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Towards a Creative Thinking & Innovation Pavilion for a Virtual Museum of the Future: Synectics, “Everywhere,” and …? a presentation at the NMC Symposium on Creativity in Second Life (note- ...

Towards a Creative Thinking & Innovation Pavilion for a Virtual Museum of the Future: Synectics, “Everywhere,” and …? a presentation at the NMC Symposium on Creativity in Second Life (note- sounds recorded in Second Life was of less than optimal quality!)



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    • Towards a Creative Thinking & Innovation Pavilion for a Virtual Museum of the Future: Synectics, “Everywhere,” and …? NMC Creativity Symposium in Second Life Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D. DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc. & DesignWorlds for College NMC Fellow © 2007 by DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc .
    • What is DesignWorlds?
      • 10-year old company dedicated to developing and supporting new kinds of collaborative, creative learning & knowledge-making communities
        • Web-based Lifelong Learning Collaboratories
        • DesignWorlds for College, Grad School and Careers
    • “ Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination” —John Dewey “ Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein “ Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”—John Lennon
    • “ The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Dr. Alan Kay, visionary creator of the first personal computer (Xerox PARC)
    • Why Man Creates…
    • Creativity Research: 1950’s: J.P. Guilford (USC) 120 Different Intellectual Skills
    • The Act of Creation Arthur Koestler:
    • The Act of Creation Arthur Koestler: “ Bissociation”
    • Creativity Research: 1960’s Creative Personality and Development of Creative Thinking in Education • Institute for Personality Assessment & Research (Psychology Dept., U.C. Berkeley)--funded by Carnegie Corporation • Development of Creative Thinking Curricular Products for K-12 (e.g, Edward de Bono, Covington, Crutchfield, et al.) • Creative Thinking Tests (e.g, Paul Torrance)
    • Creativity: 1970’s • Computer models/simulation of creative thinking and problem-solving (e.g., Newell & Simon’s General Problem-Solver (GPS) program • Birth of Cognitive Science--and dominance of Information Processing Models of all kinds of thinking and cognitive tasks
    • Creativity: 1980’s • Intrinsic Motivation and social psychology of creativity (Teresa Amabile, now at Harvard Business School) • Creative expression tools and explorations using personal computers
    • Creativity: 1990’s •  Creativity and Creative Thinking are situated activities : Social, Temporal and Environmental (IRL/Lave & Wenger: Situated Learning and Cognition; “Communities of Practice”) • Systems views of Creativity and “Flow”: Interactions between Knowledge Domains and Social Practices (Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi)
    • Most everyday “real world” learning and professional development are social , informal , and situated activities
    • Synectics W. J. J. Gordon & Tony Poze (1940’s - 1970’s)
    • Synectics Analogies: Making the Strange Familiar and Making the Familiar Strange • Direct Analogies • Personal/Fantasy Analogies • “ Compressed Conflict” or ”Book Title” (e.g., oxymoron phrases, such as “deafening silence”)
    • Making the Familiar Strange…
    • Synectics Groups: The Process (George Prince)
    • Everywhere (Moshe D. Caspi, 1977) • Different spaces have different qualities to develop and stimulate thinking and creative self-education: • Fantasy Room • Common Sense Room • Room of digging into the past • Room of projecting into the future • Connections/analogy room • etc..
    • Towards a Virtual Museum of the Future A Futures Community-based learning & knowledge garden — co-designed and maintained by teens & college students
    • Some Important Related Web Links & Resources
      • • For more information on the Virtual Museum of the Future and Creativity in Education, Synectics and “Everywhere”:
      • Email: [email_address]
      • Web:
      • Dr. Ted M. Kahn
      • DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc.
      • (408) 252-2285