Quantum Learning, Inc. (QLI), a research-based provider of advanced sales and marketing training programs, and Jay Elliot, author of the book “The Steve Jobs Way” , jointly announced a licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, QLI will develop and market a new training program called “Market-Leading Innovation(tm) (The path to Innovation Excellence)” which will be based on Elliot’s book.

“For the last three years, Quantum has been studying the behaviors and practices of some of the world’s most innovative market leaders and has developed a series of workshops to help senior managers, team leaders and individual contributors achieve the same success,” said Fredric Marshall, founder and CEO of Quantum Learning, Inc.

Market-Leading Innovation is a suite of research-based tools, skills and insights developed to measurably improve an organizations ability to design, build and deliver meaningful innovations. The program is designed to solve three strategic problems:

1. How do we design and deliver products/services that fundamentally reframe the rules of competition and set new standards customer value?

2. How do we take an existing organization with legacy people and systems and transform their ability to envision and execute market-leading innovations?

3. How do we create whole new categories of products/services (and hence revenue streams) that fundamentally change the future?

 “Jay worked directly with Steve Jobs for many years and understands as well as anybody on the planet how Steve Jobs and Apple consistently deliver market-leading innovations-year after year, product after product,” Marshall explained. “Steve Jobs pushed the boundaries of innovation in the tech industry by combining a unique approach to product design with masterful marketing,” said Jay Elliot, author of ‘The Steve Jobs Way.’ “Now, the book’s insight into how Steve went about orchestrating a successful product is being coupled with Quantum Learning’s expertise in achieving organizational change. It’s a perfect platform for helping large organizations execute market-leading innovations that fundamentally change the way their people interact with their customers.”

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 “Tell me what color the air is…” (F. Dostoevskj)


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The collaboration between the designer Denis D.Burlet and the Chinese design company Joyce’s World International

With his new concept, the designer Denis D.Burlet is playing with our perception of reality, and leading us into a confusing world, without a beginning, without an end. «Pure Obsession» collection is an unique creation born from the collaboration between the designer Denis D.Burlet and the Chinese design company Joyce’s World International. The sofa and armchair that compose the collection represent as well modern sculptures as design furniture. Each model is handmade and numbered, and produced in limited edition.

The innovative shapes of the Pure Obsession collection stand out and offer up in nuance. This steel ribbon is totally upsetting the idea we have about the 20th century way of sitting, usually carried and balanced by four feet. Denis D.Burlet proposes here, an infinitely voluptuous line, imposing delicacy and virility. Just like the thoroughbred race car, Pure Obsession’s curves are the perfect mix of power and sexiness. The traditional idea of the seats is completely reconsidered to strongly create a new and dynamic shape.

Pure Obsession expresses the perfect combination between trend towards the experimentation of materials and the curves designed by Denis D.Burlet. In 2009 already, he experimented this same shape with the creation of the Princess Minnie Sofa, made entirely of Polymethyl Methacrylate. A technical challenge recognized worldwide.





Santa Fe University of Art and Design launches annual series to spotlight genres and artist s who have had a positive impact on society.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design announced the launch of Artists for Positive Social Change, a groundbreaking, university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances. Each academic year, the university will focus on the exploration of a specific genre that is relevant to society and the artists within the genre that have respectfully and fearlessly pushed the creative boundaries of their profession. Led by Photography Department Chair David Scheinbaum, the first annual Artists for Positive Social Change series for the 2011–2012 academic year will focus on the genre of hip-hop as a major influence on today’s culture and social fabric as well as work of hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. The year of hip-hop will begin in September and end with a three-day capstone symposium and performance on campus in May 2012.

“This program broadens the real-world relevance of our curriculum in an innovative way,” Scheinbaum explained. “So much of teaching is theoretical. It’s important to teach theory, but it’s even more important for students to meet the players and see what it’s like to lead lives in artistic professions. This series brings artists to campus who have had a major impact on their chosen fields by pushing the respective boundaries and have exhibited excellence and creativity in their approach to ethics, creative ideas, professionalism, quality.”


Scheinbaum chose the subject of hip-hop to launch the series for personal reasons. “My personal photographic work is steeped in hip-hop,” he said. “For the past 12 years, I’ve photographed hip-hop artists with positive messages.” He led the development of the

Artists for Positive Social Change series in part as a way to share his experiences with an audience larger than his own classroom. Elements of hip-hop culture, genre and practice will be discussed in courses in every department. Series-specific courses will include the study of rap lyrics as poetry in the Creative Writing and Literature Department; a course on the production of music videos through the Moving Image Arts Department; a series of workshops and performances in the Contemporary Music Department; and a study of the “art” of hip-hop culture, including graffiti and dance, through the Art and Theatre departments.


Performance is another exciting component of the program. A yet-to-be-announced roster of hip-hop artists will visit the campus to give lectures, participate in discussions, perform and—most importantly—meet and talk with students. In May, students will have the opportunity to attend a three-day capstone event that features guest lectures by academics and scholars and concludes with a performance by a prominent hip-hop group.


“Many of the artists I work with have a strong sense of social responsibility,” Scheinbaum said. “That’s an overriding theme of this first series. Hip-hop music often addresses community issues and social responsibility. These artists are a voice for this generation and bringing them onto campus is an exciting way to offer an innovative, motivating curriculum to the students.”


Future series will draw on artists from different disciplines, including poetry, theater and film. Scheinbaum said, “This program will epitomize our teaching: artists who are pushing the boundaries, sticking to their ethics and producing work of quality and relevance.”



Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), photography, business and education. Its location, in one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, provides a perfect setting for learning in a city where creativity and innovation are central to the community. For more information, visit

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,





CESENATICO (Adriatic Riviera, Italy) is a nice and historical resort city on the Riviera Adriatica. Here, the old fish market, still active, is within walking distance from the modern wholesale market. Here, the old sailing ships stand side by side with modern fishing boats. You may find them on the beautiful and ancient harbor designed by the genius of the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

The so called Porto Canale ( Port Channel) is the main axis of the old town. On the docks still takes place social life and it’s one of the visitors favorite sites. The Port, however, is also the main historical monument of the city, which follows the lines drawn by Leonardo da Vinci (1502). Along the harbor, you may visit the Maritime Museum and the Moretti House.

On the Channel, there is a floating section of the Museum. Here incredible under sails old boats are on permanent show. Every boat exhibits different designs. It’s a spectacular scenary, to be seen also during the night time. In Piazza Pisacane you admire the monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi (who stayed in Cesenatico, with his wife Anita). In the large square Ciceruacchio there ‘re still on the ground the traces of an ancient tower that once guarded the port from the pirates attacks. Nearer the sea, close to the lighthouse, the massive doors now are defending the town from seastorms: it’s a modern technology project reproduced on the example of Leonardo ‘s intuitions.

The picturesque Piazzetta delle Conserve, located in the heart of the city, owes its name to the buildings excavated in the ground – preserves – where was placed the fish mashed up with snow and ice. That it was an intelligent solution to preserve fish for a long time, before the invention of refrigerators.

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A Cesenatico le testimonianze storiche e della tradizione marinaresca vivono intrecciate con la realtà di una moderna località turistica. Le antiche imbarcazioni a vela sono ormeggiate fianco a fianco con i moderni motopescherecci, che ritmano ancora con le loro uscite i tempi del Porto Canale disegnato da Leonardo, e la vecchia Pescheria, ancora attiva, è a pochi passi dal moderno Mercato all’ingrosso del pesce.
Il Porto Canale Leonardesco è l’asse principale del centro storico di Cesenatico, sulle cui banchine si svolge ancora la vita sociale e la passeggiata di cittadini e turisti. Il Porto tuttavia è anche il principale monumento storico della città, che ricalca le linee disegnate da Leonardo da Vinci, chiamato nel 1502 a suggerire interventi migliorativi all’approdo preesistente.

Lungo il porto, oltre a Museo della Marineria, Antiquarium, Casa Moretti, si trova la piazza Pisacane con il monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi e la sua solenne iscrizione, la vecchia Pescheria, e poi l’ampia piazza Ciceruacchio, dove è tracciato ancora il perimetro dell’antica Torre Pretoria che un tempo difendeva il porto dalle fuste dei pirati barbareschi. Più vicino al mare, nei pressi del faro, le imponenti porte vinciane difendono oggi il centro abitato dalle mareggiate: una realizzazione di moderna tecnologia condotta sull’esempio dei progetti leonardeschi.

La suggestiva Piazzetta delle Conserve, situata nel cuore del centro storico, deve il suo nome alle costruzioni scavate nel terreno – le conserve – dove il pesce, disposto a strati alternati a neve e ghiaccio pressato raccolto durante l’inverno, poteva conservarsi per lungo tempo ben prima dell’invenzione dei frigoriferi. Quattro di questi antichi manufatti, che sorgevano numerosi nel quartiere detto “il Monte” per la sua pozione rialzata, sono stati restaurati e sono ora ben visibili insieme alla parte superiore di un’altra conserva ancora interrata.


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Four blue colored images merge into the meditative sound of the Usa composer and producer. A videoclip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.


The meditative music created by Joshua Sellers – composer and producer – meets “Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti in a videoclip titled “Linger”. Made by Earscapes, the video presents a Joshua Sellers soundtrack accompanied by four images comin’ from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti (pics of torn posters and papers “captured” on cities walls). The pics – their titles are: “A quiet summer afternoon”, “A teardrop on your face”, “A wave on a shore” and “My dreams in a lonely night” – have the blue as a prevailing color. They suggested to Joshua Sellers to produce a clip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti are very glad about this collaboration borned and created in distance thanks to the web: Joshua lives in Arkansas (Usa) and Roberto overseas, in Italy (Europe). The meditative and slowly electronic sound of Joshua Sellers merge into the “Lacer/Actions” images that Roberto Alborghetti takes from ads billboards all around the world. A beautiful experience of sounds and colors (lenght: 9 minutes and 44 seconds). Josua Sellers said about it: “I do think that art and music can be a way of creating a meditative space, to slow down. It’s something I am naturally drawn towards I think.“


Joshua Sellers ( ) has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition. Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music. As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.

In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996). Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures. As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse. Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”

Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003. Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much. In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis. A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”
Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.


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