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Context of Innovation

We are in creative fields, so this stuff should be easy, right? But we hear all the time from people in the field that it really isn't. Conversations keep circling the same old ideas, while exciting possibilities languish. Our first module introduces the course by examining the context within which innovation takes place. We start by exploring the question of why innovation fails. The proposition is that it is more effective (and probably easier) to stop stopping innovation, than it is to get better at it. We'll look at a 6-level framework for understanding innovation constraints. Your goal is to gain a high-level overview of the course content.

5 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
L1-Part 1: The Context of Innovation16m
L1-Part 2: Academic Theories of Innovation20m
L1-Part 3: Why Constraints Matter14m
L1-Part 4: Six Constraints in Overview16m
4 readings
Week 1 Slides10m
Book Chapter: Creative People Must Be Stopped!10m
Article Link: I Don't Want to Talk About Innovation: A Talk About Innovation10m
Optional Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Reading and End of the Week Quiz24m
5 hours to complete

Individual Level Constraints

Our second week starts our in-depth examination of the framework at the individual level. Everyone in arts and culture is creative, right? Well, probably more creative - or more comfortable with creativity - than the average person. But people in arts and culture also understand better than the average person that creativity is a process, and you can get better at that process. In our model of individual constraints we will look carefully at Perception Constraints, which are failures to gain access to new and relevant information; Intellection Constraints, which are failures in thinking strategies to expose new insights and relationships; and finally, Expression Constraints which represent failures in our ability to express or articulate our ideas in ways that allow us to test our thinking or convey them to others. Our goals this week are 1) to diagnose our susceptibility to these constraints, 2) to develop strategies for overcoming them, and 3) to recognize how others may experience these constraints as we share our ideas with them.

8 videos (Total 110 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
L2-Part 1b - Paper Clip Exercise24m
L2-Part 2 - The Model - Perception Constraints23m
L2-Part 3 - Intellection Constraints20m
L2-Part 4 - Expression Constraints10m
L2-Part 5 - Process and Motivation7m
L2-Optional - In-Class Discussion: Ideation Strategies13m
L2-Part 6 - Project Tips - 101 Ideas1m
6 readings
Week 2 Slides10m
Resource Link: Three Kinds of Imagination10m
Resource Link: Neuroscience Sheds New Light on Creativity10m
Resource Link: "American Artist Tears Apart Art Speak"10m
Resource Link: "International Art English"10m
Optional Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Reading and End of the Week Quiz26m
5 hours to complete

Group Constraints

The lone genius hard at work in her garret is, we know, not exactly how the world of art and culture really works. This week's topic is Group Innovation Constraints and is grounded in the research and insights of the field of social psychology. We will be exploring the way that group dynamics affect the problem of innovation. Our basic premise is that in order to move from a creative idea to an innovation, you will need the cooperation and collaboration of others. We will take critical looks at emotion processing in groups, at group cultural norms, at group processes, and even at the environments within which groups function.

10 videos (Total 74 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
10 videos
L3-Part 2 Group Constraints Exercise1m
L3-Part 2b InClass Exercise Debrief4m
L3-Part 3 Emotion Constraints14m
L3-Part 4a Culture Constraints Example2m
L3-Part 4b Culture Constraints12m
L3-Part 5 Environment Constraints6m
L3-Part 6 Process Constraints19m
L3-Part 7 Leading Effective Brainstorms3m
L3-Part 8 InClass Idea Build46s
4 readings
Week 3 Slides10m
Resource Link: Open IDEO The Rules of Brainstorming10m
Resource Link: The End of 'Genius'10m
Optional Readings10m
2 practice exercises
Project Lifecycle Reflection14m
Week 3 Reading and End of Week Quiz24m
4 hours to complete

Organizational Constraints

This week's topic is Organizational Innovation Constraints. We are interested in understanding how organizations function in ways that can facilitate or constrain innovation in terms of their Strategy, Structure, or their Resources. This perspective is grounded in the idea that to develop and execute an innovative idea, you are going to need some form of organization, and the choices you make in terms of its functioning are consequential to its ability to innovate.

6 videos (Total 65 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
L4-Part 2 - Story of Xerox PARC8m
L4-Part 3 - Strategy Constraints12m
L4-Part 4 - Structure Constraints18m
L4-Part 5 - Resource Constraints15m
L4-Part 6 - Innovation Measures5m
4 readings
Week 4 Slides10m
Resource Link: Intrapreneur, Wikipedia Entry10m
Resource Link: The Intrapreneurs' Playbook10m
Optional Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Reading and End of the Week Quiz22m
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Top reviews from Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture

By DVMay 14th 2017

Is not made express for arts and culture but it really applies!!! so happy to course it

By JZMar 14th 2017

Fantastic!!! a must do course for any aspiring innovators.



David A. Owens, PhD, PE

Practice of Management and Innovation

Jim Rosenberg

Independent Consultant and Senior Advisor at NAS

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