Inspiration Monday: James Victore Says “Get Paid For Your Voice”

“Your voice is the way out, your voice is the answer. You have to follow that. You have to work hard and get it out into the world.”

So says designer James Victore. And he’s damn right.

We’re big fans of the V man (I just made that up, though it kinda works because James is awesome at giving bullshit the V sign. Don’t mess with this straight talking man). His weekly videos are must sees for any self-respecting, wanna-be world-changing designer.

Burning Questions is roughly hewn out of tough love for the kind of people like the letter writer, Natasha, in this video and like us, who see how much creative potential there is in building capacity to address some of the world’s most complex issues. The best way to do that is to develop your own voice and put it out there in the world.

Though Creative Data has been evolving for over 5 years now, (yep, we actually started our first project in 2009), it’s only recently that Lucy and I have been in a position to take on the Creative Data mission full time.

In the last few months Creative Data has become a Ltd company, we redesigned our website, we took an exhibition to the Houses of Parliament and Lucy became a doctor of cultural geography (yes, she’s fancy). It’s been momentous and, now we’re getting into the groove here, we’re really feeling Victore’s advice. It’s time to push this birdie out of the nest and see how it flies.

In other words, we’re developing our voice. We know what we want to do, but we also want other people to know too, so that we can find awesome new collaborators. We are making a concerted effort to put ourselves out there with regular blogs, events (upcoming) and we even have a podcast in the works, oh yeah.

It’s daunting to stand up and say “Here we are. This is what we’re about,” but, as James says, it’s better than following a whole load of stinking butts, aka ‘the herd’. There are so many challenges that are affecting people’s everyday lives, if we don’t stand apart and offer new solutions, we’ll never make the difference that is really needed.

I’m going to leave you with a wonderful quote from the author and celebrated environmentalist David W. Orr that sums up this Inspiration Monday.

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

So, my fellow peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers, keep using your voice to make a difference. It’s really needed.

Oh and don’t forget to subscribe to James Victore’s Burning Questions. He gives the most valuable advice in the world, the fact that it’s free is just an incredible bonus. You’re welcome. You can thank us later 🙂

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