Electricity vs Internet

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“Nothing is permanent, but change!”

-Heraclitus said in the 4th century BC-

“May you live in interesting times!”

-ostensibly an ancient Chinese curse-

 

How would we compare the importance of electricity with the invention of the internet? or the cell phone? Can this kind of comparison be made? If I had to lose one of these inventions, which one should I keep? And why?

                                             

For many reasons, I firmly believe that electricity is like a magic. It flows, conducts and illuminates in ways that we have never seen. If anybody ask me about the most important invention for my life, my answer will always be electricity. I suppose electricity would be at the top of the greatest innovations list in the past. If there is no other reason than I love magic and pretty sure none of the other innovations would have ever been made and listed as the new creativity and innovation without this important invention.

There’s no one could exactly answer to ‘who invented electricity’. The invention of electricity was rather a chain of inventions that led to the modern-day use of electric power. Lightening is the purest and most basic form of electricity. It required great effort to bring this energy in everyday use.

In my opinion, electricity is more important, even if it is being compared with the internet. That is like a common question that often ask by the people, which is more important, “the chicken or the egg”. Many intelligent person would have to say “electricity” is more important of the two because without electricity, the Internet would not, could not, exist. Electricity, on the other hand, can exist and function without the Internet.

Obviously, the Internet came much later. But I think we can survive without the Internet; we would just have to read plenty of books and start being more social in the real life again. Besides having uncountable benefit which make our life easier, internet also have plenty of new problen on the other hand. Nowadays, most of the people, especially young people in this world say that they can’t life without internet.

The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military field. The early Internet was used by computer experts, engineers, scientists, and librarians. There was nothing friendly about it. There were no home or office personal computers in those days, and anyone who used it, whether a computer professional or an engineer or scientist or librarian, had to learn to use a very complex system.

Since the Internet was initially funded by the government, it was originally limited to research, education, and government uses. Commercial uses were prohibited unless they directly served the goals of research and education. This policy continued until the early 90’s, when independent commercial networks began to grow. It then became possible to route traffic across the country from one commercial site to another without passing through the government funded NSFNet Internet backbone.

During this period of enormous growth, businesses entering the Internet arena scrambled to find economic models that work. Free services supported by advertising shifted some of the direct costs away from the consumer–temporarily. Below are listed some important interneet development that fasten its spreading as the most powerful tool in our daily life:

  • A current trend with major implications for the future is the growth of high speed connections.
  • Wireless has grown rapidly in the past few years, and travellers search for the wi-fi “hot spots” where they can connect while they are away from the home or office.
  • A next big growth area is the surge towards universal wireless access, where almost everywhere is a “hot spot”.
  • Another trend that is rapidly affecting web designers is the growth of smaller devices to connect to the Internet. Small tablets, pocket PCs, smart phones, ebooks, game machines, and even GPS devices are now capable of tapping into the web on the go, and many web pages are not designed to work on that scale.

The Internet has become ubiquitous, faster, and increasingly accessible to non-technical communities, social networking and collaborative services have grown rapidly, enabling people to communicate and share interests in many more ways. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, YouTube, Flickr, blogs wikis, and many more let people of all ages rapidly share their interests of the moment with others everywhere in this world.

Almost all innovations are good but comparing the mentioned innovations (cellphone, internet) to electricity is valid. But, how can internet run without using electricity? Also cellphones needed to be recharged so they will have no function or useless if there is no electricity.

Although there are many great creative and innovation invention, but there is always a need to go with the basics.

 

–          Rike Giri Cahyadi  –

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A Lesson Learned from Ridwan Kamil

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A Creativepreneur should be:

  • Innovative
    It is about thinking and innovating outside the box
  • Risk taker (but must have been calculated)
    A person who doesn’t want to take the risk, he or she will never go anywhere
  • Visionary
    Set a target and achievable goals
  • Strong leadership
    Become a role model for other people, influencing, and inspiring others
  • Problem solver
    Know exactly how to get there
  • Agent of change (in developing world)

A person who can change others and their environment to make a better world

              

How to start creative business:

  • Observe

With observation, we can get more idea, creativity, and innovation  that would be useful for our future. Besides, book, magazine, newspaper, and social media also can increase our crativity. And also travelling would be a good experience for creating new ideas and imagination

  • Selection
    Be creative! Packaging is everything. Nowadays, people are more concern about the design beside its function. “Creativity is not only creating something new, but also the important things is to give the ‘added value’”
  • Think different

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and followers. Business which has a story behind would be more success than the common one, for example a ‘tajil’ seller who do it for the orphanages was more success in selling their products

  • Make a Plan

Planning is an important thing to start our new creative business

  • Scalable

We have to make prediction about our business in the future, and it should be scalable

  • Design / technology

The more excellent a design (unique and innovative), a better economic prospect we could get

  • Networking

Creating a wide-network for spreading our business and make it faster to be grown up

  • Innovative marketing

Nowadays, marketing is an important things to interact others with our products. We have to make a different, innovative, and creative strategy to atrract others about our products.

A business comes from an idea that would be transform into an added value which is important in a business. And we need creativity and innovative to compete with the others in building and developing a business. This is the key of success to become a successful entrepreneur, developing our country’s economic, to make  a better condition for our country.

 

Rike Giri Cahyadi –

David Kelley and IDEO

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“As founder of legendary design firm IDEO, David Kelley has helped design the icons of the digital generation — the first mouse, the Treo, the Leap chair. But equally important to him: Designing great places to work, learn and create.”

-TED-

“Kelley has become a poster child for innovation in America for two reasons: His engineering firm serves as the brains behind many of today’s most innovative products, and IDEO (Greek for idea) has been a trendsetter in modern-day corporate management.”

-Virtual Advisor (www.va-interactive.co)-

Nowadays, people are becoming more and more care about the creativity and innovation. When some expert and intelligence said that creativity is one of the key of success in this 21th century. David Kelley and his IDEO Company are the examples of success stories in developing creatvity and innovation in this century.

IDEO is described as “America’s leading design firm.” This may or may not be true, but undoubtedly the firm has earned an outstanding reputation and is well worth listening to.

David Kelley, founder and chairman of IDEO, is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist. He is recognized as one of America’s leading design innovators, in part thanks to his membership in the National Academy of Engineering and his receiving of numerous awards. David serves as the Donald W. Whittier professor in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he also established the school’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the D-School. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

David Kelley which has been well-known as his breakthrough idea “design thinker” is actively working in the realm of “creativity in education.” And IDEO is one of the most reputed design consultancies in the world today. They pioneered the idea of “design thinking” (as opposed to just “designing”) , an idea that has found applicability as an approach to problem solving in such diverse fields as aeronautics engineering, transporting organs, to streamlining the services of the British national health care system.

Kelley describes how to run the perfect brainstorm session using IDEO’s “seven secrets for better brainstorming”.  The IDEO methodology is consist of understand, observe, visualize, evaluate and refine, implement and gives plenty of real-life examples.

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David Kelley believes that design thinking can revive creativity in K through 12 educations. His work with the K-12 lab at the D-School at Stanford University is testimony to his efforts to revolutionize school education.

Kelley observes that all humans are born creative, but innate creativity in kids is lost somewhere in the process of education. Kelley is not alone in this belief – it is one also held by Sir Ken Robinson, and  Mitch Resnick of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab – the birthplace of  LEGO Mindstorms and Scratch. Working with students & faculty from the Stanford University School of Education, Kelley is teaching kids (and teachers) at all levels of K-12 to actively come up with new ideas. In Kelley’s view, self-belief is important, and teachers and facilitators work to help kids believe that creativity can be “learned” and “mastered” and that they can get better and better at it as long as they have a framework for it and are mindful of it. “The willingness to take risks” is the key success factor.

Education literature defines creativity as divergent thinking and problem finding in addition to problem solving. So, it is an important tasks for parents to urge their kids to think laterally, pose lots of questions, laud new approaches to do things encourage “possibility” thinking, even in the many day-to-day chores they do with their kids, and provide kids with ample opportunities to be a thinker and find problems (and absolutely to solve them). It would also help if the parents could actively be the model spontaneity and creativity in many of the little things they do at home.

 

– Rike Giri Cahyadi –

The Reason of Creativity in Twenty First Century

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“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, and create. So that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” – Pearl Buck

 

Creativity & Innovation seem to be buzzwords today, not just in the world of design, but in education as well. Creativity and innovation have been identified as a key of “21th century skills“.

Most of people consider the importance of creativity they have to think only in the context of art. Though important, art is only a small part of creativity. We use creativity in every aspect of our lives, everyday.

Our ability to express our deepest feelings is at the core of the importance of creativity. As humans, we have a very strong need to express ourselves and we will happier when other people understand what we are trying to get across to them. We always try to find all kinds of ways to do this.

                                        

Words are probably the first and foremost means we use to communicate what we want others to know. In common, it is simple and very straight forward. Yet when we want to get something specific across we know we have to put a little ‘more’ into it. Even the most intelligence-spoken person takes the time to consider his words and actions when there is something specific he wants others to know. He knows a word can be a gold and the exact right one will definetely change the prospective of the people that he or she try to reach. It is when we taps into our creativity to find a way to say what we wants, in a way that will get everyone’s attention.

It’s the same for all of us when we want to reveal something from deep inside ourselves. This is when the importance of creativity becomes most evident. We think of endless ways to say something when we want to say it ‘more’.

The simple yet absolutely profound ‘I love you‘ is the topic of most books that we had read or simply know it. The rose has been the symbol of this declaration since forever. Have you ever thought, “Every man gives rose to his beloved one, I want to say it ‘more’ than other man does,”? I’ve certainly believe that most of the men have ever thought about it for many times.

We use our creativity and find a way to express exactly the depth of our feelings. We search for something unique and meaningful that ties us and the other person together in a way that is singular to the two of

Perhaps when a man firstly met with a woman, he had just holding a lily, which the other one happened to bump. It was a disaster which a man turned into a special moment, which turned into many special moments after that.

Looking back at that time in the future, the man doesn’t want to say “I love you,” he want to say “I love you more than anybody else, have you still remember how special our first meeting was?” Instead of a simply red rose, the man choose a bucket of white lily set in a crystal vase in the shape of love, because it was the expression of his feeling in that special and memorable time in his life. It’s really important to us for expressing our selves in a different yet special way, otherwise we just simply say it.

The importance of creativity can easily be seen in the different ways of expression they have shown to the others. People have already used their creativity to come up with endless ways to get their messages across, and we’re still thinking of a new one. And don’t let anything limit our creativity.

It is important to be able to express our feelings when words aren’t enough to be expressed fully about our feeling. We can express ourselves in the form of writings, paintings, music, pictures, or even just a simple picture. Each of them means to get something across to others and they satisfy us because we feel we’ve gotten our message out to others.

Art would seem to be the most obvious way to express ourselves in certain situations. Although, don’t limit ourselves just in the world of art.

Our creativity expressed in the clothes we wear, the style of our hair, the cars we drive. Whole industries have been built in order to give people the outlet of expressing themselves in their everyday daily lives. Nowadays, people in business do research and development for knowing their customer needs and against their competitor. Creativity and innovation have a big portion to be success in this mission.

We gather things that mean something to us, things that ‘say’ something about us. And almost everything we acquire, we add a touch of ourselves to it. Even if it is only the way we display our daily stuffs, in some form we mark them as specifically ours.

And we use our creativity to do all those things in just the way we are.

We don’t always want people to know exactly what is at the deepest core of our selves, but there is still a need to get them. How is the best done? Again the importance of creativity is at the forefront. We have to find ways to express what I want to get out through our creativity.

In this context it isn’t necessarily important to get our message out crystal clear. Sometimes it is enough that we know what we really mean, and in that context often it is vitally important that only we know what we are truly expressing. That is the beauty of creativity, which can be expressed into any form that we need to take.

Our expression can be loud and out in the open, or it can be in silence, and only be  an evidence for ourselves. Creativity can be entertaining or relaxing. It can be an outlet for feelings whether we are happy or sad, angry or content and anything in between. Creativity can be used in business, a form of therapy, or just for fun and as simply work or play.

Creativity can just be a natural part of our life that we don’t bother sticking a label on. We may not even be consciously aware that we are bringing it into practice. It should be encouraged and nurtured from the moment we take our first breath.

Even as babes we begin to take in the world around us and strive to communicate with it, to draw things from it that we need or want. We should continue to explore it with enthusiasm till we take our last breath. It has so much to offer that to ignore our creativity, in whatever form we use it, is to lose out to a deeper extent than we can imagine. Our lives are enriched by creativity and how we can be optimal in using and implementing it in our life.

There are so many aspects of our lives that creativity touches that the importance of creativity defies logic. We are humans, than we need to express ourselves as much as we need the air we breathe.

Creativity isn’t just an art. It is our very essence. It is our unique and special things that we have to be nurtured and becoming a useful part in our life.

 

— Rike Giri Cahyadi–

A Story Behind a Name

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“Proper names are poetry in the raw.  Like all poetry they are untranslatable. ” ~W.H. Auden

“Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.”   ~Japanese Proverb

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

 A name is only words, but it always has a story behind it. For me, a name is the best gift that I’ve been received from both of my parents. My name is Rike Giri Cahyadi, and everybody called me Rike. It is the name that given by my parents and  this is one of the most important thing in my life since I was born 19 years ago. I am a the youngest daughter of my parents and have a sister and a brother. And this is the meaning of my name:

  • Rike: This is my first name, containing an R as the first letter of this name. R is the first letter of all my parents’ children. My sisters’ name is Renny and my brothers’ name is Rinto.
  • Giri: It means a mountain in Javanese Language. This part is suggested by my uncle, which have been approved by both of my parents. I am the youngest child in my family, and my parents always hope the best for me. With this middle-name, they hope I can be a success person in the future.
  • Cahyadi: It is a family name which given by my parents for their three children. It is taken from my fathers’ name, and this name become a sign of our family-boundary.
That’s the story behind my name, which was carefully chosen by my parents. People say that “a name is a hope from parents to their child”, and I believe it. I deserve my name as my parent’s hope, and I really thankful to them for this as the best gift in my life.