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The word is “consilience”, until recently, a rare word recovered for us by biologist, Edward O. Wilson. Literally, a “jumping together” of knowledge across disciplines, consilience is all about “connectivity” and the weaving together of ideas from different domains of knowledge to reveal deeper, common groundworks of explanation. Our minds delight in consilience, notwithstanding the serious fragmentation of knowledge bequeathed to us by 20th and 21st century specialization. Consilience, in turn, delights in inductive thinking, thinking which brings us from the specific and readily apparent to that which is more general, more pervasive, but perhaps hidden. Above all, consilience loves…

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I just got back from a short, but incredible, trip to New York City! The image above is from the Ernesto Neto Sculpture at the Park Avenue Armory. It is a sight to hold! The sculpture totally takes you in and transports you to another world! Those pieces hanging down are filled with aromatic spices! Some are red pepper, others are lavender or cumin! Amazing! Our Artist Within, right brain, registers scent along with visual images, so the combination is fabulous! If you can get to the Park Avenue Armory in the next couple of weeks, do it! I flew…

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear Peter Senge speak. This was a real privilege, as one of his books has been instrumental in helping me along my path as an (organizational) entrepreneur in the arts. A few years ago, I had a big “ah-ha” that what I had learned through years of being a professional actor could be very useful to the non-acting (read: “organizational-slash-corporate”) world. The vision sprung up full bodied: take theatre skills into corporations. Yet I had lived my entire professional life outside their walls. So, while I possessed a certain amount of certainty that this new calling was useful,…

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Before we discuss Cereality, whose story was told by co-founder David Roth recently in Chicago, here are a few quick questions about your creative inclinations regarding food: Do you prefer to cook by recipe or by seeing what you have in your fridge/cupboards and improvising? Do you prefer a few favorite restaurants or would you rather experience new ones (despite their unpredictability)? Do you cook/order the same few dishes or do you choose new offerings you never tried before? Now, I respect people who like what they like or can produce a consistently winning dish via recipe, but your creativity…

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It took 606 attempts to make this work.  How many attempts are in you to make it work?  And do you know that there is going to be that one that does work?  There is! Oh, by the way, this is not digitally enhanced.  It’s done the old fashioned way, one bump at a time. [googlevideo=http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-6006084025483872237&hl=en&fs=true\” style=\”width:400px;height:326px\” allowFullScreen=\”true\” allowScriptAccess=\”always\” ]  

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Approach One might assume, with all the previous supportive literature, that it would be easy to document exactly what makes an art project created to effect social change healing, and with this information to be able to develop and enhance this process in a way that is of benefit to the psychological community. However, this is not the case. Scholarly thought is highly structured; this is its strength and weakness. Academics from different areas, in whose hands the responsibility falls for theoretical documentation of ideas, frequently have a difficult time communicating them to others. For example, artists rarely discuss with…

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I am so excited to attend this year’s CPSI Conference, the annual conference of the CEF, Creativity Education Foundation.  Since I first learned about CPSI, only in Feb. of this year (!!!!), I have connected with several “superstars” in the CPSI world.  First, Sarah Caldicott-Miller, of How to Innovate Like Edison, agreed to speak with me on the phone.  She is so generous and inspiring.  She introduced me to John Cimino whose Creative Leaps and “Concert of Ideas” have serenaded CPSI many, many times.  Then, Gregg Fraley and I got introduced, somehow, and it turns out his U.S. home is…

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