What can science tell us about the art experience?

Gary Vikan

Watch the following video in which Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Museum of Art and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, discusses how neuroscience, evolutionary biology and the cave paintings in Lascaux might point to the fact that aesthetics is "hard-wired into our heads."     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts on how we in the arts create and articulate value. … [Read more...]

How do we communicate the instrumental and intrinsic values of the arts?

Gary Vikan

Watch the following video featuring Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Museum of Art and a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, talking about the dangers of using economic impact as argument for the arts, the importance of articulating the intrinsic nature of the art experience and how neuroscience might unlock the mystery of that experience.     Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts on how we in the arts create and articulate … [Read more...]

Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide

Creativity is not a trait reserved for the lucky few. By immersing your people in unexpected environments, confronting ingrained orthodoxies, using analogies, and challenging your organization to overcome difficult constraints, you can dramatically boost their creative output—and your own. Of greatest interest are 'create constraints' paragraph ending article (natch) and sidebar on technology with Ray Kurzweil. Imposing artificial constraints (not unrelated to scenario planning) can be an especially powerful tool given the nature of change … [Read more...]

“That’s the Way We (Used to) Do Things Around Here”

In an interesting article in Strategy + Business, the authors explore the cognitive barriers at the individual level to change and suggest a more effective way to work with the brain's wiring rather than against it. And have no fear: mind control is really not on the menu, it's mostly benevolent. With a little knowledge of neuroscience, reframing behavior can be the essence of organizational change...New behaviors can be put in place, but only by reframing attitudes that are so entrenched that they are almost literally embedded in the … [Read more...]