Monday, February 8, 2010

Creativity, Inc

This morning, I was pleased to speak at the Institute for Emerging Issues (NC State University), Creativity, Inc. Forum at the Raleigh Convention Center. I was there are an advocate for the new Kidznotes Program in Durham. I am proud to serve on their Board of Directors. KidZNotes is a not-for-profit organization that promotes classical, orchestral music training for children in our poorest neighborhoods and is based on the El Sistema program in Venezuela. Kidznotes will have a pilot program in East Durham next school year. My remarks were part of their 20/20 forum on new creative ideas in the Triangle.

Twenty-five years ago, the Emerging Issues Forum began by looking at the topic of innovation. This year, the Forum comes full circle by attempting to enhance creative thinking and embrace new ideas -- the very creativity that is needed for true innovation. The event was potentially the most exciting work of IEI’s seven year “think and do” history, and, as the capstone event, the Forum pushes you to think in new and interesting ways.

The point is not just to talk about Creativity. It is to find ways to make creativity the foundation for how we live, work and play in North Carolina.

It was great to be part of this wonderful event and I look forward to participating in years to come.


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