What all art genres have in common is they support the emergence of a skill set that is desperately needed in the Information Age. But what are those skills? It is European educational policy to emphasize the development of transversal skills. Examples of transversal skills are the ability to think critically, take initiative, problem solve and work collaboratively–all needed to equip individuals for today’s varied and unpredictable career paths. Transversal skills can also be called cross competencies or generic skills.
Over the centuries many touch points between art and business or other disciplines have been described and explored to various degrees. At Age of Artists, we deal with those connections that are reported to lead to better outcomes in business and society. This is what we have found so far:
- Representation, branding, and social responsibility
- Work-life-balance and community building
- Artistic intervention and Artists in Residence
- Teaching Artists and/or Arts-Based Learning
- Art-based principles, practices, and processes at work
Representation, branding, and social responsibility.
One way to look at our modern world is as a gigantic collection of problems. Many of these problems might be personal and very well defined (e.g. how do I get to the office on time today?) while others are much higher complexity (e.g. those associated with geopolitical or ecological issues.) A view of the world as full of problems is not a pessimistic view in any form but, instead, one that highlights the action-oriented and dynamic nature of our natural and man-made worlds.
The Access to Culture Platform under the leadership of ENCATC has published – in the context of the structured dialogue with Member States and the European Commission – a compilation of essays with the title: Rethinking Education– Empowering Individuals with the Appropriate Educational Tools, Skills and Competencies, for their Active Cultural, Political and Economic Participation in Society in Europe and Beyond.
The aim of this Publication is to foster critical debate, stimulate innovative thinking and publish contributions written by academics, research experts as well as a broader set of practitioners organizations, artists and people working in the cultural and education policy field.
By now, it is common sense that people–both young and experienced–need to be equipped differently in order to succeed in this accelerated and complex time we live in. Skills and competences such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, improvisation and cooperation become more important. Many leading thinkers promote a new approach to leadership that embraces authenticity, curiosity, invention and collaboration. Organizations–and the large ones often struggle with this–need to constantly innovate to survive and need to look for sustainable ways to execute their missions.
“The M.B.A. is a challenged brand”, Greg Pass, the former chief technology officer of Twitter and now on the faculty of Cornell Tech stated in a very recent New York Times article . As an alternative for educating future business leaders Cornell Tech has launched an innovative concept which includes cross-disciplinary project collaboration between M.B.A. candidates and computer science graduates, group problem solving and group critique methods. “The emphasis is on making things rather than planning.” Pass stated according to the article.
When opening our local newspaper yesterday I was positively surprised to read the sub headline of an article announcing a new German volume of National Geographic about how thinking came into the world. The headline said: “What we are today we do not owe to handaxe or fire: What really turned us into thinking humans was the invention of art.” After reading the full article which was mainly about early mankind and cave painting I started to reflect on our first year with Age of Artists.
The head, hand and art of the arts – Age of Artists publishes white paper with preliminary research findings.
We have already developed a great appreciation for artists of all genres and the way they approach their individual missions. This is a mission where work and life cannot be separated from each other and yet there is room for family, friends, hobbies and even the most mundane things.
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