Articles of Interest February 17th, 2017

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We know nothing of what will happen in the future, but in the analogy of experience.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – David Russell

“Jazz at its best is a democracy of creativity.” – Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master

“I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti

“Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.” – Dwight D Eisenhower

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” –  Albert Einstein


100&Change Semi-Finalists: Eight Bold Solutions
MacArthur Foundation

b.creative 2016 Interviews
Creative Tracks on Vimeo

A peek into the brave new world of programmable materials

How does electricity move through wires?
Morgridge Institute for Research

A Working Balloon-Powered Paper Pipe Organ Designed by Aliaksei Zholner

How to Make an Attractive City
The School of Life

Lessons of Steve Jobs: Guy Kawasaki


Creativity focus of MLA Lecture Series
The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
Through February

NASA Art Exhibit Portrays Satellite Movement With Sound
Co.Create | Fast Company
Through February 27

Artscene: David Byrne and co. blend science and art in Menlo Park
The Almanac
Through March 31

New Exhibit Highlights the Work of Black Architects
Mental Floss
Through April 1

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: More than Math
Deadline: February 17

Rand Fishkin: The Wizard of Moz

Creative Startups

February 21

NEW “Things that surprise founders”
Entrepreneurons – Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
February 22

NEW The Innovation Series with John Kennedy
Creative Oklahoma
February 23

Creative Startups
Deadline: February 28

Fall 2017 Residencies
Deadline: March 1

6th ENCATC International Study Tour to the Emirates
March 14 – 17

Submission Guidelines 2017: Journal of Cultural Management and Policy


Deadline: March 15

NEW The question of culture in Europe’s refugee crisis
6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations
March 27 – 28

Ripple Foundation Shines Spotlight on Children’s Creativity
PR Urgent (Canada)
Deadline: March 31

Music Cities Convention
Sound Diplomacy
April 4 | Berlin, Germany
October 26 | Nashville, Tennessee

Advance Innovation – Put World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in your 2017 calendar, now!
Innovation Excellence
April 15 – 21

March For Science The Latest Chicago Trump Protest (Bring Your Brain Hat)

DNAinfo Chicago

April 22

Welcome to TED2017: The Future You
TED Blog
April 24 – 28, 2017

Kaplan Fund Invites Applications for 2017 Innovation Prize
RFP | Philanthropy News Digest
Deadline: April 28 (First-round applications)

Halcyon Awards
S+R Foundation
May 20

Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards
BizTimes Media
May 24

Return of ‘Best and Brightest’ Ideas for 2017 Edition of EAA Founders’ Innovation Prize Competition
Aviation Pros
Deadline: June 15

Crayola Now Accepting Applications for Champion Creatively Alive Children® Grant Program
Deadline: June 23

CreativeMornings | a monthly breakfast lecture series



Preparing Educators for Arts Integration
Teachers College Press

Pre-order this book, in which NCN Board member Jean Hendrickson has contributed a chapter.

The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity

Pre-order this book, written by NCN Board member Peter Gamwell, with a forward by NCN Founding Chairman Sir Ken Robinson.

Explaining Creativity to Kids
The Creativity Post

Innovation Vs. Transformation: The Difference In A Digital World

What Works Can Hurt: Side Effects in Education
Yong Zhao, Education in the Age of Globalization

Mr. President: The Office Of Science & Technology Policy Is Important

The Kentucky Startup That Is Teaching Coal Miners to Code
IEEE Spectrum

5 Reasons Why Kids Make Amazing Entrepreneurs

This Company Is Using Technology From Sci-Fi Movies To Help People Walk Again
Fast Company

Happy Innovation Birthday, Canada!
Lexpert ®

Printable solar cells just got a little closer
University of Toronto Engineering News

Nuttall sounds off to Bains about super clusters

Innovation in brain imaging

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources
McKinsey & Company

The Key to Success Is Not Having More. It’s Stretching

Eric Schmidt: AI research needs to be done in the open, not in military labs

Thumbs Up for Science
Stanford Social Innovation Review

6 Unexpected Benefits of Learning a New Language
Brit + Co

Beautiful Minds: Relations Between Genius, Creativity and Mental Illness
Core Spirit

How Remote Work Is Changing And What It Means For Your Future

Gig Economy Platforms Are Creating A New Class of Entrepreneurs

Coursera’s new skill search could do for learning what Netflix did for TV
Tech Crunch

Deploying Technology
Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Power of Women’s Collectives
Stanford Social Innovation Review

5 Reasons Why Your Tech Startup Should Invest In Women
Small Business Trends

Group works to add innovation, technology jobs to St. Paul
Twin Cities

Overnight Tech: Hatch to unveil ‘Innovation Agenda’ | GOP lawmaker targets internet privacy rules | Yahoo warns of further breach
The Hill

Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds
The Register

Power and reason
Seth’s Blog

Study Debunks 4 Common Myths about Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement
The Creativity Post

How To Get Ahead Of Key Shifts In The Entertainment Industry

Technology Must Disappear in 2017
CIO WaterCooler 2017

Industrial Revolution Comparisons Aren’t Comforting
Bloomberg View

Ten Rules for Innovative Teams
Creative Jeffrey | Jeffrey Baumgartner

Reframing Growth Strategy in a Digital Economy
MIT Sloan Management Review

Citrix on Corporate Innovation and Big Hairy Audacious Goals
Innovation Excellence

Pixar’s Directors & Animators Share Advice On Art Of Storytelling In New Series

Photos of Cultural Fashion Clothing Around the World
National Geographic

Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You
National Geographic

Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?
Innovation | Smithsonian

A New Cultural Plan for NYC Runs into Objections from Artists

What Will Artificial Intelligence Look Like After Siri and Alexa?
The Atlantic

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention
Microsoft on the Issues

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?
The Atlantic

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm

The Roots of Innovation: U.S. Chamber International IP Index
Global Intellectual Property Center | US Chamber of Commerce

When It Comes to Empowering Women in STEM, Laura Beth Fulton Is Hitting All the Right Notes
Study Breaks

The Contact Hypothesis Offers Hope for the World
Science of Us

Librarians Have A Simple Message For The President Of The United States

This Indie Rocker Has Started A Company To Provide Legal, Health, And Educational Services To Musicians

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important
Harvard Business Review

How An Algorithm Helped Design The Perfect Concert Hall

MacArthur Names 8 Semifinalists in $100 Million Grant Competition
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Galileo on Critical Thinking and the Folly of Believing Our Preconceptions
Brain Pickings

A Revolution With No Rewind: Galileo’s Daughter and How the Patron Saint of Astronomy Reconciled Science and Spirituality
Brain Pickings

Three Important Lessons Women Learn Early In Their Careers

MTSU unveils Science Corridor of Innovation
Daily News Journal

Yale professors stand up for science
Yale Daily News

EXCHANGE: ‘Star Wars’ STEM class captures kids’ imagination
Herald and Review

LIC organization offers free supplies to NYC public schools, nonprofits and artists

Creativity goes to work
Upstate Business Journal

Liberals primed for budget revamp of how Ottawa spends $5B annually on innovation
National Post

Innovation budget without intellectual property strategy is ‘philanthropy’: Jim Balsillie
CBC News

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Stance Could Give Canada’s Economy An Edge
The Huffington Post, Canada

Can innovation save American jobs?

The Top 11 Trends Shaping The Future Of Retail

Lessons in Creativity and Innovation from the Mad Scientist Named Tesla

AARP dangles $10K prize in front of startups to help aging population

American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump
The Atlantic

Philosophy And Entrepreneurship: The Unexpected Link

Innovation is Fueled by the Power of Possibilities

Why Successful People Don’t Give A Damn About Your ‘Brilliant Idea’
The Huffington Post

5 Ways to Transform Your Mind Into a Creative Powerhouse

Two Simple Steps To Sell Anybody On Your Vision
Fast Company

The Thought Leader Interview: GE’s Bill Ruh on the Industrial Internet Revolution

Are Corporate Innovation Centers The Last Hope for Companies Too Big To Fail?
Innovation Management

NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Bookstores Stoke Trump Resistance With Action, Not Just Words
The New York Times

The ‘Hidden Figures’ screenwriter had NASA in her blood
La Crosse Tribune, AP

Phone For The Blind Made Out Of Textured Braille Material

Need for Creativity & Innovation in Entrepreneurship
EFR International

A Guide to Genuine Innovation When Everyone Is ‘Innovating’
Bank Innovation

DARPA: We’re Moving to Merge Humans and Machines

Two Factors For Change Management Success
Innovation Excellence

Experiments in Talent Retention
Innovation Excellence

How One Brilliant Woman Mapped the Ocean Floor’s Secrets
National Geographic

The Man Who Broke Ticketmaster

Why did the press cover a dubious study on what makes women great dancers?

Michelle Dorrance Boomwhacks the Guggenheim Rotunda
The New York Times

The Red of Painters
The Paris Review

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2017
ARTS Blog | Americans for the Arts

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Reimagining Who You Are as an Organization
The Brainzooming Group

How Technology Pushes Science Forward
National Geographic

Kärcher’s Process for Developing a New Product that Captured the Market
Innovation Excellence

‘March for Science’ Organizer Says It’s About the Public, Not the Scientists
The Chronicle of Higher Education

AAU STEM Education Grant Enables an Innovative Approach to Math at Yale
Center for Teaching and Learning | Yale

Together, Creativity and Technology Are Powerful Problem Solvers
EdTech Magazine

What Are The Most Important Unanswered Questions In Science That Are Likely To Be Answered By 2025?

Tackling the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship
INSEAD Knowledge

Reframing Failure

How Crowdfunding Platform GoFundMe Has Created A $3 Billion Digital Safety Net
Fast Company

Etsy Studio Is Ready To Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Real Business
Fast Company

The Director of ‘Hidden Figures’ on How His Movie Changed Him Forever
Rising Stars | OZY

Other Voices: ‘Creative destruction’ is a fact of our economy
Longview News-Journal

Women are The Next Great Wave of Innovation: Interview with Daria Kantor, Founder of TruBe
The Huffington Post

Celebrating Design Without Contending with It
The New Yorker

Why Music Ownership Matters
The Smart Set

Innovator Insights: Jennifer Bradley, founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute

With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail’s Biggest Design Flaw
Co.Design | Fast Company

Want To Innovate? Science Says, “Persist”
The Creativity Post

The case for curiosity
Dialogue Review

Newspapers Are Ignoring a Key Constituency

A lot of Americans don’t know a single scientist. We need to fix that

The Legal Issues You Need To Know If You’re Launching A Startup In 2017
Fast Company

Why Apprenticeships Are Back

How Will Smith Changed DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Collaboration Game
Fast Company

Photo-Realistic Holograms Are About To Get A Whole Lot More Real
Fast Company

How a 500-year-old engineering innovation led to selfies
Ars Technica

Colo. Tech Group Asks Members to Help Break Down Barriers to Innovation
Associations Now

These 6 Chinese Tech Giants Are Ramping Up The Pace Of Innovation For The World
Fast Company

Opinions | Her damaged brain forgot new experiences but she still improved on the viola
The Washington Post

Her damaged brain forgot new experiences but she still improved on the viola
American Enterprise Institute

Scientists create mouse that resists cocaine’s lure: By biochemically ‘hard-wiring’ synapses, they prevent drug addiction

New discovery could be a major advance for neurological diseases: Findings will have far-reaching implications for the understanding of memory

Opinion: When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government
The New York Times

Why these librarians are protesting Trump’s executive orders
PBS NewsHour

Drone Racing Is Quickly Growing As An International Sport

Both Inside, Outside Ideas Are Core Of ‘Open Innovation’

How Blockchain Will Change Organizations
MIT Sloan Management Review

The Pros and Cons of Different Business Models in Edtech
EdSurge News

This Children’s Hospital in Dallas is Reimagining the Healthcare Business Model
Innovation Excellence

Empowering Veterans and Coal Miners with Modern Innovation Tools
Innovation Excellence

Innovation Events: Spring Planner
Innovation Excellence

America is a home for the world’s most talented. A travel ban risks losing them
US news | The Guardian

Flying Blind: Truth, Journalism, and the Digital Age
The Millions

Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age

Every Picture Tells
The Weekly Standard

‘The Great Shame of Our Profession’
The Chronicle of Higher Education


Announcing The 2017 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies
Fast Company

Why Amazon Is The World’s Most Innovative Company Of 2017
Fast Company

What You Can Learn From The World’s Most Innovative Companies Of 2017
Fast Company

Creativity Is Crucial In Data Science
Big Data | Innovation Enterprise

Why Canada’s digital economy rests in the hands of our girls

Albert Einstein’s Little-Known Correspondence with W.E.B. Du Bois About Equality and Racial Justice
Brain Pickings

You Can Never Create The Future By Targeting The Present
Digital Tonto

How Canada might scoop up high-tech workers spooked by U.S. travel bans
Canadian Business

Innovation Celebrated at The Academy’s 2017 Sci-Tech Awards

University incubators may lead to lower-quality innovation, new study shows
Science Daily

Engineering clusters driving automotive innovation
Robotics and Automation News

Harvard Tests A Brain Implant That Could Reverse Blindness
Nerd Stash

Plugging up the ‘brain drain’
The Michigan City News-Dispatch

Jeff Tech students get creative with art class
Courier Express

Providing creative mentorship to low-income children
Southwest Journal

Making GREAT Makerspaces
Worlds of Learning

The post robotic AI age and the role of creativity and innovation

Empower Students to Be ‘Captains of Communication’
Work in Progress – Education Week Teacher

A conversation about tech M&A trends and Trump
Tech Crunch

Think you can’t create? Just open your eyes 
The Telegraph UK

Response: ‘Challenges Are a Natural Part of Mathematics’
Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo – Education Week Teacher

The importance of including the arts in the curriculum

We’re not in a bubble — we’re in a revolution

Innovate or Disintegrate

Corning: Innovative New Uses Of Gorilla And Willow Glass (Yet Another Growth Driver)
Seeking Alpha

Ignorance Might Be the Best Thing For Your Creative Mind
The Mission | Medium

Here’s what the president of MIT thinks of the Trump administration’s early moves
Los Angeles Times

Why Canada’s digital economy rests in the hands of our girls

Pharmaceutical companies and digital health startups: It’s time to get together

Motor Skills, Movement, and Math Performance Are Intertwined
The Athlete’s Way| Psychology Today

The IoT explosion is upon us — what’s holding CIOs back?
SearchCIO | Tech Target

New FCC chair closely guards his strategy to restructure net neutrality

5 Essential Skills for Every Innovation Leader

Cities need to innovate to survive. Here are four ways they can do it
World Economic Forum | Medium

What Does Disruption Look Like, Anyway?

5 Tips For Providing Feedback To Creatives (Without Making Them Feel Criticized)

8 Facts to Amaze and Inspire On Thomas Edison’s Birthday

Should You Go to College If You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

The Writing Process Isn’t Linear. So Why Do Schools Keep Pretending That It Is?

Can a trip to an art museum ignite creativity in business?
The Des Moines Register

Is Coding A Skill Anyone Can Learn?

10 Things the Artist and the Entrepreneur Have in Common

Do Orlando’s Startup Incubators Have a Brain Drain Problem?

In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk
Harvard Business Review

Ford Is Investing $1 Billion In An AI Startup To Make Self-Driving Cars
Fast Company

A San Francisco bookstore offers free copies of George Orwell’s ‘1984’
Los Angeles Times

After-school STEM classes let kids build robots, and maybe resumes
Blue Sky Originals | Chicago Tribune

Music Professor Receives Patent to Help Fight Bark Beetles
Wisconsin Ag Connection

Making change (in multiples)
Seth’s Blog

The two vocabularies (because there are two audiences)
Seth’s Blog

AI Could Soon Be Taking The Roles Of Doctors, Teachers And Actors

Innovation is the art of defining boundaries.

2017 Open-Innovation Centers: Multi-faceted with New Business Model Focus
Innovation Excellence

Building Differentiating Capabilities for Innovation
Innovation Excellence

Break the Innovation Barrier – Start Pretotyping!
Innovation Excellence

Overcome Innovation Adversity with Diversity
Innovation Excellence

Do University Incubators Harm Innovation?
Innovation Excellence

5 Ideas for Turning a Vision Statement into Strategy
The Brainzooming Group

The clock is ticking for Spotify
BBC News

How the New York Times Is Using Strategies Inspired by Netflix, Spotify, and HBO to Make Itself Indispensible

‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ and the Age of the Weaponized Meme
The Atlantic

If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians
Aeon Ideas

High Schools Shouldn’t Guarantee Admission
Immodest Proposal | OZY

Why Artificial Intelligence Might Replace Your Lawyer
Fast Forward | OZY

Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again.

The New York Times

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