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Constructing a Culture of Creativity

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Brian Housand, Ph.D.
brianhousand.com
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Gifted education has a long and rich history of championing creative productivity in our students. Yet, many of our gifted students have become stymied by a fear of failure and the proverbial creative block. To overcome these mental roadblocks, this session explores core principles that today’s most innovative businesses and industries are utilizing to overcome the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration and provides practical examples of how we can implement these principles into our gifted programs.

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Constructing a Culture of Creativity

  1. 1. CONSTRUCTING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY brianhousand.com
  2. 2. October 4, 1957
  3. 3. September 12, 1962
  4. 4. July 20, 1969
  5. 5. CREATIVITY INNOVATION ENRICHMENT ACCELERATION THINKING SKILLS PROBLEM SOLVING CRITICAL THINKING
  6. 6. DEVELOP THE SPARK WITHIN DEVELOP THE SPARK WITHIN
  7. 7. We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google. This empowers them to be more creative and innovative.
  8. 8. It’s NOT about TIME It’s about FREEDOM
  9. 9. 120% Time
  10. 10. OPPORTUNITIES RESOURCES ENCOURAGEMENT
  11. 11. (Renzulli, 1977)
  12. 12. TYPE III INDEPENDENT OR SMALL GROUP INVESTIGATIONS PRODUCTS AND/OR PERFORMANCES TYPE I GENERAL EXPLORATORY ACTIVITIES TYPE II METHODOLOGICAL TRAINING / HOW-TO ACTIVITIES (Renzulli, 1977)
  13. 13. CHOICES STRENGTHS
  14. 14. 23 HOURS GENIUS HOUR WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 23 HOURS A DAY?
  15. 15. 167 HOURS WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 167 HOURS A WEEK? GENIUS HOUR
  16. 16. What if…?
  17. 17. ALL GENIUS ALL THE TIME
  18. 18. Each person needs the skills to make some kind of contribution to a changing world with a lot of problems that need solving. James Paul Gee
  19. 19. The Law of Accelerating Returns Ray Kurzweil We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress.
  20. 20. 2000
  21. 21. 2001
  22. 22. 2002
  23. 23. 2003
  24. 24. 2004
  25. 25. 2005
  26. 26. 2006
  27. 27. 2007
  28. 28. 2008
  29. 29. 2009
  30. 30. 2010
  31. 31. 2011
  32. 32. 2012
  33. 33. 2013
  34. 34. 2014
  35. 35. 2015
  36. 36. 2016
  37. 37. 2017
  38. 38. 2018
  39. 39. ????
  40. 40. We can no longer afford to fail to imagine.
  41. 41. It is not the strongest that survives, Nor the most intelligent…. It is the one that is most ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE. Those that have learned to COLLABORATE and IMPROVISE will prevail.
  42. 42. It is not the strongest that survives, Nor the most intelligent…. It is the one that is most ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE. Those that have learned to COLLABORATE and IMPROVISE will prevail.
  43. 43. STOP! Collaborate & Listen
  44. 44. When I die, I want the people I did group projects with to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time.
  45. 45. FIND YOUR
  46. 46. YOUR COMFORT ZONE
  47. 47. GRAB YOUR OWN PERMISSION Who are you waiting for to tell you it’s okay? Your boss? Your mother? Yoda? GRAB YOUR OWN PERMISSION. No one is going to give it to you.
  48. 48. GRAB YOUR OWN PERMISSION I, ______________________________ GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO: ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________
  49. 49. E. Paul TorranceE. Paul Torrance
  50. 50. LEARN TO FREE YOURSELF FROM THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS AND TO WALK AWAY FROM THE GAMES THEY IMPOSE ON YOU.
  51. 51. PERMISSION SLIP Please excuse _____________________ from the way things have always been done. Time’s up on standard operating procedures. ______________________ admits he/she doesn’t have the answers. So please excuse _____________________ from the expectations that they have any of it figured out. (YOUR NAME HERE) (YOUR NAME HERE) (YOUR NAME HERE)
  52. 52. PERMISSION SLIP The solution is out there. But only if you permit _____________________ to try, and probably fail and then to keep trying. The process won’t be neat. Instead it will be scary, and messy, and well, weird. But that will be courageous. And awesome. And the start of change. Signature _____________________ (YOUR NAME HERE)
  53. 53. 130 Million Subscribers 190 Countries $11.7 Billion in revenue in 2017 126 Original Series in 2016
  54. 54. KNOWS WHAT YOU SEARCH KNOWS WHAT YOU BROWSE KNOWS WHAT YOU WATCH KNOWS WHAT YOU PAUSE KNOWS WHAT YOU SKIP KNOWS WHAT YOU STOP WATCHING KNOWS WHAT YOU WILL LIKE KNOWS WHAT YOU BINGE KNOWS YOU
  55. 55. WHAT IF WE COULD EDUCATION?
  56. 56. http://platformer.cdn.appadvice.com/wp-content/appadvice-v2-media/2016/03/Bracket_83bf350dc77194765fbee1d02505b2b8.jpg bit.ly/sem-tech-interest-bracket
  57. 57. AnalogAnalog DIGITAL
  58. 58. http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/wall-e/images/6412320/title/wall-e-wallpaper-wallpaper “We want to do something that is new, original — something where there’s a good chance 
 of failure.”
  59. 59. FAILURE isn’t a necessary evil. In FACT, it isn’t EVIL at all. It is a NECESSARY consequence of doing something NEW. - Ed Catmull
  60. 60. TRUST
  61. 61. candorn. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression
  62. 62. Perfectionism PROCRASTINATION PARALYSIS
  63. 63. Get great creative people. Bet big on them. Give them enormous leeway and support. Provide them with an environment in which they can get honest feedback from everyone. PIXAR’S PHILOSOPHY
  64. 64. Get great creative people. Bet big on them. Give them enormous leeway and support. Provide them with an environment in which they can get honest feedback from everyone. GIFTED EDUCATION’S PHILOSOPHY
  65. 65. Creative people discover and realize their visions over time and through dedicated, protracted struggle. Creative people discover and realize their visions over time and through dedicated, protracted struggle.
  66. 66. CELEBRATE MISTAKES
  67. 67. Oops! I did it again.
  68. 68. “We need to fail down here so we don’t fail up there.”
  69. 69. @brianhousand #NASASocial 11.26.2018
  70. 70. FARAH ALIBAY NASA JPL ENGINEER FARAH ALIBAY NASA JPL ENGINEER
  71. 71. The Unified Field Theory
  72. 72. A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
  73. 73. Around here we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. !
  74. 74. ALL GENIUS ALL THE TIME
  75. 75. Give Yourself Permission
  76. 76. Provide Candid Feedback
  77. 77. Personalize Experiences
  78. 78. DARE MIGHTY THINGS

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