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„It’s after they have actually let their hair down and danced that the best ideas come out.“ – Interview with Jason Beechey

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Jason Beechey is a professional dancer and also rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, a renowned institution for classical and contemporary dance, that exists for more than 90 years. And yet the word artist makes him a bit scared when describing his line of work: “My name is Jason, I was born and my passion is exploring the body in movement with music, the possibilities and to help other people discover their possibilities.

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Leveraging the past to create the future: Part two of our Bricolage feature

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In our first part of this Bricolage feature, we explored Bricolage as a potential answer to tackle problems, and to enhance creativity through improvisation, playfulness, and experiments. However, not all the problems are easily resolvable, and often the solutions are more harmful than the actual issue. In his interview with AoA , artist Bernard Pras, explains that it is difficult to anticipate the malicious effect of innovation: “we create new products as we need it, and it is often fantastic, but there is always a negative side that one could – or not – anticipate, and sometimes the malicious side takes on the initial magic of the invention.”

By taking a look at environmental issues on our starship earth and the research for new energy sources, a clear example lies in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels.

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Bricolage: Innovation without destruction

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‘Pour explorer le champ des possibles, le bricolage est la méthode la plus efficace’ (‘To explore the scope of possibilities, bricolage is the most efficient method’)
Hubert Reeves 

Yes, the world became extremely complex and it is fair to admit that we engage with problems and new challenges on a daily basis – on a personal and societal level. We strive to find new solutions most of the time by innovating.

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Passions and Art cannot be Standardized – Interview with Thomas Sattelberger

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Thomas Sattelberger is a German manager who has worked at companies such as Daimler-Benz, Lufthansa, and Continental. Most recently, from 2007 through 2012, he was a board member at Deutsche Telekom. As a young man, the business economist was part of the APO movement and is still being perceived as nonconformist, and maybe due to this notion, as particularly innovative. In any case, he is very actively involved in a variety of important initiatives that deal with future aspects of work and vocational training.

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Structure is good – Space is better. Age of Artists at the Handelsblatt IT Management Conference

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Age of Artists is very pleased to announce our key note and workshop contribution to the 22nd Handelsblatt conference on strategic IT management. The event will take place between January 18-20 in Munich, Germany. It covers digital and information technology strategies from more than 40 national and international IT experts. Together with partners from GE, 4 Advice and Risch UB we will cover a conference special during the first day.

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Harvard Business Manager Special Edition on Change Management

Failure isn’t the right idea – Harvard Business Manager on Change Management

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“One fails forward toward success.” Charles Kettering, Inventor and Engineer

The Harvard Business Manager, German version to the Harvard Business Review, has just released a special edition on change management featuring a case study of a digital experience project to which some members of Age of Artists contributed greatly. The project is a great example of how best practices derived from art and an artistic mindset can make a professional organization more successful and provide joy to those involved.

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Imagination + Creativity + Empathy + Innovation = Value Creation – Interview with Linda Naiman

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Linda Naiman is our most recent member to our global partner network. Located in Vancouver, Linda is a respected author in the field of collaborative creation and founder of Creativity at Work, an innovation consultancy specializing in developing creativity, leadership, and innovation in organizations.

AoA: Linda, your magic formula is Imagination + Creativity + Empathy + Innovation = Value Creation. Let’s start with the result. What do you refer to as value?

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What you need to know about growing a creativity culture

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German Version Below / Deutsche Version Unten

We are pleased to announce the release of our research essentials on how to develop a culture that grows and nurtures creativity and innovation – on an individual and organizational level.

This document represents a condensed version of our research and an invitation for dialogue and exchange. Our investigation was realized between October 2013 and July 2015 and continues on.

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Defy the Data and Act on Intuition: Interview with Tim Leberecht (Part 2)

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Note: This is the second part of an Interview with Tim Leberecht, Chief marketing officer of NBBJ and Author of The Business Romantic. Please access the first part here.

Dirk: Tim, in your book The Business Romantic you propose to not just use quantitative measures to deal with complexity. What other options do we have?

Tim: Complexity begins when quants end. The truly complex things are the ones we can’t comprehend, those outside of our grasp.

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