Friday, October 03, 2014

Take a look at Yoko Ono: When We Are No More, Our Cold War Rivers Stories Will Still be Read

Take a  look at Yoko Ono. You wouldn’t think from her creative output that she’s 81. Picasso died at 91 still peaking. Cézanne considered himself a better artist in his 60s. Darwin published The Origin of Species at 50. Pete Seeger, before he passed this year, was still performing at 93. Willie Nelson is 81. Warren Buffett is almost 84. Frank Gehry is 85 and had just unveiled one of the most desired buildings in Paris in the last century. My old friend Robin Dyke published his first book of poems in his 70s   Creativity long life

We treat procrastination as pathology, but why? Idleness, loitering, dawdling – these are often the keys to creativity…Lazy afternoon created many books

What is creativity? What inspires it? The beauty about creativity and inspiration, is that there is no definitive answer. You can’t demand one either. Ideas are a natural fusion of mind, soul and our environment. You can be inspired anywhere, by anyone or anything Inspiring creativity

In an interesting prologue from The Living Company run on Businessweek, there are some insightful musings on why most companies fail prematurely. The author cites research covering Japan and Europe that shows the average age of any business is 12.5 years. For Fortune 500 companies, it’s 40-50 years. People live comfortably longer lives than companies. And we are flesh and bone. I think there’s some truth in this observation:
“Companies die because their managers focus on the economic activity of producing goods and services, and they forget that their organizations’ true nature is that of a community of humans. The legal establishment, business educators, and the financial community all join them in this mistake.”
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Why does cold water on our heads increase charitable giving  
Insights from behavioural science can shed some light on the reasons 
explaining the relationship between pouring cold water on our heads 
and giving to charity.