When talking about the common good, few people associate it with its economic relevance. Not so the German psychologist and business economist Timo Meynhardt. After finishing his academic studies and working for several years in consulting, he is currently conducting research with a focus on the common good and its importance to our understanding of business. He is doing this work in his role as Managing Director of the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St.
The pianist Martin Kohlstedt is artist and entrepreneur, musician, and at the same time boss of his own record label employing more than ten people. This was not anticipated, because he only started playing the piano at the age of twelve, however, the native Thuringian has published three solo albums and performs at international festivals. In our conversation, he tells us how he balances the contradictory purposes of artistic freedom, musical-industrial necessity, and business administration concerns into a harmonious overall context.
Helge Steinmann, in the street art scene, is better known as “Bomber One”, a graffiti-institution in Germany. Born in Hessen, he studied communication design and became active as a graffiti artist in the late 80s. Mainly operating in and around Frankfurt he is also known internationally as an analyst, co-creator, and guest to various events and campaigns. His work has been published in a number of magazines and publications. In an interview with us he spoke about his career as an artist, about the freedom of the arts, and appreciation of oneself, the process of learning and education, as well as idea generation, and the daily struggle with structures and restrictions.
In part three, the final part, in our bricolage series we take the topic beyond the dominant notion of re-using available experiences and material to create original and new solutions together with David Kayrouz of Creative Pathways, a consultancy based in New Zealand. David is a passionate practitioner of bricolage as creative discipline but he takes it a step further: “the ‘resurrection’ of the existing is an integral part of the process, but personally I believe and see an important future lies in the use of bricolage through the amorphous possibilities available for a preferred connecting with the bricoleur’s senses through their free choice of media.
“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” Victor Hugo
Between 1747 and 1763 Bernardo Bellotto, Venetian also known as Canaletto has created some of the most extraordinary paintings of the city of Dresden, which until today help to shape the collective identity of the people who live there – no matter if they were born and raised in city or came to Dresden to settle with their families.