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The Trophic Effect of Art Art in the Community Design: Mind the Gap: An Exploration of Creativity, Innovation and the Process of Design Thinking Right: A New Design Perspective for Business Innovation: Right Thinking in a Left-brain World The Work of Art: Steps in Creating Art, Exploring Design Thinking and Insights for Innovative Organizations The Year I Fed the Coyotes Leap of Faith: You Can't Catch a Shooting Star Gracefully  Innovate NOT Collaborate
The Innovation Lab: A
User's Guide to Solving
Wicked Problems  
   
   


A small neighborhood in North Richland Hills, Texas has experienced a communal uprising. There is a contentious debate around the subject of art. You’d almost think there was an attack of wolves or at the very least an unwanted intrusion. The community is split between those who want art and those who do not. Following is a letter to the community from the art curator; as well as, an ethnographic exploration of the trophic effect of art.

This book captures the process of introducing art to a community. It provides an exploration of art, the value of art and a guide to creating, implementing and managing an art project within any community.  It is rarely as easy as buying the art and installing it.  There are considerations before, during and after the process which is described in these pages.  Trent pulls on his experience from other art community project which he has designed and developed over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similar to a man with no country, Design with a capital “D” has no home; yet, design is a part of many, many disciplines. Big “D” design is a process between disciplines. It is a practice embraced by all fields; but, founded in its own process. It is the space between thoughts, and the actions that dictate the next act. Design thinking is a perspective, an approach, an art, and a life style. It dictates how the world is viewed and provides a tool to address issues beyond the current comprehension. To understand design thinking, you must navigate the space between disciplines, ideas and conventions. To practice Design Thinking you must mind the gap. This book explores Design, Design Thinking, creativity and innovation.

 


This book addresses the practices and challenges of innovation in business. It is for those in large organizations that seek a way to re-imagine how they do business as well as smaller companies looking for competitive advantages. The book proposes a new design perspective which challenges ideas about the “right” way to succeed in business. The ultimate goal is to show organizational leaders the value of creativity, and inspire the right-brain thinkers to expect a position at the boardroom table when innovation is a must.

Innovation is not magical, mystical or available only to the creative virtuoso.  A Design Perspective is easily obtained and an absolute MUST to be nurtured, supported, and encouraged by leadership in all organizations.  The authors provide an innovation model to work from and guidelines to follow; but ultimately the answers reside in the people and infrastructure designed to promote creativity.  Promoting the value of right-thinking at the right time, by the right people is the message and we explain why.

Artists practice the art of being creative every day. Most have spent a lifetime perfecting this unique approach to life. Insights are found in the artist’s process, their actions, their perspective, and approach to problems. The process is easily documentable and each step reproducible. The artist utilizes the creative process to make art, while the designer creates by following the process of design thinking. Design thinking takes the creative process and tailors it to the structured, hierarchal, restricted environment of a business and provides guidance for innovation to occur. This book follows the creation of a work of art. It captures the insights of the artist’s process by describing each step and pulling practical steps across the gap to the ideals of an innovative organization. This book illustrates what must happen for an organization to build a creative culture and produce innovative products and services.

 

 

 

 

The Year I Fed the Coyotes. Innovation is never apparent in convention. Sometimes you must feed the coyotes. People will tell you it is foolish and dangerous. It is those foolish few that are the innovators.
This book continues the dialog about creativity, innovation and the courage required to feed one's creative soul. Taken from my experience on the "ranch," the coyotes remind me to feed my creative spirit to see.


This is a parable of an average man, living a common life, and his struggle to pursue an uncommon path in pursuit of his passion.


The following is a workbook companion to the book, “Right: A New Design Perspective for Business Innovation.” It provides instructions how to apply Design Think, an Introduction to the Innovation Cube to facilitate the innovation process, and an experiential manual to practice Creative Leadership. This book applies to any organization that must innovate to succeed; it is a user’s guide to Solving Wicked Problems. The booklet continues the exploration of Design as a process to inspire leaders, facilitate innovation, and developing practical applications to help organizations innovate.
   
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