Creativity in the clouds

Creativity in the clouds

I visited the recently opened Duoyun Book Store, “Books above the Clouds,” on the 52nd floor of Pudong’s Shanghai Tower, the city’s tallest building. There I saw the end result of a design project spearheaded by Wutopia Labs. This cultural

Photos Without Borders

Photos Without Borders

Photos of people and places throughout the world …

Design thinking and culture, Part II, China

Design thinking and culture, Part II, China

How does culture influence design thinking? Reflecting on my participation in and observation of design thinking, I made the assumption it was a process, uninformed by culture. While such an assumption is questionable in any culture, it is especially problematic

Design thinking and culture, Part I

Design thinking and culture, Part I

Knowledge Without Borders asserts that teaching young people design thinking is a way to introduce the critical thinking processes crucial to success in education and employment. Educators and employers agree. For example, the Pratt Institute’s Young Architects program “… demonstrates that classes

Creative output combines hard work with being in the moment

Creative output combines hard work with being in the moment

My friend, Ed, met Michael Jackson in 1989 when the King of Pop visited a school in Harlem. As part of his visit, Jackson took a group of kids out to dinner and to the Big Apple Circus. Ed, who was working

Changing the narrative through empathy

Changing the narrative through empathy

Empathy can change an older cancer patient’s perspective on death and dying. In fact, it can change the narrative of a patient’s life, leaving a legacy of purpose and meaning. A couple of days ago I met with geriatric clinicians

Welcome 2016: Educating innovators

Welcome 2016: Educating innovators

Welcome 2016! Educating innovators who are creative and resourceful should be the goal of all educators. President Obama said “innovation is the currency of the 21st century.” But we are devaluing our children’s learning through a currency of knowledge retention, too often

STEM STEAM Synergy

STEM STEAM Synergy

As we enter the second half of the second decade of the 21st century, there remains an alarming shortfall of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Most experts agree the United States alone will need nearly 2

Monet, Light and Creativity

Monet, Light and Creativity

I was literally immersed in the light of Claude Monet’s creativity when I visited the Musée de l’Orangerie in the Tuileries Garden during a recent trip to Paris. The museum devotes two large oval-shaped rooms to Monet’s study of nymphéas.

Potential for Creativity and Innovation, part 2

Potential for Creativity and Innovation, part 2

Last week I wrote about an extraordinary commencement speech given by Meghan Musnicki at Ithaca College. Musnicki issued four challenges to the new college graduates: set goals but be willing to change them, experience failure and learn, practice gratitude, and