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A Whole New Mind: Symphony Chapter Resources, Activities and Links

Raja inspired me to create a resource page for Chapter Six: Symphony from Daniel Pink’s 2008 Book A Whole New Mind, I am hoping this post will be a useful accompaniment while you are actually reading the chapter.

All images in this post are links, click away. I have checked and rechecked the links, if any are broken do let me know.

Part I

The chapter starts with Daniel Pink portraying the first drawing class of Drawing on the Right Side of the brain experience. The class is structured to trick the left hemisphere then “the mind is free to see relationships and to integrate those relationships into a whole”. If seeing relationships is so critical in what ways can we accomplish this, at least in drawing negative spaces, shadows, distance between features come handy. Start from below to trick the left and activate the right.

Part II

What does it take to see relationships and the 3 types of people

1. Boundary Crossers

Who solve other domain problems with their perspective and leap if thought. Nicholas Negroponte archives from Wired is a great place to start

2. Inventors

Who can get into a flow state and possibly blend concepts from one domain to other. At you can get more details on conceptual blending and how it applies to invention

3. Metaphor Makers

Who can imagine metaphors and forge connections and communicate those experiences to others

Part III

This part explains “What does it take to see the big picture”. Here he explains how entrepreneurs and innovators who have the capacity look holistic, across various aspects prosper.

Part IV

This part explains the final day of the drawing class where he actually accomplishes a better self-portrait. I have been drawing for more than a year now and I personally see significant improvements in the portraits I draw.

Symphony Portfolio

As with every other chapter the portfolio part of this chapter is interesting

Hear Music Activity

Start to hear some great samples from the classical music genre, you can find at least one good rendition with a single search.

· Beethoven’s 9 th Symphony

· Mozart’s Symphony 35 Haffners Symphony

· Mahler’s 4 th Symphony in G Major

· Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

· Haydn’s Symphony 94 in G Major Surprise

Hit the Newsstand Activity

I would say hit the library on a Friday and browse older issues of magazines that you have never read, borrow them for the weekend

Draw Activity

One of the exercises that Daniel Pink suggests is a 5 line self-portrait, try it. It is fun, with just 5 lines can you draw your face?

Maintaining Metaphor log Activity

This is a simple exercise; just capture any compelling or surprising metaphors that you come across. Not just that try capturing metaphors that you use by simply being aware of what you are speaking. One week and your log will be so wide and rich, after this you can actually see the power behind creating meaning with the metaphors.

Following Links Activity

It is a fun exercise to follow just a single link from a web page and going deeper and deeper. After you have reached the 6 th level, just try making the connections between them all the way back to where you started and see how we can actually learn by serendipity.

Random Website generates random urls. Another great way is Google Reader Play.

Look For Solutions in Search of Problems Activity

Using 2 powerful questions from Yale professors Ian Ayres and Barry Nalebuff to examine existing solutions (possibly in your project)

· Where else would it work?

· Would flipping it work?

Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small

Creating an Inspiration Board Activity

When on a project, just keep tacking compelling pictures, fabric, page to a physical board. Over a period it will serve as a wild collage from which connections can be made and will always expand and enliven your work.

Reading References


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