Once in a Lifetime Beautiful

Environment + Public
June 10, 2013
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Blue Mind 3 was epic. One guest’s thank you note is so touching and poetic it begs to be shared.

Inspiration overload. This experience has changed my view of art, life and now. Thank you for sharing what you love with me. It was truly a once in a lifetime beautiful.

Van Curaza’s presentation on Operation Surf brought half the room to tears. Here’s a news report about his work teaching veterans to ride waves as surf therapy, and a broader podcast on Blue Mind 3 from the World Ocean Observatory that also explores aspects of Van’s program.

I opened the programming aspect of the three-day event with photographer Karen Glaser and poet laureate Lisa Starr, together giving a presentation on island environs and specifically speaking to the legal implications of erosion on the south shore.

Block Island Sound

The Bluffs

For our piece, we presented dozens of original images, most of which were captured underwater. But one is particularly noteworthy – the only known full panoramic shot of the southern most tip of the island, which I compiled from hundreds of shots I took with a GigaPan mount.

Block Island

Panoramic Field

This locale is undergoing significant coastal erosion and constant change. The deterioration is important to understand for environmental purposes, but also because it’s been deadly.

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Media + Arts + Tech

Attributes

I am native to media, arts and tech – as a former touring musician, as one who can and does code, and as a maker fluent in design and multimedia content development (audio, video, photo, graphic, analog, textual). This overlap of niche and background allows me to efficiently and peerlessly integrate legal and creative for clients working in expressive spaces.

Corporate

They are called organizations for good reason. Getting and staying documented, well-papered, compliant, and aligned with pragmatic protocols is prime among best practices. General counsel and correct governance are as important to closely-held companies as they are to those seeking or deploying external funding. There are few investments more sound than a solid foundation.

Contracting

Optimizing a deal requires focussed and technical drafting. What multiple collaborators have in mind when they begin does not automatically manifest when a concept is translated into the physical world. Get ahead of junctures, pivots and transitions. Reflecting on the page what is intended at heart is the ultimate efficiency.

Copyright

There are few disciplines as relevant and fluid as copyright. The media space has enjoyed rapid development over recent decades. Law is not always so quick to follow. Navigating ownership of content is a primary concern for creative enterprises.

Trademark

Impact and impression are salable and demand attention, from protecting to capitalizing. Define your brand, put on a search, definitively document, and enforce with intent – or share, collaborate and cross-pollinate.

Trade Secrets

Assets come in variegated forms – not always capitally quantifiable or neatly captured by intellectual property regimes. But proprietary information can be of principal, or even singular value. Safeguard, manage and leverage such resources prudently and productively.

Licensing

One of the most important tools in the kit of creative profit is the flexibility and extensibility that adept licensing affords. Do it well – do it right.

Regulatory

Interfacing with public agencies is a vastly different experience than cutting deals in the private sector. Conventions, ethics, regulations, policy, and sinuous procedure need not block your path forward. Additionally, the First Amendment was written for you – stand on it.

Litigation

There will almost certainly come a time when dispute crops up and grows entrenched, or rights and obligations are transgressed or ignored. Less talk, more action – bring deft advocacy and mastery of process into play.

Strategic

Creation is nothing if uninspired. Your vocation is to deploy vision and bridge the gap between what is known and unknown, what is possible and impossible. Apply the very same foresight to your company and your career. Chance favors the prepared mind.