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Creativity Challenge 2015 

This year in April the TLC Educational Trust hosted a Creativity Challenge.

The theme of the conference was 'Crossing Boundaries'. It attracted a wealth of national and international speakers - the movers and shakers of creativity. Each speaker generously shared their own unique insights and perspectives. We recorded these talks so that we could share them with our students, friends, stakeholders and anyone else interested in the subject of creativity. 

Since the conference we have been sending out one presentation per week (give or take a few)

Now the full collection is available including extra footage covering the two panels panel discussions centered around creativity crossing boundaries.


Immersed in the Arts of My Ancestors

by Jim Yellow Hawk 

Jim Yellowhawk is a member of the Itazipco Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Immersed in the arts of his ancestors, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Art.
“I have opened my art up to international level, including being invited to perform Lakota men’s traditional dance at venues all over the world.”

Jim Yellowhawk’s workshop will present a fascinating insight into his life on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, including a short film from the Smithsonian Institute on a project he initiated with Lakota Youth and Cultural Identity.

There will be discussion on his latest project (illustrating a book on Crazy Horse) and about the challenges of the church in regards to his connection with Lakota roots, involvement with ceremonies and the dance of his ancestors. The workshop will honour Yellowhawk’s ancestors and conclude with a traditional Lakota dance.


How to Feel like a Shark and Think Like an Ocean: When arts practice informs science 

by Jennifer Rock

Dr Jennifer Rock is a lecturer at Otago University in the Centre for Science Communication. Her subject areas include aesthetics and paradigms in science, climate change (ocean warming), creative analogy and visual cognition, community co-creation, and methods in art-science integration.

Two stories tell the trials and triumphs of incorporating arts practice within scientific inquiry.

Story 1: arts practice (exploring identity and bronze-age celtic narratives) helped a marine molecular ecologist to step away from the prevailing paradigm of genetic connectivity and consider new hypotheses.

Story 2: a doctoral student incorporates visual art and poetry (exploring the experience of being electrosensory) in her behavioural and neuroscience research into reducing fisheries bycatch of sharks.



Is Creativity a General or Domain Specific Trait? Implications for Education

by Steven Pritzker

Steven Pritzker is Director of the MA and PhD. Creativity Studies Specialisation and The Creativity Studies Certificate at Saybrook University. He is Co-Editor-in- Chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity published by Academic Press.

Steven is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and President-Elect of Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts). 

His research has examined creativity and film, collaborative creativity in writing and business; creativity and spirituality; audience flow; comedians and longevity and the creative process in high achieving writers. Dr Pritzker is a writer and creativity coach who wrote and/or produced over 200 episodes of network television.

Can eminent creativity be generalized with or across domains? Einstein said: “The greatest scientists are artists as well.” His assertion is bolstered by research indicating that many awardwinning scientists have a passion for the arts and many great writers have an interest in science. However individual differences vary widely so there is no predictable pattern.

Implications of the unpredictably of success will be discussed in relation to current approaches to education.
If creativity is viewed as an invaluable asset for human survival, then we are hindering our own chances for economic success and finding solutions to challenging problems by depriving many students the opportunity to sample a wide range of educational experiences. Because results are unpredictable, the more exposure students experience in a variety of domains, the more likely they will be able to find an area where they can become exceptionally creative.


View the Creativity Challenge Collection for more videos


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