Economist Thinks Business Can Learn From Art

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know that sounds like an Onion headline, but a recent Economist magazine blog post, the art of management, makes some interesting assertions in the service of rhetoric:

  • Artists routinely deride businesspeople as money-obsessed bores
  • Businesspeople assume that artists are a bunch of pretentious wastrels

The truth of either is perhaps not the point. The key take-away of the article for me is that there is a tremendous gap in understanding of the creative process and its potential. There are a few folks that seem to be trying to close that gap. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Most Imaginative Art Form

March 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

Math is fun. Really. But how does geometry figure in a blog about sustainability? First though, fun? Really? I think so, but I’m kind of a geek. The figure at left is reproduced from a charming yet brief volume titled “A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form”. Now, the artists in the crowd may bristle a bit at author Paul Lockhart’s claim. But hear him out:

If there’s anything like a unifying principle in mathematics, it’s this: simple is beautiful. Mathematicians enjoy thinking about the simplest possible things and the simplest possible things are imaginary.

For example, if I’m in mood to think about shapes–and I often am–I might imagine a triangle inside a rectangular box. I wonder how much of the box the triangle takes up—two thirds maybe? « Read the rest of this entry »

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