Gil Ligg said:
Wow. I'm surprised by the defensiveness this post has inspired. I guess people in this city don't give a damn what Richard Florida and others have been writing about. It's ironic since the city spent a lot of money to hold a weeklong celebration of innovation, even inviting Mr. Florida to speak. Clearly what he has to say has fallen on deaf ears in this city.
When looking to do innovative things one must look to where innovation is happening, which is why I used SF and NYC as an example. Of course Columbus can't be like them, that's not the point. Everyone, even innovators, gets inspiration from others so why not look to the gold standards when searching for inspiration?
Can anyone defend Guy Worley and his company? Show me one example of something they've done that is unique. I've been looking but can't find anything.
I'm not a cynic, just a realist. Columbus is not nearly as innovative as some people on this board suggest. If it was then there would be a resource center for creative people. I guess it's a flaw of human nature but people in most cities get trapped in their little bubble and forget what their city looks like to the outside world.
Also, of course there are many people here doing awesome things, but that means nothing b/c the infrastructure and support systems to create a thriving creative class here is mediocre at best.
Jesus, you come on here spouting off old, tired Florida and disrespect Columbus cause we're not forward thinking enough?
The 10+ year old quotes from Richard Florida didn't help Wonderland very well the first time around, so what was your role with them back then and why didn't you get the message? Seem to remember you posting your first posts in that thread specifically, coincidently:
Gil Ligg said:
Whoa. I'm new to Columbus and just came across this posting. Holy cow. I don't even know where to begin.
So...is this project dead or alive? This is so bizarre. Was this Columbus' only hope to become the "indie art capital of the world"? Why didn't they get the building?
I'm sorry, but this Wonderland stuff is quite confusing from an outsider perspective. I had a much different impression of the creative community in this town before reading about this Wonderland thing. Sorry, but this has soured my view a little.
For the size of Columbus and all the good things I heard about its creative scene, I thought it would have at least 2 or 3 places like Wonderland.
I hope incidents like this Wonderland thing aren't the norm for the creative community here or else I might have to look to relocate again. That would suck b/c I had high hopes before moving here, but this has me worried if this is typical.
You've been here a few months and the only project you choose to focus on is one thats been dead for at least a year, all while writing in the specific overused language that the project initially latched onto and continue to seem to reference it...
You know about Guy Worley, but not 400 West Rich, the Dudelocker, Short North Stage, GCAC, or any number of cultural happenings in the city.
I'm with somthame... I smell a rat.
In the interest of the city, tho, if anyone else wants to see how a proper nonprofit arts organization is created and developed, go speak to the folks from the Short North Stage.
That's a professional organization just starting up with all kinds of good in the works and done properly.