a compelling conversation

A few days ago, FB friend Christi, posted a link to this TED talk by Amanda Palmer.

Watching this talk, I was transfixed and energized.  Before this, I'd never heard of Amanda Palmer.  I did a wee bit of research and found that this little 14 minute talk is generating a lot of conversation ... and of course, that's the whole point of TED talks.  I'm still trying to get my head around Neil Gaiman's wife couch surfing and I'm not thinking I'll be running out to buy all (any?) of her music, but the conversation she's generating is important.  Much of the discussion is about Amanda's insanely successful Kickstarter Campaign.  As with any good conversation, there's opposing views ... this borderline snarky article in the New Yorker - at least that's my take on it - and then this article from yesterday's Huffington Post, which I love.

As an artist, maker and business person, I'm always on the prowl for innovative ways to connect with my buying public.  For a long time, I've had an idea that there's a different way to do that ... a new, paradigm shifting model.  I'm not sure this is it, but it feels like an important part of the equation.

I encourage you to watch Amanda's TED talk and the Huff Post slide show.  What do you think?  How can this idea translate into other mediums?  Is this a viable model? 

... inquiring minds want to know.

l i g a - kvk