creativity

ASU’s 1st “Maker” Summit:  Rethinking Higher Education & Economic Growth

ASU’s 1st “Maker” Summit: Rethinking Higher Education & Economic Growth

This past month, Arizona State University held its first “maker summit” which “brought together teachers and students, engineers and artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to discuss how education can be more hands-on and collaborative, all the way from preschool to college and beyond.”  According to an ASU press release, the summit focused on ways to bring […]

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The Looming Creativity Crisis

The Looming Creativity Crisis

A recent post from the Wharton School’s Knowledge@Wharton blog suggests we might be heading for a creativity crisis: Scores from the widely administered Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking have been declining since 1990 among the nation’s youngest students, according to a study by College of William & Mary assistant professor Kyung-Hee Kim of nearly 300,000 […]

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Fractals, Design and Quality of Life

Fractals, Design and Quality of Life

This may be the geekiest post ever on this site.  But it is probably worth reading if you are interested in the effect of physical design on quality of life.  Over at Fast Company’s co.Design blog, architect Lance Hosey writes about some potentially revolutionary research findings. It starts with the fact that researchers have concluded […]

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Arts-led Development Can be Effective

Arts-led Development Can be Effective

About six years ago, we worked with the Shepstone Management Company on a downtown development strategy for Oil City, PA.  One element of the strategy was to institute an artist recruitment to bring artists to live and work in the city.  A recent article in the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Catalyst magazine by Joann Wheeler, […]

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The Urban Advantage:  A Network of Thinkers

The Urban Advantage: A Network of Thinkers

That’s the pitch made by Yoon J. Lee and Frank F. Britt in a recent post at Boston. com: [Boston World Partnerships or BWP] was among the first [organization in Boston] to recognize that the innovation economy is the connection economy. BWP helped Boston become a more open and connected city. It galvanized passionate professionals and […]

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Innovation is Everywhere. . . Or It Should Be

Innovation is Everywhere. . . Or It Should Be

That is the message of Jay Nath, chief innovation officer for the City of San Francisco.  His role is to spread the gospel of innovation to government agencies throughout the City, in many cases by facilitating Big Data applications.  He’s interviewed here by new media consultant Brian Solis.  (It gets a little jargon-laden, but hang […]

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