A Forum for Innovation
Introducing Member: Jill Dryer
Country: United States
City: Kansas City
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Start-Ups, Writing,
Questions and AnswersWhat will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?
I hope to follow in the footsteps of my dear 93-year-old friend, Birger Juell, who was creatively on fire and full of life until the very end. I plan to keep learning, stay young at heart, and ultimately contribute something positive wherever life takes me.Where do you go for inspiration?
My favorite inspirations lately come from my 2-year old son who sees everything magically. We watch ants and speculate on what they're doing (going out for pizza? going to a party? looking for ice cream?); we stick our hands and feet in dirt, paint, water to see what it feels like; we get really excited every morning when the sun comes up and every night when the moon comes out. We sing made-up songs and play wooden spoon rock guitars and it takes my brain in new directions.How do you build resilience into your work & company?
I believe that if you're always creating to the best of your ability and with as much joy as possible, you'll make something that others can build on. And if you're willing to share ideas openly and collaborate, your work can be a platform for great things.What keeps you up at night?
Endless lists...things I'm dreaming of doing and sometimes just simple things that I can't manage to cram into a jam-packed day.What gets you up in the morning?
Sunrise, family, coffeeeeeeeeeeee.How is your work cross-cultural?
Imagination is a universal language...and creative projects can communicate on many levels from art to music to sheer emotion.
My aim is to inspire others to follow their dreams. No matter who I'm working with or what I'm working on, I hope to be a catalyst for great joy and things that make life worthwhile. My current project is a rock opera called DREAM. I've been writing a musical score that includes 70s soul, rock ballads, country western twang, a serious tango, and gospel choir number or two that should raise the roof. The tale takes our hero, Mr. Serious Pants, on an accidental journey to change the world and unleash his inner rock star. I also participate in ideation sessions with fortune 500 companies and my roles include illustrator, musician and creative consumer. In this realm, I playfully push the brilliant minds that have been assembled out of their comfort zone until they achieve a new truth.