The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.
This quote from Daniel H. Pink’s, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future parallels my own journey from research chemist, programmer, project manager to graphic designer. I would like to add (and Daniel Pink addresses this well in his book) that we can’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Science and technology are critical endeavours but not at the expense of creators, empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers (i.e. right brainers) . For too long have science, technology and soulless business trumped right brainers. A balance is needed.
A Whole New Mind reviews six characteristics on which professional and personal success depends: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.
Imbued Design is my story…
(Artwork by the author.)