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To look beyond one’s own nose

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What has inspired Age of Artists in the last month? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the world wide web. Things that attracted our attention in December:

What makes some scientist more creative than others? Various studies have examined this question. In 1878 the first Winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry J.H. van´t Hoff proposed that scientific imagination correlates with creative activity outside of science. And several other laureates concur with van´t Hoffs approach. The web presence provides an article that discusses how arts foster scientific success, with reference to all Nobel laureates between 1901 and 2005. Read the whole paper.

Anita Collins, Australian neuroscientist and music educator, explains in a video how playing an instrument benefits your brain. She says when you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. She explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Watch the video.

Criticism is important for the work of musicians and artists – that’s no secret. But in business it´s still difficult to criticize or Criticism has a bitter taste. In the article The Innovative Power of CriticismRoberto Verganti, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, shows successful Business Cases. He analyses: When seeking new solutions to existing problems, criticism may hamper the ideation process. But if it’s properly applied in discovering new problems and redefining value, criticism is an engine of innovation.

Bertrand Duperrin leads the digital transformation practice at Emakina France. He is in charge of developing the business activity, the methodologies and leads consultancy and advisory missions for large european businesses in the field on digital transformation. He blogs about How to manage complexity without getting complicate and shows six simple rules from #1Know what people are actually doing to #6 Reward those who cooperate. The world is getting more complex, businesses replied by adding more managers and more processes. Read what complication should be replaced by.

What inspired you in December?

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