Author Archives: Dan Bailes

About Dan Bailes

As a writer and storyteller I explore the creative process and how we understand ourselves and our place in the world. For my blog, The Vision Thing, I write on creativity, innovation and vision – with a focus on pathfinders and the inspirational moment. I also consult and write for clients, play drums in a blues band, practice yoga and enjoy photography.

Intriguing Mystery+CrowdSourced Journalism = ?

I ran across a fascinating NYT video I’d like to share with you. The video centers on the mystery of “a life, or a fragment of a life” explored via social media and reported by New York Times journalist Deborah Acosta. … Continue reading

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Creativity + Innovation = Maya Varma

What drives innovation? Some trailblazers are driven by curiosity, others by the desire to solve an intractable problem. People like Maya Varma are motivated to help others. The Desire to Make a Difference When she was 14, a close friend … Continue reading

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Navigating Time, Place & Identity

Portraying Women of a Certain Age A few days ago I encountered some striking portraits of women of a certain age. The portraits seemed to have an almost mythic sensibility – posed, yes, but also very natural. The more I … Continue reading

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Home as a Vessel of Memory

What can we learn from the artifacts of a life left behind? If walls could speak – what would they tell us? Perhaps every dwelling has a story to tell – but a memoir about an ancient Japanese farmhouse, and the American journalist … Continue reading

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