Vision: The Agents of Change Tour: The Rise of the Creative Spring


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Our Mission: Restoring Creativity through small business, social influence, and the creative class to spark innovation within our communities and culture.

The deck serves as the vision for the Agents of Change Tour, as well as the long-term vision for the Creative Spring.

If you would like more information, contact Ja-Nae Duane at janaescamp/at/

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  • A change agent, or agent of change, is someone who intentionally or indirectly causes or accelerates social, cultural, or behavioral change.As the time to end another year with PLP comes to a close I hope you are seeing yourself as an agent of change.Questions for the Change Agent in You1. Do you see opportunities for positive change that others at your school do not see?It was French novelist Marcel Proust, who famously said, “The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” The most successful change agents don’t do more… they do differently. They redefine the terms of education by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in a culture of me-too thinking.2. Do you have new ideas about where to look for new ideas?One way to look at problems as if you’re seeing them for the first time is to look outside of education for ideas that have been working for a long time. Ideas that are routine in one situation can be revolutionary when they migrate to another, especially when they challenge the prevailing assumptions that have come to define school culture.3. Are you the most of anything?You ideas for educational reform can’t be “pretty good” – they need to be “really good”. They need to be the most of something: the most affordable, the most accessible, the most elegant, the most colorful, the most transparent, the most kids– you get the idea.4. If your idea or mission didn’t come forth, who would miss you and why?Jim Collins of Good to Great fame talks about this. The question is simple — and worth taking seriously as a guide to what really matters. As a change agent do you add value or just create noise?5. Have you figured out how your school’s history can help to shape its future?Psychologist Jerome Bruner describes what happens when we use what works to define what is new. The essence of creativity, he argues, is “figuring out how to use what you already know in order to go beyond what you already think.” The most creative leaders don’t disavow the past. They rediscover and reinterpret what’s come before as a way to develop a line of sight into what comes next.6. Are you getting the best contributions from the most people?The change is not a game best played by loners. These days, the most powerful contributions come from the most unexpected places — the “hidden genius” inside your PLN, the “collective genius” of other smart people who surround you. The wisdom of the crowd. Do you know how to tap genius? Have you used this year to help build your PLN?7. Are you consistent in your commitment to change?Often, in today’s world, schools are accused of not having the guts to change. In fact, the problem with many schools is that all they do is change. They lurch from one unfounded idea to the next, from the most recent instructional fad to the newest technology craze. If, as a change agent, a leader, you want to make deep-seated change, then your priorities and practices have to stay consistent in good times and bad– even when you hit what Michael Fullan describes as the “implementation dip”. Action research can help you target what works and guide you in developing a long term plan toward positive change.8. Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?In a world that never stops changing, great leaders can never stop learning. How do you push yourself as an individual to keep growing and evolving so as a result, your school can do the same?
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  • Vision: The Agents of Change Tour: The Rise of the Creative Spring

    1. 1. Vision: The Rise of the Creative Spring
    2. 2. Our Mission: Restoring Creativity through smallbusiness, social influence, and the creative class to spark innovation within our communities and culture.
    3. 3. Bridging the Gap Under One Cause Arts Technology Business
    4. 4. While Creating a Paradigm Shift
    5. 5. Why Should You Care?
    6. 6. The Problem
    7. 7. The SolutionTechnology: A key asset in inspiring creativity.
    8. 8. Creativity: A key ingredient to driving global economic growth.
    9. 9. Billions of $$ Create National Impact Source:
    10. 10. The Impact on Michigan
    11. 11. The Rise in Houston Source:
    12. 12. Positive Growth in Rhode Island
    13. 13. HOW
    14. 14. Tour The tour is a year-long tour exploring the impact of creativity and collaboration onlocal communities, artists, and entrepreneurs. The tour nurtures collaboration using communal and artistic events, shared resources, cultural exchanges, and ideas to cultivate opportunities for these communities.
    15. 15. Creative Spring – Agent of Change Tour
    16. 16. Creative Spring - Agent of Change Tour Agent of Change TourFlickr Stream #AOCTour VIDEO BAR SPONSORS
    17. 17. Step One: Events That Spark
    18. 18. Creative Community Roundtables
    19. 19. Artist Salons
    20. 20. Micro-funding for Creative Projects Source: Soup Detroit
    21. 21. Artisan Pop Up Stores
    22. 22. Cabarets Featuring Local Arts and ArtisansCc:
    23. 23. Sponsored Hackathons
    24. 24. Sponsored Pop-up Coworking Spaces source: Inhabit on Flickr
    25. 25. Step 2: The Community
    26. 26. Create an online community of the creative class that:• Can be segmented by interest• Allow for cultural exchanges• Shared resources• Perpetuate the cycle
    27. 27. The Creative Economy Cycle Education K-12, Trade Schools, Conservatories, UniversitiesCreative individuals Educators partnerwork at educational with individuals and institutions where organizations to they teach others expose their students about the arts and Creative Individuals to arts and culturalhumanities and help events and practicingthem to refine their professionals in their creative skills. area. Government Non-Profit For-Profit Enterprises Local, Regional, State, National Arts, Cultural and Support Small & Large Businesses Individuals who work within Individuals who work at non-profits Individuals who work at for-profits government are: are: are:• Advocates for creative economy • Starting organizations • Starting organizations • Administrating grants • Running organizations • Running organizations • Working as planners • Creating jobs • Giving back to the community • Advising on policies • Creating programs • Tax Revenue Source:
    28. 28. And Beyond……
    29. 29. It’s time to give theCreative Economy aDirection.
    30. 30. Step 3: Share Knowledge
    31. 31. Agents of Change the Book.Written by our founder, ………
    32. 32. Help us Restore Creativity.Join the community, Partner with us on an event, Sponsor an event or the tour, and bean agent of change. For more information, contact Ja-Nae Duane: Email: FB: /JaNaeDuane Twitter: @TheSunQueen