Digital Creative Spotlight: Josh Feldman
October 4, 2018
October 4, 2018
Where do you live?
What are you listening to this week? (music, podcasts, etc.)
What’s your current profession / project / passion?
I’m the director of the Springboard Fellowship, a project of Hillel International, which seeks to launch the careers and ideas of early career professionals, with 0-3 years of work experience post-college. Hillel is based in Washington DC, but the Talent Team that I’m a part of is spread out across the country, so almost all of our work is done remotely.
My passion is at the intersection of Leadership Development & Creativity. There are huge and exciting challenges that face human beings in the 21st century, and I really truly believe that helping all of us invest in our creativity — and invest in each other — is how we can solve those challenges. I believe that people are the experts in their own lives and that if we can be of service in helping them harness that, then incredible things are possible.
What are some recent examples of your work that you’re most proud of?
This July, we launched the Leadership Development program that I direct, the Springboard Fellowship. Twenty early-career professionals met at Hillel’s HQ to make prototypes, learn about human-centered design and explore what it would mean to create more inspiring and creative communities on college campuses across the country. I felt immense joy to be part of the trajectory of these emerging leaders of the Jewish community.
We hope and believe that Hillel investing in the creative potential of young professionals will create a whole new talent pipeline in the community.
Describe your creative process.
I try to live in the world of big “How might we?” questions as much as possible. I ask questions such as:
Testing & Prototyping
Which tools, products and services do you use in this process?
What is one major benefit do you get from technology that you can’t imagine creating without?
I don’t have a great memory, so my smartphone is the keeper of my information, allowing me to be more focused and present on the tasks at hand at any given moment.
What do your colleagues / collaborators always want to do manually / analog that you wish they would automate / design a system for?
I’m going to re-direct my answer a bit…I really do believe that digital tools are constructive to our work…but one thing that I’ve yet to make stick digitally is To-Do lists. Paper is the best for me here.
What do you do when you need a break from screens?
Anything you want to add on the relationship between creative work and tech?
We live in the most disruptive time in at least the last several hundred years, technologically. There’s huge room and space for creativity, but we all have to admit that this is a large period of experimentation. Books, in their current form, evolved slowly. Just like books, we need to give ourselves permission to allow technological tools to develop so that they serve us, rather than serving their makers. We need to ask questions like “What do we want life to be like?”, and influence design from that perspective, not the opposite.
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