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Karina Eisner


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Creativity in Action

We can overcome geographical, language, age and political barriers. We can make a difference. Let's take the next step.

This is Stage 2 of the debate on Creativity and Education, do it!

What: Now that we have brainstormed so many possibilities, let's choose a few real world problems from our own group of TEDsters, and begin to tackle them, one at a time.

How: Connecting, cooperating, organizing information, sharing our skills, giving ideas, encouraging, writing or blogging, creating a webpage, reaching out to our own communities.

For example, we could:
...set up of a more permanent online network that remains connected and researches solutions, organizations, resources to make a difference in local communities, like Cairo,
... create an even wider survey of ideas utilizing our current online social networks,
... organize a non-profit of any scale to address improvement,
... start up a collaborative project where we pool our different skills and make an online zine to create awareness and broadcast creativity in different forms (new inventions in all areas, articles, school innovations, video clips, robotics, green solutions, etc.)
… [your idea here]


Closing Statement from Karina Eisner

The TEDsters here have lived and worked around the globe, and are already in education, creating and causing change in very different ways, in different communities. I am thankful to each of them for sharing how they make a difference on daily basis. Your input, weather in words, resources, articles, or music, has been inspiring, motivational and uplifting. I am looking forward to more updates and collaboration, continue to inspire the world!

JAIME lives creatively, and changes communities through his university work (Mexico and Italy), the "Taller del Asombro" (Asombratorium), and his civic involvement. He does seminars and design courses for designers, arts and crafts workshops for kids, ecological design field courses, exhibitions (art, toys and design), traditional Mexican cooking, book design and print, etc. To take a closer look at his creative explorations, go to his website: http://tallerdelasombro.com/Main.html

AMIRA is a Harvard graduate in Cairo, with a deep desire for positive change in this time of crisis. She teaches at the American University, and also works with private schools and multinational organizations. Her vision is to utilize her training and experience incorporating technology and social networks to advance education and bring people, faiths and nations closer together.

PETER is a global renaissance man -a social innovator with an interest in anything and everything, particularly education. He impacts his community as TEDx organizer, educational consultant to schools and colleges, overall idea generator, and effective communicator. As we could see in both debates, he is a also an impressive researcher.

Thanks to all! You moved me to take action into my hands, actively participate in this network and others, research and study new disciplines, effect change at work, collaborate with the local college strategic planning committee, join others in social impact projects, reset personal & professional goals, and redefine open-mindedness.

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  • Oct 27 2011: Hi Karina, ummmmm, am I in the right place? most of the above sounds very philosophical to me!!! But let me comment on Dan's idea of house painting, as an example. Creativity within agreed upon social and legal boundaries gave us the very charming "doors of Dublin" . Walking through the streets of this lovely city you see how this quirky idea developed within a defined area where each homeowner could express their creativity while respecting zoning laws and community architectural style. The result is an addition to the rich cultural flavour of the city. On the other end of this, we see the housing problem in Egypt which has led farmers to build on agricultural land (illegal ofcourse) The previous goverment didnt enforce the law, because these people were solving their problem without resorting to the goverment; however, they also took design into their own hands.... the result are growing eyesores, a mish mash of dwellings with no style, rare attempts to paint part of a facade, no zoning laws..... absolute chaos. Is this creativity? I suppose the answer is yes in the absolute sense of the word. So I hope that we have a debate about creativity within the boundaries of organized societies where freedom is a tool of social construction rather than on of destruction and where economic and cultural issues are incorporated. If not, I'm afraid all this wonderful energy might turn into a showcase where we try to out-create eachother in a frenzied race toward the most unheard of, or the most outlandish idea.The ideas you posed as an introduction to this conversation are great. Bringing them to action needs a structure or platform to take us from A to B. Maybe the first step would be a poll or survey on the joint vehicle that we might all use. The idea of a permanent online network sounds like a good start to me. Through that we might find similar minded people who live next door!! A cyber thinktank/social network would be a great start.
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      Oct 27 2011: Amira in all ages we could find thinktanks working as social nets....the history has a lot of exmples...here just two of them:

      In the ancient Rome ....all the advantages achivied by the roman empire was product of a net....philosophers, artists, politicians, generals, slaves, christians, people, citizens, mecenas, richest and poorer people, lawyers who worked each in their own fields with goal to create an empire.

      In the medieval age was the same kind of work to achieve an intellectual empire with a heaven branch...the cathedrals...a colective work, incredible work with creativity and human labour organized by masters.

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