Tag Archives: History of Creativity

Creativity and Innovation: Coming to a University Near You

“Learning to Think Outside the Box: Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline”  These efforts are happening all over nation.  Even at BYU there are some very promising efforts already taking place such as at the Ballard Center for Social and Entrepreneurship, … Continue reading

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Student Inspired Businesses Emerging from Brigham Young University

Because of my work at Brigham Young University serving as an associate director at the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, teaching the History of Creativity courses (Tech 201 and Tech 202), and advising the student-led BYU Innovation Academy I’ve been able to encourage … Continue reading

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Education as a timeshare

Together with my History of Creativity course students, I attended the last BYU Innovation Academy session of the semester this evening.  Jeff Dyer, author of The Innovator’s DNA presented a summary of his finding.  It was engaging and informative.  During … Continue reading

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Redesigning the Paint Can

Teaching a class on innovation changes your perspective on just about everything.  For example, I was at a home improvement store some weeks ago and happened to walk through the paint aisle.  Within a few moments I thought of several … Continue reading

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Setting Students’ Minds on Fire

Mark C. Carnes gets it right about active learning in his article “Setting Students’ Minds on Fire.”  If learning is exciting to learners, graduation rates will take care of themselves.  What I found most valuable about this article were the … Continue reading

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Changing Education Paradigms

Sir Ken Robinson, in this TED Talk on Changing Education Paradigms, provides a compelling explanation of how our education system, based on an industrial era model, seriously curtails the development and expression of traits and skills that are key to … Continue reading

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$100 for anyone who can name a store product not “touched” by oil

One of the class periods in my History of Creativity course at BYU focuses on the technology of oil.  I do the following activity with the students: In 3 minutes write down all of the products that you could buy … Continue reading

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