Yesterday was a wrap for “Creating the World: How to Foster Creative Community,” an online conversation led by Institute faculty and educator, Gwen Lowenheim. The conversation attracted an artistic & poetic grouping of innovators and community builders — the embryo of an evolving, multi-disciplinary play and creativity movement.
Keith Sawyer, one of the country’s leading experts on creativity and author of Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, joined in to lead one of the conversations. He shared his background as a jazz musician, educator and business consultant and answered questions on everything from how scientists study creativity to why dancers dance sideways.
Conversationalists included several university educators, business entrepreneurs, a biologist, a physician, several dance therapists, some group facilitators and (fittingly) a hospital clown, among others. They logged on from Nigeria, Brazil, Australia, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, Bangladesh, Serbia, and the U.S. The group playfully hunkered down to discuss such weighty issues as: how do you lead groups in communities overwhelmed by violence, and is it possible to relate to violence as something other than a problem?