Learn The Secret Powers of Time

Kotte.org posted an fun video of an animated talk by Philip Zimbardo about time perception. Geography, weather, religion and technology all have a part to play in how even people of the same country and culture approach time. The brief talk is fun to watch and listen to because an artist quickly illustrates what Zimbardo is talking about with little cartoons. (Well, actually a sped up movie of illustrator’s efforts.) If you would rather watch a fun video than read about people’s changing views on how their time should be used, (perhaps you feel you don’t have the time to read about the subject, for example), this may be just what you are looking for.

I had long suspected geography and weather resulted in the approach to time Zimbardo says it does so I was happy to receive that confirmation. His talk might provide insights for you as to why people are late to make decisions (including attending your performances!) in comparison to other parts of the country you may have lived. Though technology seems to be a great leveler. Zimbardo says young people don’t wear wrist watches because it is a single use device. While reasonable sounding, I am not sure how much credence I give the causality in that claim. He also touches upon that hot topic of audience relations — the need for to provide an interactive rather than passive experience, especially among males.

Take a look-

About Joe Patti

I have been writing Butts in the Seats (BitS) on topics of arts and cultural administration since 2004 (yikes!). Given the ever evolving concerns facing the sector, I have yet to exhaust the available subject matter. In addition to BitS, I am a founding contributor to the ArtsHacker (artshacker.com) website where I focus on topics related to boards, law, governance, policy and practice.

I am also an evangelist for the effort to Build Public Will For Arts and Culture being helmed by Arts Midwest and the Metropolitan Group. (http://www.creatingconnection.org/about/)

I am currently the Director of the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA.

Among the things I am most proud are having produced an opera in the Hawaiian language and a dance drama about Hawaii's snow goddess Poli'ahu while working as a Theater Manager in Hawaii. Though there are many more highlights than there is space here to list.


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