I am a Changeologist and here is my art manifesto.
Like some of you, from an early age I have experienced the impact of change in my personal life. What began as nebulous nuisances like being raised in a non-traditional nuclear family created from divorce and blended families, created unique experiences that forced me to accept and embrace change.
This formed my worldview and has better prepared me to adapt to today’s disruptive environment that is being impacted by technology. From an early stage of my career as a visual communication professional, I experienced the effects of change from its onset. University professors who were experts on tools and methods needed for the printing press were not prepared to educate my generation for digital design.
Twenty years later, university professors are still trying to figure the design profession out so that they can equip students to be successful. The rate of change and adoption is not only a challenge for educators, but for anyone interested in leadership. We are in the midst of a global innovative revolution and there is a leadership gap.
Our lives and our career paths are not like our parent’s. Change is happening at an exponential rate and it is causing a lot of fear and anxiety that is creating chaos in our relationships and our roles within our home, the workplace and around our communities.
This is not a generational divide represented by the baby boomers and the millennials. Leaders across all ages, professions and demographics who are innovative are in need of inspiration so that they can be successful change agents.
It is my intention to share what I have learned from my personal life and the lessons in my career that have altered the traditional, conventional and mainstream mindset. These lessons have prepared me to be a Changelogist.
As a CAUX Scholar in Switzerland, I learned from global leaders and diplomats like the Dali Lama on the fundamentals of transformation and conflict resolution. In addition to global studies on change and its impact on religion and culture throughout history, I have examined how businesses and industries are changing. Throughout my career, I have reported from 1000s of sessions from thought leaders representing emerging markets spawned from today’s digital era including bloggers and content marketers, cowork communities, green energy startups and entrepreneurs. There are challenges that the leaders in these innovative spaces are facing and it has to do with conflict and transformation.
As a professional Changeologist, I deeply understand change and how it impacts humans, industries and communities. My purpose is to help cultivate innovation by inspiring the leaders of change through visual storytelling as a Changeologist and Artist.
Some of my art will be in the form of paintings, drawings, photography or #DigitalDash content created to give you insight and inspiration. Some of my art will be in the form of experiences, like #StrollWithMe photo tours or other events curated to create connections, community and conversations that inspire change.
Want to learn more about my new venture as a Changelologist and Artist? Follow me on facebook, fb.com/AndreaCookChangeologist.
Want to celebrate change? In honor of my new venture, I am offering a #StrollWithMeLAUNCH special. Select from my Instagram photos and get the artwork printed, framed and delivered to you for only $25. Order your first piece of my art as a Changelogist here >
Thank you dashers!
Let’s stroll and create the change we want to see in this world, shall we?