Vassily Kandinsky Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles

What you need to know about growing a creativity culture

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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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Rudi Kargus Breaking News

Attitude is More Important than Motive – Interview with painter Rudi Kargus

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Painter Rudi Kargus was born in 1952 in Worms, Germany. From 1971 to 1989 he was known to the world as a professional soccer player, among other teams at Hamburger SV. After his active sports career he turned to painting in 1996.

“I am often asked whether there are similarities between football and art. I answer there is none; the only thing in common is the intensity.” Kargus describes the two worlds that strongly influenced him both in their own way.

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Caroll Vanwelden Cover Visual From: Sings Shakespeare Sonnets 2

“Creating More and More and More” – Interview with Caroll Vanwelden

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I was intrigued and very skeptical at the same time when I came across the Shakespeare project by Belgian pianist and singer Caroll Vanwelden, who published an album containing her own musical interpretation of sixteen Shakespeare sonnets in 2012. While the next album was devoted to jazz standards, the very productive artist delivered her take on another sixteen sonnets only two years later when she published a second Shakespeare album.

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Portrait of Charlie Parker in 1947

The Idea of Something Being Radically New is Misleading – Two Questions to Michael Gold

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Michael Gold is creator and principal of Jazz Impact where he combines world-class jazz with interactive and experiential learning and new ways of thinking around leadership, engagement and collaboration in business. Michael is also one of our affiliated members. As part of our ongoing conversations I had the chance to ask him a couple of questions and what I got was both – surprising and inspirational. But find our for yourself!

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Alles wird gut (Norbert Bisky)
Alles wird gut, Norbert Bisky

“There is no such thing as Talent” – Interview with Norbert Bisky

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During our conversation with Norbert Bisky one thing becomes obvious rather quickly: In his opinion, art has nothing to do with elitism. Everybody could become an artist if he just wanted to. In this context Bisky doesn’t think much of common cultural activities. “You can find those questionable processes everywhere which hinder people to participate in something and especially in arts. You got talent? This is a senseless question because you don’t need talent for arts. You don’t need it but it could actually harm you.” And later during the interview: “There is no such thing as talent. That’s one of the myths which came up to hinder people to participate in something.” Obviously these views makes him a very interesting conversation partner. He is a painter and considered an important contemporary artist of Germany. At the end of the last year we went to visit him in his studio in Berlin and we asked him how he got into art and why he kept doing it.

Siyan Ren Without Title

Artful living: Be balanced now and acquire skills for the future

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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.

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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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Collage based on Caspar David Friedrich Wanderer Above the Sea Fog

Make space for playing: Interview with Tim Leberecht (Part 1)

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A couple of years ago I came across an article by Tim Leberecht on what entrepreneurs can learn from artists which made it immediately into my list of top reads of that year. I was fascinated by the ease at which Tim connected multiple somewhat known but not necessarily related points into a coherent whole. Tim must have realized long ago that every innovation in some way is a derivative of what exists.

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Sebastian Terfloth Semperoper at Night

“Those who work professionally, need Criticism.” -Interview with Ingolf Huhn

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Theater director Ingolf Huhn knows the requirements for modern leaders from his personal experience. The function of the director combines and contains multiple responsibilities: economic, organizational, and especially artistic. But how do you create a trusting culture of feedback when you are solely responsible? “Those who work professionally, need criticism. They need criticism in terms of feedback. That’s the only way it works. For me it is difficult to get honest feedback by the ensemble.

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