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“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Fill your passport – I know I’m not done yet

Today I was invited to speak to a class of The Creative Circus (@creativecircus) over Skype about my story as a designer, community organizer and entrepreneur. I was invited by Liberty White (@i_am_liberty).

During the call I was asked what advice I’d give to these folks who will be looking for work in a few weeks?

I said, “Be worldly. Go somewhere new … It will impact your design.”  
(http://twitter.com/i_am_liberty/status/270913513113935872)
 
I wish I could ask potential designers to show me their passports. First, if they didn’t have one, I’d probably just ask them to leave. But then I’d look to see where and how many places they’ve travelled to. I’d ask if they know any other languages besides English.
 
Why?
 
Travel and language bring to life alternative realities to you. You learn new metaphors. You engage in new possibilities and if you are open to them, you see alternative futures. In essence you become a designer.
 
So go out, fill your passport. Touch every continent you can and explore, observe, learn, grow.
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