Innovating Through Artistry

Revitalizing America using the Arts to Cross Boundaries

In Current Events, Emotional Intelligence, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, WEBSITES & BLOGS on October 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

What can the arts do to re-shape how our world works? How can we advance global initiatives for alternative energy development? Reduce poverty? Increase global creativity to rescue our sinking world economy? Use the arts to generate economic success and the rebuilding of our value system?

Could there be a better time than right now to develop your thinking skills to do this?

According to a recent post by Linda Naiman, Creativity at work, While the world obsesses about Wall Street, Warren Buffet has managed to boost his wealth by $8 billion to $58 billion in the past month.

It sure seems to me that making this kind of money in this economy takes creativity to do, don’t you?

According to Linda Naiman, Now is the time to get creative and find new opportunities amidst turbulence. Start by developing your ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.

Ah, but drawing new lines outside of the boundaries we know is not always comfortable, is it?
It is a risk, after all, to ” think out of the box” we routinely think ourselves into.

According to scholar Thomas Homer Dixon the “ingenuity gap” – the space between problems that arise and our ability to solve them – is growing today at an alarming rate (in business, scientific research, education, the environment and world affairs).

Author Ken Robinson proclaims we are “Out of Our Minds” to have sidelined creativity and the arts when every layer of American society from elementary education to supply-side economics is starved for more imagination, more original thinking, and more creative intelligence.

On October 27th, John Cimino, Creative Leaps Intl is coming to Chicago to speak at Catalyst Ranch about the power, need, purposefulness and innovative potential for a network of Renaissance Centers for Innovation, Learning and Leadership and their significance in bridging knowledge across disciplines.

In particular, he will ask how can such a Renaissance Center best serve the needs of Chicago’s own institutions of higher education, business, commerce, leadership, creativity, the arts and arts-based education reforms in the schools? What kinds of partnerships among institutions, public and private, would be essential? Finally, in addition to addressing the needs of individual sectors, what global and overarching issues important to Chicago should the Renaissance Center address in its cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary forums?

I don’t know about you, but I just live for conversations like these. If your in the Chicago area and are interested in attending RSVP me at

Come join John Cimino for an evening of spirited dialogue, creative collaboration and exploration of a new vision for interdisciplinary learning, creativity and leadership.

Monday October 27, 2008, 6 to 8pm, Catalyst Ranch

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