Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations.
At 99U, we try to demystify the creative process. To show you the real inner-workings of how ideas are made to happen by sharing the thought processes and creative practices of great achievers. Here, with the help of our readers, we’ve rounded up some of the best videos on idea execution from artists, writers, designers, storytellers, researchers, and chocolatiers. 1. William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (53:12) This rich and wonderful profile of acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge comes from PBS’s Art:21 series.
by Martha Stone Wiske | 9:57 AM March 21, 2011 Editor's note: This post is part of a three-week series examining educational innovation and technology, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. How do we unleash the power of networked learning?
The good folks at Edge.org organized a symposium , and 164 thinkers contributed suggestions.
A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Making Complex Decisions - Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy - The Conversationby Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy | 10:18 AM May 16, 2011
I don't know why, but an awful lot of people seem to be very confused about what innovation means and how it really works. Innovators are not geeks with giant-sized brains that think plaids, stripes, and polka-dots all match. And, more often than not, they don't have a single patent or PhD to their name. In a recent New Yorker article and NPR interview, Malcolm Gladwell talks about what he calls the Creation Myth : that an innovator may not be the guy who comes up with the idea but the guy who turns that idea into something people can use. He goes on to say that you don't want to be first with new technology or ideas and offers Apple as proof of that. You know; he's right.
Creativity and the Humanities “How can organizations redesign their work environments to stimulate ideas, foster innovation and harness the creative potential of their workforce?” This was the challenge launched at WEF and had as key points for discussion: -Foosball tables and employees on Segways are evidence of creativity in an organization, but not conclusive proof of it, and not a sure-fire path to creativity. -Trust in the workplace is a necessary condition for creativity. -Permission for creativity in the workplace comes from the top, and can be signaled in many ways (such as inclusiveness, diversity and openness).
It's time to deeply question the traditions of the past and focus on reinventing the future.
Look at the news these days from the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy — Silicon Valley. Facebook is now valued near $100 billion, Twitter at $8 billion, Groupon at $30 billion, Zynga at $20 billion and LinkedIn at $8 billion. These are the fastest-growing Internet/social networking companies in the world, and here’s what’s scary: You could easily fit all their employees together into the 20,000 seats in Madison Square Garden, and still have room for grandma.