Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America’s Community and Social Institutions- William Cleveland
William Cleveland, founder and director of CSA&C since 1991 is the author of this book which uses first-hand accounts to provide an enlightening view of how the creative processes have been used to address and solve some of society’s most pressing problems. The book includes case studies, research, and descriptions of the wide variety of artistic, educational, and therapeutic approaches utilized by each of the 22 programs. It also recounts many of the financial and political strategies employed to build and sustain support for these unlikely endeavors. This book recounts the histories of 22 arts programs that pioneered the burgeoning field of arts-based community development and social change in America. It is available at http://www.artandcommunity.com/
CSA & C is an association of creative leaders from business, government and the arts who have succeeded in building bridges between the arts and a wide range of community, public and private sector interests. At a time when many of our most valued cultural institutions are at risk, CSA&C is working to establish new working relationships between the arts and the broader community. They believe the arts can only flourish when the power of the creative process becomes a vital and accepted part of all aspects of community life.
Art of Possibility (The) – Benjamin Zander
“The Art of Possibility” offers a set of practices for creativity in all aspects of life. This inspirational book is a combination of Rosamund Stone Zander’s psychology knowledge and Benjamin Zander’s experiences in life and as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. The authors ask readers to determine what role possibility plays in their lives, and how they can implement the idea of possibility further. Each practice offers an opportunity for personal and organizational transformation.
Benjamin Zander is an English-American conductor. He is the music director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a faculty member at the New England Conservatory. Zander has an extensive speaking career lecturing to organizations on leadership. He has appeared four times as a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was presented with the Crystal award for “outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations”. His book “The Art of Possibility” has been translated into 17 languages. In 2002, Zander was awarded the “Caring Citizen of the Humanities” Award
by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.
Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy – Judy Estrin
Does innovation come about by luck or hard work? Is it a flash of inspiration or the result of careful management? Are innovators born or taught? In Closing the Innovation Gap, Judith Estrin provides the answers to these and other questions critical to our future. A technology pioneer and business leader, Estrin describes what will be required to reignite the spark of innovation in business, education, and government–ensuring our long-term success in the global economy.
Innovation does not occur in a vacuum. It grows from the interplay of three drivers of creative change–research, development, and application. Estrin calls this dynamic the “Innovation Ecosystem,” explaining how these communities work together to create sustainable innovation.
Closing the Innovation Gap covers:
- America’s role as the primary driver of global innovation after World War II–explaining what worked, the subsequent decline, and how to regain traction
- The fundamentals required to nurture innovation, including five simple but important values for transforming your organization into a force for productive change
- How you can ensure that your business benefits from a thriving “Innovation Ecosystem”
- Examples from both established companies, start-ups, and research labs that illustrate the power of innovation in providing a decisive business advantage and foundation for growth
Leaders in business and public service “must think beyond short-term financial results and understand the impact of globalization and an accelerated pace of change on future economic growth,” says Estrin. With Closing the Innovation Gap as your guide, business leaders will gain key insights into identifying their needs, asking the right questions, testing new ideas, and successfully leading their organization to the frontiers of twenty-first-century innovation. This book is available through http://www.theinnovationgap.com/ or Amazon.
Judy Estrin holds a B.S. degree in math and computer science from UCLA, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been named three times to Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful women in American business. She sits on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company and FedEx Corporation as well as two private company boards – Packet Design, Inc. and Arch Rock. She also sits on the advisory councils of Stanford’s School of Engineering and Stanford’s Bio-X initiative.
Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives ofFreud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi – Howard E. Gardner
Howard Gardner changed the way we think about intelligence. In his classic work Frames of Mind, he undermined the common notion that intelligence is a single capacity that every human being possesses to a greater or lesser extent. Now building on the framework he developed for understanding intelligence, Gardner gives us a path breaking view of creativity, along with riveting portraits of seven figures who each reinvented an area of human endeavor. Using as a point of departure his concept of seven “intelligences,” ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in understanding oneself, Gardner examines seven extraordinary individuals—Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, T.S. Eliot, Martha Graham, and Mahatma Gandhi—each an outstanding exemplar of one kind of intelligence. Understanding the nature of their disparate creative breakthroughs not only sheds light on their achievements but also helps to elucidate the “modern era”—the times that formed these creators and which they in turn helped to define. While focusing on the moment of each creator’s most significant breakthrough, Gardner discovers patterns crucial to our understanding of the creative process. Not surprisingly, Gardner believes that a single variety of creativity is a myth. But he supplies evidence that certain personality configurations and needs characterize creative individuals in our time, and that numerous commonalities color the ways in which ideas are conceived, articulated, and disseminated to the public. He notes, for example, that it almost invariably takes ten years to make the initial creative breakthrough and another ten years for subsequent breakthroughs. Creative people feature unusual combinations of intelligence and personality, and Gardner delineates the indispensable role of the circumstances in which an individual works and the crucial reactions of the surrounding group of informed peers. He finds that an essential element of the creative process is the support of caring individuals who believe in the revolutionary ideas of the creators. And he documents the fact that extraordinary creativity almost always carries with it extraordinary costs in human terms. This book is available from Amazon.
Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and South Korea. In 2005 and again in 2008, he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. The author of 25 books translated into 28 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.
Creativity and the Mind: Discovering the Genius Within – Thomas B. Ward, Ronald A. Finke
Blending leading scientific research with real life experiences, Creativity and the Mind helps readers unlock their creative potential and embrace alternate ways of thinking about everyday problems. This book is available from Amazon.
Dr. Ward is Director of Creativity Sciences at the Center for Creative Media, and professor of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Alabama. He is the founder of Creative Concepts Consulting . Dr. Ward is widely known for his work on how people apply their existing knowledge to new situations, including tasks as diverse as imagining life on other planets and designing practical new products. He has also conducted studies concerned with increasing the creative potential of new ideas. Dr. Ward has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as four books concerned with creative thought, including Creative Cognition: Theory, Research, and Applications, and Creativity and the Mind: Discovering the Genus Within. Dr. Ward has lectured throughout the US and Europe, developed a course on creativity for the International Summer School at the New Bulgarian University, and co-developed “Teaching for Creativity,” a web-based creativity enhancement seminar for talented educators identified by the Milken Family Foundation. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of Creative Behavior.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
This book is about what makes life worth living. The creative excitement of the artist at her easel or the scientist in the lab. It comes as close to the ideal fulfillment as we all hope to accomplish, and so rarely do. Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi interviewed more than ninety of possibly the most interesting people in the world — people like actor Ed Asner, authors Robertson Davies and Nadine Gordimer, scientists Jonas Salk and Linus Pauling, and Senator Eugene McCarthy — who have changed the way people in their fields think and work to find out how creativity has been a force in their lives.
In his bestselling book Flow, Professor Csikszentmihalyi explored states of “optimal experience” — those times when people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment — and showed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called “flow.” Here Professor Csikszentmihalyi builds on his flow theory, profiling individuals who have found ways to make flow a permanent feature of their lives and at the same time have contributed to society and culture.
Professor Csikszentmihalyi explores why creative people are often seen as selfish and arrogant (even though they are not) and reveals that the idea of the tortured genius is largely a myth. He argues that creativity needs to be cultivated not only in traditionally creative fields like sciences and arts, but also in business, government and education.
This book is not so much about the everyday “creativity” that we all experience but the kind of creativity of artists, scientists and others that can transform our culture and the way we look at the world. By studying the creative lives of exceptional people, Professor Csikszentmihalyi shows us how we can all enhance our everyday lives. His goal is to help us better understand a way of being that is more satisfying and more fulfilling.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is professor and former chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include Flow and The Evolving Self. Flow was shown on the 1993 NBC Super Bowl broadcast as the book that inspired Jimmy Johnson, then coach of the Dallas Cowboys. It was also a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club.
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration – Keith Sawyer
Handbook of Creativity – Robert J. Sternberg
The goal of this handbook is to provide the most comprehensive, definitive, and authoritative single-volume review available in the field of creativity. The book contains twenty-two chapters covering a wide range of issues and topics in the field of creativity, all written by distinguished leaders in the field. The volume is divided into six parts. The introduction sets out the major themes and reviews the history of thinking about creativity. Subsequent parts deal with methods, origins, self and environment, special topics and conclusions. All educated readers with an interest in creative thinking will find this volume to be accessible and engrossing. This book is available from Amazon.
Robert Jeffrey Sternberg (born December 8, 1949), is an American psychologist and psychometrician and Provost at Oklahoma State University. He was formerly the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University and the President of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Psychologist. Sternberg has a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Stanford University. Gordon Bower was his PhD advisor. He holds ten honorary doctorates from one North American, one South American, and eight European universities, and additionally holds an honorary professorate at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is currently also a Distinguished Associate of The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge.
Ingenuity Gap (The): Facing the Economic, Environmental, and Other Challenges of an Increasingly Complex and Unpredictable World – Thomas Homer-Dixon
In this book, Thomas Homer-Dixon asks: Is our world becoming too complex and fast-paced to manage? The challenges facing human societies–from international financial crises and global climate change to pandemics of tuberculosis and AIDS–converge, intertwine, and often remain largely beyond our understanding. Most of us suspect that the “experts” don’t really know what’s going on, and that we’ve released forces that are neither managed nor manageable. This is the “ingenuity gap,” the term coined by Thomas Homer-Dixon, renowned political scientist and sometime adviser to the White House: the critical gap between our need for practical and innovative ideas to solve our complex problems and our actual supply of those ideas.
He shows us how, in today’s world, while poor countries are particularly vulnerable to ingenuity gaps, our own rich countries are no longer immune, and we are all caught dangerously between a soaring requirement for ingenuity and an increasingly uncertain supply. As the gap widens, political disintegration and violent upheaval can result, reaching into our own economies and daily lives in subtle, unforeseen ways. In compelling and lucid prose, he makes real the problems we face and suggests how we might overcome them–in our own lives, our thinking, our businesses, and our societies. This book is available from http://www.homerdixon.com/index.html and Amazon.
Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.
He was born in Victoria, British Columbia and received his B.A. in political science from Carleton University in 1980 and his Ph.D. from MIT in international relations and defense and arms control policy in 1989. He then moved to the University of Toronto to lead several research projects studying the links between environmental stress and violence in developing countries. Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change.
Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity – John Kao
In today’s competitive environment, creativity is no longer an option. Companies that understand how to manage creativity in their people, organize for creative results and willingly implement good new ideas will triumph.
In Jamming, John Kao also offers an approach that demystifies a topic traditionally confounding to businesspeople everywhere. He begins by showing how creativity, like the musical discipline of jazz, has a vocabulary and a grammar. It is a process, and because of that it can be observed, analyzed, understood, replicated, taught and managed. He explains how creativity needs a particular environment in which to blossom and grow. Like musicians in a jam session, a group of businesspeople can take an idea, challenge one another’s imagination and produce an entirely new set of possibilities. Kao reveals how managers can stimulate creativity in their employees, explores the impact of information technology on creativity, looks at the globalization of creativity and shows how to ensure the loyalty of people who design, build and deliver today’s vital products and services. This book is available from Amazon.
Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist , Dr. John Kao describes his job description as “instigator of new things.” He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation, and digital media. He is author of the best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller that has been published in a dozen languages, and Innovation Nation , published in October, 2007.
By training, Dr. Kao has a BA from Yale College, an MD from Yale Medical School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He taught at HBS from 1982-96, where he specialized in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also held faculty appointments at the MIT Media Lab, Yale College, and the US Naval Postgraduate School.
Leading Change – John P. Kotter
Harvard Business School professor Kotter (A Force for Change) breaks from the mold of M.B.A. jargon-filled texts to produce a truly accessible, clear and visionary guide to the business world’s buzzword for the late ’90s – change. In this excellent business manual, Kotter emphasizes a comprehensive eight-step framework that can be followed by executives at all levels. Kotter advises those who would implement change to foster a sense of urgency within the organization. “A higher rate of urgency does not imply everpresent panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.” Twenty-first century business change must overcome overmanaged and underled cultures. “Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders.” Kotter also identifies pitfalls to be avoided, like “big egos and snakes” or personalities that can undermine a successful change effort. Kotter convincingly argues for the promotion and recognition of teams rather than individuals. He aptly concludes with an emphasis on lifelong learning. “In an ever changing world, you never learn it all, even if you keep growing into your ’90s.” Leading Change is a useful tool for everyone from business students preparing to enter the work force to middle and senior executives faced with the widespread transformation in the corporate world. This book is available from Amazon.
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. Most recently, Kotter has been involved in the creation and co-founding of Kotter International, a leadership organization that helps Global 5000 company leaders develop the practical skills and implementation methodologies required to lead change in a complex, large-scale business environment.
Kotter has authored 17 books, twelve of them bestsellers. His works have been printed in over 120 languages and total sales exceed two million copies. Professor Kotter and his wife Nancy reside in Cambridge, MA.
Medici Effect (The): What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation – Frans Johansson
Johansson, founder and former CEO of an enterprise software company, argues that innovations occur when people see beyond their expertise and approach situations actively, with an eye toward putting available materials together in new combinations. Because of ions, “the movement of people, the convergence of science, and the leap of computation,” a wide range of materials available for new, recontextualized uses is becoming a norm rather than an exception, much as the Medici family of Renaissance Italy’s patronage helped develop European arts and culture.
For cases in point, Johansson profiles, among others, Marcus Samuelsson, the acclaimed chef at New York’s Aquavit. An Ethiopian orphan, Samuelsson was adopted by a Swedish family, with whom he traveled widely, enabling him to develop the restaurant’s unique and innovative menu. (Less familiar innovators include a medical resident who, nearly assaulted by an emergency room patient she was treating, developed outreach programs designed to prevent teen violence.) Chapters admonish readers to “Randomly Combine Concepts” and “Ignite an Explosion of Ideas.” Less focused on innovations within a corporate setting than on individual achievements, and more concerned with self-starting and goal-setting than teamwork, Johansson’s book offers a clear enough set of concepts for plugging in the specifics of one’s own setting and expertise. But don’t expect the book to tell you where to get the money for prototypes or production. This book is available from Amazon.
Frans Johansson knows about intersections. He was raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father. After majoring in environmental science at Brown University he went on to attend Harvard Business School. He was a founder and former CEO of Inka.net, a Boston-based enterprise software company, and VP of Business Development of Dola Health Systems, a health care company in Baltimore and Sweden.
New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development – Arlene Goldbard
An inspiring, foundational book that defines the burgeoning field of community cultural development. Through personal stories, rousing accounts, detailed observation and histories, Arlene Goldbard describes how communities express and develop themselves via the creative arts. This comprehensive, photographically- illustrated book, which covers community-based arts such as theater grounded in oral history and murals celebrating cultural heritage, will appeal to the curious non-specialist reader as well as the practitioner and student. This book is available through http://arlenegoldbard.com/books/newcc/ or Amazon.
Arlene has helped dozens of organizations to make plans and solve problems. They include nonprofits such as the Independent Television Service, the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art; foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media; a score of state arts agencies; and many others.
She is President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and Tsofah/President of Congregation Eitz Or in Seattle. She co-founded such activist groups as the San Francisco Artworkers’ Coalition, the California Visual Artists Alliance, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts and Draft Help.
Born in New York, Arlene grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now lives.
Orchestrating Collaboration at Work – Using Music, Improv, Storytelling and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork – Linda Naiman
Linda Naiman is the co-author of this book geared for trainers, coaches and facilitators, who want to use the arts to improve skills in creativity, communication, teamwork, leadership, and create transformative learning experiences in organizations. It is available through Amazon, or as an ebook @ www.creativityatwork.com
Creativity at Work is a consulting, coaching and training alliance at the forefront of transformational change. They help organizations accelerate business performance through arts-based training, coaching and research-based consulting. Linda Naiman is founder of CreativityatWork.com and she is recognized internationally for pioneering arts-based learning for business, using art as a catalyst for developing creativity, innovation, and collaborative leadership in organizations. Linda Naiman holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and a diploma in Graphic Design from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. She has certificates in business coaching from Corporate Coach University.
Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry – Nancy Tennant Snyder
In 1999, Whirlpool was undergoing a company-wide reorganization to meet the demands of the post-globalization marketplace. To succeed in executing their transformative Brand-Focused Value-Creation strategy, Whirlpool needed to be both operationally excellent and innovative.
In publications such as BusinessWeek and Fast Company, the media have celebrated Whirlpool’s transformation into a leading-edge innovator and Nancy Tennant Snyder’s role as chief innovation officer. Ten years after this remarkable transformation, Unleashing Innovation tells the inside story of one of the most successful innovation turnarounds in American history. Nancy Tennant Snyder and coauthor Deborah L. Duarte reveal how Whirlpool undertook one of the largest change efforts in corporate history and show how innovation was embedded throughout the company, which ultimately led to bottom-line results.
Unleashing Innovation is filled with illustrative examples from Whirlpool and Whirlpool’s cutting-edge brands including Jenn-Air, Bauknecht, KitchenAid, and Brastemp. Snyder and Duarte reveal the inner workings of Whirlpool’s innovation machine, a framework that creates consistent and profitable innovation by involving all of Whirlpool’s employees, and they debunk the myth that innovation comes only from the geniuses at the top. Rather than a cookie-cutter “how to” manual, Unleashing Innovation shows what happens when an organization creates a machine that involves everyone and fosters an environment that puts the emphasis on “learning and creating, dreaming, the mythology of heroes, and the spirit of winning.” Unleashing Innovation shows how the engine of its innovation can be adapted to run in any business of any size and captures the steps the company took along the way, the key learnings, the tools used, the challenging setbacks, and the critical successes. This book is available from Amazon.
Nancy Tennant Snyder is corporate vice president of strategic competencies and leadership for Whirlpool Corporation. She has consulted at many companies on a wide range of business topics. Holding a doctorate in organizational behavior from George Washington University, she is the author of numerous articles on innovation, virtual teams, and organizational capability. She teaches as an adjunct faculty at the business school of the University of Notre Dame.
Unleash the Artist Within – Bob Baker
This four-week workshop in a book consists of 28 daily lessons that will show you how to work from the trenches with little or no money and how to overcome the “starving artist” mentality. It will also teach you how to build up a client base one customer and fan at a time and use often overlooked techniques to give your craft wider exposure. Every day for four weeks in a row you’ll read a new lesson that will motivate you and get you moving closer to your ideal creative life. This book is available at www.PromoteYourCreativity.com or www.bob-baker.com
Bob Baker is an author, musician, actor and artist who is dedicated to helping creative people of all kinds get exposure, connect with fans, and increase their incomes through their artistic passions. His website’s purpose is to help people find marketing ideas, self-promotion tips, and inspiration that would enable them to make the most of their creative pursuits. Since age 11, he has been singing and performing. In 1987, Bob combined his love of music and feature writing and founded a St. Louis music magazine called Spotlight. The popularity of Spotlight magazine grew and became Bob’s primary business for 10 years. He is the author of 3 books and spends much of his free time writing and performing music.
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