— Cultural Sources of Newness

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When I took a picture of the guests at the opening dinner for the “Culture Around” conference speakers and special representatives from the world of the arts tonight in Warsaw, Justyna, one of the organizers,  said “I know what you are going to do with them! I have read your blog!” Actually, I was just capturing the mood, but then I realized that she was right: this evening offered an opportunity to get back to collecting my thoughts during and after an interesting moment and sharing them in another post. And I recognized that decidedly, dinners trigger the new.

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Tonight I had the choice: to continue reviewing an interesting article a colleague has written about ethics in the Big Four accounting firms, or to listen to the man sitting next to me in Roissy airport? I am on my way to Nantes, and he is on his way back from having climbed a hotel in Havana, for which the approval of the Castro family had to be obtained. Whether or not the French Spiderman, Alain Robert, can be credited with having generated newness with his urban climbing, and if so, when did his escapades attain that attribute, will have to be analysed some day.

I push my computer aside, ask questions, listen, and wonder—what can I learn from his story?

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