IN-CONFERENCE CREATIVITY AND CHANGE
In March the Academy for Creative Leadership & COCD held their first IN-conference in Amsterdam. Yes, it’s correct, not a conference, not a un-conference, but an IN-conference. Perhaps you’re now wondering what an IN-conference is, or thinking you have missed something in the latest trends. Well if you weren’t able to join us, you really missed something. We came up with the idea of the IN-conference to extend the celebration of the graduation of the first cohort of MSc students in Europe. And the format of the IN-conference worked very well!
It was an INcredible, INspiring and INteresting day with new INsights in an INtimate setting.
Since we had a lot of positive feedback, we have decided to organize another IN-conference. Our INternational facilitators will offer an INviting day!
Keynote speaker will be dr. Gerard J. Puccio. Dr. Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State; a unique academic department that offers the world’s only Master of Science degree in creativity. Gerard has written more than 50 articles, chapters and books. His most recent book titled The Innovative Team, co-authored with Chris Grivas, is a fable about a team that was able to apply proven creative-thinking tools to turn around a dysfunctional and unproductive situation. In 2011 he and his colleagues published the second edition of their book Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity.
Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. Some of his recent clients include the BBC, Fisher-Price Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, Rich Products, BNP Paribas, Rubbermaid, Coca-Cola, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.
In 2012 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company as one of America’s Great Lecturers and as such was invited to design and deliver a course comprised of twenty-four 30-minute video sessions. This “Great Course,” titled The Creative Thinker’s Tool Box, will be released nationally and internationally in January 2014. Dr. Puccio was also a featured speaker at a TEDx event held in New York City in December of 2012. Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Puccio also serves on the selection committee for the Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.