2006 Roundtable Apr

Roundtable April 2006

Understanding Creativity to Enhance Innovation


Wednesday, April 26 at ISO Headquarters in Jersey City, from 9:30-12:00.
Tony Le Storti, former director of the Center for Creative Studies and principal at IDEATECTS will facilitate the session.

"Innovation begins with a creative idea, and only comes to fruition when considerable creativity is applied to develop and refine that idea. But creativity, both as the "eureka moment" itself and as a cognitive process, remains a mystery to many. In this Roundtable meeting, we will lay a foundation upon which to build both understanding and ability. Principal questions to be addressed include:

  • What is creativity and who has it?
  • Why does it seem so elusive?
  • Is there a creative process?
  • In what ways might we achieve breakthroughs in thinking?
  • What keeps us from being more creative?

We have opted for considerable breadth in this first session in order to uncover the specific interests and needs of Alliance organizations, and to shape the agenda for subsequent meetings in the series." The informal luncheon between the morning and afternoon sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to socialize and have follow-up discussions with fellow participants. Please plan to stay for the lunch even if you are unable to stay for the afternoon Roundtable meeting. To those who were present on February 15, please circulate this to others in your organizations whom you think would be interested. Dress code is business casual. Please let Sharen Glennon ( sglennon@stevens.edu or 201-216-5381) know the names of attendees.

Howe School Alliance Roundtable Meeting

April 26, 2006, 1:30 - 4:30 PM Creativity: Application and Models/Methods The next SATM Roundtable meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:30-4:30 PM at ISO Headquarters in Jersey City. This meeting will be preceded, from 9:30-12:00, by a reprise of the February 15 Roundtable, which will introduce the subject of creativity and explore the role that creativity plays in the innovation process.

The afternoon Roundtable meeting will continue our exploration of the umbrella topic of creativity, with emphasis on experiences and tools that have been employed. Two Alliance Partner representatives will facilitate the discussion. Ray Chiu, vice president of software projects at ISO, will describe ISO's experiences. Jim Caiazzo, senior management analyst responsible for designing and improving human capital processes at ARDEC, will discuss ARDEC's efforts to enhance creativity and innovation through their participation in an APQC benchmarking study.

In addition, Tony Le Storti, former director of the Center for Creative Studies and founding partner of IDEATECTS, will follow up, in the remaining time, with an explanation of some important models and methods for enhancing creativity.

There will be an informal luncheon between the morning and afternoon sessions, from 12:00-1:30, providing an opportunity for attendees to socialize and have follow-up discussions with fellow participants.

Dress code is business casual. Please let Sharen Glennon ( sglennon@stevens.edu or 201-216-5381) know the names of attendees Download TakeAways