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what will you do about your boy?

I grew up in media industries just as they began to globalize and pretty much swam with the global current… spending most of my career inhabiting imaginary spaces between regional-global directors and CEOs. Sometimes I’ve found myself caught between the regional powers that be, who have been tasked with driving growth that exceeds global or regional GDP growth rates, and their country CEO’s who are (sometimes) seen as bottlenecks to achieving this. Formulating strategic plans driven from the ground level (consumer insight), meant sometimes being faced with the animosity of a disgruntled CEO, who transforms into the bane of a regional director’s existence. I was just a messenger, but a well-protected one. In international streams, regional level accountabilities make disgruntled CEOs a necessary hurdle to overcome. From fields to factories to distribution channels and office staff — an established business losing pace in high growth markets mean eventual job losses across the board, in countries where there often aren’t safety nets for employees. These are seen as real consequences, even when emerging market declines are …

takashi murakami: owning the spectrum

“Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of ‘high art.’ In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay— I’m ready with my hard hat.” ~ Takashi Murakami While market size and sales volumes are usually not requirements in looking at an artist’s work, Murakami’s intent to blur boundaries between fine arts and commercial products, alongside the increasingly mainstream demand of his work, necessitates an analysis of the business strategies and models he employs. This should be accompanied by an understanding of how aesthetically and conceptually he crafts his work as an artist, a movement and a brand. Murakami’s approach is far from textbook in how he operates his artistic practice as an international business; how he combines elements of Japanese fine art and popular culture and makes it meaningful to both high art audiences and consumers worldwide. In the Artforum article, “Economies of Scale: Takashi Murakami’s Technics,” the …