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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Jonah Lehrer’s new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, is not a design book, but it does have important implications for workplace designers. In his best-selling look at the science of creativity, the author talks to the likes of Milton Glaser and Harry West (the CEO of Continuum), studies the songwriting process of Bob Dylan, and visits Pixar Animation Studios and the 3M campus—all in search of what makes individuals and organizations capable of deep insights, eureka moments, and wild leaps of the imagination. Drawing on his extensive research for the book, Lehrer shared with us his ideas for the ultimate creative workplace."

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Slow Down! How “Slow Work” Makes Us More Productive

"More broadly, the philosophy of “slow work” challenges the unsustainable practice of doing everything as fast as possible and offers an alternative workplace framework for energizing people and helping people better align their personal and professional priorities. It urges us to punctuate our routines in ways that might initially appear to compromise productivity but actually enhance long-term creativity.


What follows are a handful of practical ways that one can begin to “work slow” in order to more strongly grip short-term demands and feel some creative energy to inspire us for the long-term.

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Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24

Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Registration is open for "Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence," SCUP's Southern Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 21–24. More here. 


  • August 17 - Scholarship deadline.
  • Take Step I October 21st (It is being held in conjunction with this event. Scholarships are available.)
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Seattle Undergrads Challenge Design Students Everywhere | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Seattle Undergrads Challenge Design Students Everywhere | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Design challenge: Make a useful, marketable product out of a football field worth of used artificial turf:


"Early this semester, Natalia challenged the entire Cornish community to design a marketable product that would fill a pressing social need, re-using an entire college football field of artificial turf. We had a week to design something. One week is not a long time when you’re in school.


One football field contains the equivalent of some 1.3 million plastic bags. When the artificial turf is replaced, it usually goes right into landfill. I saw this as an opportunity to design something useful, and to increase awareness in my own community that this familiar material is not sustainable. Using design to raise awareness made me feel that I was able to give something back to my community, to the people who were trying to make my life better by installing artificial turf in the first place."

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You Have Never Seen a More Entertaining Presentation by a College President. Never.

And it's very timely: "Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don't Believe In Them" by Sandy Shugart, President, Valencia Community College and plenary speaker at SCUP–47 in Chicago, July 7–11, 2012; higher education's premier planning conference: http://www.scup.org/S47-sm

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

The Rise of the New Groupthink | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity. (The Rise of the New Groupthink http://t.co/003lTHlk #SCUP: Backlash against collaboration.

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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The Innovation Mismatch: "Smart Capital" and Education Innovation

Editor's note: This post is part of a three-week series examining educational innovation and technology, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.


"The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.


In this new market, it will make sense for teachers in different regions to share curriculum materials and formative assessments. It will make sense for researchers to mine data to learn which materials and teaching strategies are effective for which students - and then feed that information back to students, teachers, and parents."

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The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers

The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check this out! The AIA CEU folks have recognized SCUP's professional development staff for innovative ways of reducing the stress and costs around reporting attendance at events via QR codes.

Doing more for members, with less, innovatively. Be part of the next innovation in late September: http://www.scup.org/pubs/MOJO.

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Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who'll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We asked the author of Imagine:How Creativity Works to help us envision a more perfect workplace environment—one that draws on the lessons of neuroscience, architecture, and city planning to foster innovation and ingenuity.

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Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production

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Five Questions with Seth Godin | University Advancement

Five Questions with Seth Godin | University Advancement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Ouch.


"1. It’s 2020. What does higher education look like at the end of this decade?


That will be about three years after the giant crash of education loans and the inability of the typical student to justify a full-fare education. It will also be a few years after most courses are available digitally–maybe not from your school, but calculus is calculus. At that point, schools will either be labels, brand names that connote something to a hiring manager, or they will be tribal organizers, institutions that create teams, connections and guilds. Just as being part of the Harvard Crimson or Lampoon is a connection you will carry around for life, some schools will deliver this on a larger scale.


I guess it’s fair to say that the business of higher education is going to change as much in the next decade as newspapers did in the prior one. And one more thing before I really get ranting: Higher education is vitally important to our future. It’s one of the best reasons to be a citizen, to be a person in our society. It has the potential to change lives and open doors. But we need to push in the right direction."

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Anya Kamenetz: Voice of the Alternative-to-Traditional-Higher-Ed Movement

Anya Kamenetz: Voice of the Alternative-to-Traditional-Higher-Ed Movement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You really should know more about Anya Kamenetz. She is the popular figurehead for the movement to transformative alternatives to traditional higher education. A movement that now has support in all related communities, and is getting funding.


Kamenetz’ drive is to pursue alternative education through open content and alternative accreditation systems, like badges. She points out that we cannot double higher education’s output using the current model of bricks and mortar. Simply cannot. She has said that the growth demand in India alone would require a new campus for 1,000 students every week until 2025. And she stays connected to all of the broad range of alternatives being worked on, some of them now attracting significant funding.


Kamenetz was the keynote presenter and played other roles at the start of the SCUP-award-winning University of the Pacific’s current strategic planning initiative. Video of her keynote at that Futures Symposium is available here. A Ted-X Atlanta presentation in which she supports that “university” means “community,” and then can be viewed here.

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The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities | The Atlantic | Richard Florida

The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities | The Atlantic | Richard Florida | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are few better drivers of economic competitiveness (The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities http://t.co/wBYesSOb #SCUP: Richard Florida, The Atlantic...)...


"The United States is home to more than a third of the world's top 400 research universities. But how exactly do universities factor into the wealth, innovation, and economic competitiveness of their host nations?


To get at this, my colleague Charlotta Mellander and I looked into the statistical associations between a nation’s concentration of leading universities and broader measures of economic competitiveness, innovation, human capital and social well-being. We based our analysis on a statistical technique that enables us to control for the effects of population size. While correlation is not causation (none of these findings prove that anything more than an association exists) the results are nonetheless striking. In fact, they number among the very strongest I have ever seen in this type of analysis.


The concentration of great universities in a nation is extraordinarily closely related to its economic competitiveness. It is closely associated with economic output per capita (.74), total factor productivity (.77) and overall competitiveness (.71) based on the Global Competitiveness Index developed by Harvard’s Michael Porter."

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Amazon.com: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (9781594485381): Steven Johnson: Books

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"This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs."

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