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  • 1. Rethinking Creativity Michael “Zesty” Vaughn 1
  • 2. 2 Opening joke; this is what it’s like where I’m from.
  • 3. world-shaker.net handouts activities questions slides 13
  • 4. This Session 14
  • 5. Special Session 15 This is a Special Session, not a Strategies or Program Session.
  • 6. 16 It focuses more on an idea and a di!erent way of thinking than a specific type of activity.
  • 7. Define time without using the word time 17 First activity
  • 8. Who is creative? 18
  • 9. Are you born creative? 19 Are some people just born creative? Or are some people born with extraordinary drive and happen to find a talent?
  • 10. What is creativity? (answer in less than a text message) 20 How are we defining creativity? A text is 160 characters (about two sentences)
  • 11. Artist Musician Singer Dancer 21 Old definition of creativity
  • 12. The process of having original ideas that have value. ~Sir Ken Robinson 22 How I define creativity. Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 13. information experiences feelings (i+e)*f 23 The information you have available, plus the sum of your experiences, multiplied by how you feel about what you are doing.
  • 14. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 24
  • 15. Why creativity? 25
  • 16. Why creativity? 25
  • 17. 2069 26 Children entering education this year will retire in 2069
  • 18. they may have a job that doesn’t exist yet 27 Students who enter your college or university this year...
  • 19. 28 http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25287675-2,00.html
  • 20. UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization 29 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 21. 30 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 22. Since the beginning of history. 30 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 23. 31 We’re on the edge of something major
  • 24. 32
  • 25. the Internet changed everything 33
  • 26. Computing isn’t about computers anymore. It is about living. ~Nicholas Negroponte (OLPC) 34
  • 27. Ten years ago... 35
  • 28. 36 Moms and Dads (but especially moms) are the fastest growing demographic on social networking sites.
  • 29. Web 2.0 36 Moms and Dads (but especially moms) are the fastest growing demographic on social networking sites.
  • 30. 37
  • 31. 38
  • 32. 39
  • 33. Usage of your cell • Texting • Making Calls • Checking the Time inspired by http://graphjam.com/2009/01/18/song-chart-memes-usage-of-my-cell-phone/ 40
  • 34. 41
  • 35. 42 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/04/youtubes-fred-is-first-online-video- star-to-break-1m-subscribers.html http://www.youtube.com/user/Fred
  • 36. 43
  • 37. Useless Wikipedia Articles 44
  • 38. 45
  • 39. in the b-room...the deuce is loose! in the b-room...the deuce is loose! 46
  • 40. Sharing. 47
  • 41. Consequences 48
  • 42. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 49
  • 43. #1 Information 50
  • 44. The process of synthesizing huge amounts of data from diverse sources 51
  • 45. Bloom’s Taxonomy 52 An example of synthesizing information into a meaningful product
  • 46. 53
  • 47. Q: How many searches did Google handle in February 2009? 54
  • 48. 5.3 billion 55 http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/top-us-online-search-providers- february-2009/
  • 49. October 2009: 31st, Encarta Encyclopedia goes offline. 56 http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/ Wikipedia_kills_Encarta_and_Microsoft_finally_pronounces_it_dead_42142642.html
  • 50. October 2009: 31st, Encarta Encyclopedia goes offline. 56 http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/ Wikipedia_kills_Encarta_and_Microsoft_finally_pronounces_it_dead_42142642.html
  • 51. 3000 BC 1800 AD 57 Historians generally agree prehistory ended around 3000 BC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Prehistory) https://secure.evenium.com/uploads/contents/25409/File/24748/2008flpexecsum.pdf CIES Future Leaders of Congress 2008; October 5-7th, 2008; Washington D.C. Castlerigg Stone Circle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennor/518873437/) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maquina_vapor_Watt_ETSIIM.jpg
  • 52. 3000 BC + 1800 AD 58 Historians generally agree prehistory ended around 3000 BC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Prehistory) https://secure.evenium.com/uploads/contents/25409/File/24748/2008flpexecsum.pdf CIES Future Leaders of Congress 2008; October 5-7th, 2008; Washington D.C. Castlerigg Stone Circle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennor/518873437/) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maquina_vapor_Watt_ETSIIM.jpg
  • 53. < One Week 59 https://secure.evenium.com/uploads/contents/25409/File/24748/2008flpexecsum.pdf CIES Future Leaders of Congress 2008; October 5-7th, 2008; Washington D.C.
  • 54. 60 www.wolframalpha.com
  • 55. Answer Questions 60 www.wolframalpha.com
  • 56. 61
  • 57. 61
  • 58. Question: The Calculator 62
  • 59. Long Division 63 Suddenly it became okay to skip long division and just use the calculator. It removed human error (as long as you pressed the right buttons), and it was MUCH quicker.
  • 60. Calculator 63 Suddenly it became okay to skip long division and just use the calculator. It removed human error (as long as you pressed the right buttons), and it was MUCH quicker.
  • 61. are these the calculators of data? 64 Can we begin using these tools to replace the long division of rote memorization?
  • 62. http://linuxlass.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1099.html 65
  • 63. Wikipedia 66
  • 64. The best thing about Wikipedia... 67
  • 65. Literature Science The Arts Business 68 ...is that those at the top of their fields can join and contribute. Left to Right: Toni Morrison (writer), Dean Kamen (DEKA), Meryl Streep (actress), and Steve Jobs (CEO, Apple Corps.)
  • 66. The worst thing about Wikipedia... 69
  • 67. 70 ...anyone can join and contribute
  • 68. Page Length 75 60 45 73 30 15 18 23 0 Star Wars Shakespeare Dragonball Z Eps 71 True as of March
  • 69. 72
  • 70. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 73
  • 71. #2 Experience 74
  • 72. Dream Products 75 Dream Products activity
  • 73. Developing a Disciplined Mind 76
  • 74. 4 Things 77
  • 75. #1 Ten years 78 http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html It takes ten years of constant immersion in a field before you can be considered a master of that subject (and can subsequently create something newer/better than what already exists in that area). Flukes can happen, but that’s the exception, not the rule.
  • 76. 11 years 79 It takes an average of 11 years of education and field training to become a doctor. http://www.bls.gov/k12/help06.htm
  • 77. 80 Lacks innovation.
  • 78. 81 The wrong kind of innovation.
  • 79. 82 http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/ebit/joshsilver1.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Silver http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/10/health/self-adjusted-glasses-could-be-boon-to- africa.html
  • 80. 82 http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/ebit/joshsilver1.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Silver http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/10/health/self-adjusted-glasses-could-be-boon-to- africa.html
  • 81. 83 Joel Silver was studying mirrors and made an observation about the curvature of lenses.
  • 82. Yay! 84 Applied his observation and found that silicon-based liquid injected between two lenses can correct near and farsightedness.
  • 83. 85 Great news for this guy
  • 84. 86
  • 85. 87 For those of you who attended the session and wish to know how this portion of the presentation was constructed, please e-mail me at the address listed on my contact card.
  • 86. #2 Fear Not 88 We need to move past the fear of being wrong. Now being wrong doesn’t mean being creative, but you will never create anything original if you are afraid of being wrong.
  • 87. 89 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 88. #3 Rewards 90
  • 89. Secret to Raising Smart Kids: 1. Focus on Intelligence 2. Focus on Ability 3. Focus on Effort 91 Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., prof at Stanford, social scientist http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck
  • 90. Three decades of research... 92 Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., prof at Stanford, social scientist http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck
  • 91. 93 Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., prof at Stanford, social scientist http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck
  • 92. #4 Mindset 94 It’s a way of thinking about things. An accountant thinks about filing their taxes in a di!erent way than an English professor.
  • 93. 95 Which way is the bus facing? Left (think of where the door would be).
  • 94. [Creativity] comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things. ~Sir Ken Robinson 96 http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  • 95. 97 Think of each person here as a di!erent disciplined mind that you possess. Consider how they help you solve the problems you encounter.
  • 96. 98 Kanzius Machine (Promising Cancer Cure) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/10/60minutes/main4006951_page1.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kanzius
  • 97. 1. Ten Years 2. Fear Not 3. Rewards 4. Mindset 99
  • 98. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 100
  • 99. #3 Good Work 101
  • 100. What does a hospital janitor do? 102
  • 101. 103 http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html
  • 102. Any work that involves other people is moral work. ~Barry Schwartz 104 http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html
  • 103. 105 If you want the tallest building in town, you have two options: 1) Go around tearing everyone else’s building down, or 2) Spend time making your building as tall as possible. I propose that if you want to have the best town, you have to start helping other people make their buildings tall as well.
  • 104. Demonstrating Practical Wisdom 106
  • 105. 107 Unfortunately, a lot of our allies think this is what we’re like.
  • 106. 108 While Wall Street and the banking system pushed the financial crisis over the edge, 30 years of things like this certainly helped contribute to the problem.
  • 107. 109 We have problems to deal with. It’s hard to stay positive.
  • 108. It’s about people! 110
  • 109. 111 Principle 1: Doing something good feels good
  • 110. 112 Principle 2: Avoid empty gestures
  • 111. 113 Principle 3: Don’t make (or follow) unnecessary rules
  • 112. 114 Principle 4: Understand that companies like this will fail
  • 113. 115 http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html

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