The Flow of Chinese Culture

“We will cross the river by feeling the stones.” - Deng Xiaoping The Yangtze River runs ceaselessly deep and wide, carrying many generations of Chinese culture from the deep interiors of Asia; a cultural history of dominance and isolation that has defied conquering barbarians for centuries. While generating great force, the river is like the... Continue Reading →

Created in China…again.

China perception versus China reality The perception "Made in China" does not reflect the reality of "Created in China." As China returns to its historical role of a global economic power, it is also returning to its heritage of innovation and creativity. Corporate leaders who fail to recognize this transformation will do so at their own... Continue Reading →

Observations on observing

"It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see." This quote by Henry David Thoreau was used to kick off Justen Ahren's presentation at the Columbus Society of Communication Arts gathering. Justen is the principal founder of Rule29, a design and communications company whose mantra is “We Believe in Making Creative Matter."... Continue Reading →

Creativity as reliable as electricity.

Charles Day, of The Lookinglass consultancy, has a formula for producing creativity as reliable as electricity. The formula is expressed in the acronym F.O.R.M. Looking forward with a millennial mindset and observations on the elements of success in successful companies, FORM provides a framework for companies to evaluate and improve their ability to capitalize creativity in... Continue Reading →

Last week, the topic was the differences between manufacturing and creating. Those of you who were able to attend last Friday's presentation on Design Thinking by Roger Martin, were privileged to hear a much more eloquent and thought provoking description of the same topic. No wonder. In 2011, he was named by Thinkers 50 as... Continue Reading →

Are we creating or manufacturing?

Manufacturing produces predictable outcomes. Creating produces thoughts, moments, objects that have never occurred before. Manufacturing looks for efficiencies and accuracy. Creating constantly looks for improvements and ways to generate emotional energy. With manufacturing, most of the thinking is done prior to the work. With creating, the thinking is done during the work. So here's the... Continue Reading →

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