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EP 233: Two Beats Ahead: Inspiration everywhere

Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix are the authors of Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation. Through conversations with artists including Pharrell, Hank Shocklee, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and more, they explore lessons in leadership and decision making that we can all use.

They should know: Panos is SVP of strategy and innovation at Berklee College of Music and Michael is global design director at IDEO. He also teaches at Berklee and makes music in his spare time (imagine having spare time). They're also founders of the Open Music Initiative which is set to change the way creators are compensated by bringing concepts from open-source software to the problem. These guys are busy and have an eye toward how creativity and technology can make things better for us all.

Some of the lessons are obvious but things we never stop learning: take inspiration from everywhere, never give up. But we also talk about how to keep up with the changes. Some things get easier while others get harder. Even writing the book together gave them the opportunity to practice some of the concepts.

Dig into this one and then go get yourself a copy at or wherever you get your books.Mix Engineer: James Soriano




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