What Da Vinci can teach us about media

Pages from Leonardo da Vinci's journal

Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein…

All of us know these names and the work associated with them.

But what if these great thinkers (among others) hadn’t documented their ideas? What would we know of them? Especially considering that the extent of their influence came long after they were dead and gone.

These ideators were not isolated. Certainly there were plenty of other contemporary great minds with ideas just as groundbreaking. The difference is that the ones we know about documented their ideas in a form that could be shared. They did this during times when it was much harder to document and share ideas than it is today. It took years (hundreds for some) for their work to circulate and gain recognition.

We live in a time of unprecedented access to information and ideas. The communication platforms we use everyday give us opportunities the great minds of history never had access to. Yet they took painstaking time and extreme care to document and share their ideas. And that has made all the difference.

Are you being intentional about sharing your ideas with the world? Nothing is stopping you.

P.S. If Da Vinci were alive today, do you think he would tweet?