— Cultural Sources of Newness

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Januar 2012 Monthly archive

Martin Burckhardt ist ein Kulturtheoretiker, den ich Mitter 90er Jahre entdeckt, dann vergessen und jetzt wieder entdeckt habe. In dem Artikel schreibt er über die logischen Konsequenzen, die die Durchsetzung digitaler, virtueller Spiele im Alltag unserer Gesellschaft für die ökonomische Theorie hat – oder haben könnte. Mir ist natürlich jeder, der die Konzepte Spiel und Kultur verknüpft, ein willkommener Verbündeter.
Der Blog unter dem Mantel von Electronic Arts ist seinerseits ein interessanter Fall von dem Versuch, eine glaubwürdige öffentliche Diskussion auf einer privatwirtschaftlichen Plattform in Gang zu halten.

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Thank you, Jeanette, for forwarding the blog post in the NYT by Stanley Fish on “The digital humanities and the transcending of mortality”. The point of departure for this article is the book, Planned obsolescence: Publishing, technology, and the future of the academy,   by Kathleen Fitzpatrick (who happens to be on leave from my alma mater, Pomona College). I quite enjoy the way Fitzpatrick deconstructs the isolated author model that was so highly praised by Susan Cain in the NYT a couple of days ago, who worried about “The Rise of the New Group Think” (see my earlier comments).

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Someone kindly sent us this link to an article in the New York Times about “The Rise of the New Group Think, suggesting we might want to reflect on it in this blog (he sort of apologized for not doing it himself). My husband is off at the fitness center for an hour or two, so I thought I would take a quick look to exercise my brain while he works on the weights.

The author of the article (Susan Cain) happens to be the author of a forthcoming book (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking), and she feels she has discovered a soul-mate in “the other crucial figure in Apple’s creation: a kindly, introverted engineering wizard, Steve Wozniak, who toiled alone on a beloved invention, the personal computer” (p.1). 

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Colleagues in the US and UK recently invited me to co-author an article with them on the relationship between organizational development (OD) and artistic interventions in organizations. Their question has sent me back to the literature on OD and I am finding the exploration both inspiring and intriguing. At first glance, the two fields appear to be intimately related, indeed artistic interventions could be conceived of as a love-child of the founders of OD.

In a thoroughly researched and highly readable book Art Kleiner (1996) characterized the beginnings of the OD movement in the late 1940s and 1950s as “The Age of Heretics”, because the founding generation dared to challenge the dominant views of organization and relations at work. David Jamieson and Christopher Worley summarize the context and the resulting aspirations succinctly:

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The proposal that Anke Strauß (University of Essex) and I submitted last year to the HERA joint research program on “Cultural Encounters” for the conference in Berlin was accepted! Now we need to get to work, and the first step is to find new research partners in the European countries that participate in HERA . The theme we have chosen for this project is  “Artistic Interventions as Cross-Cultural Encounters: Negotiating Identity Maintenance and Change.” 

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