Tolkien and I at the BNF

I arrive at the giant door of the library. “Bibliothèque National de France“. A series of beautiful buildings commissioned by the former President of France, François Mitterand, dedicated to knowledge and research, as he was a highly educated man fan of literature.
Celebrating my very fist day in this life as a researcher, with a free access to the research section, committed to a new level of my own independent, pragmatic and transdisciplinary research. I organised my day: it is more difficult because of the issues I have encountered in my professional and personal life in the 5 recent years. I act as a handicapped woman to make sure I am going to be safe, nurtured, and able to accomplished some work. I have much less ability for huge tasks these days but my understanding of disciplines and techniques became much more accurate at the same time. My overview of 50 years of self learning, traveling, meetings, studies, art and work, provided to my mind (and heart) a lot more of global understandings and desire for making sense.
I enjoy and get prepared. The goal is to write.
The BNF has an agenda for cultural exhibitions. I am not concerned, at first, and I am not even interested since I have to commit to my goal, and it is hard. So I fake not seing the signs. I recall having been here before for my master degree in political communications, but I have forgotten all the details.
I have seen that TOLKIEN was the title of the exhibit but I was pushing his name away because I did not want to be influenced. Can one transmedia creator or academic not get influenced by Tolkien?
Tolkien storyworld has been important for me but furthermore is way of world building and the sustainability of the universe. The legacy from this beautiful mind is huge and so now I get it why it is all over the place at the BNF. Never mind, I push his name away because I want to concentrate on my topic: transmedia communication for innovative organisations.
The BNF is so big that it is a global perimeter of modern urban architecture with specific cultural points of access for the citizens. A neighbourhood. Kids rehearsed their dancing, tourists march in lines, students eat meals sitting on the ground, near by boats on the Seine river, beautiful skies open over the old Paris. It is the 21st century.
Epic Tolkien at the entrances. I have my eyes captured as I finish to descend the very long stairs and move forward the security portals. My eyes talk to my neuronal system: Stop. Did you notice my birth date? The exhibit is going to close on my birthday so it is written with large letters on the beautiful poster, very large, black, red and some white, with the Tolkien language and signs. Colors of my work, language of my storyworld, doors of my new life, direction for my writings. I was just saying to my little professional self that fiction is always the best for making sense… But corporations, institutions, do not deal with fiction. Except the BNF, which is her role.
In my professional and creative world, Tolkien can be used, even for communication strategies or operations and even for corporate communication. So I do not have to research more, I already have all the clues, I must just write.
I found it interesting lately, that I wanted to extract myself from the transmedia thinking process I started in 2010 and progress towards design thinking and innovation. Why? Now why. Can’t I just read the signs, trust Tolkien, and continue what I created? Can the community, the mean part of it, interrupt my world to the point where I need to switch? Fortunately, I reconnect with deep knowledge of making sense with fiction and I accept to step out of the box where I can explore, not to say exploit, proximity fields of studies that are linked to transmedia as a discipline in the great domain of communication.
If only Marshal McLuhan, Joseph Campbell and Tolkien could have this conversation.
For my birthday, the closing of the Tolkien exhibit and immersive event in Paris, I must have published my PhD proposal right here! So, let’s work. I joined a PhD incubator with the approval of a lab in the field of Innovation that has a section for Information and Communication Sciences. 7 years after meeting with the Director of the lab. After 10 versions of my proposal have been around 6 or 7 labs in France. Years I discuss whether or not I should do a PhD. Please, ask me to come teach in your town. Make it an American town. Language is not a barrier, I can progress in English, and I am still improving my native French, but I speak the language of the human mind and the human heart, as you do.
And-Joy.
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WTF a PhD?

I’ve seen the YouTubers about PhDs and it’s not what I’m looking for. But I found an interesting and well documented article on the New York Times. Well, it is the Times, indeed. It shows again the poor quality of content online and the need for reliable content (#BestPractices), even more we know that reliable content is not the same when it belongs to corporations or groups. Anyway. The topic is about doing/not doing a PhD.

Interestingly, PhD and Thesis mean two different things in French. As I am French, mixed with Belgium family and transformed by the American culture… So : PhD refers to a “Doctorate in PHilosophy” and is a result of a study in a specialised field.

The Thesis is the document a student presents to her peers at the end of the research process, it can be for a master or a PhD.

THE WHYs

For me a PhD starting after 50 years old is a complex approach. In my case, I have never learned the methodologies for research: I start from scratch. I did not have to research much for my Master degree, I used a professional project to build on and with. It took 6 years and many labs to finally come back to the former place and lab where everything started (Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, Paris). And I am not even enrolled YET (2019).

Intellectually, it is fine, I have some comfort in terms of organisation and mentorship. But scientifically, I’m an outsider. I could secure some teaching along the way as I love being with students and I would like to teach abroad. Transmitting is valuable.

It will contribute to general progress in the field of communication and the humanities, I want to complete a knowledge base, I have so much case studies in my backpack!

Will it rise my consulting rates? Will it give this brand – Transmedia Ready – a better exposure across borders (do we need it?), will it help me work internationally as I used to do?

It pleases me to acquire more knowledge in the humanities, in management and design,  and it makes me feel great to express my ideas about experiences in the arts, content production, co-design, project management and business development from the p.o.v. of the creative industries. I also like to share knowledge on personal development and role playing in real life.

I am informed. PhD thesis do not get read by the public, not even the target audience, rarely by the experts. If I want my knowledge and experiences to be SPREADABLE, I need to publish my books!

Now, I’ve read so much B.S. about transmedia, I even read stuff transformed from my own teaching (plagiat)!

There is a great challenge at working in the country of France, it is to survive to mediocrity. But it is the only place where I can probably do the challenge almost for free. I am even considering a crowdfunding campaign for this project as I will need to work more than ever, and dedicate 3 years at least. As if I have not done so yet! Lots of laughing.

Cheers To Peers!