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Language and the Art of Ideas


When I’m working on creative projects, my ideas are rooted in various forms of language. I usually begin with words, sketched or written feverishly in my notepad. I’m looking for anything to get started: words, themes, connecting thoughts. Eventually I find a form the project will take and it has a built-in structure that I […]

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The Shape of Your Knowledge


Being a constant patron of the local library, I am familiar with the Dewey Decimal system of organization, but never took the time to understand the history of what the numbers meant and how the system actually worked. Dewey felt that he understood how knowledge and information should be organized based upon its importance to […]

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Thinking About Discovery


I’ve been thinking a lot about discovery, specifically how I end up finding out about new ideas, people, movies, music, books, stories, and technology. The other day I was on Twitter and I read a tweet about discovery being a problem with podcasts: With so many podcasts out there, how do you find something that […]

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Growth is Found in Curiosity


If you’ve been a creative professional for any amount of time, chances are you have battled with your skills reaching an inevitable plateau and asked yourself: How do I grow when I need to do all this work? Depending on your creative discipline, there are quick and dirty ways to learn something new. If you are […]

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About Chris

Chris Martin is a filmmaker, podcaster, educator, and coach in Vancouver, WA. He loves stories that are filled to the brim with heart, edge, and fearlessness and can’t get enough of people who live their lives daring to build a better world.