Rethinking Creativity

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Rethinking Creativity

  1. 1. Rethinking Creativity Michael “Zesty” Vaughn 1
  2. 2. 2 Opening joke; this is what it’s like where I’m from.
  3. 3. world-shaker.net handouts activities questions slides 13
  4. 4. This Session 14
  5. 5. Special Session 15 This is a Special Session, not a Strategies or Program Session.
  6. 6. 16 It focuses more on an idea and a di!erent way of thinking than a specific type of activity.
  7. 7. Define time without using the word time 17 First activity
  8. 8. Who is creative? 18
  9. 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. 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. 11. Artist Musician Singer Dancer 21 Old definition of creativity
  12. 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. 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. 14. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 24
  15. 15. Why creativity? 25
  16. 16. Why creativity? 25
  17. 17. 2069 26 Children entering education this year will retire in 2069
  18. 18. they may have a job that doesn’t exist yet 27 Students who enter your college or university this year...
  19. 19. 28 http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25287675-2,00.html
  20. 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. 21. 30 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  22. 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. 23. 31 We’re on the edge of something major
  24. 24. 32
  25. 25. the Internet changed everything 33
  26. 26. Computing isn’t about computers anymore. It is about living. ~Nicholas Negroponte (OLPC) 34
  27. 27. Ten years ago... 35
  28. 28. 36 Moms and Dads (but especially moms) are the fastest growing demographic on social networking sites.
  29. 29. Web 2.0 36 Moms and Dads (but especially moms) are the fastest growing demographic on social networking sites.
  30. 30. 37
  31. 31. 38
  32. 32. 39
  33. 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. 34. 41
  35. 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. 36. 43
  37. 37. Useless Wikipedia Articles 44
  38. 38. 45
  39. 39. in the b-room...the deuce is loose! in the b-room...the deuce is loose! 46
  40. 40. Sharing. 47
  41. 41. Consequences 48
  42. 42. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 49
  43. 43. #1 Information 50
  44. 44. The process of synthesizing huge amounts of data from diverse sources 51
  45. 45. Bloom’s Taxonomy 52 An example of synthesizing information into a meaningful product
  46. 46. 53
  47. 47. Q: How many searches did Google handle in February 2009? 54
  48. 48. 5.3 billion 55 http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/top-us-online-search-providers- february-2009/
  49. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 54. 60 www.wolframalpha.com
  55. 55. Answer Questions 60 www.wolframalpha.com
  56. 56. 61
  57. 57. 61
  58. 58. Question: The Calculator 62
  59. 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. 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. 61. are these the calculators of data? 64 Can we begin using these tools to replace the long division of rote memorization?
  62. 62. http://linuxlass.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1099.html 65
  63. 63. Wikipedia 66
  64. 64. The best thing about Wikipedia... 67
  65. 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. 66. The worst thing about Wikipedia... 69
  67. 67. 70 ...anyone can join and contribute
  68. 68. Page Length 75 60 45 73 30 15 18 23 0 Star Wars Shakespeare Dragonball Z Eps 71 True as of March
  69. 69. 72
  70. 70. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 73
  71. 71. #2 Experience 74
  72. 72. Dream Products 75 Dream Products activity
  73. 73. Developing a Disciplined Mind 76
  74. 74. 4 Things 77
  75. 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. 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. 77. 80 Lacks innovation.
  78. 78. 81 The wrong kind of innovation.
  79. 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. 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. 81. 83 Joel Silver was studying mirrors and made an observation about the curvature of lenses.
  82. 82. Yay! 84 Applied his observation and found that silicon-based liquid injected between two lenses can correct near and farsightedness.
  83. 83. 85 Great news for this guy
  84. 84. 86
  85. 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. 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. 87. 89 Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk (2006) http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
  88. 88. #3 Rewards 90
  89. 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. 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. 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. 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. 93. 95 Which way is the bus facing? Left (think of where the door would be).
  94. 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. 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. 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. 97. 1. Ten Years 2. Fear Not 3. Rewards 4. Mindset 99
  98. 98. 1) information 2) experiences 3) feelings (i+e)*f 100
  99. 99. #3 Good Work 101
  100. 100. What does a hospital janitor do? 102
  101. 101. 103 http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html
  102. 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. 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. 104. Demonstrating Practical Wisdom 106
  105. 105. 107 Unfortunately, a lot of our allies think this is what we’re like.
  106. 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. 107. 109 We have problems to deal with. It’s hard to stay positive.
  108. 108. It’s about people! 110
  109. 109. 111 Principle 1: Doing something good feels good
  110. 110. 112 Principle 2: Avoid empty gestures
  111. 111. 113 Principle 3: Don’t make (or follow) unnecessary rules
  112. 112. 114 Principle 4: Understand that companies like this will fail
  113. 113. 115 http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html

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