Looking forward to the 2013 – Web Journal – Late December 2012, Early January 2013

Busy developing and updating new course material for the 2013 Spring Semester of my course  Social Media for The Arts which has taken a lot of my time over this vacation while in Providence, RI.  The results are in and from the Fall 2012 Semester and students genuinely liked my course which had an 85% approval rating (based on 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree)).

Interestingly, today I happened to be reading an article while passing the RISD Museum today on What Innovators Can Learn From Artists about John Maeda who is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  John Maeda just wrote a new book Redesigning Leadership where he states that “artists will emerge as the new business leaders and cites RISD graduates Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, co-founders of Airbnb, as prominent examples”.


No more than 30 minutes later, while  in a nearby Whole Food supermarket in Providence John Maeda happened to be in the aisle next me. I spoke to briefly about my Social Media for The Arts course.

Yes, there’s probably no accidents in life and it’s just a matter of deciding to do with the signs and symbols our field of vision.

And if that is not enough, a few days earlier I read this article in Forbes with the headline that Steve Jobs Isn’t The Only Kind Of Artist Leader that points out we need creative leaders in business and mentions John Maeda all over again..

The article points out

‘….. the “art” of business becomes ever more important as the “science” gets ever more ubiquitous. Against the backdrop of our hyper-connected economies and as Big Data and sophisticated analytical tools allow us to maximize process efficiencies and standardize best innovation practices worldwide, intuition and creativity remain as the only differentiating factors that enable truly game-changing innovations. Like any “soft asset,” they cannot be exploited, only explored. And like artists, innovators must develop a mindset and cultivate creative habits in order to see the world afresh and create something new.”

Lately I have been putting a lot of my thoughts and comments on the Facebook Page which also is on the sidebar of this blog – but I think this is the longest period since my last post (about 12 days).  In the duration a post went live on AllAnalytics.com about What to Do with Unstructured Data which provoked a spirited discussion.  Also, my book on Social Media Analytics got to be on Linda Sherman Gordans  2012 reading list (though the book was published on 2012, but she read it this year).


And it’s interesting to me how much the Arts and Data are merging.  I haven’t made it over to the MOMA to see the new show on Inventing Abstraction but look at the diagram that shows some of the interrelationships between key artists in the show.

This is a detail of a diagram that maps the nexus of relationships among those artists represented in the exhibition “Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925.”

And as the New Year began (boy, am I glad 2012 is over, a tough year it was for me and many others I know) I read about StoredIQ’s new booklet on The Truth about Big Data that attracted alot of attention and got the company bought by IBM last month.   I read the booklet which was pretty good but didn’t really talk about the StoredIQ platform or it’s real capabilities which the StoredIQ June 2012 Datasheet did actually cover.

Source: http://www.storediq.com/company/press-releases/storediq-creates-big-data-start-button-dataiq

One of the things the little book on Big Data (the Truth about Big Data) tells me is that people are convinced by stories – not facts and numbers (which goes back to the Arts, as the Arts are all about stories).  After looking over the StoredIQ datasheet I could see why IBM wants to buy this company even though what StoredIQ offers is mostly a visualization tool.

The visual tool, however, simplifies data ownership and the image tells a story – which is all about Art.



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