Manifestable Creation Space

I wanted to share an image that I came across last night at an art and technology talk. This is a crude recreation of a similarly crude venn diagram presented by engineer/artist Leigh Christie.

The three parts represent creativity (green blob), knowledge (pentagon) and motivation (circle). The basic idea is that these are the elements of creation, and that the middle is the only place where inspired projects occur or the manifestable creation space. It’s simple at first glance, but when you explore the areas in which you don’t have a three-way crossover the model is strengthened. Take the crossover between creativity and knowledge for example — without the motivation is what Christie calls the lazy space. And where creativity and motivation cross, but knowledge is lacking, this is where we have an idea about an augmented reality medical device that monitors and diagnoses health issues using biometrics, genetics and the micro-biome. We can dream it up and we want to make it reality, but we don’t have the technical skills to pull it off. (The 3 part system starts to break down when we need to figure in budgets, markets and whether or not this can be created with modern tools.) Finally, there’s the unoriginal space. That’s where knowledge and motivation overlap.

What I liked about this diagram was the manifestable part. You can broaden the area in which these spaces overlap by adding to your knowledge space be learning a new skill. Programming is a big one here, but it’s easy to forget about the other spaces when your head is in code. Taking time to visualize your spaces and where you sit can be a helpful exercise in ideation and the reality it take to achieve your goals.

Here’s the search popularity of the venn diagrams over time. The dips in popularity occur every summer when most students couldn’t care less about diagrams or charts like this.

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