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25 Famous Thinkers and Their Inspiring Daily Rituals

25 Famous Thinkers and Their Inspiring Daily Rituals
Many find it interesting to glimpse inside the lives of famous thinkers in an effort to understand where such thought and intelligence is rooted. In that vein, here is a peek into the routines and rituals that writers, philosophers, and statesmen have depended on to keep their work on track and their thoughts flowing. Whether you need inspiration to make it through the next college semester of your bachelor’s degree, finishing up your master’s degree program, or are working on a future best-selling novel, explore these daily rituals you may want to incorporate into your life. CS Lewis. January 11th, 2010 written by Staff Writers Related:  Creativity

Nathan Myhrvold and collective genius in science Nathan Myhrvold met Jack Horner on the set of the “Jurassic Park” sequel in 1996. Horner is an eminent paleontologist, and was a consultant on the movie. Myhrvold was there because he really likes dinosaurs. Myhrvold is of Nordic extraction, and he looks every bit the bearded, fair-haired Viking—not so much the tall, ferocious kind who raped and pillaged as the impish, roly-poly kind who stayed home by the fjords trying to turn lead into gold. “What you do on a dinosaur expedition is you hike and look at the ground,” Myhrvold explains. Once, a team member came across a bone sticking out from the bottom of a recently eroded cliff. There was also Myhrvold’s own find: a line of vertebrae, as big as apples, just lying on the ground in front of him. People weren’t finding dinosaur bones, and they assumed that it was because they were rare. Myhrvold gave the skeleton to the Smithsonian. In 1874, Alexander Graham Bell spent the summer with his parents in Brantford, Ontario. Tegreene began.

Ideas to accelerate agency innovation Me with Scott Prindle, Aaron Shapiro and Tony Signore I just came back from a great session at the Mirren New Business Conference. Laurie Coots, TBWA Chiat Day’s CMO, no stranger to change and innovation, moderated a panel with CP&B’s creative technology lead Scott Prindle, HUGE CEO Aaron Shapiro, Taylor CEO Tony Signore and me. We tried to cover everything from sources of inspiration to methods for transforming an organization. Here they are, recapped. The five ingredients for change No doubt many of you are familiar with Kotter’s 8-step change model. I can attest to that. Eventually we figured it out. Find a way to stay up on technology This has to be the biggest challenge for any agency moving from making ads to building digital platforms and experiences. Aaron Shapiro and HUGE do it by thinking and behaving more like a software company than an advertising or even digital agency. Conclusion? Photo credit: KellyFerrara

David Kelley on Designing Curious Employees Design thinking is a process of empathizing with the end user. Its principal guru is David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (otherwise known as the d.school), who takes a similar approach to managing people. He believes leadership is a matter of empathizing with employees. Kermit Pattison: How has the design thinking model influenced your approach to leading people? David Kelley: The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you're trying to design for. Empathy is not always talked about as a leadership quality. For me, it's all important. What happens when the leader has to crack the whip? I always found that if you handle a problem in a benevolent way and a transparent way and involve other people, so it's just not your personal opinion, that people get to the other side of these difficult conversations being more enthusiastic. A lot of this must depend on hiring the right people who have an internal desire to do well.

Polaroid and Apple: Innovation Through Mental Invention Steve Jobs admits to few idols. But one is Edwin Land, the college dropout who invented the polarizing filters used in everything from car headlights to sunglasses. Land, of course, also invented the Polaroid Land Camera. It happened like this: One time when Land and his three-year-old daughter were in New Mexico, she asked why she couldn't immediately see a photograph that he had snapped. He took a short walk through the desert, pondering that question. Now, some 40 years later, Land had agreed to meet with Jobs at Land's laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Land once told a reporter, "If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess ... Now the two visionaries were in the same room for the first time. "I could see what the Polaroid camera should be," Land remarked. Jobs watched. Later, when driving home, Jobs told Sculley, "It's like when I walk into a room and I want to talk about a product that hasn't been invented yet. Sculley drove on, stunned.

Le CAC40 entre dans les “fab labs” Des grands groupes industriels s'intéressent aux "fab labs", ces mini-usines collaboratives, citoyennes, ouvertes à tous et permettant de créer ou de fabriquer des objets à la demande. Avec quelques arrières-pensées. Robots du hackerspace de Toulouse (cc) Ophelia Noor Les industriels des télécoms, de l’énergie et de la grande distribution lorgnent du côté des fab lab (fabrication laboratory), c’est-à-dire un lieu citoyen ou universitaire, non lucratif, dédié aux fabrications d’objets à la demande. Jusqu’à présent, hormis les particuliers, ce sont surtout de petites structures souples qui sont allées sur ce terrain, artisans et designers. « Nous avions plusieurs fabricants de meubles au lab, explique Joris, de Protospace [nl], en Hollande, l’un d’eux a même programmé pour faire un placard customisé, deux autres avaient déjà leur machine à fraiser CNC, sans l’expérience au lab, ils n’y auraient jamais pensé. De même, la protection des inventions est autorisée : Le non-profit n’existe pas.

André Helbo (dir.), Performance et savoirs 1Performance et savoirs est le résultat du colloque de l’Association internationale pour la sémiologie du spectacle qui a eu lieu à Bruxelles en avril 2010, sous la direction d’André Helbo. Le livre, dirigé par ce dernier, se révèle très intéressant dans la mesure où il nous permet de comprendre le point de vue de plusieurs chercheurs qui ont défriché des questions concernant le théâtre et la performance, la théâtralité et la performativité, parmi d’autres sujets tout à fait importants dans le cadre des spectacles vivants. L’ouvrage en question nous présente une perspective pluridisciplinaire, c’est cela qui rend ses analyses tout particulièrement intéressantes et pertinentes à l’heure actuelle. La conférence a d’ailleurs tourné autour du « spectacle vivant » et de ses relations avec la société, la sémiologie et l’esthétique, en proposant l’existence d’espaces interstitiels entre la fiction et le réel.

Performative Social Science: A Consideration of Skills, Purpose and Context | Roberts Volume 9, No. 2, Art. 58 – May 2008 Performative Social Science: A Consideration of Skills, Purpose and Context Brian Roberts Abstract: This article reviews recent work applying a notion of "performance" in the study and representation of lives. Key words: performance, performative turn, performance studies Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. References Author Citation 1. This article aims to give some general overview the "manifestations" of Performative Social Science (PSS) and some reflections, especially on how the arts-social science link may impact on the issue on the role of the social science researcher. "What 'performative' refers and relates to in social science is the communicative powers of research and the natural involvement of an 'audience', whether that be a group of peers or a group of students, a physical audience or a cyber audience, even an individual reader of a journal or a book. For some years I have had an interest in the life and work of KANDINSKY. 2.

La rue et la créativité | Marie-Claude Lortie | Marie-Claude Lortie Berkeley en Californie, vous l'aurez compris, berceau de la contestation américaine dans les années 60, ville aux mille contre-révolutions... Je suis à la rencontre C2-MTL sur la créativité et le commerce et c'est moi qui tiens à échanger sur Montréal et sur le mouvement étudiant avec quelques participants, parce que contrairement à ce qui se discute dans à peu près tous les autres salons de Montréal, le sujet du jour n'y est pas du tout la fronde du moment. Arianna Huffington du Huffington Post, Michael Eisner ex-PDG de Walt Disney, le cinéaste Francis Ford Coppola et autres célébrités viennent de défiler au micro ou s'apprêtent à le faire pour parler plutôt de comment ils ont su traduire la créativité en occasion d'affaires. Immense rencontre de grands esprits aux mille idées lancée par la firme de pub Sid Lee, l'événement a lieu dans la métropole depuis lundi. Si la liste d'invités est spectaculaire, l'atmosphère est tout aussi relax. Pablo Emilio Colabella est designer graphique.

Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’: A Timeline of the Global Teaser Campaign It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set against plain black. Then came the 15-second ad, aired during the March 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live”; its first appearance online was through an excited fan’s YouTube video of his TV screen. With each viral salvo, it was clear all bets were off: reclusive electronic music icons Daft Punk were releasing a new album -- eventually revealed as Random Access Memories -- and nothing about how it came to be would prove traditional, in the process unleashing one of the most tactical and innovative marketing campaigns in music business history. October 28, 2008Daft Punk themselves first tantalize that a new release is on the horizon in a 2008 interview. February 10, 2008 In full robot regalia, Daft Punk joined Kanye West onstage at the 50th Grammy Awards for a live version of his Daft Punk-sampling hit “Stronger.” May 29, 2008 June 4, 2010

Daft Punk : l’universalité, pour le pire et pour le meilleur * L’inégalité comme mode de fonctionnement * Les trois premiers albums de Daft Punk suscitaient la même interrogation, celle de l’irrégularité, de l’incapacité à développer des concepts forts sur plus de trois, quatre chansons par disque, et Homework, Discovery & Human After All apparaissaient comme un entrelacement déstabilisant entre des morceaux intelligents, particulièrement jouissifs, à la production clinquante et aux micro-rebondissement nombreux, et des boucles, s’étalant sur quatre minutes, fondées simplement sur une idée / un sample qui auraient méritées d’être mieux exploitées, et non d’être balancées comme ça, comme on pose rapidement une pensée sur le papier de peur de la perdre. Discovery est à ce titre assez éloquent. La cohérence d’univers et l’identité propre que porte en lui chacun de leurs albums prouvent combien Daft Punk conçoit au contraire chaque disque comme une étape capitale. Crédits photo : Columbia / Sony Music * La déception comme moteur * Photo Hedi Slimane

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