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John Kao – Mr. Creativity on Large Scale Cultures of Innovation

Kao_JohnA lot of companies are starting to have earnest discussions about innovation. My own company strives to build a “culture of innovation” making it part of the fabric of everything we do.  But what does that look like?

Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, John Kao calls himself an innovation activist.  He is chairman of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is an association of 30 national ‘Chief Innovation Officers.’  John coined the term “large scale innovation” to refer to innovation as a societal agenda.  He has advised numerous nations and regions on innovation strategy and execution, including Finland, Singapore, the City of San Francisco, Abu Dhabi and elements of the US government as well as the European Union innovation policy team.

And as the last keynote speaker at the World Innovation Forum, I got to hear his response to his corporate clients trying to build a culture of innovation.  With several wise words and a few musical performances, John earned his nickname and my respect. Continue reading

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Eric Whitacre – Choir 2.0

Throughout my education, music and performance have played a pivotal role in my development.  In high school and college, I was a full time student by day, and a full time performer by night – often juggling rehearsals for two concert bands, three choirs, a solo performance repertoire and a musical or two. Stylistically, this breadth of performing opportunities grounded my appreciation for music in several genres, from classical music, to jazz, to popular music today.

Particularly for classical and choral music, I marveled at the intricacies and beauty of 100 voices singing with perfectly aligned vowels to achieve sounds conceived by great men like Beethoven  hundreds of years ago. Great men like those classical composers are on a whole other level. They hear in their minds the wisps of great master works and somehow have the ability to condense that to paper in a digestible  form for the artist to recreate.  All these great men don’t just exist in history.  Eric Whitacre is one of the most lauded composers of our time, and I consider to be a great, possibly the greatest of this generation. Continue reading

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Beautiful Rendition of Dickenson Poem

Will there really be a “Morning”?

Is there such a thing as “Day”?

Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies? Has it feathers like a Bird?

Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor! Oh some Wise Men from the skies!

Please to tell a little Pilgrim Where the place called “Morning” lies!

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Craig Hella Johnson

From 2010 Grammy nominated recording, A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert
Composed by Craig Hella Johnson to a poem by Emily Dickinson
Performed by Craig Hella Johnson and cellist Bion Tsang
“A Company of Voices – Conspirare in Concert” premiered on PBS in March 2009, followed by CD/DVD release. Performance was recorded at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas.

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In Response to Tragedy

Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine.

Let eternal light shine upon them, O Lord.

My heart is in distress. But Joy (and healing) comes in the morning light.

Lord, in your infinite mercy, grant them rest forever more, in Light Eternal.

 

“I will remember their names and I will sing them to a safer place.” – Jason Robert Brown

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“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
– Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor

 

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20 children among 26 victims of Connecticut elementary school shooting

 

 

 

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