Aug
17

We, as Creative People, Have a Responsibility to this World

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We, as creative people, have a responsibility to ourselves-- and to this world-- to share our gifts widely. Our creativity changes us and others profoundly. What we do transcends race, status, and breaks through all social classes and cultural barriers almost instantly. Culture is the backbone on which we can shape our emerging global … [Read more...]

Jun
23

Haggling isn’t cool. Here’s why.

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Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... " Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already … [Read more...]

Jun
16

Mozart in the Jungle

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Back in 2005, Blair Tindall, an American freelance oboist, wrote a tell all memoir about sex, drugs and classical music titled Mozart in the Jungle.  In it, Tindall exposed the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators she encountered in the classical music world. Her book is a painful realistic … [Read more...]

Jun
09

Arts are Key to Preparing Workers in the Global Marketplace

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Preparing for a career or launching a new business is no easy undertaking if you don't have the thinking skills you need.  As I meet with incubators and organizations, it seems many still are thinking too narrowly about what is required to build the infrastructure for our future economy. Here are some key facts about the value of … [Read more...]

Mar
31

Creating Harmony: The new game to learn how to play in the creative economy.

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Harmony is not about what's lasting or permanent. It's about individual voices coming together for a moment. And that moment lasts the length of a breath. That's what I think about my time here.  ~Francis Underwood, House of Cards Harmony is a valuable resource that cannot be overlooked in the 21st century creative economy. The speed of … [Read more...]

Mar
17

Women as Elements of Change

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I am writing today from Amman Jordan where I have been attending The first East West & Africa  'Women as Elements of Change' Conference. Hosted by Her Royal Highness Princess Taghrid and the General Director of The Princess Taghrid Institute, Dr. Aghadeer Jewihan. Our sister organization, the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship, … [Read more...]

Feb
24

Funding Innovation, Founder’s Blues and Avoiding Early Start-Up Mistakes

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Life as a start-up is certainly not easy. Finding funding for our innovative ideas, managing mental health and minimizing mistakes are at the top of most start-up's must have lists. I hope these three reads provide some interesting insights. The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation As the strategic philanthropy movement has swept … [Read more...]

Feb
10

A Model for Building New Ventures in America

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Today many college graduates aspire to finance, consulting, law school, grad school, or medical school out of a vague desire for additional status and progress rather than from a genuine passion or choosing those professional paths because they are a personal/lifestyle fit.  Perhaps these folks really do have something to learn from the … [Read more...]

Feb
02

Living (or not) the Creative Life

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"Growth is much more than a strategy. It is a complex change process that involves the right mindset, the right processes, experimentation and an enabling environment." ~ Edward Hess teaches business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Ed got it right. For the last eight years my professional growth … [Read more...]

Jan
28

Investing in Creativity

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For those of you who are not familiar with this 2003 study, or who are, read about it (again). This review of Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structures for U.S. Artists was written by Katherine Gressel in 2012 and posted in CreateEquity. Katherine does a fabulous job of illuminating how things have not changed. While … [Read more...]

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