Marty Neumeier

Ten Ways to Jumpstart Creativity (by Marty Neumeier)

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights Leave a Comment

Recently Age of Artists spoke to author and thought leader Marty Neumeier. Marty authorized us to re-publish one of his most successful recent blog posts about ten techniques to improve both the quality and the frequency of new ideas:

How do we get ideas? Do they just come to us? Or can we go out and get them? Creativity is an unnatural act, a difficult skill that requires courage, insight, imagination, and perseverance.

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Touch Points: How Business and Other Disciplines can Learn from Art

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Education, Insights, Organization Leave a Comment

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.

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Studio Leadership: Creating an Environment for Creativity

Kirsten Gay Business, Insights, Organization 1 Comment

Eric Schmidt, former CEO and now Executive Chairman at Google, once put it this way: “Let’s be clear about what we are claiming: As business becomes more dependent on knowledge to create value, work becomes more like art. In the future, managers who understand how artists work will have an advantage over those who don’t.[1] Philippe Rixhon, a leader at the junction of arts, business and technology, also comments that “many business sectors would benefit from adopting some of the theatre world’s basic creation practices related to innovation leadership.

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Marty Neumeier Meta Skills

From Mega to Meta: Marty Neumeier on relevant skills in the digital age

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

The other week, my friend Vincent Matyi recommended a DMI Webinar where Marty Neumeier shared his thoughts on what he calls “Meta Skills”. Sounds somewhat familiar, but what are Meta Skills again? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, many might respond who live in Silicon Valley like Marty does. However, it’s not Mega, but Meta Skills he referred to in his talk, which according to Marty are: Feeling, Seeing, Dreaming, Making, and Learning.

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Giovanni di Paolo The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise 1445

The Purpose-Built and Value-Based Organization

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, Organization Leave a Comment

Looking at business and society today many ask what the score for modern organizations should look like? At Age of Artists we suggest five objectives for modern organizations that are the foundation for what we call the purpose-built and value-based organization:

  • Innovation – an organization needs to constantly innovate
  • Experience – an organization needs to target a seamless and delightful experience for all stakeholders
  • Social responsibility – an organization must contribute to a healthy society – locally and globally
  • Sustainability – an organization must attempt to secure for further generations, not destroy
  • Bottom Line – an organization must be able to sustain itself and its people

For businesses, it is obvious they must keep a sharp focus on their bottom line, as simply without that, they will not continue to exist, whereas art can exist theoretically without it.

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Jacek Irzykowski Kreola

Insights from Art on Engaging with Wicked Problems

Johann Sarmiento Business, Education, Insights Leave a Comment

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. 

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Rethinking Education: Age of Artists Contribution to Publication by the Access to Culture Platform

Dirk Dobiéy Education, Insights, News, Organization, Publication Leave a Comment

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.

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Factory Concert bv the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hietaniemi, Helsinki, ca. 1945

Art-Based Processes: A Unique Contribution to Problem Solving in Many Areas

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, Organization, Society Leave a Comment

Art-based processes have the potential to make a unique contribution to problem solving in many areas and on various levels–in combination with other approaches–to re-establish a desperately needed balance. We believe such an approach can help in three major areas:

Challenges in a global society of individual people: making progress with wicked problems. Many challenges in the world are extremely complex and referred to as wicked problems. Success in addressing them as a global society is more likely when an artistic mindset and processes are applied.

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Philippe Rixhon Emma Louise Rixhon

“Impoliteness means Challenging any Ideas and Conventions“ – Interview with Philippe Rixhon

Dirk Dobiéy Insights, Interview Leave a Comment

Philippe Rixhon, thought leader at the junctions of art, business and technology says you cannot manage innovation. Innovation isn’t about management; it is about creating an environment that nurtures innovation. This speaks to why corporations repeatedly try to manage innovation and repeatedly fail and why some large conglomerates are maybe better off not even trying. As provocative as this viewpoint may sound the same as exciting are the insights, perspectives and stories Philippe provided during the extensive interview Age of Artists was able to conduct with him, for instance when talking about challenging ideas and convention: “Impoliteness is contrary to political correctness.

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