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. 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.
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.