Archive for August, 2010

Love Begins at Home. Part II

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Further to the notion of Love Begins at Home… there is a troubling stat – 29% of our nation’s home experience domestic violence.

Just this month a female chief of police in Ontario shockingly went public that she herself is a currently a victim of domestic violence.

There are groups and scholars working on this issue and on exposure and education. Blatantly, more must be done. My design team is currently working with one such group, and so I will continue to post on this subject.

Love Begins at Home

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Mother Teresa

Not too long ago a mentor who I’ve admired my entire career (and an exceptionally successful businessman) challenged me that there was an important category missing in our discussions on love… the family.

Mother Teresa, whom my admiration for is without words, has also been quoted as saying.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Mother Teresa

Of course, both are profoundly right and we do not want to promote such an oversight. Family is at the heart of culture making. A loveless family will be a sightless family that perpetuates sightless individuals. So we want to encourage and welcome dialogue of this nature – about love in family.

Teaching Business People to ‘See Beauty in the World’

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

the soul… never thinks without a picture

Aristotle

Canada’s National Post just ran an article Aug 14 titled ‘Painting outside the Bottom Line‘ about McGill’s professor Nancy Adler’s message to business scholars, gathered for the Academy of Management meeting – the worlds largest association of business scholars.

Adler, an artist who also holds a PHD in management advises business schools to teach students how to ‘come back to seeing beauty in the world… and stop obsessing about the bottom line’. She challenged the scholarly attendees with this question… ‘How do we proclaim our profoundly human role as creators and as leaders?’

Video interview with Nancy Adler.

A Resistance Force

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

war_art

Ever feel like something is stopping you from blogging, tweating or writing? You can’t quite explain it, you want to… but you don’t. Perhaps procrastination or writer’s block? Bestseller author, Steven Pressfield, has a name for this – Resistance. A writer friend Mike Todd recommended Pressfield’s ‘the WAR of ART’ to me, saying he’s read it numerous times. Pressfield delightfully took me on a journey into a realm that would resonate powerfully with any professional or amateur artists, writer and entrepreneur. As the enemy, he describes what Resistance feels like, it’s goals and thankfully his learnings on how to combat it like a warrior.

So while I’ll acknowledge that ‘Love It’ has succumbed to Resistance these past couple of months, it’s not been for want of ideas, learnings or inspiration… there are plenty. Resistance simply hasn’t wanted us to write and has insidiously and shamelessly won out. Resistance defeats us all. But not for long. The WAR of ART’s back-cover is accurate, it’s an ‘inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants…’