us many memories that we will all hold onto for many years to come. I think that everybody needs to take a trip and have their eyes opened to just how beautiful this world is and how much is really out there.
A big thanks to Coca-Cola and Flickr for helping to sponsor our trip. Thanks also to everyone else that donated, attended our workshops, and gave us places to stay!
'Signaling Through The Flames' by 'The American Dollar'
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Motion Control System:
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly http://www.dynamicperception.com/
Vixen Polarie Star Tracker (used for slow panning)
Adobe Lightroom 4
Adobe After Effects
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Co-Director / DP / Editor: Russell Shaw
Co-Director: Kyle Taubken
Starring: Liam Ireson
Featuring: Kyle Taubken and Brian Preston
Writer: Jeff Shinabarger
Music provided by David Leonard and Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters. Courtesy of Integrity Music.
Special Thanks: Brian & April Preston
Shot on a Canon 7D, with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, on location in Atlanta and Villa Rica, GA.
When the your team is faced with adversity does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure? Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including: have an awareness beyond your day-to-day, respect the unique talents of your team members, and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationships.
0:30 - Greatness and creativity go hand in hand 0:50 - Virtually all acts of greatness are the acts of an ensemble 1:50 - About SYPartners 3:18 - Diversity is important to any great ensemble 4:22 - The SYPartners division that is sharing the firm's secrets 5:27 - The quote at the entrance of SYPartners 5:53 - "You have to create an environment where people can be their best selves" 6:27 - A soloist's guide to getting unstuck 8:06 - You have to develop you own unique method of getting unstuck 8:42 - Great teams work hard to cultivate specific habits 9:47 - Great teams know each member's "superpower" 10:40 - Understand the forces that may prevent you from finding your purpose 12:50 - The 3 Habits of effective teams 13:30 - The ability to see, not look, is important. What lens do you use in a new situation? 14:56 - Finding your superpower 17:23 - Don't settle for a job that doesn't make use of your superpower 18:20 - About SYPartners' superpowers and how they make the firm tick 19:25 - If your superpower is grit, take care of yourself 21:00 - About duos, the smallest atomic unit of trust 22:00 - Respond with Love, not fear. That's where greatness lies 22:57 - Greatness is about being yourself, fully
About Keith Yamashita
For the past two decades, Keith Yamashita has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to define — and then attain — greatness for their institutions. He has worked with leaders at Apple, IBM, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, eBay, Nike, and Gap, among others.
Keith founded SYPartners — a firm steeped in the belief that transformation of individuals, teams, and institutions requires equal parts empathy, aspiration, and a bravery to act. The firm fuses systems thinking and creativity to help organizations in times of seismic change: the formulation of a new business strategy, a merger or acquisition, the rise of a new CEO, the return-to-greatness journeys after an industry shock.
The 99U delivers the action-oriented education that you didn't get in school, highlighting real-world best practices for making ideas happen.