Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Quote of the Day....

"...Because the arts employ metaphor and abstraction, allegory and illusion, analogy and experimentation, they help us to think through our human situation. They provide a prism through, which we can consider ethics, justice, psychology, history and future thinking - the arts offer "what if" scenarios. That's one of the reasons business and leadership courses, looking to the arts, are now trying to improve their employees' emotional intelligence, problem solving and team building through theatre, dance and visualisation - in other words, playing.

We really need this dimension of thinking in Australia, where, in the main, we are pragmatic rather than philosophical or contemplative - reactors rather than revolutionaries. We need to nurture revolutionary thinking to create evolutionary figures."

Published in the A2, The Age, Saturday, March 1 2008. It is an edited extract from "Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia". Edited by Robert Manne, Black Inc, Agenda and Juliana Engbert, Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

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