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Appropriation’s sinister side is well documented, but appropriation has an enormous role to play in collaboration and creativity.


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10 Applicability

6 Innovation

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With a spoonful of self-deprecating humor and some colorful language, digital designer Wilson Miner recalls past experiences to explain that appropriation, though it gets a bum rap, isn’t all bad. Miner delivers an entertaining warts-and-all presentation to highlight the relationship between appropriation and collaboration – an exceptionally apt topic for the digital age. getAbstract recommends Miner’s talk to creatives and anyone whose work involves collaboration.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why appropriation is essential to collaboration and creativity and
  • Why you should trust your colleagues and share your work.


When Wilson Miner was in eighth grade, he submitted a poem to his school’s literary magazine. However, he hadn’t written the poem. Rather, he had taken the lyrics from the song “White, Discussion” by rock group Live and tried to pass them off as his own. The student editors recognized the work and rejected...
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About the Speaker

Wilson Miner is director of digital design at The California Sunday Magazine. He previously worked as a designer at Facebook and Apple.

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