Thursday, October 11, 2012
Creativity at Work: A Day at the Learning Organization Academy
Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
When:9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am
Workshop Organizer: Gina Siesing of Tufts University, Dave Wedaman of Brandeis University and Colleen Wheeler of Wheaton College
We hear daily calls for innovation, risk-taking, experimentation, and creativity as responses to the variety of changes in the world of higher education. No longer is doing your job just about efficiency, productivity, standardization, routinization, scale, and best practices; now we're also asked to disrupt, challenge, rethink, bet the farm, and create new paradigms.
Our organizations are not traditionally skilled in this arena. We need to grow our workplaces into environments that encourage and support us in learning how to be creative, to innovate, to incubate new services and products. But how do we evolve in this direction? This SIG explores practical answers to that question.
Attendees will be exposed to recent research on organizational creativity presented in an easy-to-absorb, interactive style, and will have a chance to experiment hands-on with practical implementations of the theories.
All participants will have the opportunity to take a brief and fun assessment that will show them the phases of creative idea development to which they're naturally predisposed, and participants will be guided in thinking about how their dispositions can interact (in challenging and fruitful ways) with those of their peers in the workplace.
In particular, presenters will draw on the research of creativity expert Min Basadur, the Basadur Creative Problem Solving Inventory, and the popular books inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity by Tina Seelig of Stanford University and Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank J. Barrett of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
A Day at the Learning Organization Academy
This is one of the hands-on immersions in organizational learning that is offered as part of the Learning Organization Academy program, a yearly cohort of regional professionals seeking to transform their workplaces into efficient learning environments where individuals and teams thrive and deliver value in new ways. This course is open to Fellows of the LOA class of 2012, as well as anyone interested in the particular topic; no prerequisites required.
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