Free Your Mind…

Kevin Kelley, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, has some deep thoughts about getting paid in a time where content is increasingly free.

When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.
Well, what can’t be copied?
There are a number of qualities that can’t be copied. Consider “trust.” Trust cannot be copied. You can’t purchase it. Trust must be earned, over time. It cannot be downloaded. Or faked. Or counterfeited (at least for long). If everything else is equal, you’ll always prefer to deal with someone you can trust. So trust is an intangible that has increasing value in a copy saturated world.

Kelly then offers eight generatives—Immediacy, Personalization, Interpretation, Authenticity, Accessibility, Embodiment, Patronage and Findability—that people will pay for.

These new eight generatives demand an understanding of how abundance breeds a sharing mindset, how generosity is a business model, how vital it has become to cultivate and nurture qualities that can’t be replicated with a click of the mouse.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. How refreshing, this made my day thank you for the post!