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Applied Imagination   ageing as exile?   Creativity + Social Change

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INNOVATION, CREATIVITY AND CHANGE IN HEALTHCARE: PREVIEW OUR NEW COURSE FOR THE ONLINE HEALTHCARE MBA DEGREE PROGRAM AT POST UNIVERSITY'S MALCOLM BALDRIGE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ... Next course starts August 28!

This class explores the role of imagination and creativity in adapting to and creating change and innovating in the dynamic healthcare industry. Removing barriers to creativity and change - both within oneself and in the organizational environment - is key to fostering successful innovation. Innovation begins with believing that fundamental change is possible. To solve complex problems and develop innovative products and outcomes in healthcare requires developing creative thinking mindsets in people, motivating and engaging employees, cultivating a culture where creativity and innovation can thrive, building a learning environment, and overcoming obstacles. Find out more about Post University's Healthcare MBA degree program and this course ...

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THE NATURE OF CREATIVITY: CULTIVATING NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR OURSELVES, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE EARTH ... A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP ON HOW NATURE INSPIRES US TO BE MORE CREATIVE

Join Irish poet Anne O'Reilly and creativity educator Steve Dahlberg for this one-day workshop exploring how nature inspires us to be more creative ... Saturday, September 28, from 9AM to 4PM at the Center for Innovation at South Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. REGISTER NOW! // Then, come to "The Nature of Wine," a special evening exploring the intersection of creativity, wine and the brain, at Hopkins Vineyard!

The International Centre for Creativity and Imagination welcomes Anne F. O'Reilly as Creator-in-Residence for two weeks this fall. Listen to a 2011 interview with Anne from "Creativity in Play." In addition to the workshop above, Anne will also be leading workshops and a poetry performance at the following places:

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CONNECTICUT CREATIVITY CONFERENCE: ADVANCING CREATIVE THINKING: IMAGINATION TO INNOVATION

This exciting, two-day conference will take place in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, 2012. The conference is presented by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield Library, and Ridgefield Arts Council, along with media sponsor, The Morris Media Group. The International Centre for Creativity and Imagination is pleased to partner on this event, as well as serve on the program committee.

Friday’s opening keynote will feature New York Times tech columnist David Pogue on "Disruptive Creativity: How Bright Ideas Change Everything," along with artist and activist Lily Yeh. The conference will close on Saturday evening with Nicholas Donofrio, fellow emeritus at IBM, on "Innovation for the 21st Century" and a conversation on innovation, moderated by Steve Dahlberg.

The speakers are drawn from the arts, education, business, technology and government sectors, including affiliations with the New York Times, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jump Associates, BrightIdea, IBM, dosomething.org, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Alliance for Childhood, Creative Cities International, University of Toronto, University of Connecticut, and others. Presenters are coming from locations including Ireland, Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.

Programs will take place at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and at the Ridgefield Library. Check out the full listing of events and purchase tickets; or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

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CREATIVITY, SOCIAL CHANGE AND YOU

Come and hear stories about the impact of creativity in prison, social justice, education, the environment, communities, and purposeful lives. Join the community conversation about creativity and how to develop it in yourself to transform society. Featuring performance poet MAGDALENA GÓMEZ, CHRIS DOUCOT (Hartford Catholic Worker), LARESSE HARVEY (A Better Way Foundation), SHAWN SWEENEY (Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots) and JOE MIGUEZ (Labyrinth Experience).

WHEN: 
6:30-9:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 7, 2012 
WHERE: 
Billing Forge Community Works 
559 Broad Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06115 (Google Map
SUGGESTED DONATION: 
$5 ... No One Turned Away 
MORE INFORMATION AND RSVP: 
News@Appliedimagination.org
SPONSORED BY: 
“Creativity + Social Change” Class, University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus § Connecticut Creates § International Centre for Creativity and Imagination 
HOSTED BY: 
Billings Forge Community Works § Steven Dahlberg

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BLOGTALKRADIO CREATIVITY IN PLAY

Creativity in Play explores the importance of creativity, play and imagination across society. Hosted by Steven Dahlberg and Mary Alice Long, Ph.D. Produced by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, in partnership with the National Creativity Network. ... 'The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.' – Carl Jung

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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY
in a series of experiential creativity workshops during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas … curated by Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS
JUNE 18, 21 AND 25, 2011 - NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
- NAMED 'FEST BEST BET' BY NEW HAVEN REGISTER -
FIND MORE INFO AND REGISTER NOW!
Do you want to (re)discover your creativity? Learn tools for new ways of thinking? Find alternatives? Get unstuck? Discover others who value creativity? Understand the creative process? Connect with your purpose? Play more? Engage creativity in the workplace? This series links the creativity of others – presented in the Arts & Ideas lectures and performances – with an in-depth opportunity to engage your personal creativity and its applications in organizations and society. Come and be inspired, feed your imagination, surprise yourself, try new things, improve your skills, express your creative spirit, remove judgment, fire your passions, and explore possibilities. Participate with leading facilitators from Pilobolus Dance Theatre; InterPlay; AIGA Connecticut; co:lab; International Centre for Creativity and Imagination; Albertus Magnus College; Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; along with Rachel Bernsen and Dorie Shallcross. Plus, Irish poet Anne F. O’Reilly will join us for all three workshops. Anne is the author of Sacred Play: Soul Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre and Singing from the Belly of the Whale. The series is presented by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Albertus Magnus College, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and Connecticut Creates, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Find more information and REGISTER NOW and find out more about the Festival!
  • EMBODYING CREATIVITY: ENGAGING CREATIVE COLLABORATION THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY
    Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Albertus Magnus College
    Full details and registration ... $99 registration includes: Workshop, lunch and ticket to Susan Marshall Dance Company's “Adamantine” (5 p.m.)
  • CREATIVITY AT WORK: ENGAGING CREATIVITY, DESIGN AND INNOVATION IN ORGANIZATIONS 
    Tuesday, June 21, 12-4 p.m., Yale University 
    Full details and registration ... $99 registration includes: Workshop, Paul Bloom lecture (5:30) on “Ideas: How Pleasure Works” and ticket to Jack Hitts’ “Making Up the Truth” (8 p.m.)
  • COMPOSING A CREATIVE LIFE ON PURPOSE: ENGAGING MEANING IN LIFE AND WORK 
    Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Albertus Magnus College 
    Full details and registration ... $99 registration includes: Workshop, lunch and ticket to David Little’s “Soldier Songs” (8 p.m.)

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ENGAGING CREATIVITY CONFERENCES

  • AUGUST 2-6, 2010: CHAUTAUQUA WORKSHOP: UNLEASHING CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM
    Creativity matters for every individual, of all ages, in and out of the classroom. Whether you are a teacher, or want to rediscover your own creativity, this experiential workshop is for you. Learn how to remove blocks to creativity, to think in new ways, generate alternatives, and put new ideas into action. Discover your creative thinking style and its implications for both teaching and learning. Explore how creativity engages and motivates people to learn. Steven Dahlberg leads this week-long morning Special Studies workshop at The Chautauqua Institution, during Week 6 from August 2 to 6. Week 6 is focused on "Excellence in Public Education." Find out more about Special Studies programs and Chautauqua gate registration. RESOURCE: Read Unleashing Your Child's Creativity, by Steven Dahlberg.
  • NOVEMBER 15-17, 2010: CREATIVITY WORLD FORUM

    Join colleagues from around the world who are interested in and applying creativity. Participate in the launch of the National Creativity Network on November 15, followed by
    the "Future of Creativity Today: Moving From Advocacy to Action" workshop facilitated by Steven Dahlberg of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and Cheryl Whitesitt of the Minnesota Future Problem Solving Program. The workshop includes Sir Ken Robinson, national thought leaders on creativity and more than 50 people from around the country and beyond! Find more workshop details here and more about the Creativity World Forum here!
  • JUNE 3-4, 2010: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM CONFERENCE: THINKING LIKE AN ARTIST: CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING IN THE CLASSROOM
    Join Steven Dahlberg's session on June 3 about "Engaging Creativity: Why Creativity Matters Beyond the Arts and Beyond the Classroom." Panelists include:
    • Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GE
    • Itamar Kubovy, Executive Director, Pilobolus Dance Theater
    • Ji Lee, Artist and Designer; and Creative Director, Google Creative Lab
    • Ken Perlin, Artist; Professor and Director, NYU Games For Learning Institute; and Founding Director, NYU Media Research Laboratory

The conference will explore what it means to think like an artist and what educators can learn from the work of artists. Join art and museum educators, administrators, and policy makers from across the country in a two-day forum to discuss the role of creativity in the art classroom and in the field of education as a whole. Through artist talks, panel presentations, hands-on art making, and group discussion, participants consider the characteristics of creativity across disciplines and identify best practices for fostering creativity in the classroom. Find out more about the conference.

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CREATIVITY NETWORKING A MONTHLY SERIES

  • JANUARY 16, 2011: Creative Purpose and Practical Wisdom for 2011 ... with Joe Miguez, Artist, Facilitator and Labyrinth Builder, Labyrinth Experience
    As we begin a new year, come and explore how creativity and imagination can help you navigate purpose, meaning and intention in your life. You will enter your own story to see its challenges and successes -- its deep valleys of doubt and its mountaintops of achievement. This experience is an opportunity to discover how to intentionally pay attention to your practical wisdom for living a purposeful life. Creativity Networking is Sunday, January 16, from (NEW TIME) 1 to 2:30 p.m. Find more about Creativity Networking here.

  • NOVEMBER 21, 2010: Epic Creativity: Storytelling from the Classics to Video Games ... with Video Games and Human Values Initiative Director Roger Travis
    Are video games and virtual worlds modern-day literature? Are they places where traditional tales are reimagined in modern form? Are virtual worlds living epics where the bard wears new clothes? Discover where creativity lives in the retelling of stories in multiple ways, whether through the classics or through modern technology. Roger Travis, associate professor of classics at the University of Connecticut, explores how games and gamer culture are much older and better things than most people think. Come and explore the creativity of this topic -- whether or not you are interested in gaming and technology! Creativity Networking is Sunday, November 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find more about Creativity Networking here.

  • OCTOBER 24, 2010: Creativity, Intuition and Spirituality ... with author and educator Dorie Shallcross
    One of the major means by which human beings liberate themselves from conditioned responses and usual choices is through creativity. For many, creativity and spirituality are intertwined. The spiritual is not morality, not ethics, not organized religion (although it can be for some), not psychic. Spirit is an essential need of human nature. There is something in all of us that seeks the spiritual. It is a yearning that varies in strength from person to person. Come and explore the connections between creativity and spirituality. Creativity Networking is Sunday, October 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find more about Creativity Networking here ... and please post this flyer to help spread the word!

  • SEPTEMBER 19, 2010: Creativity and Sustainability in Communities ... with Steven Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, and Community Farmer/Educator David Cherniske
    If you are interested in food, "local" and sustainable agriculture, come and explore the symbiotic relationship between creativity and sustainability. Challenge yourself to think in new ways and imagine new possibilities about food, agriculture and the environment. Explore how creative thinking helps us understand systems, connections and alternatives better as we consider what we eat, how we eat, where food comes from and the impact of all of this on the environment. Creativity Networking is Sunday, September 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find more about Creativity Networking here.
  • JULY 11, 2010: The World Becomes What You Teach ... Creativity in the World ... with Shawn Sweeney, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots National Program Coordinator; and Steven Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination
    When we talk about social issues, and solutions to them, the final conclusion always leads to education as the solution. If we want to create a world that is healthy, peaceful and sustainable for people, animals and the environment, then we must empower each other with the knowledge, tools and motivation to create that world. In this workshop, "The World Becomes What You Teach ... Creativity in the World," explore the ways in which we can use creativity to bring this practice to the classroom and to our everyday lives. Learn how we can promote this world by changing the way we teach and the way that we engage our students and everyone in our lives in becoming problem-solvers and change makers. Led by Shawn Sweeney, National Program Coordinator for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, with Steven Dahlberg, Director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, and Series Curator for Creativity Networking. Creativity Networking is Sunday, July 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find more about Creativity Networking here.
  • JUNE 20, 2010: Discovering Creativity Through Everyday Movement of Pilobolus ... with Renee Jaworski and Steven Dahlberg
    Some people need to move their bodies to think, while other people think their bodies are incapable of moving. Yet, we are made to move. It's a fundamental aspect of who we are and what we do everyday. Sometimes, however, we lose touch with this capacity. Explore -- with a master of movement from Pilobolus -- how movement and play can help us tap into more of our creativity and reconnect with our physical selves. Come and be inspired, provoked and encouraged to discover creativity and communication through everyday movement. This session will be part Pilobolus story, part creative process and part experiential ... and is open to everyone. No special skills required. Creativity Networking is Sunday, June 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find more info here and please print and post this flyer to spread the word about this event. Plus, check out Pilobolus' free performance in Hartford on June 19!
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010 - 2-3:30 P.M.: Thinking Out Loud: Drawing as Thinking ... with The Aldrich Museum's Carolina Pedraza, Artist Laura Kaufman, additional guests and Series Curator Steven Dahlberg
    We'll use The Aldrich Museum's DrawOn! project as a jumping off point to explore the creative process, and how creativity and community can be nurtured through something as basic as drawing. Hear engaging DrawOn! examples from around the region and experience yourself a bit of thinking out loud through drawing!
  • MAY 2009: Lessons from Prison for Creative Education ... with community activist LaResse Harvey
    Come and explore the role of arts, writing, creativity and imagination in prison programs and their implication for integrating more of these topics into education. You will hear the perspective of a formerly incarcerated mother who credits her creative writing and arts experience in prison with helping transform her life. Join us to hear LaResse Harvey's story and what it means for creative education. LaResse is African American Policy Director for A Better Way Foundation in Hartford. See more on this topic. Creativity Networking is hosted by Steven Dahlberg, head of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination.
  • JANUARY 2009: Threads of Creativity in Art and Science ... with Daniel Bernard Roumain
    Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, for a special Creativity Networking in Willimantic, Connecticut. Daniel Bernard Roumain will be joined by artist Imna Arroyo, scientists Hedley Freake and Christian Brueckner, creativity educator Steven Dahlberg, and the public to explore the intersection of creativity, art and science. ... Plus, mark your calendar for Daniel Bernard Roumain's return to Storrs, Connecticut, for a Special Bicentennial presentation of "Darwin's Meditation for The People of Lincoln" on February 12, 2009, celebrating that auspicious day of February 12, 1809, when Darwin and Lincoln were born within hours of one another. [View a video clip from DBR's presentation.]

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CITY-WIDE OPEN STUDIOS NEW HAVEN

You are invited to SERA salon / Social Experiments Relational Acts at New Haven's Open Studio Alternative Space weekend -- Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, from noon to 5 p.m., at 206 College Street in New Haven, Connecticut 06510. SERA is curated by Ted Efremoff and the Salon features live actions by Steven Dahlberg, Melanie Carr Eveleth, John O'Donnell, Rebecca Parker, Praxis and Albert Municino, as well as the services of an on-site art historian, Eve Perry. The artists will perform relational works on the broadly defined subject of SERVICE. Sera Nails is a fully outfitted abandoned salon in downtown New Haven Connecticut with several stations for manicures, pedicures and massage as well as nail polish, wax and other salon paraphernalia. View images of the salon here.

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Steven Dahlberg
IMAGICURE
an imagination exchange for creative alternatives ......................... 
A salon is inherently a place of social interaction, where ideas are exchanged and community is built. Our imaginations can be fueled by such interaction. Sometimes, however, our imaginations need buffing, cleaning and polishing to remove the deadness of judgment, habit and assumptions. At the Imagicure station, visitors can bring a personal, work or community challenge and actively participate in applying their imaginations to find creative alternatives to their challenge. In exchange, these visitors will be asked to contribute an idea about how to infuse more creativity in education. Come and think in new ways, get ideas, and solve problems. This experience explores creativity in service to self and the community.

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CREATIVITY COMMUNIVERSITY THE ALDRICH MUSEUM

Come and participate in the Creativity Communiversity - a series of citizen-led workshops about creativity in communities - organized by Steven Dahlberg within Fritz Haeg's "Sundown Schoolhouse: The Aldrich Workshops."

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CONNECTICUT CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

  • SPRING 2011: University of Connecticut Launches Public and Community Engagement Program that Focuses on Creative Community Building
    An interdisciplinary team of university and community partners has developed this new program. Through its Center for Continuing Studies, the University of Connecticut will offer an undergraduate emphasis in this topic in its Bachelor of General Studies degree, as well as non-credit, professional development workshops and seminars. Sign up now for the three-credit Creativity +  Social Change course, to be offered Fall 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut, and Spring 2011 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and taught by Steven Dahlberg.

  • MAY 24, 2010: CONNECTICUT IMAGINATION CONVERSATION
    Imagination Conversations bring together leaders from an array of fields to discuss the importance of imagination in life, work and society. The International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and The Studio @ Billings Forge present the next Connecticut Imagination Conversation on May 24, 2010. The Connecticut Imagination Conversation is part of a national dialogue -- 50 conversations in 50 states -- sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

  • MARCH 22, 2010: CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOP
    A creative education workshop for teachers, administrators and parents ... with Facilitator Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination ... 4:00-6:30 P.M. at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 06877. (.2 CEUs available). For more info or to register, call 203.438.4519 or visit online.
  • MARCH 23, 2010: FRESH THE MOVIE: NEW THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE EATING
    A public screening of this great documentary film, FRESH, followed by a dialogue exploring local food, sustainable agriculture and creative community ... 7:00 P.M. at The Studio @ Billings Forge, 565 Broad Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106. More info: Event Poster | About the Film and Trailer | Order Tickets Online. For more info or tickets by phone, call 860.548.9877. Dialogue panelists include:
    • Dan Meiser
      General Manager, Firebox
    • Julie Carrion
      Director of Catering & Education, The Kitchen @ Billings Forge
    • Steven Dahlberg
      Director, The International Centre for Creativity and Imagination
    • Dave Finn
      Eagle Wood Farms
    • Rodger Phillips
      Grow Hartford
  • FEBRUARY 8, 2010: CREATIVITY MATTERS: ENGAGING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN WORK ... A Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance Roundtable with Steven Dahlberg
    Creativity matters in all aspects of society, work and life. The imagination mindset helps us think in new ways ... which produces creative ideas and solutions ... and ultimately leads to innovation. If you want to unleash your imagination and explore new ways of expressing your creativity in meaningful ways, don't miss this interdisciplinary networking forum for artists, educators, business people, entrepreneurs and others who are interested. Come and explore what creativity is, who has it, how it relates to purpose and work - and how one can tap into more of it both personally and professionally. Facilitated by Steven Dahlberg, faculty in the Public and Community Engagement group at the University of Connecticut, and director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance and Western Connecticut State University School of Visual and Performing Arts. Monday, February 8, 2010 7:00-9:00 p.m. @ Western Connecticut State University, Midtown Campus | Alumni Hall, 181 White Street, Danbury, Connecticut, 06810.
  • OCTOBER 11, 2009: FRESH: A Community Dialogue About Local Food, Sustainable Agriculture and Creative Communities
    Following the screening of FRESH THE MOVIE and a short film about Plow to Plate (about a New Milford, Connecticut, project involving local youth and the community in farming, cooking and healthy behaviors), a community dialogue took place exploring local farming and food, sustainable agriculture, creative communities and healthy eating. It was held Sunday, October 11, 2009, as part of Bank Street Festival in Milford, Connecticut. The event was sponsored by: Plow to Plate; with the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. Community Dialogue panelists included: Dr. Diane D'Isidori (Plow to Plate Co-Founder), David Cherniske (Community Farmer and Educator), Marydale DeBor (Plow to Plate Co-Founder; New Milford Hospital), and Steven Eng (Sullivan Farm Student Worker and Chef). Hosted by Steven Dahlberg (Director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination). Listen to this dialogue (first 30 seconds of volume is soft). 

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DAHLBERG AND CREATIVITY IN THE MEDIA

  • Anja Weiland"Living Your Purpose Through Creativity" on The Intuitive Path radio show with Anja Weiland
    Listen to the stream from the live interview of Steven Dahlberg on December 10, 2010.
  • "Locating Creativity: Can Art and  Innovation Revitalize Hartford?" on WNPR's Where We Live @ Real Art Ways
    Steven Dahlberg talks about creativity and creative community building during this live public radio event in Hartford, Connecticut on November 19, 2009. Listen to the full episode, with introductory comments from Charles Landry, and check out the related blog to this on-going series.
  • Ken Robinson Encourages Creativity, Passion and Talents
    By Steven Dahlberg - Creativity writer and consultant Ken Robinson launched his new book, The Element, at the Ridgefield Play House in Connecticut at an event sponsored by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Robinson began by reminding the audience of the power of the imagination. "All cities owe their existence to imagination," he said. "It's this power of imagination will take us into the future -- or not. And it's this kind of imagination that's most at risk. I think we squander it. Not only squander it -- but suppress it ruthlessly." ... I was honored to also participate in a pre-lecture Roundtable on "Innovation in Our Schools" with colleagues from education, arts, business and government. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum hosted the Roundtable at which the organizers asked: "What does it look like, feel like and sound like when all of the partners in a student's learning community (i.e. peers, teachers, administrators, parents, coaches, community organizations, businesses, etc.) model creativity and innovation in a way that serves the student?" Read More
  • Art with heart ... Community banner project to brighten downtown Rock Hill
    The Herald of Rock Hill, South Carolina (7 February 2008) reports that "A splash of color will liven up the winter blahs in downtown Rock Hill, part of a community arts program sponsored by the Arts Council of York County and the Rock Hill school district. ... The community art project, titled Creativity: The Heart of the Community, is led by artists in residence Steven Dahlberg and JoAnn Moran, both from Connecticut. The project is a way for people to express themselves and participate in creating their own community through art, Dahlberg said. 'It is a way to engage people in creating their community and bring people together that wouldn't normally work together, like youth and adults.' Dahlberg said. ... Dahlberg said the project is collaborative, so everyone can add something."
  • Seat-of-the-Pants Innovation
    Steven Dahlberg talks about workplace creativity and innovation in Industrial Fabric Products Review article - May 2007
  • Applied Imagination
    "It's not hard to engage your core creativity, says Steve Dahlberg, but it can feel awkward at first. ... 'Part of it is simply paying attention and noticing whether you're judging what you're thinking or are remaining open to putting the pieces together in different ways,' he says." - Quoted in Northwestern Mutual's Creative Living Magazine

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WRITINGS ON CREATIVITY

  • Engaging Creative Community: Sculpting Society by Choice, Not by Chance
    Steven Dahlberg contributed this piece to a cooperatively-produced issue of New Village Online, which has just been released on the theme of "Unboxing Democracy's Magic." The four articles explore creativity, communities and democracy and include:

    • Democracy Without Boxes or Borders - By Len Krimerman
    • Democracy and Education: One Community Example - By Phoebe Godfrey
    • Communiversity: Weaving a Community Web of Love and Hope - By Gus Jaccaci
  • Steven Dahlberg Participates in "COMV08: 2008 National Communiversity Conference"
    Dahlberg joined nearly 40 people from 14 communities -- including Willimantic, Connecticut -- to share examples of community learning and creative engagement. The conference was held in Maine from July 25 to 27. Dahlberg and three other Windham-area residents represented the Imagine Willimantic Communiversity.
  • Think and Be Heard: Creativity, Aging, and Community Engagement (PDF)
    Americans for the Arts releases white paper about creativity, arts and aging, written by Steven Dahlberg as a follow up to the 2007 MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series
  • Steven Dahlberg to Collaborate with Windham High School Young Poets
    Steven Dahlberg and the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination will collaborate with Windham High School, The Young Poets group, and teacher Lynn Frazier for a semester-long, interdisciplinary "Think and Be Heard" creativity project.

  • Steven Dahlberg Selected in Case Foundation's Top 100 Breakthrough Ideas
    Steven Dahlberg's proposal -- on behalf of his Willimantic, Connecticut, community -- has been selected from nearly 5,000 proposals as a Top 100 Idea Finalist in the Case Foundation's "Make It Your Own" Awards program. The project is for "Weaving a New Willimantic": A former thread-mill town weaves a new creative fabric --  where people's ideas matter, where we engage our creativity together and where we co-create our community's common good. We will use inclusive dialogue processes to coordinate current citizen-centered projects and to include more voices. -- The Chronicle profiles Dahlberg and this project: "Dahlberg Brings People Together Through Creativity."

  • Continental Creative President: European Leader Calls for Culture, Diversity and Openness to Solve Global Problems
    By Steven Dahlberg - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso's closing keynote at the Global Creative Leadership Summit made a strong case for the role of creativity, innovation and diversity for addressing global problems such as climate change and fighting poverty. "Those are the two main tasks of leadership in the 21st century," he said. The other global issue linked with solving climate change and poverty is culture. "Culture is a solution."
  • Local view: Now could be creative turning point for Duluth
    Steven Dahlberg writes in the Duluth News Tribune (June 2007): As the Duluth-Superior area proceeds into the Knight Creative Communities Initiative, it’s important to consider how to engage everyone’s creativity — not just that of artists or the creative class — in community and economic development. ... For more than 15 years, I’ve been working internationally in the field of creativity, advocating for the importance of creative thinking and helping people unleash and harness more of their inherent creative abilities. Yet my creative endeavors began in Duluth as a teenage entrepreneur, a freelance writer and photographer and a political junkie. I am delighted to know that the Duluth-Superior area was among just three cities chosen by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to work with economist Richard Florida.
  • The Right to Be Creative – In Schools, In Prison and In Life [Named as Editors' Pick at Gather.com]
    By Steven Dahlberg - Inmates forfeit many rights while they are in prison. But their "right to think and be heard" - to think creatively and express their ideas
  • After Katrina: Creativity's Role in Trauma and Growth (PDF)
    Commentary: The residents in the Hurricane Katrina-hit areas are facing the challenge of asking "what next?" and of looking for ways to meaningfully engage in redefining their identities. The hurricane survivors aren't challenged about how to simply adapt one particular aspect of their lives. Rather, individuals, organizations and the community at-large are all asking: How might I completely recreate my own life, while simultaneously recreating my entire community from the ground up? This entire process and search is a creative act. And thriving in one's post-hurricane life is a challenge of the imagination.
  • Creativity by Choice, Not by Chance: Developing Imagination In the Intelligence Community (PDF)
    A response to the 9/11 Commission Report that declared that it is "crucial to find a way of routinizing, even bureaucratizing, the exercise of imagination" and to the House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence hearings that followed in August to discuss the intelligence community’s "failure of imagination" and the "requirement for imagination and creativity" going forward.

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COMING UP:
Steven Dahlberg to participate in Creative Leadership Summit - September 23-24, 2014 - Louise Blouin Foundation - New York, New York, USA

Steven Dahlberg to lead "ARTalk: Creative Wisdom" - November 16, 2014 - Ridgefield Library - Ridgefield, Connecticut

RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS:

Shaping Sustainability as a Creative Act: An Introduction to Artist Shelley Sacks and University of the Trees - 6:30-8 p.m., July 23, 2014 - New Milford Public Library - New Milford, Connecticut, USA

Steven Dahlberg to deliver keynote on "Engaging Creativity in Learning and Teaching" at the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference 2014 - April 4, 2014 - Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa - Groton, Connecticut

Steven Dahlberg to teach "Organizational Innovation, Creativity and Change Management in Healthcare" online course in Post University's new Healthcare MBA degree program - March-April 2014

Jane Goodall Institute's Shawn Sweeney and International Centre for Creativity and Imagination's Steven Dahlberg facilitating workshop at "Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future" Humane Education Conference - September 21, 2013 - NYU - New York, New York

Steven Dahlberg teaching Creativity + Social Change - Spring 2012 - University of Connecticut - Waterbury, Connecticut

Steven Dahlberg to participate in and cover Blouin Creative Leadership Summit - September 19-20, 2011 - New York, New York

Steven Dahlberg to participate as panelist at Creativity in Business Conference - October 23, 2011 - Washington, DC

Steven Dahlberg to participate in America's Imagination Summit - July 2011 - Lincoln Center - New York, New York

Steven Dahlberg to moderate Imagination Conversation - 5-8 p.m., April 26, 2011 - Bing Arts Center - Springfield, Massachusetts

Steven Dahlberg to participate in Creativity, Imagination and Innovation Symposium - April 28-29, 2011 - Teachers College at Columbia University - New York, New York

Steven Dahlberg to lead workshops and Imagination Conversation at Creativity, Play, and the Imagination Across Disciplines Conference - May 26-28, 2011 - Teachers College at Columbia University - New York, New York

Steven Dahlberg to lead "Purposeful Creativity in Life/Work and Ethics" workshops - June 2011 - Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics Summer Program - New Haven, Connecticut

Creativity Networking series continues each month - NEXT UP: Creative Purpose and Practical Wisdom for 2011 - 1 P.M. (NEW TIME), Sunday in January 16, 2011 - The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm - New Milford, Connecticut

"Creativity + Social Change" undergraduate course (can be taken for non-credit, too) at the University of Connecticut - Taught by Steven Dahlberg - 6:30-9:00 p.m. - Wednesdays, Spring Semester, 2011 - Waterbury, Connecticut

Steven Dahlberg joins board of directors of National Creativity Network

Steven Dahlberg to lead creativity in nonprofits workshops in Rhode Island College's Certificate Program in Nonprofit Studies course - September 2010 - Providence, Rhode Island

Steven Dahlberg to present "Creativity and Aging" session for the Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center's  Perspectives on Aging study group - 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - New Haven, Connecticut

International Centre for Creativity and Imagination co-presenting Connecting Creative Communities summit with The City of Providence Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, and the New England Foundation for the Arts - March 9-11, 2010 - Providence, Rhode Island   

Steven Dahlberg to lead creative organization workshop for the University of Connecticut's Center for Continuing Studies staff - January 2010 - Storrs, Connecticut 

Sign up now for week-long Special Studies workshop on "Imagine What Next: Composing a Creative Life on Purpose" at The Chautauqua Institution, to be led by Steven Dahlberg - Week 7: Imagine - August 9-14, 2009 - Chautauqua, New York

Steven Dahlberg leads "Engaging Creative Communities" panel at World Cultural Economic Forum - October 30-31, 2008 - New Orleans, Louisiana

"Creativity and Social Change" undergraduate course in the Creative Community Building Program at the University of Connecticut - Co-taught by Steven Dahlberg - 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Tuesdays and Thursday, September 9 to October 23, 2008 - Storrs, Connecticut

Steven Dahlberg teaches "Principles of Problem Solving" course at Brooklyn Correctional Institution - Fall 2008 - Quinebaug Valley Community College - Danielson, Connecticut

Steven Dahlberg appointed to serve on Ad-Hoc Committee on Economic Development for the Town of Windham, Connecticut - July 2008

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