Welcome to Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football, Burning Man, the Ford Fiesta Movement, Rube Goldberg, NFL Films, Wordle, Two and a Half Men, a 10,000-Year Symphony, and ROFLCom Memes Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas
A Culturematic is a little machine for making culture. It’s an ingenuity engine.
Once wound up and released, the Culturematic acts as a probe into the often-alien world of contemporary culture, to test the atmosphere, to see what life it can sustain, to see who responds and how. Culturematics start small but can scale up ferociously, bootstrapping themselves as they go.
Because they are so inexpensive, we can afford to fire off a multitude of Culturematics simultaneously. This is evolutionary strategy, iterative innovation, and rapid prototyping all at once. Culturematics are fast, cheap, and out of control. Perhaps as important, they fail early and often. They are the perfect antidote to a world where we cannot guess what’s coming next.
In Culturematic, anthropologist Grant McCracken describes these little machines and helps the reader master them. Examples are drawn from NFL Films, Twitter, the Apple Genius Bar, Starbucks, Ford, SNL Digital Shorts, Restoration Hardware, UNICEF, J. Crew, Pie Lab, USA Network, and the GEICO gecko.
For the traditional producers of culturethe creators of movies, design, advertising, publishing, magazines, newspapers, and corporate R&Dthis book will inspire new innovation and creativity.
For the emerging producers of culturethe digital playersthis book will serve as a practical handbook. Culturematic: our app for creating the world anew.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Grant McCracken, an anthropologist, has studied American culture and business for twenty-five years. He is the author of several books, most recently Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation.
Table of Contents
1 Welcome to Culturematics 11
2 Why Culturematics Matter 29
3 Twenty Culturematics 61
4 Culturematic Clockworks 97
5 Finding Your Vector 115
6 How to Make Culturematics 145
7 Culturematic Me 177
8 The Corporate Culturematic 211
About the Author 293