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Creativity & Freedom in the Class of 2013 - MacArthur Foundation

Creativity & Freedom in the Class of 2013 - MacArthur Foundation | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

MacArthur named its 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows, recognizing 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.


“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity,” said Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program.


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They are artists, social innovators, scientists, and humanists who are working to improve the human condition... 

      

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Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 paid out over five years. The Fellowship provides maximum freedom for recipients to follow their own creative vision.


“They are artists, social innovators, scientists, and humanists who are working to improve the human condition and to preserve and sustain our natural and cultural heritage. Their stories should inspire each of us to consider our own potential to contribute our talents for the betterment of humankind.”


- See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/24-macarthur-fellows-announced/#sthash.KF8jZVd4.dpuf

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Creativity can be in short supply in business today.  This famed award allows for expansive thinking and doing.  

It's also extraordinary to receive stipends with no strings attached, for not just STEM, but STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering, the ARTS and Humanities, and Math.  


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Undiscovered: The Sound Value of Creative Industries: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll

Undiscovered: The Sound Value of Creative Industries: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Creative industries bring more than a feel good factor. They bring hard cash and jobs to any country that nurtures this sector."


Creatives often express an antipathy towards making commercial profit and their business skills can be limited – so policy makers and investors write them off as unpredictable and difficult to control, but this is stereotyping that is inhibiting growth!
 

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The separation of creative and management processes is counterproductive ...ensuring the appropriate development of them/into marketable commodities is in short supply.

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“Creative content sectors …are more likely to have their finance applications rejected by finance providers than non CIBs with similar risk profiles” but the evidence shows that creative SMEs have greater longevity than the industry average and, over the long term, deliver better returns."


…Within the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) sector, the functions of business management and creativity converge in a way that they don’t in other industries.

The separation of creative and management processes is counterproductive and the management of creatives and creative/cultural content in ensuring the appropriate manipulation and development of them/that content into marketable commodities is in short supply.
 

So there is a perceived risk in management and marketing – which is not backed up by the reality, as these figures show:
 

The average survival rates of CCIs after 5 years compared to all business
CCIs 49.7%    All UK businesses 46.9%
 

And for high growth firms it is even more impressive
CCIs 7.5%    All UK businesses 6%



What are creative and cultural industries? >>  @elebelfiore :  http://t.co/zR41O1qv)


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I was intrigued by the statistics and the opportunity of this piece, featuring UK research.  In these trying time, financially and culturally, you still "gotta have art."  ~ Deb

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Taking the Bet: Dan Gilbert’s Investment Gamble on Downtown Detroit

Taking the Bet:  Dan Gilbert’s Investment Gamble on Downtown Detroit | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Against tall odds, Dan Gilbert, the Quicken Loans chairman, is putting down money to revive a two-square-mile area that was once Detroit’s core.


...His plans, according to academics like Brent D. Ryan, author of “Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities,” amount to one of the most ambitious privately financed urban reclamation projects in American history.


Opportunity Detroit, as Mr. Gilbert has branded it, is both a rescue mission and a business venture....   When he started buying in 2011, the city was having what he has described as a “skyscraper sale.”

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I've covered some of Dan's Gilbert's 2011 intentions about downtown Detroit at FutureMidwest, 2011, a photo essay here.   Our cities could be the Amazon rain-forests are to the earth, regulating our air, our weather, our ocean health, as well as our own economic & community future shared with the region and state.  

What I shared on twitter as I listened to Dan Gilbert at FutureMidwest 2011:

  • 25 Things I Learned in 25 Years of Business by Dan Gilbert @quickenloans: #5 Building anything great is messy.  ~  D
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