(An edited version of this article was published in The Australian, 8th January 2015)
Once-powerful industries retailing, print and TV media, music publishing, the post, insurance, even governments to name a few, are in a state of upheaval and strategic uncertainty as they grapple with swarms of nimble, low-cost digital disruptors stealing chunks of their business or rendering them increasingly irrelevant. It’s not surprising that many are predicting that 2015 will be the year of disruption.
By: Tania de Jong
I don’t drink or smoke, but I do get high! The fact is that since I was of a drinking age I have gotten high on singing. The joy and bliss I feel when I sing is at a whole other level and the positive effects just keep compounding.
By: Tania de Jong AM
Creative arts offers skills business wants but entrepreneurial artists need to understand the differences to make the leap.
Retail, the media, airlines, telecommunications, even governments globally are all in the throes of fundamental change in response to disruption. Is it a threat to your industry or profession, a problem to be managed – or an opportunity to be seized?
Building Bridges: from Ivory Towers to Innovation Success
Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Four
Australia can build a productive, sustainable economy through innovation but we are lagging behind. We need to improve our competency and capacity to innovate.
Shut up and listen! 4 tips for effective collaboration
Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Three
You may have noticed by now that I’m huge advocate for collaborating with others. From my ventures with Creativity Australia, The Song Room, Creative Innovation Global, Pot-Pourri and Music Theatre Australia, I believe in collaborating for success. While I spearheaded these initiatives I didn’t do it alone.
Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Two
If we want to address complacency in innovation then we need to start taking risks and embracing failure. After all, when you embrace failure, you truly learn your first real lesson. As you may have read in my last blog post, I recently read an article which outlined that Australia is falling behind in innovation. This is largely because of our highly risk-averse culture.
Innovation in Australia – Dead or Alive?
A 5 point plan of attack!
A recent report by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Chubb, outlined that Australia is not performing in terms of innovation and that we are slipping behind – he explained 5 reasons for this.
In this 5 part blog series I will take an informal yet instructive look at how we can address these 5 key points at the grassroots level.
TIP 1 – We are all creative
So many people keep telling me they are not creative and they wish they were. So I’ve decided to write a series of blogs with simple tips on how you can unlock more of your creative potential. Some of these can be done with your team and organisation and some are better done alone.
Picasso famously said “All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artists until we grow up.”
If you enter a kindergarten you will encounter some of the best creative thinking anywhere: finger paintings with pink and green people and blue dogs and polka-dot skies, imaginative stories of fairies and magical, far-away places. Young children are naturally creative. They must create ways to learn and construct a world view from a collection of initially disconnected events, colours, movement and sound. So what happens between the open, effortless experimentation of our childhood and the blocks in creative thinking experienced by many adults?