Sara Simon

Sara Simon

Sometimes Your Ideas Are Bad

In 1983, Michael Crichton wrote a screenplay about a graduate student who uses genetic research to clone dinosaurs… but you’ve never seen this movie. Crichton knew the narrative didn’t work. What university would actually fund research for dinosaur cloning?

A better setting? A theme park. Kids love theme parks, so Crichton’s Jurassic Park iteration two told the story of a theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs… from the view of a child.

You get the point. Sometimes ideas are just bad, in stories and in code. This talk is about recognizing bad ideas and turning them into good ones.


An art school graduate and former English major, Sara is the web developer at Vermont Public Radio. She works both in and beyond the newsroom to build technologies that help to find and tell stories.

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