Kristy J. Buckley, Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute
I'm currently reading your book and just "arrived" in Florence. Based on your research, do you see opportunities for funding entities such as philanthropic, bilateral, or multilateral donors to "honor" pressing global issues in ways that faciliate creative genius in that space? Or do you see it linked to place-based contexts and cultures?
I use "place" as a kind of shorthand for culture. Some cultures excel at producing (and recognizing) creativity, just as some excel at producing happiness. The people trying to solve these "pressing global issues" don't exist in a vacuum. They exist in a culture. It might be a corporate or organizational culture but it's still a culture. The question I would ask is whether that particular culture has the necessary ingredients to be a creative one. Does it possess "openness to experience"--the single most important trait for creative people and places? Is there the right balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? So, yes, I think it is possible to apply the principles in my book to any sort of culture. Continue reading...