How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity

I’ve just read an excellent article from the Harvard Business review magazine: “How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity”. The article is written by Ed Catmull, the cofounder of Pixar and the president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. He describes how is the creation process of Pixar movies, and how this process changed and evolved since Toy Story, the first movie from Pixar.

There are some points in the article I’d like to highlight.

What is creativity?

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Better Science Through Art – the talk

Common wisdom says that science and art are entirely different beasts; moreover, a similar source of wisdom tells us that science is valuable to society while art is a luxury. Why else would schools drop art from their curricula over the past 20 years? But artists and scientists approach their work in similar if not identical ways.

This presentation was created by Richard P Gabriel and presented at IME-USP – São Paulo on 31/Mar/2011 sponsored by CCSL

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Better Science Through Art

CCSL sponsors the coming of two big names of Computer Science to Brazil. They will be here next week (March 30th, 31th), at the Event “Better Science Through Art” with Joe Yoder and Richard Gabriel. The event will be awesome and FREE!

Common wisdom says that science and art are entirely different beasts; moreover, a similar source of wisdom tells us that science is valuable to society while art is a luxury. Why else would schools drop art from their curricula over the past 20 years? But artists and scientists approach their work in similar if not identical ways.
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Samba do Akita


O Akita nos convidou
Prum evento muito legal
Nóis fumo e foi muito mais que animal
Nóis twitêmo RailsSummit o dia inteiro
Da outra vêis, nóis vai vortá
Nóis não semo tatu

Outro dia encontremo com Akita
Que mostrou pra gente a morena Open Source
Isso não se faz Akita
Nóis sêmo geek
Era só ter ponhado o projeto no git

(música apresentada pela primeira vez na desconferência do Rails Summit 2009)

Art in our children’s education

In this video, Ken Robinson shows how schools kill creativity.
The coolest part is when he says today we are forgeting we have a body. We focus just on our heads, because the ultimate objective of one would be become a University Professor. He says Professors are people who think their body are just transport for their heads. The body exists just to take our heads to meetings.

I can extend this to every IT professional. We are tremendously focused on our heads. I admit that sometime I forget I have a body (Thankfully, not every time)! We need to start dancing!

I was used to dance forro before I’ve got married. It was a great time in my life (nothing to do with the girls I’ve got there). Now I dance with my wife sometimes, not so often, but every time it happens it’s a big pleasure and I have no doubts that, if I start to measure my productivity on week that I dance, I’ll get better results on dancing weeks.

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