Ten Stories (and more) about Markets, Creativity and Transformative Possibilities
On April 11 2013, the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) hosted an evening of discussion around the relationship between creativity and the markets.
Ten Stories (and more) brought McGill faculty members from the Desautels Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Arts, and the Schulich School of Music together with industry pioneers in the fields of creativity and commerce. The presenters were joined by faculty members, staff, students, artists, people in business and government, and members of the public.
An evening of narrative play, intellectual work, and collective thinking (and food!), Ten Stories (and more) was anchored by the stories told by the ten invited presenters. The stories have not propound general theories about markets and social creativity, but crossed boundaries, sparked ideas, raised questions, and initiated original thinking.
Nancy Adler (S. Bronfman Chair in Management)
Nancy Adler is the S. Bronfman Chair in Management in the Desautels Faculty of Management. She has pioneered the increasingly important integration of art and design with business and societal leadership. She brings artistic approaches to her work with managers and executives worldwide. Adler is also a visual artist. She’s been an artist in residence at The Banff Centre and exhibited in multiple countries. Her most recent Montreal exhibition was “Leading Beautifully: Going Beyond the Dehydrated Language of Management”.
Darin Barney (Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship)
Darin Barney is Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. His research explores the meaning and possibility of politics in technological societies, with particular attention to the competing demands of technological innovation and democratic politics. These questions are crucial to the democratic legitimacy of technological societies, as well as to the possibility of orienting such societies to social justice.
Tyrone Benskin (MP for Jeanne-Le Ber and former Director, Black Theatre Workshop)
Tyrone Benskin is a distinguished actor, director, activist and legislator whose contribution to the Montreal, Quebec and Canadian arts scene spans decades. As an actor, he has won wide acclaim on the nation's grandest stages, including the Stratford Festival, Montreal's celebrated Centaur Theatre, and the National Arts Centre. Determined to address the political issues regarding, among other things, the arts, he sought and won the New Democratic Party's nomination in the diverse riding of Jeanne-Le Ber in 2011.
David Brackett (Associate Professor & Area Chair, Music History)
David Brackett teaches in musicology program in the Schulich School of Music. His publications include Interpreting Popular Music (1995), and The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader, first published in 2005 and now about to enter its third edition. He is currently completing a history of the interconnection between categories used in popular music and group identities. As a performer, Brackett was active for many years as a guitarist, playing jazz, popular, and classical music.
Bettina Forget (Artist and Owner/Director, Visual Voice Gallery)
Bettina Forget is a visual artist living and working in Montreal. Born in Germany, she has studied at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She has exhibited in the USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and Nicaragua. Forget is the director of Visual Voice Art Gallery and VisualVoiceCollections.com, produces and edits The Belgo Report, and is co-founder of ArtLab 360.
Henry Mintzberg (John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies (Strategy and Organization))
Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies in the Desautels Faculty of Management. He has worked for much of the past twenty years on cultivating new approaches to management education and development. Honours have included election as an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l'Ordre national du Québec, selection as Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management, and two McKinsey prizes for articles in the Harvard Business Review.
Tom Mole (Associate Professor & William Dawson Scholar, Department of English)
Tom Mole is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of English. He is interested in literature of the Romantic period in Britain, especially Lord Byron. Mole is the author of Byron's Romantic Celebrity (2007), which argues that our modern celebrity culture began in the Romantic period, and that Lord Byron should be understood as one of its earliest examples and most astute critics.
Roger Parent (President, Réalisations)
Roger Parent is President and founder of Réalisations, an internationally-renowned company in the creative sphere. Trained in the visual arts and in theatre at l’Université Laval and at Concordia University, Parent has been a sculptor, photographer, creative director, technical director, lighting and sound engineer, set designer, and producer, working on more than 5000 shows in North America, in Europe and in Asia. He is dedicated to innovation and interactive scenography as well as to architectural creation.
Jui Ramaprasad (Assistant Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management)
Jui Ramaprasad joined the Desautels Faculty of Management as Assistant Professor in fall 2009. She received her doctorate in Management, Information Systems from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California. Her research examines the impact of information technology and social media on the consumption of digital goods, currently examining these issues within the context of the music industry.
Roy Surette (Artistic Director, Centaur Theatre)
Roy Surette studied theatre at Studio 58 and graduated in 1979. In BC he directed and collaborated on numerous plays, including The Number 14, a collective creation set on a Vancouver bus that took him to the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, to the Royal Alex in Toronto, to Belfast and to Hong Kong. Roy was Artistic Director for Touchstone Theatre in Vancouver and for The Belfry Theatre in Victoria prior to coming to Montreal. He has been Artistic & Executive Director of Centaur Theatre since 2007.
The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas and the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management thank the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) for its support of this event.