About the Author
Jay Corless is a Latin-American troubadour seeking to add new chapters to his life’s story.
Born to an American father and Venezuelan mother he spent his youth adjusting to the nomadic ways of a humble family in constant search of work and easy riches. Moving often, making friends and adapting to new environments were the essential challenges of childhood.
Later, not yet aware of his addiction to movement, Jay enrolled in a traditional university to quickly realize he was not ready for the stability and conventionality of institutional education. On this failure and with the hope of learning through adventure he left the US to observe, question and experiment.
Twenty years have passed since he first set out to examine the world. In Venezuela he witnessed military strife, obsession with political power and a failed coup attempt. In Japan he discovered kindness, politeness, emotion and love.
In France, Jay worked for over a decade with the United Nations and discovered overwhelming international problems and the role of education, culture and science in solving them. He found the Lost Generation, cooked a movable feast and imitated the painter of sunflowers. In Italy he decided to create the modern version of the School of Athens.
Jay is a graduate of the University of the Arts London, Master of Enterprise Management of the Creative Arts programme, which brought together a diverse selection of curious minds to explore questions of creative and economic urgency. Through the programme he learned to test and experiment within the creative industries. His thesis “The Creative Revolution, How British Creative Industry Policy is Changing the World,” received a distinction of merit. Maybe more important, he simply added a London installment to his evolving life story.
He is now exploring the union and role of commerce, culture, creativity, technology and public policy in building sustainable, tolerant societies.
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