Monday, April 12, 2010

Age of Creativity

Organized by Innovabia and Dubai Knowledge Village, Age of Creativity featured creativity consultant Jonas Michanek from Swedish innovation institute Idelaboratoriet. The speaker did a great job of contrasting creativity age thinking with "industrial age thinking", describing the generic components of an idea culture, and outlining the stages of a generic idea process.

We got a lesson in the history of creativity science, and examples of how shifts in both technology and the priorities of today's generation enable novel phenomena such as crowdsourcing. Of course, he discussed global innovation, including how Sweden became the global leader in innovation with the highest indices of "rational-secular" values and "self-expression" culture.

Paraphrasing Einstein's saying that “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” Jonas also discussed how a sense of humor is essential to the creative process, while suggesting a safer two-pronged approach of having a radical development strategy in parallel with a continuous improvement strategy. Great seminar ... thanks, DKV and Innovabia!

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