Tell us a little about your background.
I have had a 25 year career as a Business Technology leader in healthcare and financial services for a number of fortune 100 companies. As a transformational Business Executive I led strategic projects integrating core new business functions that leveraged creativity expertise to drive unparalleled enterprise success. Using next-generation technologies and operational excellence, I led teams that created one of the first electronic medical records in the 90s and one of the first mobile applications in financial services in the early 2000s along with many other innovations. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Creativity.
1.) "LA schools arts budget: Most funds will go to 'arts integration' teachers" by Mary Plummer": click here: "The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to increase spending on arts instruction by nearly $16 million over the next three years – but the majority of the new money will go to hire 101 “arts integration” teachers, trainers that will show classroom teachers how to integrate arts into academic less
1.) "Robert Gupta: Between Music and Medicine" on TED: click here: "Can music be a medical instrument? In a moving talk from TEDMed, Robert Gupta reveals that it certainly can be. He gives as an example the work of neuroscientist Gottfried Schlaug, one of the pioneers of melodic intonation therapy. Schlaug noticed that, while stroke victims with aphasia could not utter a sentence, they could still sing the lyrics to songs.
Tell us a little about your background.
I am originally from Scotland, and moved to NZ 14 years ago to take advantage of the clean, green and very safe environment – and also to be in a country where I didn’t have a 2-3 hour commute to work. My first degree was in technology, and I worked in IT and business consulting for the majority of my “first career” and in the last 15 years have moved increasingly into work that for me has a greater sense of meaning, purpose and contribution – work that makes a difference. I have spent the last 5 years working in the environmental/ecosystem/species protection area, and absolutely love it.
What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?
I wanted to extend my learning, and chose creativity studies for a few reasons: The Saybrook programm it was part of an overarching psychology curriculum and that was important for me; the learning would require me to work in an area that was outside my ‘normal’ area of study and therefore push/extend my own learning boundaries; I was keen to learn from Prof Pritzker, and finally the programm allows me to follow areas of interest and is done via distance/on-line learning which is essential – as frequent trips from NZ is a bit of an obstacle.
Intersections 2014: Call for Presentations
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is currently accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2014 Intersections: Arts Education and Special Education Conference. Intersections provides a unique opportunity for engagement, networking, information exchange and learning for those in the fields of arts, education, and disability that cannot be found anywhere else!
The Pyryt award was created to recognize a scholar of giftedness, creativity or talent development and an influential collaborator who has not previously published scholarship associated with giftedness, creativity, or talent. The award is given to those who seek to promote scholarship in the area of giftedness, creativity, and talent to the larger education research community through collaborations and who concurrently benefit from the insights of important scholars who have not previously studied or written about gifted, talented, or creative populations.
December 5-8, 2013 join Art Basel in Miami, Florida: Festival happens December 5-8: Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 12th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Click here for more information.
November 27-29, 2013 join Creative Innovation in Australia: "The place to learn from world-changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community. A place to imagine the future. We invite you to attend our Conferences, Master Classes, Deep Conversations, performances and other special events. Discover strategies and techniques for creative leadership and innovation." Click here for more information.
1.) "If the 1% stifles New York's creative talent, I'm out of here" by David Byrne: Click here for article: "I'm writing this in Venice, Italy. This city is a pleasantly confusing maze, once an island of fortresses, and now a city of tourists, culture (biennales galore) and crumbling relics. Venice used to be the most powerful city in Europe – a military, mercantile and cultural leader. Sort of like New York."
1.) California Arts Council: The California Arts Council provides a list of videos that spark creativity. Check them out here.
2.) TED's playlist: TED's playlist is called "The Artist is in."Artists and designers share their work, their process and their vision in these deeply personal -- and often hilarious -- talks. Check them out here.