Fostering Creativity and Innovation: What Libraries Can Learn From The Second City

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Fostering Creativity and Innovation: What Libraries Can Learn From The Second City

  1. 1. Fostering Creativity and InnovationWhat Libraries Can Learn from The Second City Christian J. Miller KLA/KSMA Joint Conference “Information – the Library Superpower!” September 29, 2011
  2. 2. …With Great Libraries,there must also come –- greatcreativity-Amazing Fantasy #15 (sort of)
  3. 3. Intro/Bio “Mad Libs”Christian Miller is the Reference, Instruction and _____1_____Coordinator at the _____2_____ Library in the School of____3______ and _____4_____ Relations at Cornell University. The_____2_____ Library is renowned as one of the ____5______libraries in the world collecting information on _____6_____ issuesand his interests include the library as a ____6______. He also hasserved on numerous _____7_____ library committees and is thecurrent Chair of the _____8_____ Division of the Special LibrariesAssociation.
  4. 4. Origin Story
  5. 5. It was a dark and stormy night…
  6. 6. Allow myself to introduce: Myself Animal House Alina, 76 Owen, Blues Brothers Reading Caddyshack PerformingDumb and Dumber Playing with Kids Sports Middle Child 2.6 “Visionary”Librarian Empathy Ideation4.0 ENTP IncluderOctober 23rd Developer 1310 Positivity
  7. 7. the quest for creativity begins…
  8. 8. Why creativity?
  9. 9. It’s a Complex, interconnected world
  10. 10. “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making thecomplicated simple,awesomely simple, thats creativity.” Charles Mingus American jazz bassist and composer
  11. 11. creativity
  12. 12. Creativity is the ability to see relationshipswhere none exist. Thomas Disch Science Fiction author, Hugo Award winner
  13. 13. Theincongruity – resolution theory of HumorSo, two fish are in a tank. One says to the other…
  14. 14. “How the heck do wedrive this thing?!?”
  15. 15. “Improv”Usually humorous, spontaneous theater often created through audience suggestionsPopularized by The Second City
  16. 16. Chris FarleyTina Fey As Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker
  17. 17. Improv workshop
  18. 18. Now, Let’s Do it again!
  19. 19. No preparation ≠ no rules
  20. 20. Rules of improv aka “Yes, and…”• Don’t Block or Deny• Always pay attention and focus on your partner• Go line for line• Go against the voice of reason, take risks, and celebrate failure• Justify, justify, justify!
  21. 21. By Applying these principles you can Create an environment of trust that will encourage creativity
  22. 22. 4 myths of personal creativity1. “Creativity is for geniuses and artists.”2. “I’m just not naturally creative.”3. “Well, it’s too late to begin pursuing creativity now.”4. “It’s not my job to be creative.”
  23. 23. Source: T. Amabile (1998) “How to Kill Creativity”.Harvard Business Review, September, 77–87
  24. 24. Creative Thinking Techniques• Free Association• Forced Connections• BrainWriting• SCAMPER• Idea Box• Mind Mapping• SuperHeroes!
  25. 25. Forced Connections ________ (Noun) Solutions
  26. 26. SCAMPER
  27. 27. Read more…
  28. 28. From creativity… …to innovation
  29. 29. “Thanks, boss, for pointing out how crazy our ideas are, and why they won’t work!”
  30. 30. Creative leadership Uncover… Unlock… Unleash!Cultivating organizational creativity in an age of complexity, IBM, 2011
  31. 31. Creative libraries in actionLibrary Outside the Library (LOL) aka CUL LabsConsolidation Task Force experienceCreativity workshops, on to the future…
  32. 32. Fully 63% of business executivesinterviewed agree that too manyrecent college graduates do nothave the skills to be successful intoday’s global economy. How Should Colleges Prepare Students To Succeed In Todays Global Economy? Conducted On Behalf Of: The Association Of American Colleges And Universities By Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc.
  33. 33. 70% of these employers saycolleges and universities shouldplace more emphasis on the abilityto innovate and think creatively.(73% also emphasize criticalthinking/analytical ability)
  34. 34. The beginning… Christian J. Miller cjm267@cornell.edu

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