Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Community: The Structure of Belonging - Peter Block

[26 August 2008 - Heartland Circle] Peter Block's -- author, consultant and partner of Designed Learning -- book "Community: The Structure of Belonging" articulates a potent design for creating living communities whenever and wherever people gather, through the realization that everyday acts of citizenship are acts of leadership. The radical notion that belonging to a community as a citizen leader can transform the human relationship to the planet, is both genius and imperative. More: About Peter's Work | Article: Leadership as Convening | Article: Community Handout

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Creativity and Social Change - U of Connecticut Offers New Creativity Community Building Course

I am excited to announce that I will be co-teaching a new course on "Creativity and Social Change" at the University of Connecticut this fall. This is the first course being offered in the new Creative Community Building Program, which has been developed with an interdisciplinary team of university and community partners. This program will offer an emphasis in Creative Community Building as part of the Center for Continuing Studies' Bachelor of General Studies degree, as well as non-credit workshops and seminars for professional development. -- Steve Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination

a new 3-credit course ... 7 weeks ... fall 2008

inspiration reinvent art intuition society creativity social sculpture engage change community ideas possibilities

Do you want to ...
  • Unleash and harness your creativity?
  • Use your creativity to transform communities?
  • Understand how our thinking and imagination shapes, forms and reinvents society?
  • Improve your creative community building skills?
  • Learn creative thinking strategies to apply individually, in organizations and in society?
  • Explore society as a complex system of social relationships and perceptions?
IMAGINE, CONNECT AND ENGAGE: Come and explore, integrate and expand your understanding of “Creativity and Social Change”!

Complete this full-semester, three-credit undergraduate course in just seven weeks! This course (GS 3088; section 90) is offered through the
Center for Continuing Studies at the University of Connecticut. Non-degree students also may register for this course on a space-available basis for personal/professional development.
Where: Bishop Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs
When: September 9 to October 23, 2008
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Who: Taught by Steven Dahlberg and Phoebe Godfrey
Info: Joanne Augustyn, 860-486-0460

Sunday, August 03, 2008

On Creativity

[3 August 2008 - Higher Awareness]
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
     -- Albert Einstein

"Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive."
     -- Napoleon Hill

"Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport."
     -- Robert Wieder

Friday, August 01, 2008

Edutainment: the benefits of arts and crafts in adult and community learning

[March 2008 - Voluntary Arts England] A collection of inspiring and informative case studies from a range of adult learners and tutors highlighting the many benefits associated with participating in the arts and crafts through adult and community learning. With a foreword from Professor John Benyon (Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester), the publication also contains results from our national survey of adult learners along with information on where to find an art or craft course in your area. Hard copies are also available. More (PDF)