The Uncomfortable Value of Networks in Creative Pursuits

Someone posted an article by Casey Lesser on Artsy about one of those things we creative folks already knew.

Having a network is important.

In this case, some MOMA researchers looked at artists in the 20th century, their personal networks of colleagues, and their work to do analysis on how much “who you know” helped.

How to network is worth its own series of posts, but reading some of the observations was interesting… and there’s also an interactive map that you can play around with.

Having just been at Escape Velocity last week, I was reminded how meeting complete strangers can be energizing: knowing what excites them can in itself spark creativity. And then there’s articles like this that remind one we can’t be islands surrounded by vacuum. We need to be part of an ecosystem, durn it!

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