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Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.

She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education. She is the youngest ever winner of the prize

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"Monolith" c.1997

"Monolith"

by Andre N. Mamprin

From the outside, an organization appears clean, smooth and seamless; it presents a united and cohesive face to the public. On the inside, a organization is a tangled web of ideologies, egos, politics, and conflicting agendas, all working as opposing forces impeding true progress.

Created in the mid-90s when Andre was beginning his career as a management consultant, 'Monolith' represents the paradox of the public and private faces of big business, both the creative and destructive forces at play. The castors allow the piece to hide or reveal to the public as the organization hap-hazardly navigates the complexities of consumer demand, economics, competition and the marketplace.

‘Monolith’ illuminates the darker, more cynical aspects of contemporary organizations and how modern organizations use power and influence to usurp society for its own growth and self interest. The energy consumed in order to present a single unified powerful and influential force to the outside while containing, aligning and managing the turmoil inside is formidable.

 

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A3 Artist Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT of Andre N. Mamprin

Andre N. Mamprin, Calgary, Canada is a multidisciplinary artist. All aspects of his creative work from his conceptual art, drawing to painting, sculpture, and experimental movies, through to writing, interventions in natural and urban environments converge on two uncommon objectives:

First, understanding the creative process & the generation of ideas from inception through to completion in order to stimulate interest, provoke thinking or disrupt the status quo.

Second, to use deep observation combined with pattern recognition in order to better understand, hold in jest, provide social commentary or offer constructive solutions to the Human Condition, contribute to the Human Diaspora or enhance the Human Enterprise.

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Charisma

What constitutes Charisma?

 

Every once in a while in life, you meet someone that you gravitate to, like a magnet to steel. This left me wondering who I know personally that is “charismatic?”  Once I wrote down my list of a dozen people I know I went to school on what the specific attributes of charisma are as it pertained to these individuals.

Here’s what I came up with...A deeply grounded presence, the capacity to tell highly engaging stories (and they have many of them), in fact, they are story makers more than story tellers, they make you feel that YOU are the only person in the room when they engage with you, they have a high quirk factor, they are confident and care little about what others think of them.

The factor to remember here is there is a fine line between charm and charisma. Big difference... Charming people make you feel good about you or a situation, they make you feel comfortable and perhaps garner a high degree of trust. They may even have a “lovability factor”

Why does charisma matter? I think it is directly linked to leadership and may even be the shadow side of leadership. I say this because I have met many “Charismatic Leaders” that can get people do something or follow them based on nothing other than their gravitational pull. Not always do these leaders have your or your enterprises’ best interest at heart.

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