Inspired or Stolen?

Pablo Picasso is thought by many to be one of the most original artists of the 20th century. He has become the poster boy of modern art, the central conceit of which is the notion that great art rejects history, makes no references to anything outside itself, and then sets about the business of creating…

Customer Journey Mapping

Customer journey mapping is the process of tracking, observing and describing all the experiences that customers have as they encounter a product, service or set of services, taking into account not only what happens to them, but also their responses to their experiences. It is a customer-focused technique for the development of innovative service concepts.…

Fashion Education Needs to Adapt to a Faster-Paced World

In our 21st century world information (and trends) move at lightning speed. In the contemporary fashion market, everything and anything is available to consumers, making virtually everything appear to be ‘in vogue’. Some consumers have begun to wonder if trends are simply well calculated marketing ploys to entice an audience. This has led inspirations and…

The Dialectics of Innovation

The process of innovation is all about finding new, never-seen-before solutions. Organizations wishing to innovate must, by definition, change their old patterns of thinking and behaving and embrace new, unknown patterns, and they generally have to accomplish this on a schedule. Problem is, ‘eureka!’ moments do not adhere to schedules. In these circumstances, you have…

Building Healthier Workplaces

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Western world experienced
a burst of euphoria. Finally, the Cold War was over. The world’s superpowers could back down from the precipice of mutually assured destruction. And capitalists everywhere could say of communism, “Told you so!” Indeed, the seemingly impregnable fortress erected by the Soviet Union over a…

Inspiration in the Dream World: Jeff Warren

Jeff Warren is a writer, broadcaster and the author of acclaimed ‘travel guide’, The Head Trip: Adventures On the Wheel of Consciousness. He has written for The New York Times, The New Scientist, Discover, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. MISC: How did you get into thinking about consciousness? Jeff…

Lucid Dreaming Tools & Techniques

Oneironaut: literally dream sailor, translated from the Ancient Greek — describes those who travel the less familiar realms of consciousness, whether for self-reflection, learning, experimentation, personal betterment, escape or purely for fun. Indeed, the dreamscape is a rich environment for tourism, but another industry also thrives in the dream world: mining. For all of human…

Inspiration in the Dream World: Dax Urbszat

Dax Urbszat is a psychology lecturer at the University of Toronto. An avid oneironaut, Urbszat is interested in contemporary theories concerning the adaptive functions and evolutionary functions and evolutionary significance of sleep, dreaming and lucid dreaming. MISC: How did you become interested in lucid dreaming? Dax Urbszat: I read the book, Lucid Dreaming by Stephen…