We’ve just both signed up to take Tina Seelig’s online course on creativity, which is offered free through Stanford University’s Venture Lab. Yep, that’s right, free. Thousands of people from around the world will be taking the course, which “is designed to introduce you to a set of tools for generating new ideas individually and as part of a team, including opportunity identification, reframing problems, connecting and combining ideas, and challenging assumptions. We will also discuss team dynamics, creative communication, and cultures that support creative problem solving.”
Tina’s book InGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity, has already been extremely useful to me in thinking about my own creative practice and creative work in museums. I’m looking forward to deeper thinking and some hands-on project work guided by her–and multitudes of creative thinkers. The course, which begins the week of October 17, has several team projects and participants are encouraged to form their own teams. Rainey and I hope that some of our museum colleagues will join us in the course and we can work on team projects related to some of the thorny problems that museums face today.
We know that creativity happens when we gain new experiences and expand the networks we work with–both in and outside of the museum field. This is an amazing opportunity to do just that, so sign up, let us know, and we’ll figure out how to find each other on that first day of class!