Creativity in Action: From TikTok choirs to AI-driven lego apps

Celebrating creativity in the world through a round-up of people, projects, articles and news

Welcome, and thank you once again for being here. Meta is the Blackbird Foundation’s monthly newsletter exploring creativity.

Today we’re introducing a new series called Creativity in Action. We want to show you how diverse creativity is and what’s possible when people have the courage to follow their curiosities. Amateur choirs, trainspotters and tech repairs are just the tip of the iceberg.

Creative People in Action 

  • This Aussie girl choir are epic. You don’t have to be an expert at something to finding meaning in it or to be passionate about it.

  • Francis Bourgeois might be the biggest train nerd on earth. Watch joy in its purest manifestation as he train spots atop old bridges in England.

  • Max Hawker is a Genius. The type that you find in an Apple store. Most people would find nothing but frustration in a broken iPhone, but Max loves it. On his TikTok, he fixes all types of devices. He’s built up such a following he has people from all over the world sending him broken gear.

Creative Projects in Action

  • Unique home concept outfitted with a green roof to blend in with nature by Iranian architect Milad Eshtiyagi. His latest concept is called Landscape House. It acts as a continuation of the mountainous forests of Switzerland.

  • The app Brickit uses AI technology to scan your cluttered collection of LEGO components and give you customizable suggestions on what to build next.

  • Artist Agatha Yu creates surreal gifs that visualize adventures and a childhood sense of imagination. 

Explore your curiosity 

  • Mirror your audience: four life lessons from performance artist Marina Abromovic: “For the first three months, I place each student at a table with a thousand pieces of white paper and a trash can underneath. Every day they have to sit at the table for several hours and write ideas. They put the ideas they like on the right side of the table; the ones they don’t like, they put in the trash. But we don’t throw out the trash. After three months, I only take the ideas from the trash can. I don’t even look at the ideas they liked. Because the trash can is a treasure trove of things, they’re afraid to do.”

  • An interview with Burning Man’s associate director of community: “For one, when people share more of themselves and their passions with one another, they create more abundance in the world. When people are being and doing what they love, there is more passion, more love, and more permission and encouragement for others to do the same. That can shift society from a culture of scarcity and consumption to generosity, sharing, and abundance.” 

  • A Verge interview with Patreon CEO Jack Conte offers a brief history of how the economics of art and creative work has evolved. Jack also has some interesting comments about how creators shouldn’t depend on platforms.

Creative Economy roundup 

  • Facebook announced its plans to pay out $1billion to creators in 2022.

  • A bank for the creator economy, Karat Financial raises $26M in Series A funding, aiming to solve the problem of traditional banks not taking creatives seriously.

  • Nas Academy, founded by creator Nas Daily, raises $11 million to help creators build their own MasterClass-like courses: Investors are buying into a creator-led future, and Nas Academy wants to turn that creator influence into a broad network of “virtual universities.”

Have something to share or inspiration sparked? Leave a comment below spotlighting anything creative you’ve stumbled upon recently!