Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Creativity: What Is It? - Creativity Networking Series to Launch in January 2010

... with educator Steven Dahlberg
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2010, 2:00-3:30 P.M.
The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford, Connecticut 06776. $10; open to all. RSVP to 860.355.0300 or

Creativity matters in all aspects of society. If you want to reconnect with your inherent creativity and explore new ways of expressing it, don't miss this series, which will be held at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, Connecticut. The series will cover topics about creativity in all forms (including, but not limited to, arts) -- creative thinking, creative communities, creativity and education, creativity in organizations, creative persons, the creative process, creative aging, creativity and movement, creativity and spirituality, and more. In the first session on January 10, come and explore the general topic of "what is creativity?" -- plus, who has it, and how one can tap into more creativity both personally and professionally. Steven Dahlberg, who will host the series, also will lead the kick-off session in January. Dahlberg is the head of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and teaches "Creativity + Social Change" at the University of Connecticut.

Please print and post this flyer to spread the word about the series:

The Creativity Networking Series is presented by The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm and the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, both based in New Milford, Conn. The series provides a forum for exploring the many facets of creativity and for discovering other people interested in creativity.

Steven Dahlberg is head of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, which is dedicated to applying creativity to improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and communities. He works with the Public and Community Engagement program at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches the "Creativity + Social Change" course. Dahlberg collaborates with artists, scientists, business people, educators, nonprofit and government professionals, and others to help people develop and apply their creativity. His work includes directing international creativity and training conferences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in creativity, helping toy inventors launch a creativity consulting business, collaborating on participatory public art projects, serving as an adviser to the Guggenheim Museum, and
teaching creativity to incarcerated men. He regularly contributes to various media (including WNPR), edits the Applied Imagination blog, and authored the foreword to Education is Everybody's Business.

Custom cooking classes, shopping, tasting, museum tours, slide shows, and gallery talks are among the offerings for groups and tours visiting Hunt Hill Farm. Located in the Litchfield Hills of western Connecticut, Hunt Hill Farm has been the location of the Silo since 1972 -- a combination cooking school, art gallery, and gourmet kitchenware/food store. Now operating under the auspices of the Hunt Hill Farm Trust as a nonprofit organization for preservation, the farm is also host to the Skitch Henderson Museum and Hunt Hill Farm Land Preserve.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

An Officer and a Creative Man

I found similar mindsets ...
[19 December 2009 - New York Times - Op-Ed by Mark Moyar - h/t Dan Pink] ... The American corporals and privates who traverse the Afghan countryside today are not at issue. They risk life and limb every day, with little self-pity. Despite the strains of successive combat deployments, they keep re-enlisting at high rates. The problems lie, rather, in the leadership ranks. Although many Army and Marine officers in Afghanistan are performing well, a significant portion are not demonstrating the vital leadership attributes of creativity, flexibility and initiative. In 2008, to better pinpoint these deficits, I surveyed 131 Army and Marine officers who had served in counterinsurgency operations in Iraq or Afghanistan or both, asking them each 42 questions about leadership in their services. The results were striking. More
... in a group of individuals working on graduate degrees in homeland security. Many of them come from, or currently work in, the military or law enforcement. Most of them were strong, hands-on implementers -- doers, who like to try things out and get things done. These, indeed, are necessary skills for doing such work.

However, there were very few individuals in that group with strengths in identifying problems to solve and seeing new opportunities to pursue. Nor were there many in the group with strengths in defining problems in new ways, seeing the big picture and putting ideas together in new combinations. (There is a shortage of these people in many types of organizations, by the way.)

The good thing about such insights, and those mentioned in the New York Times op-ed above, is that by identifying the mindsets of work teams we can intentionally improve how these groups work together. This can include hiring people with complementary strengths and skills, or being deliberate in the existing group to address gaps in thinking. If we want more-creative, more-risk-taking, more-flexible, more-adaptable, more-open people in schools, the military, the government, and business, then we need to be teaching the art of creative thinking in schools and organizations. These are skills that we can both teach and learn, as has been demonstrated starting in the 1950s by people such as educator E. Paul Torrance.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Living Your Purpose Through Creativity - Listen Live Thursday

[7 December 2009 - The Intuitive Path with Anja Weiland] Anja's topic for this episode will be "Living Your Purpose Through Creativity" with Steven Dahlberg, head of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. Steven is dedicated to helping others develop and apply their creativity for their overall well-being. He works with individuals, organizations, businesses, and educational institutions. We will speak about the relevance of creative thinking in uncovering and realizing our purpose in life and career. Steven will give us an insight into the creative thinking process and share useful tips and resources that we can implement in our lives instantly. More
Thursday, December 10, 2009
12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
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