Suite Conversations

Civic Center Music Hall
Select one of 19 different educational sessions or intimate conversation groups with experts in imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Workshop sessions to be held at the Civic Center Music Hall and nearby Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Suite Conversations to be held at the Civic Center.

March 31, 2015

1. Jamie Gallagher
Location: Civic Center - Level 3/Mezzanine Right, Suite #2
Time: 2:55
A conversation with one of America’s top creative industry CEO’s regarding challenges facing the business and industry sector today.

2. Stephan Turnipseed
Location: Civic Center - Level 3/Mezzanine Right, Suite #4
Time: 2:55
A conversation with the chairman of the Partnership from 21st Century Skills and president emeritus of LEGO Education, on the connection between learning and the needs of business today.

3. Creatively connecting people for better learning
Location: Civic Center - Level 3/Mezzanine Left, Suite #2
Time: 2:55

Ken Parker’s company, NextThought, is a pioneer in the rapidly growing field of connected learning. Join Ken and colleagues for a demo and discussion of how web-based technology can connect people with content and one another for better learning results.

4. How to change the world before turning 30:
      Millennials, the digital space, and what we can learn from them
Location: Civic Center - Level 4/Balcony Right, Suite #1
Time: 2:55

Millennials see the world more globally than any generation before them, and they are unafraid to use their unprecedented access to digital platforms to make their thoughts and actions known. In this session Millennial strategist, digital guru, and record label CEO, Ava Kelly, will discuss how Millennials’ access to global digital technologies means unlimited opportunity for creativity and collaboration, how they are leveraging this, and the importance of organizations and institutions to understand and empower this movement.

5. Creative Solutions to Global Poverty
Location: Civic Center - Level 4/Balcony Left, Suite #3
Time: 2:55

In this conversation we will examine our personal views on poverty. We will explore what we consider human rights tackling the five different types of poverty-- relational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and financial. We will discuss how our creative approaches can help.

6. Here Be Dragons
Location: Civic Center - Level 3/Mezzanine Left, Suite #4
Time: 2:55

Rex Jung
When explorers traveled to the edges of the known world they found many strange creatures that they did not understand. Listed on these ancient maps is the inscription “here be dragons” signifying terra incognita – there is mystery and wickedness beyond what has been known and mapped out. In our modern world, we often encounter “wicked problems” – those that contain shifting dependencies, multiple causal mechanisms, and unforeseen contingencies. How do we slay these dragons, these wicked problems of the modern world? One way is to use the power of our brain, but not the rational reasoning power that deduces cause-effect relationships through ordinary reasoning processes. These wicked problems require a different reasoning process altogether, one based on abduction, guessing, and drawing inferences from incomplete information. These problems require CREATIVITY, and we are beginning to understand what this looks like in the human brain.

7. MyMachine:  Small Dreams, Big Ideas
Location: Civic Center - Level 4/Balcony Right, Suite #2
Time: 2:55

Piet Grymonprez
Oskar is an eight-year-old boy with a mission: to build a machine to find and dig up treasures in his garden. Because, so he wonders, what if an ancient Roman treasure is hidden under the grass? Just think about it, what if he and his family moved away and they hadn’t searched for the treasure? What if another family moved in who immediately would find the treasure? Wouldn’t that be awful?
So Oskar invented a “Look-For-Treasures-And-Dig-Them-Up-Machine”. He thought about what the machine should be able to do, and made a beautiful drawing showing how it would look like. He even wrote a user manual. And now he wants his machine to be built as well. But how? His father is all thumbs (at least that’s what his mother always says…). So what can he do?

MyMachine brings together all educational levels (elementary, middle/high schools and higher education institutes) to collaborate on creating working prototypes from the dream machines invented by kids in elementary schools.

MyMachine originated in the city of Kortrijk (Belgium, Europe) and is founded and owned by Leiedal, The Community Foundation of West-Flanders and HOWEST University of Applied Sciences. MyMachine is honoured by the United Nations and unique in the world. It’s now running in different countries on different continents.www.mymachineglobal.org

8. An Oklahoma Filmmaker’s Creative Journey
Location: Civic Center - Level 4/Balcony Left, Suite #2
Time: 2:55

Ryan Green
Brent shares his experiences in the industry and his journey developing and producing films in Oklahoma, including his soon-to-be-released feature film, “The Veil.”

9. From Social Networks to Cognitive Cities:
      How to optimize virtual environments for combinatorial creativity
Location: Civic Center - Level 4/Balcony Left, Suite #1
Time: 2:55

Dave King
Technology’s capability to bring vast numbers of people together into large-scale networks in very short periods of time has become abundantly clear over the last 10 years. What is less clear, however, is how best to leverage these virtual networks for purposes beyond just the social. In this workshop we will explore how to morph social networks into cognitive ones by analyzing them much like urban planners analyze cities. Working as a team, we will first review some concrete examples through this new lens, then discuss some specific techniques that can be employed to optimize these sorts of environments for innovation. By combining theory with practical examples that pull from a variety of disciplines, the goal is to leave workshop participants with not only new ideas for their own work, but hopefully some new tools in their toolkit as well in terms of software architecture, data visualization, and user experience.