A lot of businesses are starting to explore their creative side. Expressions of art have begun to creep into the culture of many companies. In boardrooms and at seminars across America the stage is set for performing artists like corporate poet Gordon Boudreau.
“I write poems for whatever organization will invite me to do that,” Boudreau said. “And I use their raw materials the specifics of their culture to craft these very intimate specific poems that entertain and hopefully instruct a bit."
Boudreau is one of several former street performers who are showing senior executives how to have fun in the world of business. Lead by Carr Hagerman, the group known as OnTend Creative Partners is developing new strategies to raise the chuckle quotient among their clients’ employees and customers.
“Everyone wants happiness; nobody wants to suffer. Many problems around us are a mental projection of certain negative or unpleasant things. If we analyze our own mental attitude, we may find it quite unbearable. Therefore, a well-balanced mind is very useful and we should try and have a stable mental state.”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (1935-)
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“The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in, telephonic, technological and relational, to alter even the slightest bit of behavior in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work.”
Jean Baurdrillard ~ French postmodern cultural theorist, sociologist, philosopher (1929-2007)
Photo by Gabe Rogel from the book Vertical Ethiopia by Majka Burhardt...
Don't let anyone tell you that cooking at home is hard. I discovered this recipe for muffins with the help of my friend Erin Luken. Not only is she one of the most talented amateur bakers I have ever met, but she and her husband Jason Beren are avid sailors. While visiting their home for an interview on sailing for an upcoming magazine feature, Erin pulled these delicious raspberry muffins fresh from the oven.
The recipe for "Campton Place Muffins" appears in Deserts By The Yard
by Sherry Yard executive pastry chef of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills
photo by James Edward Mills
During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.
Fritjof Capra ~Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist, and author of The Tao of Physics (1939-)
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This travel video comes from Christoph Rehage. Taking a few still and video images on a year-long trek from China to Germany he pieces together an amazing short film detailing the course of his adventure and the growth of his beard.
Musical score by the kingpins ( myspace.com/theoneandonlykingpins ) and zhu fengbo