Prosperity, abundance, automation are not generating happiness.
Are you a witness to this? I believe you are and that’s why you and I find joy and peace in creating…i.e. using the right side of our brains.
To get the complete picture, read A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink.
Several weeks ago, I attended the Entrepreneurship & the Arts: From Survival to Success conference at the University of Tampa. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design, opened the event by relating that one of every 110 jobs today is art/design related; that there’s been a 43% increase in art/design related job openings in recent years; and that everyone should read Pink’s book to discover why.
As I read this book and think about the big picture of why I am most happy when creating an artwork, no matter the media, today’s disparate pieces of reality fell into place.
Here are some bits from the book that may move you to get a copy….
“The left brain specializes in text; the right brain specializes in context. In other words, the left brain handles what is said, the right focuses on how it is said.”
“The left brain analyzes details, the right synthesizes the big picture.”(See men are from Mars, women are from Venus?)
This emphasis is changing for three important reasons.
First is abundance. Today the world has an array of ‘things’ at its disposal. [Things that are disposable as well.] This abundance, “a triumph in L-Directed Thinking has lessened its[left brain thinking’s] significance.”
Now just producing lots of stuff is not enough. Continuing to excel in using math and science alone is empty in the long run. “There is a premium on R-Directed sensibilities – beauty, spirituality, emotion.” Think of Target’s Michael Graves toasters to toilet brushes!
Second is Asia. Asian parents have emphasized useful education in math and sciences. Hence, Asian countries are producing thousands of extremely knowledgeable college graduates in these fields. Meanwhile, not only are there many Asian young men and women with excellent abilities in these fields, their American counterparts demand $70,000 salaries while the Asians can live an upper-middleclass lifestyle for $15,000 a year. Less cost to American companies meaning outsourcing overseas. It’s called globalization.>
And, third is automation. Computers and computerized items can get jobs done faster. But…not necessarily better.
Pink goes on to demonstrate that over the last 150 years, we’ve moved from the Agricultural Age (farmers) to the Industrial Age (factory workers) to the Information Age (knowledge workers) to-now and the future-the Conceptual Age (creators and empathizers.) This last is a result of affluence, technology, and globalization.
Left-brain thinking is still required but what is evolving is the need for those who can empathize, can satisfy the non-material side of human beings, which is what is controlled by the right side of the brain.
In the business world today, says Pink, the MFA is the hottest credential in the world. It is the new MBA! Pink goes into detail on the six R-Directed aptitudes required to compliment the L-Directed aptitudes in this new era
That brings me back to Ragged Cloth Café. Personally, I feel it’s about time! Being a strong right brainer who has worked hard and long to develop that left hemisphere, I’m thrilled that my lifelong concept of value to community has finally assumed a significant place at the table of life.
How do you feel about this turn of events? How do you view textile art, any artistic endeavor, because this applies to music, performing arts, design, etc., etc., today and in the future? Do you see changes, if so, what kind? If not, what concerns you about the inclusion of textile art in today’s world? Hmmmmm???
And, get a copy of the book. It’s a great read.