Wednesday, January 17, 2018
PERRY ELLIS INTERNATIONAL REWARDS CUSTOMERS ON ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH VALENTINE’S GETAWAY TO MIAMI, FASHION MAKEOVER & SHOPPING SPREE
Author and Emmy Award-winner Lois Farfel Stark explains how trends like 3D imaging and architectural styles illustrate the depolarization of classic gender assumptions
You may have heard it before: Men think in lines; women think in circles.
This classic assumption comes out of historic gender expectations, when women’s work required the circular thinking of family systems and men’s work required the linear thinking of measured results in an industrialized age.
Was it ever true, and importantly, is it true in current times?
Emmy Award-winning documentarian and author Lois Farfel Stark says “No”, explaining, “gender roles are blending, resulting in an overall integrated thinking.”
Her proof: the shape of thinking itself.
“The division between thinking in lines or circles is blending. Both are required for today’s challenges. The complex tasks of our time -- climate change, global repercussions in both biological or computer viruses – require all human capabilities.”
Take the torus shape emerging in architecture, for example. A hotel in Huzhou Zhejiang Province, China, built as an upright ring, upending expectations. It holds opposites, together as one.
Today, 3-D imaging allows us to view phenomena such as weather systems from all sides, simultaneously. Surgeons can view the top and the underside of an organ at once. Such 360 degree thinking shifts our thinking, dissolves the borders between circles and lines.
This is showing up in the workplace, too. Leaders at major companies are spearheading the shift from a corporate perspective. From Marissa Meyer’s cessation of Yahoo’s work from home policy to Satya Nadella assigning top executives at Microsoft to read up on how to lean into their soft-power, it is increasingly important for all leaders to be dynamic and capable of all shapes of thought and comportment.
As a culture, we still are catching up. We are working to undo gendered expectations and allow both men and women to be hero and heroine, sidekick and supporter, competitive and cooperative.
Check out Lois Farfel Stark's new book for more info! The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times.
This book will be released in February 6, 2018.
About Lois Farfel Stark:
Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author of the book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times (Greenleaf, 2017). The book was the focus of her September 2016 TEDx talk in Dallas. During her distinguished career with NBC News, she covered Abu Dhabi's catapult to the 20th century, the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, Cuba ten years after their revolution, the Israeli Air Force in the Six Day War, Northern Ireland during its time of religious conflict, and Liberia's social split. Independently, she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues.
Along with an Emmy, Lois is also the recipient of two CINE Gold awards, two Gold Awards from The International Film Festival of the Americas, the Matrix Award from Women In Communications, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the Silver Award from the Texas Broadcasting Association. She has served as a trustee for institutions in education, health, the arts, and public service, including Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater. She lives in Houston.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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