Creativity Conference – Meta-Comments

Two thoughts from our Creativity Conference.

One: U.S. academics are shaken by the current political situation.  They are looking to their research for solace, hope, and/or solutions.  Creativity as it relates to wisdom and ethics is now a hot topic.  The social-cultural aspects of creativity are being described.

Two:  I found many presentations tinged with bravery and sadness.  Bravery because many of the presenters were at the beginning of their professional life and putting a significant part of their work out there for critical questioning (Though most people were nice.).  And sad because this consuming work was dismissed with a desultory question or two and a polite clapping.  Many times I wanted to engage them, as the interesting people they are, in a detailed conversation, really out of curiosity, but I was off to the next section.  And anyway, attention from me would not have enhanced their career or research.


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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2 Responses to Creativity Conference – Meta-Comments

  1. Nick says:

    Not so fast. The quick pace and input overload are perennial drawbacks to conferences, particularly interesting ones, but that doesn’t dismiss the value in receiving a great question, or even simple, sincere interest, from one of the audience. If people are fired up about creativity, they are probably primed to exercise it as often as they can, even in response to a question or two at the end of a 45-minute presentation to a group of strangers out of state.

    • Nick says:

      In response to your last sentence:

      “And anyway, attention from me would not have enhanced their career or research.”

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