Independent Study: Week 2

This week I added several more readings to my list*, and did additional research into the content of some of the books listed. I expanded the thesis proposal somewhat, but am understanding more and more that there are two concepts that I will need to define in order to move forward substantially with this study:

Innovation—I think I will need to re-read some Neumeier and Brown to get a core definition of "innovation" as they propound it. I also want to read more Buchanan and locate some of Golsby-Smith's writing to fill out my understanding of Innovation.

Resistance—While not on my To Do list for this course, it may be time to begin conducting some interviews to gauge the level of creativity promoted and allowed in various church communities. This may need to be survey or it could be personal interviews that I initiate with individuals.

The thesis proposal seems very general at this point (which may be perfectly fine) but I'd like to focus it a bit more before submitting it.

It may be early yet for this as well, but I am growing anxious that no visual component is materializing for me yet. When I peer into that part of the thesis project I am seeing nothing. A little worrying, that.

I don't feel that I am getting much traction yet, so I will need to get busy with reading and taking notes. The thoughts right now are vague unfocused.

*I came across a great book and ordered two copies: The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant At A Moment's Notice by Todd Henry. This newly-published work speaks to creatives in general and church creatives in particular. Since I haven't read it yet I can't say much more than that Todd seems to have written my thesis. I could be wrong: he may be barking up a different tree entirely. I'll let you know.