...and don't forget to laugh

18 Feb 2009 - 1:11pm
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Gary Zamchick
2009

While in pursuit of the simple, the
clear, the intuitive, the new, I'd like to give whimsy, surprise, and um, the warm embrace of stupidity, their due.

No matter the domain, – virtual or tangible, high tech or high touch,
interfaces or environments, – innovative thinking is accompanied by the opportunity to twist toward one of four emotional
outcomes: the aha! (scientific knowing),
the ah! (aesthetic experience), the ha ha! (humorous relief) and the duh? (what
I’ll call “blessed stupidity”). I’ve had the most success (and fun) when teams
are willing to enjoy a cathartic laugh, to thumb their noses at entrenched
beliefs, to risk sharing funny, stupid thoughts when looking at problems on the edge of what's known. I’ve posted some of these moments at http://zamchicktheblog.blogspot.com.

Any other examples where great ideas were peeking out from behind one's that were just "duh"?

Gary

Gary Zamchick
Zamchick Group, L.L.C.
Zamchick at gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/zamchick
http://zamchicktheblog.blogspot.com

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18 Feb 2009 - 7:08pm
Gary Zamchick
2009

being my first post, I was unsure whether it would fit into the generally acceptable rhythm. I guess I worried about sounding stupid :-)

Gary

p.s. to fix the ee cummings-like nature of my original post, I copied the simple elegance of your line spacing and capitalization. luckily, I've got ammunition to counter poor spelling: http://zamchicktheblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/strategic-misspelling.html

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From: Susan Doran <susandoran at gmail.com>
To: Gary Zamchick <zamchick at yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:39:34 PM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] ...and don't forget to laugh

what a ray of light coming from ixda -- can't wait to check out your blog -- great post -- yay! and aha and aaaah and ha ha and derrrr. :D

On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Gary Zamchick <zamchick at yahoo.com> wrote:

While in pursuit of the simple, the clear, the intuitive, the new, I'd like to give whimsy, surprise, and um, the warm embrace of stupidity, their due.

No matter the domain, virtual or tangible, high tech or high touch, interfaces or environments, innovative thinking is accompanied by the opportunity to twist toward one of four emotional outcomes: the aha! (scientific knowing), the ah! (aesthetic experience), the ha ha! (humorous relief) and the duh? (what I ll call blessed stupidity ). I ve had the most success (and fun) when teams are willing to enjoy a cathartic laugh, to thumb their noses at entrenched beliefs, to risk sharing funny, stupid thoughts when looking at problems on the edge of what's known. I ve posted some of these moments at http://zamchicktheblog.blogspot.com.

Any other examples where great ideas were peeking out from behind one's that were just "duh"?

Gary

Gary Zamchick
Zamchick Group, L.L.C.
Zamchick at gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/zamchick
http://zamchicktheblog.blogspot.com

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