In October, I'll be doing several large public seminars in Caracas, Venezuela. The audience will be primarily business people, entrepreneurs, and creatives.
When I do my "Four Roles of the Creative Process," I typically put on different hats to represent the different types of thinking (explorer, artist, judge and warrior). For example, I put on a red beret to symbolize the mindset of the artist. (At left is a photo from a presentation I did in Bogota, Colombia last year.)
Today I heard from my Venezuelan host asking me if I could possibly wear a different color beret to represent the artist. "No problem," I said. "But what's the reason?"
It turns out that the head attire of Venezuela's Presidente Maximo Supremo Hugo Chavez is a red beret! Indeed, the red beret is a glorious symbol of Chavez's revolution. I said that I would be happy to use a black beret.
I'm really glad I was warned. I can just imagine myself mindlessly donning a red beret in front of 1,500 entrepreneurs in Caracas, "Put this hat on to think like an artist. It will get your creative juices flowing." It would have been like wearing a sheet to an NAACP convention.
Live and learn!