In episode 43, The Occupational Philosophers explore the life, times, and creative inspiration one of the most enigmatic, admired, and misunderstood artists of all time (possibly but not backed up with quantitative evidence), Vincent Van Gogh. 

Mr Van Gogh is maybe the originator of two false myths about art and artists: 
  1. Artists don’t get famous until you die 
  2. All artists are a bit mad 

In a repeated theme throughout time (by all early adopters), Vincent was a true disruptor and was so far ahead of his time that his work was derided by almost everyone at the time. His empathetic nature enabled him to see the diversity that existed all around him and he was able to bring that to life in his art. 

What’s not known to most was that it was an entrepreneurial single mother that showed the world what a wonder he was. 

There are some great insights into what we can learn about change, breaking rules and why if you are in change management, why Vincent Van Gogh should be your poster child. 

Once and for all, they try to settle how to say his last name! 

As usual, there are some great thought experiments such as: 
  • Can a squirrel truly be happy? 
  • Do AI and good manners mix? 

The Occupational Philosophers hope you enjoy the show! (and tell your friends) 

What’s the show about?

The Occupational Philosophers is a not-so-serious business podcast to spark creativity, curiosity, and imagination. 

Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist, and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives – and thrived personally and professionally in the process.

So, if you would like to listen to a “not so serious business podcast” and would like some thoughts, tools, and tips on staying curious, creative, and asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process) then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

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