‘To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing’. –Aristotle.
Being different and standing out takes courage, thinking differently takes courage, silencing the critic inside your head takes courage and ignoring those that doubt you takes courage. Finding your WHY however will give you confidence to sheild yourself from the critics.
Your WHY will often be about solving a problem and creating a solution for it. If you’ve ever had a problem and found a solution then you have used your creativity. Creativity is not confined to the arts.
Ironically creative people that work in the arts do not always use their creativity for innovation. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]Kwesi defines creativity the process, and innovation, is something that uses the creative process to find a solution to a problem. However he doesn’t believe all creatives are innovators because there needs to be a subtle shift in a creative mind to be truly innovative and as we use our creative minds daily to solve problems we are all potential innovators that quality needs to be nurtured.
If one focuses on a problem you will find one. If one focusses on a solution you will find one.
[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”] Kwesi is interested in synthesising established concepts with cutting edge ideas to create something unique. It’s the process used by most inventors and Napolean Hill calls Synthetic Imagination.
He also uses Creative Imagination again defined by Hill as:- ‘The faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.’ It is through this faculty that thought vibrations from the minds of others are received. It is through this faculty that one individual may “tune in,” or communicate with the subconscious minds of other men.
Naturally the above isn’t exclusive to men.
Kwesi has worked in the arts for over twenty years and knows how creativity and innovation is essential to our development as human beings. Taking this belief into business and real estate is something that isn’t groundbreaking by any means but it is Kwesi’s unique approach that stands out.[/read] He says
As a choreographer one is continually working with peoples strengths, finding innovative ways to present a concept and quality of delivery. These essentials aren’t confined to dance alone. The creative process manifests in many ways, if one has the aptitude to think creatively, then applying it to other industries is quite natural if one focusses on that transition.
Businesses are always looking for innovative ways to build awareness of their brands and increasingly look towards the creative industries to acheive that.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]However arts organisations don’t seem to focus on attracting ‘investment’beyond products from a sponsor in order to have visibility at an event. The artists and arts organisations could be finding ways to work with businesses and demand more from a partnership beyond product and a pat on the back. Businesses should be fighting to support artistic activity and creative genius.in order for the business to stay fresh and the creative to be challenged. If artists make a subtle shift in their approach to making work and focus some of their time on helping businesses get their message out we could see a less struggling artist, however some artists need the struggle to create their work so term will always be there but not effect as many artists. Niche is the new black!
Artists don’t have to sell out and still need to stand for what they believe in or they will fall for anything. Putting a stake in the ground for what they believe in will attract like-minded people.
Kwesi can help people and business who are stuck and don’t realise the creative process and innovation are as valuable to a business as its bottom line. He believes that without creativity and innovation businesses can never be born in fact everything that surrounds us has undergone a creative process whether it be a new chair design, a business plan or a more efficient sanitation system in a developing country. If businesses lose their creative spark they die quickly or struggle to stay afloat. Making friends with creatives if they aren’t already in order to help them survive should be paramount.[/Read]
‘Do the best you can do until you know better. Then when you know better, do better’. – Maya Angelou.
Artistically he is influenced by the origins of Hip Hop Culture, not the misogynistic and gangster versions that are force fed by the media. The origins embody a true entrepreneural approach. Synthetic Imagination from the sampling in the music/DJing and graffiti for example and Creative Imagination in a backspin or creating a word like ‘Stiplificate’ created by the rapper Pharoahe Monche. Coupled with his love for Jazz that seems to hover in the back of his mind when he approaches a problem.
[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]He believes this puts him in a good place for entrepreneural thinking because he takes established concepts out of their box, repurposes and tweaks them coupled with creative imagination and creates solutions, which is….. an entrepreneur.
His interest in dance, performance and the arts he started as B-Boy, a breakdancer dabbled with DJing but was besotted with the dance and went on to train as a professional dancer/choreographer/director/teacher. After completing his training he worked in Europe for five years and returned to the UK to set up Kompany Malakhi.
These influences and experiences have given Kwesi a unique insight and angle on how to bring the arts, innovation and property together where there is a mutual benefit for everyone.
‘Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality’ Dalai Lama XIV.