My remarks at the recent Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT are now up. Click here to see it.
It starts slowly. And I now look at the hand surfing with a little embarrassment. In this photo, I am captured trying to demonstrate the mutuality of meaning and value. (My idea of a special effect.)
I was opening up the second day, and Sam Ford has asked me to contemplate what we had heard in the first day.
FoE is always an exercise in severely compromised air traffic control. The moment you think you have a fix on the array, a new idea, fashioned according to unprecedented aerodynamic properties appears in the heavens, and you have to factor this in.
As you will hear, I fix upon the distinction between value and meaning.
We are inclined to think of these as mutually exclusive categories. Value belongs to markets, to pragmatism, to self interest. Meaning belongs to creativity, to exploration, and self expression.
But I think it’s a false distinction. It keeps us from creating two things:
1. a model that would show us how value and meaning interact in our world.
2. a market that would allow us to source new value to fund new meaning.
Have a look at the video to the full argument and please let me know what you think.
I am especially interested to hear from people in the capital markets on the question of whether we could indeed create venture funding and investment markets for cultural projects. (Whether and how we could kickstart kickstarter, so to speak.)