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Hot Links | STEM Overhyped? | Critical Thinking in Crisis | Scientific Subjectivity | Sensory Lexicon Gaps

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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)!

Hot Links | Week of October 23

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Kind (as in the snack bars) is investing in the development of empathy, through a program funded by its corporate foundation.

Landscape architects and urban planners are pushing human-centered design into life-saving territory.  

Who says there's no critical thinking in Silicon Valley?  Alumni of the world’s tech giants on the pitfalls and perils of the so-called “attention economy”.

Jan Gehl on the relationship between life and form, and the importance of prioritizing the needs of humans and nature, in the development of “good” cities.

The robots are coming for the workforce, unless corporations choose humans’ livelihoods over almighty “efficiency”.   This alarming chart details the jobs that will be eliminated first, and should be a call-to-action for anyone who views it.

Weekly Links | Searching for Better Solutions | Pop Culture's Gatekeepers | Human-Aware AI | Socially Aware Museums | Libraries Make a Comeback

Searching for Better Solutions | Pop Culture's Gatekeepers | Human-Aware AI | Socially Aware Museums | Libraries Make a Comeback

Weekly Links - April 15th, 2015

The articles that grabbed our attention this week are right up WÆRK’s ’s alley.  They articulate the benefits of both artful approaches to business and business acumen for artists.

Kevan Lee’s social media tutorial is a language arts lesson in disguise, and effortlessly elevates the primacy of literature in our technology-dominant times.

The Funworks advertising agency is successfully using improv to connect with clients and amplify brainstorming sessions.

Steven J. Tepper of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (and co-author of the terrific Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life) advises artists on how to prosper in the gig economy.

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Weekly Links - March 25th, 2016

The articles that caught our attention this week have us wondering...


Will Virtual Reality Technology Transform the Arts and Culture?

Can the Arts Temper Our Obsession with Television?

Isn’t It Time We Acknowledge Artists and Designers As the Original Entrepreneurs?


Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Weekly Links

No Chief Innovative Officers. No distinctions between scientific, artistic and interpersonal leaders. Everyone is responsible for innovating, creating and leading.
— George Bradt in Forbes

This week, as the calendar marches into spring (pun intended), these articles helped our imaginations to blossom:

Exploring another side of STEAM: the mathematics of great art

A Silicon Valley mythbuster on the perils of equating growth with value

What happens when merchandising meets a labor of love?  This Toronto bookstore

Forbes on the necessity of democratizing creativity in corporations, for the sake of innovation