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THE POWER OF MISFITS Alexa Clay | Presentation at DIY Days
No monopoly on innovationWhat do pirates, terrorists, computer hackers, andinner city gangs have in common with Silicon Valley?Innovation. The Misfit Economy is a book exploringemerging forms of underground innovationhappening in the informal and black marketeconomies.
The journey…What I like is the space that we create to carve out intention andthen slowly let those intentions ooze into our habits andbehaviors... this recognition of the prison of perfectionism and theneed to always be out there share share sharing.... Im eager totake on the world ... not hide myself away in this sacred / privateimaginary realm. but just own my weirdness.
The trouble with misﬁts is you neverknow if they are swimming in theright direction Yet many havecome to shapehistory Innovation from the Fringe
A “factory for misﬁts.” A curriculumfor pop-up education seeking to bringinsights from the underground world. Teachings: - Art of Hustle - The Entourage Effect - Copycat Etiquette - Guerilla Governance - Gaming the System - Spirit of Informality - Rabbit holes
Rabbit Holes“The answer lies in my ability to ﬁnd my wayback from the rabbit hole.” – ZachVerdin, Founder @ New Hive
The Entourage EffectLess than two blocks from Hemingways table, what was left ofCharles Baudelaire and Guy de Maupassant lay beneath stonememorials in the Montparnasse cemetery.A ﬁve-minute walk downBoulevard Raspail, Gertrude Stein and AliceToklas were planningtheir Christmas meal. Close by Ezra Pound was reading through abit of manuscript left him by a young friend with exhaustednerves,Tom Eliot, on his way to a rest cure in Lausanne. EventuallyEliot would call itTheWaste Land. Less than two blocks from theHemingways hotel, James Joyce was dressing to attend a party atSylvia Beachs bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, where hewould celebrate the ﬁnal revisions to his manuscript Ulysses.
Entourage – Rules to Live By+ De-couple your ego & your entourage + Foster a feeling + Set boundaries + Chill & stay informal
Art of Hustle+ Passion + Resilience a.k.a. the persistence and tenacity to pickyourself up in the face of repeated failure + A willingness to do “the dirty work” + A ﬂexible mindset which allows you to move seamlessly from oneworld to another + A mentality of resourcefulness and frugality, cleverly using everythingat your disposal + The interpersonal skills to build a broad network, and the ability toleverage those relationships when required + A willingness to take measured (but not reckless) risks
“The most important kind of freedom isto be what you really are.You trade inyour reality for a role.You trade in yoursense for an act.You give up your abilityto feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.There cant be any large-scale revolutionuntil theres a personal revolution, on anindividual level. Its got to happen insideﬁrst.” - Jim Morrison Unleash your inner misfit