Inspired by the Gene Tree Project team, written by Cressida Bradley.

What happens when you put a Composer, a Scientist and a Dramaturg in the same room?

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listen. observe. question.

Three simple actions that change the way that we work, learn and evolve.

As a society we take great comfort in titles, classifications and finite definitions. It helps us anchor to a shared idea; a common understanding that assures meaning and surety.

We want to know the facts and we find confidence in the truth. We prefer things to be clear, decided and fixed. We are compelled to make up our minds. We insist on knowing the end of the story.

But if that were so, then we would never explore, change and improve.

And that’s impossible, indeed it’s foolhardy, in our world that’s always changing.

So what does happen when you put a Composer, a Scientist and a Dramaturg in the room? Each has their own specialist knowledge built from years of training and practice. Each has their own view of life seen through different eyes and experiences. What could these three from separate vocational worlds possibly share?

What they did share was a curious mind, a deep respect for knowledge, and a creative spirit.

So they quickly found a shared approach and a common language.

Listen. Observe. Question.

Listen to each other, to the music, to the data, to ideas, to experience, to possibilities, to fears, and to stories.

Observe the experiment, the failures, the impacts, the successes, and the learning.

Question the truth, the assumptions, yourself, each other, and the parameters. Draw out the inspirations and the knowledge to evolve our understanding of the world, science, art and ourselves.

And then listen once more…

And again, and again, and again…

Listen. Now. Again.

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