Creator Culture

How our world gets better


Writing Practice

Why it is time to stop thinking of writing as a profession.


If you go to a good art school (and yes you STEM readers out there, such places do…


Can this technology liberate creativity?

Presented at the ReWork tech summit on19.21.13


Hello. My name is Damien Walter and I am here today to talk to you about science fiction. I have no doubt that many of you attending the ReWork technology summit are, indeed, lifelong fans of science fiction. But if, like many people today, your geek identity is still in the…


What is creativity?


Asks the Brainpicker.

Which made me want to give my answer, just quickly, before I go to bed.

I’ve always been facsinated with the butterfly effect consequences of creation. Karl Marx writes a book of political theory and decades later the soviet revolution creates a Marxist state. The ceiling of the Cistine chapel is daubed with an…


We remain in jail, only dreaming of freedom

Digital technology allows us to lose ourselves in ever more immersive fantasy worlds. But what are we fleeing from?


The ignorance of Richard Dawkins

Ramadan is about learning self-discipline. Many people could do with that lesson.


In his ongoing quest to discredit religion and bring as much publicity to himself as possible in the process, Richard Dawkins just tweeted this nugget of pure ignorance :

Have a joyful month starving yourself and your…

This is how you beat Amazon

There’s a simple way to break Amazon’s growing monopoly of the book trade.


Going Nomad

Sometime in the last year or so I realised that my entire professional life fitted inside my laptop.


The Empire always pays

There’s nothing new about getting well paid to help the rich get richer.


Aeon magazine has a great piece on the value invested in web


7 signs you are ready to self-publish

(A checklist)


For my work at The Guardian I spend a lot of time looking at new books, and I’ve gone out of my way to look at new…


Your Story Isn’t About You


Most people have trouble telling their story. Explaining what you do, why you do and what’s awesome about it succinctly is hard. As an entrepreneur, innovator or business owner the pressure to get your story just right in all sorts of situations can weigh heavy.
But here’s the thing.

Your story shouldn’t just communicate…


Is the death of the bookshop a sign of progress?

High street bookshops maye soon be a distant memory. Should we take this as a sign of progress, or the regression of…


What critics really mean when they say…

Nothing in publishing means what it says. Especially book reviews and the stuff they put in blurbs.


Technology of the Gods

Technology can give us the power of gods, but can it help us become more human?


An open letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon


Dear Jeff,

Congratulations on your recent purchase of Goodreads. You already owned the world's biggest marketplace for ebooks…


Can a creator culture save us?


Extracted from Can a creator culture save us? published in Aeon magazine.

I arrived in Leicester in the late ‘90s as a student, a year…

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