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A Review of ‘Creative Milwaukee at Work’

Posted by Plish on September 30, 2012

“If you want a creative life, do what you can’t and experience the beauty of the mistakes you make”

“Cheating outside school is called collaboration”

On Friday, September 21, friend and colleague, Natasha Lyn Wier, went to the first Creative Milwaukee at Work summit.  Sponsored by the Creative Alliance Milwaukee, it was held at the MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design).  The following are some of her thoughts, for which I am extremely grateful!  My thoughts on her thoughts will be in italics.  Based on what I heard and saw in pics, this is a must see next year.  

Just walking into MIAD to register and attend the opening of Milwaukee at Work, you could feel the attendees’ energy and eagerness to learn and share.  Attended by Milwaukee educators, creatives and business professionals, the one day conference was filled with panel discussions and breakout sessions geared towards the growth of creative professionals.  The variety of artists, designers, educators, and business professionals took part in 4 sessions of their choice, and an all-conference panel discussion.  With speakers ranging from successful start-ups to corporate company directors, sessions and panelists provided information on resources and tools to inspire growth, provide development and highlight thought-provoking issues specific to local Milwaukee Creatives. 

To start off my day I joined the first discussion panel of the morning: “The Role of Creative Education in Talent Development”.  The panel was comprised of department heads and educators from surrounding colleges: Alverno, MIAD, Marquette University, Mount Mary, and UW-M.  The topic presented for discussion originated from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson and animated for the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): Changing Education Paradigms.  The world-renown education expert, Sir Ken Robinson, raised the question on the structure of formal instruction: How do we educate children for the 21st century?  He argued that the weakness of the current model is that is suits the time of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, all the while pointing to the challenges that need to be addressed for an economy that is ambiguously defined.

The question is not local, but the solutions envisioned by the Milwaukee area institutions were.  The Panelists each presented changes they’ve made to programs based upon their efforts to, “Try to solve Sir Robinson’s problem in Milwaukee”, as Associate Dean at the Peck School of the Arts of UW-Milwaukee, Scott Emmons, Ph. D put it.  Several locally conducted studies revealed that among employers, the number one item required was the ability to problem solve. (!!!) Discussion then followed on what changes to education can foster a creative society that not only meets the demands of today’s workplace, but defines how Milwaukee’s educational institutions could benefit today’s pupil’s, future professionals and employers.  This dialogue from the first session Read the rest of this entry »

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Brilliant and Innovative Idea for Restaurateurs (and Other Businesses)

Posted by Plish on September 18, 2012

 

Want to start your own restaurant but don’t know the business “ins” and “outs”?

Head over to Finland and check out the “Open Kitchen” initiative.

It’s purpose?

Open Kitchen is a programme that demystifies the business of food by creating a forum for you to learn from the city’s experienced food business people who’ve been there and done that, and then working with your peers to build and run a prototype restaurant for a week.

What do you think of this? Could it be used for other industries?

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Want to Go to a Chicago Ideas Week Event for Free?

Posted by Plish on September 15, 2012

I can’t go to all the Chicago Ideas Week events.  But with your help, we can all experience more of them!  First, you need to tell me where creativity is needed in the world.

Then, tell me what Talk or Lab you’d like to attend (unless it’s already sold out!) as I’m giving out a max of two tix once a day from Monday  the 17th to Friday the 21st. http://www.chicagoideas.com/events

There is another catch. If you’re chosen, you’ll need to share your experience on this blog!

Let the games begin!

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When Innovation Meets the Human Spirit (Video Inspiration)

Posted by Plish on September 11, 2012

This video is a must see!  It’s leaving me speechless, inspired, dreaming…

Through unexpected juxtapositions, this work aims to excite and inspire by creating images that transform preconceptions. More here

Thanks to Thoughts on Theater for posting this!

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Four Insights Into Great Innovation From Ernest Hemingway

Posted by Plish on September 7, 2012

 

Courtesy of PBS.org. Click on the picture to read about Hemingway.

 

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.”–Ernest Hemingway

I came across the above quote from Hemingway and it dawned on me how you could substitute “Innovators” for “The best people”, and it still make sense.

This quote is a great reminder that without…

…a feeling of beauty, there is nothing to inspire us to create more beauty.

…courage to take risks, great innovations are never achieved.

…the discipline to tell the truth, there is nothing upon which relationships with people and our environment can be built.  Innovations occur when well-disciplined sharing of truth guides decision-making.

…a capacity to sacrifice, innovations often flounder in various facets of incompleteness.  Sacrifice here is more than simply personal giving, it’s sacrificing short-term gains for long-term impact.

 

Do you think sustainable, enriching and kind innovations are possible without the above?

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