State of Creativity Forum 2013


Tuesday, November 19

8:50-9:15 a.m.

Bridges of Paper & Film: A Hallmark Perspective

Brad Moore, President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Most first graders will tell you they're pretty creative. By eighth grade most of those same kids will tell you they're not. What grade are you in now?
Brad Moore

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Little Bets: How Breakthroughs Emerge From Small Discoveries

Peter Sims, Co-Founder/Director, Fuse Corps

What do Thomas Edison, Chris Rock, and Jeff Bezos all have in common? Answer: An understanding that the biggest ideas spring forth from a series of small discoveries, reworked to achieve a great result. Based on extensive research, including over 200 interviews with successful creators and innovators, Sims demonstrates that the kind of linear problem-solving and fear of failure we were conditioned to embrace actively thwarts creativity. Whether it’s Steve Jobs or architect Frank Gehry or the ‘braintrust’ at Pixar, there is no complete plan or vision at the outset. Rather, through a process of trying and failing in incremental ways, they gain critical information as they go from one small, experimental step to the next — which eventually lead to extraordinary breakthroughs. These so-called “little bets” helped spark the ideas that led to companies like Twitter and blockbuster movies like the Toy Story franchise. We can learn to think and work like those we think of as geniuses — failing fast to learn quickly, trying imperfect ideas, focusing on finding problems rather than solving them, and practicing highly immersed observation—to turn our own little bets into big successes.
Peter Sims

12:45-2:00 p.m. (Luncheon)

Milestones of Nation Building Through Innovation & Creativity
Prof. Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Rwanda
Dr. Terry Neese, CEO/Founder, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
Dr. Mike O'Neal, President Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University
Mick Cornett, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City

Be amazed hearing the riveting stories from Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana about her country’s renaissance and resurgence as a “Nation of Creativity and Innovation.” Oklahoma leaders, Dr. Mike O’Neal and Dr. Terry Neese, have been inspirational leaders building educational and economic bridges between Rwanda and Oklahoma, and will participate in an energizing luncheon conversation about how creative ideas are helping to rebuild this important African country. Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, will also participate in the conversation about the special Sister City relationship between capital cities, Kigali and Oklahoma City.
Mathilde Mukantabana

Terry Neese

Mike O'Neal

Mick Cornett

2:35-2:55 p.m.

Bridging the Organizational Change in Education
Peter Gamwell, Superintendent, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Peter Gamwell, a widely-respected school superintendent in Ottawa, shares his experience on why creativity and learning is important and how the organizational change is taking place in Canada.
Peter Gamwell

4:48-5:20 p.m.

Forever Young: Why Preschoolers Get It Right
Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Disney Junior Worldwide

If we could only hold on to the unfettered curiosity and imagination we have as a young child, we could continue to see the world differently and enhance our creativity and innovation. Join Disney Junior Worldwide’s Executive Vice President Nancy Kanter as she shares examples from life, literature, and popular culture to illustrate how institutionally we start to drill the creativity out of ourselves as we age and make our way through the educational system, social conventions, and the workplace.
Nancy Kanter