“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
— Leonardo Da Vinci
As a child, I was deemed an aimless wanderer because my passionate - albeit random - interests refused to follow a straight line. Growing up, I hadn’t realised that this was odd, for it rather seemed par-for-the-course. (To note: My parents are both Stanford grads, who were marine biology partners. As educators they taught math, science, computer tech - and drama. My mom is an opera singer and my dad is a trombone player, who drew cartoons and did the statistical analysis of standardized achievement tests. My mom comes from a long-line of Lutherans, my dad reads Aleister Crowley.)
It wasn’t until later that I became aware of the expectation to be either in one camp or the other - art or science - and cross-mixing was seen as not being seriously committed.
For centuries, this paradigm has been perpetuated in many aspects of life and applied science.
Thankfully, this separation is being challenged to the point of actual celebration of creative thinkers, polymaths, integrators, originals, and eternally curious as the keys to leading in the new world of work. Rather than being embarrassed or shamed because you switched majors, types of jobs, lived in various cultures, or have a multitude of interests* etc. etc. etc, it is something to bring forward as showcasing your learning abilities and growth mindset.
(*Now all we got to do is get the algorithms to play along. Ahem.)
This week we explore the idea of the future being for creatives and how to foster as an individual, in organizations and in society.