Filed under: arts and creativity, Charlotte, innovation trends | Tags: "yes and...", brainstorming, Charlotte, creativity, funny bone, ideation, improv, second city
I’ve been fortunate to take a handful of improv workshops during my life for different reasons, but it wasn’t until one from grad school (led by a Second City member, no less) that I realized its influence in innovation.
When brainstorming, I encourage using the phrase, “Yes, and…” to make sure everyone reserves judgment of others’ ideas. Generally, we find ourselves practicing the opposite, readily dismissing the kernels of a new idea without airing it out to see if someone can improve upon it.
Improv teaches us how to “live in the moment,” which can actually be a frightening place, but this is where the purest level of creativity (and comedy) live in your subconscious. Many workshops are geared to get people out of their shells, but they can also get them out of the box.
Here is a wonderful write-up with 10 principles of improv where you can easily see how they might be applied to a business setting.
Filed under: arts and creativity, Charlotte | Tags: Charlotte, charlotte viewpoint, civic by design, creativity, harvey b. gantt center
The friendly folks at Civic By Design and Charlotte Viewpoint are hosting what promises to be an interesting, interactive “mini-conference” on Thursday, October 15th at 6pm called Making Charlotte Smarter.
I’ll be checking it out, and I’ll also use it as an opportunity to peek at the brand-spanking new Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Uptown.
Registration is only $20 and can be found here.
Filed under: arts and creativity, innovation, science and technology | Tags: center for design innovation, idea exchange, piedmont triad
I recently learned about the Center for Design Innovation, a collection of inter-institutional research based in the Winston-Salem area that is dedicated to economic development for the design industry.
Apparently they host a Tuesday night series called the “Idea Exchange,” where different presenters share their thoughts on “design processes, digital media, business strategies, and other interests related to the growth of creative enterprises in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.”
CDI’s website is kind of light, but the schedule for the upcoming Idea Exchanges can be found in a PDF here. The first one is on 9/22, and is about digital imaging used to study the biomechanics and swarming behaviors of bats!
Filed under: arts and creativity, design research, innovation | Tags: Claudia Kotchka, design thinking, Greensboro, NC A&T State, P&G, Piedmont Triad Partnership
I recently learned about an impressive series of workshops in nearby Greensboro at NC A&T State. The workshops take place over 5 weeks and is $500 for the lot, but even if you can’t make every single one, the free keynote addresses each week might prove to be worth the drive for anyone looking to inject a little design thinking into their everyday business strategies.
According to the website, The Triad Design Leadershop is “a transformative series of lectures and workshops based around best practices for the design and business communities.”
If anyone’s interested in carpooling…
Filed under: arts and creativity, Charlotte, innovation, science and technology | Tags: Charlotte, enventys, essay contest, inventors digest, louis foreman, national inventors month
In addition to partnering with individuals and companies to bring new product ideas to life, publishing Inventor’s Digest is one of many innovation activities that Charlotte entrepreneur Louis Foreman and his team tackle over at Enventys.
If you can get your hands on the printed edition of the magazine, do it. The editors have done a bang-up job of reinventing the look and feel of the layout and the articles. (They’re still working on getting the web presence is waiting to match.)
In honor of National Inventors Month, the magazine is sponsoring a contest inviting young readers to submit 500-word essays on what technology, tool, product or service will be an important part of our lives in 50 years. The new deadline is September 30th.
I feel like the world has changed quite a bit in the lifespan of the kids that are eligible (ages 12-17,) so it will be fun to see how they envision the future.