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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 26 2011: We agreed that creativity is crucial en education, and nowadays is mostly absent from the classrooms.
    We agreed that, now that we finished the debate, we want to make a difference.

    Let's take inventory:
    What areas do you observe where you live that could use creativity?

    What skills do you have that you can share online with this group?

    Which issue from the debate should we address?
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      Oct 26 2011: Karina....las diferencias......y las semejanzas?

      Un signo distintivo de la inteligencia creativa es que es capàz de reconocer las diferencias en las semejanzas y lo semejante en lo diferente...este proceso natural, pero a veces olvidado por la tirania de la razòn, se llama sinèctica y es natural en nosotros. La sinèctica es el arte de comparar y es por medio de ella que logramos un criterio dialèctico que armoniza y confronta las semejanzas y las diferencias. El equilibrio entre lo sejante y lo diferente se llama identidad y proviene de la integridad, esto es:...ser lo que se es y reconocerlo.

      La sinèctica es algo que en armonìa con la hermenèutica, la mayeutica y la heurìstica invocan-provocan la creatividad.
      Si queremos lograr un debate real y fructifero es necesario ser sinceros, veraces y humildes.
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        Oct 27 2011: Welcome, Jaime!
        ...And of course you give this Stage 2 a very metaphysical beginning. Looking beyond the surface is a great talent of yours :-)

        I like your explanation of the nature of creativity. We can analyze it past midnight (or past the debate closing point) but at the end of the day, creativity is.
        It is a reality; we have agreed it is inherent to the human being, it is built in, and is part of what makes us human.

        We also agreed that we all have it, developed to different degrees.

        We recognized that it was much better for individuals, and for the whole, to have an environment conducive to creativity, weather at home, school or work (as Varlan Allan suggested in the previous debate)

        Creativity in Action tries to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between pure discussion and our every day life; your reality, mine, the every day in any corner of this beautiful earth, simply out of commitment to make this a better world (social responsibility, agape love, otherness -your choice)
        We have already tackled its roots quite a bit in the previous debate. Now we are moving on, making sure the creative forces we engaged don't become stagnant.
        In this new section we will celebrate all that we learned about creativity by gathering our diverse gifts and putting them in action in a creative way on a real life case scenario.

        In fact, this is creativity enabling creativity. The chosen project (s) should allow for more creativity in a given situation. It should nurture it, and facilitate the conditions for it to flow freely. Education resounded like the main area where action is needed, but there are certainly many others.

        Through honest and humble collaboration and conversation, we would be of service to the common good, weather the project is around the corner or in another continent.
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          Oct 27 2011: Karina is great to be in an intelligent debate....creativity begins with the emptyness the VACUI and chaos.....creativity and ALL in this universe begin with the metaphisical point...in sanscrit BINDU (the moon, the belly, the semen drop, the firts trace of a circle or a word....) the very first sound to be transformed in a IDEA (sanscrit= the metaphisical form of the non existent things) from IDEA cames vIDEO, VIsion, WISdom, WISe...etc
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      Oct 26 2011: Karina la creatividad se manifiesta, no se aplica, por lo tanto, esa manifestacion se hace patente desde un estado latente y natural y se expresa en una condicion ambital, es decir aquello que integra espacio, tiempo, sujeto y objeto con las emociones, las ideas y sobre todo con los conceptos, es decir aquello que tiene vida en si mismo...esta concebido y por lo tanto necesita un ambito natural para desarrollarse y nacer...un vientre metafisico que genera realidades tangibles.
    • Nov 2 2011: Karina,

      I think creativity as the only end seems a bit narrow; it needs to be combined with a context... making things, objects, etc for the common good... for wellbeing, for a better society, for binding communities together; becaue one thing education (and society) is also missing a lot is connection, opportunities for people to BE! Be themselves, be with others, be comfortable or not, explore new areas, experiment with risk... and creativity- and the Arts are important in that aspect.... giving people a place to nurture their SOULS!!!! do that make sense?
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        Nov 3 2011: Absolutely, Theresia!

        While the connection between creativity and the arts is a given, it is in my opinion that it needs fostering in all other areas .

        For astronomers to continue to look even further, researchers to attempt a cure, engineers to come up with a new and better design, the critical element at the base is how we think (not what), and how we explore into the unknown. Creativity is key in that.

        This debate is focusing rather on creativity in education, and doing something about it. Still that is wide, and I hope that the input here will help bring about particular areas of need, specific cases that need rebuilding or recreating...
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          Nov 3 2011: Karina you said "the critical elment at the base is how we think (not what)..." let me put together "how we feel"......the sensitive mind also has a lot to do in creativity....also the intuitive mind, the intellectual mind, and the intelligent mind....

          Ciao cara.
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          Nov 3 2011: Karina gracias....te comparto una afirmacion afortunada del escultor rumano Constantin Brancusi..."No hay que crear, hay que estar en estado de crear".

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