The explosion of creativity
I could pinpoint to many reasons of why I believe there has been such an explosion of creativity in NYC and elsewhere. There is never an exact reason but certainly the implosion of the banking industry that created high unemployment numbers had something to do with it. Did that affect the generation that is 30 and under (under being the kids in college) or was that creativity always in their DNA? Maybe the creativity was unleashed with the change in the economy.
I see more and more people who are building consumer product companies that get their hands dirty from jellies to ice cream. I am seeing a surge of new fashion brands from t-shirts to bathing suits. Even the Partnership Fund of NYC and Springboard is partnering together to create the NY Fashion Tech Lab.
If you just watch the surge of Kickstarter over the last 5 years that confirms the explosion of creativity. The hardest part about being a creative is funding. There is also a desire for many people to find their creative side. There are more opportunities being built and places to go and classes to take that can feed each persons creative side. People are looking for that balance in their lives and perhaps a desire to do something that they can get up and want to do every day is empowering.
There are always opportunities in trends. I love the trend of creativity. Certainly the advent of tapping into the crowd to support creative efforts from consumer products to artistic projects has been one huge movement. I have seen a few others and am looking forward to seeing more. When your passion becomes your livelihood that is truly special.