the blog Synergy

Monday, November 14, 2005

Always carry a pencil

When you see the title as "always carry a pencil" you might think of trial and error, learning from mistakes, starting over... and that is a form of collaboration.

Patti Digh
talks of words, thoughts, even living life in the margins.

Read Patti's posting. I give you permission to follow the link then return to continue here. (Even if you don't return here, you have my recommendation and encouragement to read Patti!)

Marginalia enables the sharing of the topic and more importantly, those thoughts that lie off the topic as well. This is also called co-creation is it not?

There is joy in approaching something with clean margins. Virgin thought comes to mind and where does one take it from here/there? The world is open to all possiblities.

There is also wonder in approaching something with writing in the margins. You do not approach it alone. You are there with more than the author. The path less traveled becomes an option.

The pencil/highlighter is good for hard copy. Commenting (on blogs) is good for soft copy.

Where do we go from here?
You can help to take us there!
This is open for comments, don't be bashful.


  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger Rosa Say said…

    Thank you for this pointer Steve, mahalo nui - truly wonderful post that Patti has written, and I love too your take on it, for indeed, there IS joy in "approaching something with clean margins."

  • At 4:54 AM, Blogger Aiden said…

    Wow, what a wonderful metaphor! I usually refer to the "margins" in life as alternative stories - they are the stories we glance at, hear a little which often have the richest narrative.

    Aside - I have come across only one book that has used margins to their most. Re-imagine! by Tom Peters - this was a prime example of finding gold in the margins. The content he placed in the margins drew me more that the main body content.

  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger Felix Gerena said…

    That´s a very good idea. I always carry a pencil when I read a book. I mainly underline but sometimes write on margins. When something is written on the margins it has the quality of inmediacy, of a thought coming from the direct experience of life. As an example of this, some of the languages known as romances, I mean languages derived from latin, appeared in written texts for the first time as marginal comments to religious texts in latin. It was the language of the people that was being incorporated into the official culture.

  • At 3:28 AM, Blogger Trevor Gay said…

    I awlayus say 'The basics are the new cutting edge' - Pencils!! - Amen - whatever will they think of next?? :-)


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