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The Sydney Morning Herald asks: “Are STEM Skills Overhyped?” , while Strategy+Business posits that the lack of executive empathy is due to a dearth of so-called “soft” skills – like critical thinking.

This piece on Medium’s UX Planet highlights the importance of humanities perspectives in design.

This caught our eye: NPR explores the limits of Western languages, when describing scent.

In AEON, Margaret Wertheim’s piece on dimension showcases subjectivity in the sciences (we’ve been saying all along that subjectivity is not the exclusive provenance of the arts)!

Weekly Links - April 29th, 2016

This week, we were inspired by articles that highlight the conviviality that the arts bring to the public and private sectors:

The New York Times introduced us to the ways in which art helps police officers to perceive the world from a variety of perspectives.

An Australian Op-Ed reinforced the communal links between the arts and the sciences.

Time Out London featured an artist-led UK campaign to bring the arts to the political forefront.

We were also inspired by boutique fashion business Emerson Fry.  Its founders bravely announced a business model transformation designed to bring balance to their professional and personal lives, while keeping the brand's promises to their customers.

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This week, we were inspired by a fusionist's creativity challenge, a poetic political statement, a future-forward opera company and life advice from music industry legends.

A co-founder of visionary arts-business consultancy Another Limited Rebellion writes about art as a catalyst for meaningful daily change – in individual lives and the wider world.

The NYT writes about LoftOpera’s ability to draw new audiences to opera by defying the rules of “high culture”.

The iconic Arlene Goldbarg highlights the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s (USDAC) Poetic Address to the Nation, an integral part of its collaborative People’s State of the Union.

You’ve probably already come across Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s open letter to the next generation of artists, but we think it’s something that should be read and read again.

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