Disrupt Thyself | Tamsin Smith

July 28, 2014 2:48 PM

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Disrupt Thyself | Tamsin Smith

It took John Cage's 4'33" of non-action at the piano to illustrate that silence isn't what we thought, nor is music. His gift was the experience of listening to the sounds of our own heartbeats and confusion. Robert Rauschenberg's seemingly empty "White Painting" panels make us question the border between creativity and reality, the intentional and the actual, perception and authorship, outrage and insight. And then there is verse. Great poems pry us open in the most subtle, delicious, disarming and discerning ways. Beyond digital revolutions and innovation economics; art can be a most effective agent of disruption.

The theme of this week's Aspen Institute Action Forum is disruptive leadership. The Institute itself is a hotbed of disruption, and it's to their lasting credit that they will not only focus this gathering of global leaders on actual outcomes, but that they place the role of art squarely on the acti...

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