Creativity in real-world cultural contexts

From: Liane Gabora (
Date: Fri 28 May 2004 - 21:25:01 GMT

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    Innovative Minds to Gather in Windsor

    IDEA (Industry, Design, Education and the Arts) Frontier 2004 -June 4, 5, 6, 2004

    Educators, artists, researchers, design professionals and students are invited to gather with other innovative minds for the first annual IDEA Frontier conference, being held in the Ford Center for Excellence in Manufacturing at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, June 4, 5, and 6, 2004.

    Participants will have their choice of 24 workshops and the opportunity to network and dialogue with other motivated creative people. Leaders and participants will be interactively expressing and developing their innovative talents in a wide range of creative endeavors including education, research, the arts, manufacturing and design.

    Creativity experts at the conference will include keynote speaker Liane Gabora, a Cognitive Psychologist from the University of California, Berkeley. She will enlighten and delight us with her 'The Beer Can Theory of Creativity.' Her talk discusses the concept that although a person may be one can short of a six-pack, the plastic thingy that holds them together is what makes it a six-pack. In other words, when it comes to creativity, how your 'beer cans' are interconnected is as important as how many of them there are. Her presentation will be part of a creative, multi-media opening session that will feature two local artists: Mario Taradan and Jonathan Armstrong.

    Regional leaders include University of Windsor professors Ralph Johnson
    (philosophy), Bruce Lee (music), Paul Rousseau (political science), Rod Strickland, Noel Harding and Yeqiang Wang (visual arts), and Ford executive Larry Smith, University of Detroit Mercy business professor Mike Whitty, and theory of inventive problem solving expert Alla Zusman from Southfield. Other leaders will arrive from Toronto, Boston, and New York.

    The full program and a registration form can be found on the website:

    The Windsor Detroit region is currently engaged in a number of bi-national and regional initiatives, including Cartunes on, the Green Corridor Project, and Create, which exemplify only a small portion of the tremendous creative capabilities to be found in the people who live and work along the Canadian-USA border.

    The non-profit IDEA Frontier conference is the creation of three innovative organizers who are: Paul Rousseau and Jennifer Scobie from Windsor, Ontario, and Larry Smith, from Dearborn Michigan. IDEA Frontier 2004 sponsors are the American Society for Quality,, and St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology

    For more information, contact: Paul Rousseau at 519 735-7959, 519 919-1172, or via e-mail: Jennifer Scobie at 519 977-6767, or via e-mail:

    Liane Gabora
    <> Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, VUB, Brussels Ph:
    (32)2.644.26.77 Psychology Department, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-1650 Ph: 510-642-1080

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