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How Art Can Help to De-stress at Work

Did you know that US workers are considered the most overworked in the developed world? According to a Forbes article, we work longer hours and have more stress-related illnesses than Europe and Japan. On top of that, the holiday season … Continue reading

The Ogre Inside Us All

A Review of Simon Banks: A Thousand Little Lightbulbs

We all have an ogre inside us who enjoys telling us that we are not creative and not good enough. According to author Simon Banks, the path towards innovation starts with battling that ogre and the negative stories it tells … Continue reading

The Scheherazade Principle

or How I Learned to Learn

My first bass teacher was a retired musician. He was tall, very old (from the perspective of a 13-year old girl), and very friendly. He showed his affection for us students in many ways. He smiled at us. He showed … Continue reading

Collaborative Creativity

“Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. Give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.”  – Ed Catmull, Pixar What is it … Continue reading

Debunking the Myth of the Lone Genius

- Keith Sawyer's Group Genius

We often tend to believe that innovation is the work of  lone geniuses. In his book Group Genius, psychologist Keith Sawyer is debunking the myth of the lone genius. He explains that even though we know people like Darwin and … Continue reading

Learning About Group Creativity from Musicians

The Creative Spark Podcast - Episode 8

When we think about creative people we often think about the writer, painter, composer, who is working in solitude – the creative genius. In this episode we explore how to be creative within a group. My guest today is bass … Continue reading

On the Search of an Overarching Trend of SXSW 2018

As a first timer at SXSW, it was a challenge to carve my way through its myriad sessions. I felt like the kid in the candy store, paralyzed by the choices in a world of deliciousness. To find my compass … Continue reading