Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Applied Imagination e-News - March 2005 - Links

[March 2005 - Applied Imagination e-News] CPSI 2005 to Explore Why "Creativity Matters"; Details and Registration Available Online ... Excitement is growing for CEF's 51st annual Creative Problem Solving Institute 2005 - to be held June 26 to July 1 in St. Paul, Minnesota. People from business, education, government and nonprofits will explore why "creativity matters." Ten featured presenters will stimulate insight and discussion through their CPSI keynote and spotlight sessions. Here's what some of these thought leaders have been doing lately:

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize is on Display at The New York Hall of Science

[8 March 2005 - New York] What is creativity and how can creative activity be encouraged? Which is more important to the creative process: the individual or the environment? The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize that will be on display in the Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science from March 12 to May 30, 2005. This exhibition examines these questions by presenting selected Laureates and atmospheres from the 100-year history of the Nobel Prize. This traveling exhibition doesn’t provide specific answers, but gives visitors the chance to think about the questions themselves. It encourages you to think in a new way, to question the world as it is and to strive for a better world, however an individual chooses to define that world. ... Among the Hands-on Discovery Tables is "Roger Sperry – left and right brain functionalization" where you can examine a realistic model of a brain, guess which animal each brain picture belongs to, and view various optical illusions. More

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Experimental test focuses on creativity

[6 March 2005 - Lexington Herald-Leader] Critics of the SAT say there's more to intelligence than finding grammatical errors and solving geometry problems -- or even, this year, than showing you can write an essay. But how to measure those other abilities? Robert Sternberg, a Yale University psychologist, says he's developed a test that does just that. The test, dubbed "The Rainbow Project," evaluates creativity and problem-solving rather than analytical skills. Instead of multiple choice questions, it asks students to write captions for cartoons, outline how they would solve a problem or write stories with unusual titles like The Octopus's Sneakers or 35,381. More

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - We can open mind to creativity, experts say

[9 March 2005 - Houston Chronicle] Creativity is all around us -- from the technology that makes it possible to carry our favorite tunes in something the size of a pack of gum to the vision that drew more than 4 million people to see saffron-colored gates across 23 miles of New York City's Central Park. Without creativity, Apple's iPod would be nothing more than a microprocessor with memory, not the digital device that has transformed the way we experience listening to music. And Christo and Jean-Claude's The Gates would be nothing more than fabric and steel. No wonder researchers are studying creativity, academics and business people are teaching courses on it and authors are writing books about it. ... "Much of the standard of living is the result of inventiveness, the act of creativity in developing new things, new devices, new ways to live," says Merton Flemings, an engineering professor at MIT in Boston, where he heads an annual contest for aspiring inventors that includes a single $500,000 prize. More