Check out my recent interview with my friend, Nancy Sharp, author of Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living. It is on an excellent new e-zine for writers called How-to-Write-a-Book.com. Nancy and I talked about the writing and publishing process as well as the book’s structure. Nancy’s memoir tells the story of her husbands passing due to cancer and the simultaneous birth of her twins. It’s a story of loss and renewal warmly and uniquely told.
“This class gives people a chance to think of themselves as dancers rather than as patients,” said David Leventhal, who has been teaching dance classes for Parkinson’s patients for 11 years.
Here is what one of the participants has to say about the program:
Charles Tobey, a Parkinson’s patient, has been coming to the dance classes at Mark Morris for about six years. “I feel great when I come here and feel like I have something that makes me feel really good about myself,” he said.
Center for Arts in Medicine Director, Jill Sonke runs Dance for Life, a program for Parkinson’s patients here in Gainesville Florida. In 2012 The Center hosted a Mark Morris’s Dance for PD Training workshop to help those who wanted to work with people dealing with Parkinson’s in their community.
In this Inc. article, David Kelley, co-founder of the renowned design firm IDEO tells a story about how he was once forced to redesign an MRI that failed to serve the children it was intended for. David, who is also a Donald W. Whittier Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, was illustrating his term “design thinking”:
“Design thinking is: let’s try to understand what people really value, what’s really meaningful to people,” David said. “And then we’ll take the technical and business risk that we can come up with something that satisfies that need. We call it need finding.”
The key to this approach involves having deep empathy for people, David added.
In a recent survey of 1500 CEOs, IBM reported that creativity was the top leadership quality needed to take businesses into the future — it ranked higher than integrity and global thinking. While you might find this result surprising, it won’t likely surprise you that poets are, well, creative. Perhaps that’s why Harvard Business Review recently discussed the value of poetry for professionals. And why a business leader like Sidney Harman was known to ask his staff to hire poets as managers. (Poets? As managers? And he ran a successful business?)