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Thinking Art

A number of innovative thinkers have argued that art can transform management in the private and public sectors, help us build more resilient organizations, and incite us to rethink ideas about leadership and group dynamics. The Thinking Art program advances these ground-breaking claims, not primarily by formulating theoretical arguments or gathering data, but rather by inviting people of all kinds to gather their talent, audacity, and imagination and by encouraging them to make actual works of art. Thinking Art participants learn by doing, and specifically by making art collaboratively, reflectively, and with the guidance and inspiration of leading artists.

Shakespeare's Island

The Enchanted Island at the International Leadership Conference, October 2013

The Enchanted Island at C2-Mtl, May 2013

Thinking Art, September 2012

Thinking Art participants make art in different forms, including theatre, visual art, music, clowning, dance, and design. No artistic training or proficiency is required. In fact, we don’t let participants join a group in an art form in which they have expertise. If you have trained as a dancer, you can’t join the dance group, but you’ll be welcome to join the group doing theatre or visual art. The goal of Thinking Art is to induct people into a new world where they can explore the intellectual and expressive potential of art and where they can experience the power of artistic practice to create community, build relations of trust and mutual support, and ignite individual and collective initiative, inventiveness, and achievement.

Participants in Thinking Art experience how artistic practice can promote team-building and leadership as service and sharing. They access the untapped muses within, travel into the world of the imagination, and discover the power of art to foster their courage, confidence, and sense of adventure.