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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:30 - 15:35
Openness to stimulate the co-construction of creativity manifestos

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Session Table Name: TRIESTE

Openness can be a stimulator and amplifier of creativity (Resnick, 2017). Within this wordcafe session we will introduce delegates to the #creativeHE community (Nerantzi, Jackson, Mouratoglou and Baff, 2018) that has engaged in open courses and discussions on the theme of creativity since 2014. Some of these have involved collaboration with other higher education institutions and organisations that harnesses the opportunities open communities bring to connect educational practitioners, students and the wider public across professions and sectors, countries and continents. Open platforms enable people to come together locally and globally to nurture discussions and activities around creativity in higher education.

We will share an activity that was undertaken as a contribution for World Creativity and Innovation Week 2019 with the Creative HE community, the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE) and led by the Creative Academic Network. The project involved the collaboration of these three established networks and overlapping communities.
Open discussions on Facebook and LinkedIn platforms aimed to develop a Manifesto for Higher Education to encourage and enable learners to use and develop their imaginations and creativity, and gain recognition for their creative efforts and achievements.

The process involved an open-ended inquiry promoted by a series of questions and supported by discussion papers. Participants shared their personal manifestos the forums and other participants were able to value their contributions and add their comments. The overarching openly licensed manifesto was created by one of the facilitators gleaning important ideas from the personal manifestos and has been included in a dedicated open access Creative Academic Magazine (Jackson & Willis, 2019).

During the Worldcafe we will take delegates through the process and create mini personal creativity manifestos and a table manifesto that can be shared more widely.

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Norman Jackson

Creative Academic
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Gillian Judson

Executive Director, SFU/Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE)
Dr. Gillian Judson is a long-term lecturer at Simon Fraser University and one of the directors of the Imaginative Education Research Group. Her research is primarily concerned with sustainability and how an ecologically sensitive and imaginative approach to education can both increase... Read More →
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Chrissi Nerantzi

Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissinerantzi): Is a Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. Her approach is playful and experimental and she specialises in creative, innovative and... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:30 - 15:35 CET
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe