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

Learning Through the Arts

Several years ago I was working as a language arts teacher at a school in Germany where more than 50% of the students came from immigrant families. Most of them spoke a different language at home than at school.  A … Continue reading

Amparo Garcia-Crow — Stories Told by an Interdisciplinary Artist

The Creative Spark Podcast - Episode 7

My guest today, Amparo Garcia-Crow, is an interdisciplinary artist and as universal as artists used to be in the Renaissance. At the moment of the recording and publishing of this podcast, Amparo is in the final stage of her new … Continue reading