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enABELing Innovation with Art (21st Century Renaissance, Ep. 4)
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enABELing Innovation with Art (21st Century Renaissance, Ep. 4)

This is Episode 4 of "21st Century Renaissance" video podcast series. Harvey Seifter and Fred Mandell present the ABEL system - a dynamic learning and development system born out of a 10-year research funded by the National Science Foundation - with stories of real world impact it has made: from catalyzing novel products and services at incubators to elevating performance of leadership teams at Fortune 500 companies. We dive into the system’s unique processes and mechanisms to bring about transformational change, such as transliteration of insights from visual arts, and different flavors of improvisational intelligence imparted by a jazz ensemble as compared to a multi-leader classical orchestra. We discuss the system’s relevance in the age of AI and exponential technologies, and the value of collaboration even for innovation led by autocratic leaders with strong personalities. We exchange views on the role of informal education and life-long learning to counter the rigid, hierarchical and monolithic formal education structure entrenched in our society, no longer well-suited for navigating the volatile, topsy-turvy world we live in today. 00:00:00 Episode overview 00:02:43 Guest introduction - individual paths, encounter, and partnership 00:20:03 ABEL system - genesis, process, portfolio, and transliteration of insights; stories of real world impact 01:12:16 Skills and mindsets of future-ready leaders, taught with art 01:16:05 Improvisational intelligence - lessons from jazz ensembles vs. multi-leader classical orchestras 01:21:35 Exponential change and leading into unknowns 01:26:10 What about innovation led by autocratic leaders? 01:32:33 Who are future-ready leaders? 01:37:38 Does AI make the ABEL system more or less relevant? 01:40:55 STEAM movement, informal education and lifelong learning ahead of the curve 01:47:00 Reflection of personal journeys ABOUT THE GUESTS Harvey Seifter is the founder of The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative that uses the arts to spark innovation in science, technology, engineering and education. Harvey is also a classically trained musician, with 20 years at the helm of arts organizations garnering 5 Grammys and the Kennedy Center Award. Since 2012, he’s taught collaboration and innovation to thousands of business leaders at GE’s Crotonville leadership institute. Fred Mandell PhD is a former award-winning senior executive and business model innovator, visual artist, writer, teacher, social entrepreneur and transformation provocateur. He has developed emotionally resonant ways to teach individual and team skills, techniques and processes which accelerate innovative outcomes through arts-based learning. His series The Leader as Artist has earned the number one rated course at MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period program. ABOUT THE SOUNDTRACK We thank Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for the music used in this episode: - Milhaud, Darius. “Scaramouche Suite, Op. 165C: III. Brazileira by Branford Marsalis & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra” - Milhaud, Darius. “Corcovado (Saudades Do Brasíl No. 7), Op. 67 by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra" - Stravinsky, Igor. “Scherzo À La Russe for Jazz Orchestra by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra" ABOUT 21ST CENTURY RENAISSANCE Taking cues from the European Renaissance, which emerged from the Dark Ages amidst plagues, trade, and wars, we fancy a new renaissance in the context of the 21st century, as we confront a potent mix of humanity-level existential challenges. What might enable a desperately-needed renewal, and catalyze a profound transformation? What lessons can we learn from history? How can we shape the future for better trajectories? How will the changing world order hasten or hinder such trajectories? What inspirations can be drawn for personal renewal, whether or not a large-scale societal renaissance materializes? The new podcast will interview authors, thinkers, practitioners, artists, scientists, creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who reimagine a world of possibilities, going beyond or even against prevailing narratives and methodologies. It showcases promising new explorations, approaches, and organizations, as well as those that have been on the fringe, daring to ask probing new questions, reframe problems, and reinvent systems for a creative rebirth. The conversations are themed around what we imagine as cornerstones of a 21st Century Renaissance: - The Da Vinci Way: convergence of knowledge - Better understanding of the mind / consciousness - New kind of humanism, vis-a-vis technology, spirituality, and nature - Return to beauty: aesthetics as important human value OUTRO MUSIC COURTESY: Rayko of Lolita Dark, www.Rayko.com
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This is Episode 3, Part 1 of "21st Century Renaissance" video podcast series. (Watch Part 2 here: https://youtu.be/7QXucvbhTDQ) Following a special presentation from my guest with an overview of her art-science practice, we dive into an in-depth discussion about her diverse body of artworks bridging disjointed scientific fields - anywhere from the "macro" of astrophysics and solar corona to the "micro" of neurons and coronavirus. She also tells her personal stories of turning disadvantages and crises such as dyslexia and brain tumor into learning opportunities and creative inspirations. 00:00:00 Introduction of the guest 00:04:15 Presentation: Making the Invisible, Visible 00:32:04 Sense of wonder kept alive despite dyslexic childhood. Doing science on an artist's term. The gift of neurodiversity as hidden blessing. 00:38:27 Santiago Ramón y Cajal's unique discovery. Drawing as an instrument for deep processing 00:42:02 Reconnecting myopic and siloed scientific fields with art 00:44:30 Contrast and connection between the macro and the micro 00:46:20 Wonders of aurora borealis - its physics, chemistry, aesthetics and historical events ABOUT THE GUEST Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, neuroscience, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see. Currently, Professor Kamen is serving as artist in residence in The Computational Neuroscience Initiative and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. ABOUT 21ST CENTURY RENAISSANCE Taking cues from the European Renaissance, which emerged from the Dark Ages amidst plagues, trade, and wars, we fancy a new renaissance in the context of the 21st century, as we confront a potent mix of humanity-level existential challenges. What might enable a desperately-needed renewal, and catalyze a profound transformation? What lessons can we learn from history? How can we shape the future for better trajectories? How will the changing world order hasten or hinder such trajectories? What inspirations can be drawn for personal renewal, whether or not a large-scale societal renaissance materializes? The new podcast will interview authors, thinkers, practitioners, artists, scientists, creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who reimagine a world of possibilities, going beyond or even against prevailing narratives and methodologies. It showcases promising new explorations, approaches, and organizations, as well as those that have been on the fringe, daring to ask probing new questions, reframe problems, and reinvent systems for a creative rebirth. The conversations are themed around what we imagine as cornerstones of a 21st Century Renaissance: - The Da Vinci Way: convergence of knowledge - Better understanding of the mind / consciousness - New kind of humanism, vis-a-vis technology, spirituality, and nature - Return to beauty: aesthetics as important human value OUTRO MUSIC COURTESY: Rayko of Lolita Dark, www.Rayko.com
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This is Episode 3, Part 2 of "21st Century Renaissance" video podcast series. (Watch Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/oLRewvnzcfk) In this part of our dialogue, we discuss how Prof. Kamen's visit to China influenced her trajectory in the ensuing decades, and how her work as an artist inspires scientists and pushes them further. We explore the discovery process art and science share and differ on, the power of curiosity for both, and the poetics and beauty in science. My guest also shares her new research in connection between science and cultural forms, and her view on new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Towards the end, Prof. Kamen reflects on her career journey, the ingredients of her success, and the changing environment for art-science polymaths. 00:00:00 Cultural exchange visit to and learnings from China. Chinese inventions and our place in the universe. 00:05:24 Elemental Garden: the world above, below and everything in between. 00:08:10 Inspiring scientists and pushing them further. Creative process across art and science. Conduit between the two. 00:13:37 Art catalyzing science. Connection between science and cultural forms. Aboriginal memory stones. 00:19:32 Curiosity research. Creative process as self-care. 00:24:21 Encouraging art-making among non-artists. Visualization as the bottom line. Aesthetics of science. 00:31:47 Mylar as medium. Hand of the artist. Collaborating with AI and VR. 00:41:04 Career reflection. Value of neurodiversity. The ecosystem of ArtScience. ABOUT THE GUEST Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, neuroscience, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see. Currently, Professor Kamen is serving as artist in residence in The Computational Neuroscience Initiative and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. ABOUT 21ST CENTURY RENAISSANCE Taking cues from the European Renaissance, which emerged from the Dark Ages amidst plagues, trade, and wars, we fancy a new renaissance in the context of the 21st century, as we confront a potent mix of humanity-level existential challenges. What might enable a desperately-needed renewal, and catalyze a profound transformation? What lessons can we learn from history? How can we shape the future for better trajectories? How will the changing world order hasten or hinder such trajectories? What inspirations can be drawn for personal renewal, whether or not a large-scale societal renaissance materializes? The new podcast will interview authors, thinkers, practitioners, artists, scientists, creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who reimagine a world of possibilities, going beyond or even against prevailing narratives and methodologies. It showcases promising new explorations, approaches, and organizations, as well as those that have been on the fringe, daring to ask probing new questions, reframe problems, and reinvent systems for a creative rebirth. The conversations are themed around what we imagine as cornerstones of a 21st Century Renaissance: - The Da Vinci Way: convergence of knowledge - Better understanding of the mind / consciousness - New kind of humanism, vis-a-vis technology, spirituality, and nature - Return to beauty: aesthetics as important human value OUTRO MUSIC COURTESY: Rayko of Lolita Dark, www.Rayko.com
Curiosity and the Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery (21st Century Renaissance, Ep.3, Part 1)
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Curiosity and the Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery (21st Century Renaissance, Ep.3, Part 1)

This is Episode 2 of "21st Century Renaissance" video podcast series. In this conversation, we talk about Don's journey as an artist, scientist, then a serial inventor and entrepreneur, a journey of perseverance interspersed with serendipity. We talk not just about the art and science of color vision, the history of glass and the Enchroma lens filter technology, but also the philosophy of perception and paradox of color psychology. Like many of his fans, I’m impressed by Don’s successful venture enriching people’s sensory experience and changing their lives, a success he’s now expanding to make education more accessible for children, and to improve safety for the aging. But I’m also surprised by his candid reflection on entrepreneurship, and his humble introspection contemplating what we Color Normals can learn from the Color Deficient, a question he’s left me pondering as well. Join us in our kaleidoscope of topics, and see if you, too, will come away with new perspectives. 00:00:00 Emotional color moments from Enchroma customers 00:01:50 Introduction of the guest 00:15:08 Making of the “prepared mind”: stumbling upon glass science as an aspiring artist, the freedom to think, and problem solving in glass formation. 00:24:41 Enchroma’s invention, filter technology, and color improvement mechanism 00:30:30 Understanding, explaining, and representing color vision deficiency 00:38:45 The art, psychology, and paradox of color perception 00:48:49 The umwelt and simulation of color deficiency; exploration of its evolutionary benefits 00:58:26 (Ir)relevance of neuroplasticity, learned color perception, and age-related color vision loss 01:13:42 Business lessons as an entrepreneur 01:22:04 Next aspirations ABOUT THE GUEST Don McPherson, Ph.D. is the Inventor, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of EnChroma, maker of special glasses that correct certain types of color blindness, a disorder that afflicts over 350 million people worldwide. Don received an Small Business Innovation Research SBIR Tibbetts Award at the White House in recognition for his work developing Enchroma, and was named an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Don is the recipient of 7 grants from National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, and National Cancer Institute, and author of 14 scientific papers. He holds eight patents related to the ‘EnChroma’ lenses and Vetrazzo, artisan glass countertops, mosaics and tiles containing over 95% recycled material. ABOUT 21ST CENTURY RENAISSANCE Taking cues from the European Renaissance, which emerged from the Dark Ages amidst plagues, trade, and wars, we fancy a new renaissance in the context of the 21st century, as we confront a potent mix of humanity-level existential challenges. What might enable a desperately-needed renewal, and catalyze a profound transformation? What lessons can we learn from history? How can we shape the future for better trajectories? How will the changing world order hasten or hinder such trajectories? What inspirations can be drawn for personal renewal, whether or not a large-scale societal renaissance materializes? The new podcast will interview authors, thinkers, practitioners, artists, scientists, creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who reimagine a world of possibilities, going beyond or even against prevailing narratives and methodologies. It showcases promising new explorations, approaches, and organizations, as well as those that have been on the fringe, daring to ask probing new questions, reframe problems, and reinvent systems for a creative rebirth. The conversations are themed around what we imagine as cornerstones of a 21st Century Renaissance: - The Da Vinci Way: convergence of knowledge - Better understanding of the mind / consciousness - New kind of humanism, vis-a-vis technology, spirituality, and nature - Return to beauty: aesthetics as important human value OUTRO MUSIC COURTESY: Rayko of Lolita Dark, www.Rayko.com
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