PRESENTED BY: Creative Education Foundation • Journal of Creative Behavior 

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Thursday, June 15

8:30am EDT

EXT0101 Reinventing Social Invention
When we think about inventions, the clever object often comes to mind. Social inventions differ from these clever objects in that they organize people into functional groups, whether these inventions are formal or informal. They can be as simple as a Little League baseball team, or as complex as General Motors or the Catholic Church. Not to be left behind, Clever Object Inventions often help define the social invention. For example, the ball, glove and bat are iconic enough to have strong associations to the game of baseball. In fact, all artifacts refer back to a social invention. What if we made new connections between diverse artifacts? What sorts of social inventions would we be describing? Does this give us an ability to modify social contracts? You will:
• Explore the phenomenon, history and structure of social inventions.
• Identify social inventions by the artifacts that define them.
• Apply diagrams to describe the organization of social inventions.


Craig Kosinski

Corporate/Museum Creativity Consultant
Craig Kosinski started building models at seven years old. He was one of the first graduates of the master’s program in creative studies at Buffalo State College,and later earned another master’s in arts management from the University at Buffalo. His early-career contributions... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Greiner B120
  Main Track, Mash-Up

8:30am EDT

IMM02 Entreprenurial Bootcamp: Mastering the Business of Doing Business
Entrepreneurs drive change and build the global economy. They help solve the complex problems facing our world today, generate new and exciting products and services, and impact our lives on multiple levels. With so much on the line, what is the secret to entrepreneurial success? It is creativity, dedication, resilience, a commitment to personal and professional improvement and a solid understanding of the business of doing business. Individuals who commit to going beyond subject-matter expertise and stepping into business mastery will lead the pack in achieving their goals. This intensive program is designed to grow the knowledge and skillset for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level. You will:
• Conduct an in-depth analysis of your business, and create a roadmap for the future.
• Explore how mission, vision and values shape your business.
• Articulate brand, unique value proposition, target market and marketing strategies in a clear, compelling manner.
• Expand your understanding of the number story and the key role it plays in business decision making.
• Identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan for how to best capitalize on assets and take advantage of opportunities.
• Discover how to integrate better customer service and talent management practices into your business.
In addition, you will create a short presentation to share with a group that can serve as the basis for a business plan. Note: This program will require some pre-work. You will be asked to gather information about your business to use in the program. Laptops are encouraged.

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Gina Paigen

Chief Impact Officer, ThirdWay Leadership
Gina Paigen, chief impact officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach, leadership consultant, and culture-building specialist. She is passionate about guiding individuals and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement, and... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 8:30am - Saturday June 17, 2017 3:00pm EDT
Mildred Blake Center
  Main Track, Mash-Up
Friday, June 16

8:30am EDT

EXT0502 Creative Space: Using Environmental Psychology to Boost Creativity at Work, Home and School
Techniques to AMPLIFY idea generation tend to focus on cognitive methods. But we have another resource for improving creative productivity that is often overlooked, but no less powerful – space. In fact, our physical surroundings have an enormous impact on our ability to solve problems, generate original ideas, and see the world in a fresh light, often without us being aware of it. We’ll explore how the built environment influences creative thinking and how we can apply evidence-based research to increase our creative output. Topics covered include color, lighting, materials, furnishings, artwork, sound, plantscaping, planning, details and others. No special design expertise required! Bonus exercise: Bring one to two digital photos of your creative space to the session and we'll explore what makes it work for you (and if there's any room for making it even better). You will:
• Understand the role environmental psychology plays in creative thinking.
• Apply practical techniques for optimizing creative space for maximum idea generation.
• Source materials useful to developing an effective creative environment.

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Donald Rattner

Creativity Architect, Donald M. Rattner, RA, AIA
Creativity Architect Donald M. Rattner holds a bachelor’s in art history from Columbia and a master’s in architecture from Princeton. He is the founder and principal of Donald M. Rattner, AIA, an award-winning architectural and creativity consultancy specializing in the design... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Greiner B120
  Main Track, Mash-Up

8:30am EDT

EXT0504 Giving Powerful and Passionate Presentations
Fearful, anxious or just not excited about your next presentation? Amplify your presentations and yourself. Give up those tired old slides and PowerPoint that are getting in the way and get passionate about your content. In this touching and fun-filled session, you will learn how to:
• Pick topics that you are truly passionate about or find a passion in subjects that may have been assigned to you, so that your talks come to life.
• Truly connect with your audience, yourself and the presentation space.
• Be dynamic and persuasive, any time, any place
Bring ideas for a talk and, as time permits, we will make it an even more exciting presentation. And remember, since life is a presentation, this session may change your life.

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Steven Shama

Massachusetts, United States, JoyWorks Communications
Steven Shama is a retired physician and a professional speaker. For more than 20 years, he has been giving keynotes and facilitating workshops internationally and nationwide on rediscovering the joys of life. While his primary audiences have been in the medical profession, his talks... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Greiner LG2
  Main Track, Mash-Up

1:30pm EDT

EXT0701 Art of Social Dialog: Meaningful Conversations for Meaningful Issues
Homelessness, poverty, education, racism and natural-resource management are examples of big hairy problems that persist on local, national and international scales. Because these issues are so overwhelming and polarizing, many shy away from having meaningful dialogue as a part of trying to solve these issues. This workshop asks you to meld dialogic theory and Creative Problem Solving to develop methods, tools and processes that can be applied to complex social issues in ways that result in insight and actionable solutions. A key component is how to listen and integrate diverse voices in resulting solutions. We will explore perspectives to CPS efforts through the lenses of social service organizations, advocacy groups and business. We will look at how communication rituals can impede dialogue, identify tools and techniques that can be used to explore presumptions, explore approaches that enhance listening and integration of diverse voices, and play with how a mash up of CPS and dialogue amplifies the creative process in pursuit of big solutions. You will:
• Recognize dynamics of social-issue problem solving.
• Identify ways to foster meaningful participation from, and attention to, diverse voices.
• Map a process to facilitate problem solving of big, hairy problems.

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Cheryl Nee-Gieringer

Oregon, United States, Worksystems
Cheryl Nee-Gieringer is a communication professional with a passion for understanding the relationship between communication and creativity. She has a background in training program development, marketing, and organizational development. At Worksystems, a Portland-based nonprofit... Read More →
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Mary Ellyn Vicksta

Wisconsin, United States, Vicksta Innovative Practices
Mary Ellyn Vicksta specializes in creativity training, creativity workshops, team building, and team development. She is a seasoned facilitator who is trained in Creative Problem Solving and certified in Edward deBono thinking tools. Lately, she has been exploring online collaboration... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Greiner LG3
  Main Track, Mash-Up

1:30pm EDT

EXT0703 What Twyla Tharp Can Teach Us about Creativity and Video Creation
Twyla Tharp is unquestionably one of the most-creative people in the history of modern dance. What makes her choreography so creative? Why is a Twyla Tharp dance recognizable as her work, and why has she been consistently creative through her career? This is a question Tharp has asked herself over many years. You will:
• Discover how Tharp viewed her own creativity to help us become more receptive to our own creative thinking.
• Explore challenging creativity problems and issues with Creative Problem Solving exercises.
• Learn how movement in dance translates to movement in video.

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Steve Haskin

Michigan, United States, Industrial Strength Learning
Steve Haskin has produced hundreds of projects that are technical and uniquely artistic, involving images, sounds and text. At the University of Michigan, he worked in the operating room and studio to create educational surgery videos; at Borders he was a marketing website guru; and... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Greiner B116
  Main Track, Mash-Up