On Creativity

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Search Google for “Training To Think Outside The Box” and you’ll get close to 10 million results. An overabundance of articles, seminars and workshops will instruct you on the myriad ways to overcome the box-like constraints that are keeping you or your company from reaching its true creative potential. There’s just one problem: Creativity is […]

Laying The Ground For Creative Inspiration

Laying The Ground For Creative Inspiration

One of the persistent misunderstandings about creative inspiration is that it is a passive experience. We wait for inspiration to strike, so goes the myth, and when it does we go about furiously documenting it in our novel, painting or whatever it is we’re hoping to create. The fact of the matter is that creative […]

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Learning

Learning How To Learn | A Musician’s Approach

Learning How To Learn | A Musician’s Approach

In a recent episode of Sam Harris’ Waking Up podcast, author and futurist Kevin Kelly claimed that the most important skill contemporary education can offer is learning how to learn. As technology changes at an ever-increasing pace, Kelly argues, we’ll all be perennial “newbies,” forever required to master new competencies which themselves will soon become […]

In Praise Of Rote Learning

In Praise Of Rote Learning

Rote learning gets a bad rap. We associate it with 19th-century one-room school houses, conformity and a lack of critical thinking. Today’s educational approach is more enlightened, we tell ourselves, as we now teach people “how to think” rather than just “cramming them with facts.” The attack on rote learning, however, reveals a misunderstanding about what […]

On Storytelling

What Is Brand Storytelling?

What Is Brand Storytelling?

A lot has been made about the importance of brand storytelling. Which begs the question: what exactly is brand storytelling? Moreover, is “storytelling” even the right word to describe what a brand does or should be doing? Is Brand Storytelling Just A Buzzword? We tend to think of “stories,” after all, as narratives that have a […]

Communication Skills Are Key To 21st Century Success

Communication Skills Are Key To 21st Century Success

Communication skills are crucial to your success in our new digital world. For one, we’re collaborating more than ever. Ideas, information and feelings need to be accurately exchanged. Moreover, we’re all broadcasters now. Each of a us a brand, telling our story. And we’ve got a dizzying number of platforms through which to communicate. On top of that, […]