Our world is no longer what we have thought it to be, and a new world is struggling to be born.
Visionary Creatives are driven to bring this new world to all of us.
21st November 2015

Reading, Book Signing, and Reception for “Visionary Creativity”

VC cover copy 2The reading was in December 2015 at the Pratt Manhattan Campus. You can see it on YouTube at John Lobell: Visionary Creativity Reading.



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29th October 2015

The Digital Industrial Revolution and how it will change creativity

by John LobellMakerBot-Replicator-2

It’s ultimately about who we are as human beings!

Affordable ($500) 3D printers are everywhere, in schools, in homes, and certainly in the news, but they are only a small part of something bigger.

A new way of making things is emerging, variously described as digital fabrication, desktop manufacturing, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, the Third Industrial Revolution, the New Industrial Revolution, the Maker Movement, etc. Here I am using the term, “the Digital Industrial Revolution.” One way of understanding the Digital Industrial Revolution is to look at the revolution in graphic (2D) design and production, which is now totally digital. With the Digital Industrial Revolution, digital processes can be now applied to material objects (3D) for fabrication and even mass production in a manner that parallels what happened in graphic design. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th September 2015

Creating an Original Self

young-steve-jobsby John Lobell

I recall in high school English class reading an essay by Emerson and being asked by my teacher, what I thought. I said that I thought, “What am I doing in high school, I should drop out and get on with my life.” She replied, “That is not what he meant at all.” She did not tell me what Emerson did mean, and of course that was exactly what he meant.

We often think of our culture as being defined by its technological advances, and that characterization is in part correct. But why do we have those technological advances and why were they initially unique to the West? It is due to the release of individual creativity. And our first creative task? To create an original Self.

In his Letters to a Young Poet, Ranier Maria Rilke writes: Read the rest of this entry »

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12th September 2015

Do you create alone or in groups?


thinkerI notice that my students are today smarter, more attentive, more hard working than in the past. And also less imaginative. When I discuss this with them, it becomes apparent that many faculty do not want students to exercise their imaginations—they want them to be good little sponges and absorb what they are told. And then spout it back.

We see the effort to repress individuality and impose groupthink everywhere, beginning in kindergarten where children are assigned group projects and extending into colleges. Everywhere we are told that we need community, collaboration, cooperation, consensus, compromise. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st September 2015

A No to School


school-supplies-accessories-isolated-white-background-globe-notebook-stack-pencils-back-to-concept-33130205by John Lobell

Summer is over, and school is restarting. Is it ok to say no to school? Once schools held a monopoly on learning resources—libraries, labs, lectures. Today all of this is free online or open source.

In the 1940s and 50s, when boys with unkempt hair were scolded by their mothers and they said that Einstein had unkempt hair, their mothers would respond, “When you are as smart and famous as Einstein, you can keep your hair unkempt.” One can imagine similar exchanges today regarding Bill Gates and dropping out of college. But while Bill Gates famously dropped out of Harvard, he is far from alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th June 2015

My new book: “Visionary Creativity” is now available

VC cover001Visionary Creativity: How New Worlds are Born, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and on Barnes & Noble. From the back of the book:

These are times of turmoil. But times of turmoil can also be times of creativity as we become aware of new possibilities in our arts, sciences, and industries, and of new directions for our lives.

Today’s challenges all have one thing in common: they call out for Visionary Creativity. We flourish in pursuit of our creativity, and it is in creativity that we find not only fulfillment for ourselves, but also the visions our world is calling for. In this profoundly engaging book you will enter the worlds of modern art, current movies and television dramas, new technologies, and cutting edge science. Read the rest of this entry »

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