I was fortunate enough to be one of about 130 people to attend the Grok event last week in Greenville, SC. This great event was organized by Matthew Smith and the great people at Cowork Greenville. The crowd was a great mix of developers and designers with widely varying influence and experience. Yet, the Grok format levels the playing field allowing everyone to contribute and everyone to learn.
Personally, the Grok afforded me the opportunity to meet new people outside of my profession who think very much as I do. The result: challenging some of my ideas and the way I go about doing things. It was a great privilege to hang out with men and women, most of whom were much younger than I am, and to feed off of their creative energy, and to see the way they are taking their creative skills and making a living.
The openness embodied in this kind of event is a challenge to those who think they benefit from guarding their knowledge as if they play a zero sum game. The power of shared ideas and collaboration is amazing. And it is all based on trust… that people genuinely want to help and that their idea is safe with the group.
So, how do you value what I gained? You cannot place a finite value on connections, relationships, and creative energy…but it is a high value indeed.
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