In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times
Creativity and innovation are keys to business success in the global economy. Yet research shows American creativity has been significantly declining for the past 20 years. New competencies
Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. Yet these developments are not without disruption and peril. Familiar long-standing institutions, organizations and traditions disappear or transform beyond recognition. And while new media bring with them new possibilities for openness, transparency, engagement and participation, they also bring new possibilities for surveillance, manipulation, distraction and control. Critical thinking, the old mainstay of higher education, is no longer enough to prepare our youth for this world. We must create learning environments that inspire a way of being-in-the-world in which they can harness and leverage this new media environment as well as recognize and actively examine, question and even re-create the (increasingly digital) structures that shape our world.
As we rush through our busy lives, it is easy to take for granted the simple fact that we are all quite lucky to live in the developed world. No war, no terrorist plot, no dark alley, nor any oil spill affects more people each day than the lack of access to safe water and the dignity of a toilet. By choosing to better understand the most serious health threat of our time, we just might discover new ways to accelerate change both in ourselves and for others.
Quixotic is an ensemble of visual, musical and performing artists collaborating to produce new forms of artistic expression. This inventive group goes beyond the limits of any specific art form to create a total sensory experience for its audience. Quixotic makes performance art interactive and eliminates the barrier between performer and audience.