Articles of Interest | January 5, 2018

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We wish you a happy and creative New Year!


“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.” – Isaac Asimov

“One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren’t usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love, and that’s what we get off on.” – Danica McKellar

“Celebrate! Innovative organizations are places where people enjoy their peers’ work, good tries, good screw-ups, milestones reached, etc. Celebrating these events, large and small and very small, is a fullscale part of the ‘innovation culture.’” – Tom Peters

“The only sin is mediocrity.” – Martha Graham

“Creativity isn’t an occupation. It’s a preoccupation.” – Sir John Hegarty

Success Quotes from History’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Innovation Excellence


The Innovator’s Journey | Stephen Brand
TEDxSpringfield, YouTube

Watch: 10 of the Best Short Films from 2017
National Geographic

Desmond Mason | From NBA Player to American Artist

Origami-Inspired Artificial Muscles

A year-long observation reveals the secret life of a tree and its animal visitors
Aeon Videos

Dealing With the Agony and Ecstasy of Creativity
Good News Network

Vision (with/versus) Metrics | John Maeda


NEW RIT/NTID establishes first NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl
Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Deadline: January 26

2018 EngineerGirl Writing Contest
EngineerGirl Deadline: February 1

7th ENCATC International Study Tour to NYC
February 12 – 14

NEW Jaime Hayon, a Spanish artist-designer
Creativity Series | MIAD Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
February 13

ENCATC Academy on Cultural Relations and Diplomacy: The Rising Role of Cities
February 15 – 16

Announcing Five Regional Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits!
ArtPlace America

Southeast Region | March 15 – 16
Southwest/Rocky Mountains | April 6 – 7
Northeast Corridor | May 3 – 4
Appalachia Region | June 21 – 22
Capital Region | October 2018

CPSI 2018 | Creativity Conference
Creative Problem Solving Institute
June 19 – 24

Crayola Invites Proposals From Elementary Schools for 2018 Creative Leadership Grants
RFPs | Philanthropy News Digest
Deadline: June 22

2017 – 18 Event Calendar
Co-Create and Creative Industries Network

CreativeMornings | a monthly breakfast lecture series


What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?
Curious? | Psychology Today

Gen Z Entrepreneurs Are Set To Monetize Their Creativity

Scholars and politicians raise concerns about the Chinese government’s influence over international academe
Inside Higher Ed

Why scientific information is the key to democracy

Arts Education Offered in Over 90% of Secondary Schools in Los Angeles County, Survey Reveals
Grantmakers in the Arts

Idea Magnets and their Creative Thinking Formulas – Michael Stipe
The Brainzooming Group

The 15 Enemies of Innovation

2018 Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Tech Education awarded to Stanford Professor
EurekAlert! Science News

STEM innovations in the Upper Peninsula get a marketing boost

Lilly Endowment to offer grants to boost Indianapolis’ creativity
Indianapolis Star

Year of Creative Youth will empower artistic Chicago students
Gazette Chicago

How artists from Mexico influenced a closed-off China
The Frame | 89.3KPCC

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Gives Free Books To Kids & It’ll Brighten Your Day

Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy
The Globe and Mail

Star Wars Healthcare: Making Jedi Mind Control a Reality

Brain cap gives scientists a better look at brain behavior
Hub | Johns Hopkins University

Reading the brain from the outside
Headache | The Economist

Also How brains and machines can be made to work together
Thought experiments | The Economist

Meet Danielle Olson: A Gique Advancing the Case for STEAM Education

Are Female-Only Networks Hurting Women in the Workforce?
Fast Forward | OZY

How we recreated Amazon Go in 36 hours
freeCodeCamp | Medium

An innovation fetish
UX Planet | Medium

Why CES Might Not Be So Boring This Year
Co.Design | Fast Company

Spotify Files For IPO: Here’s What That Means For Its Rivals
Fast Company

Experts try to keep Georgia O’Keeffe paintings from fading
Wisconsin Gazette, AP

‘Forget About the Stigma’: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men
The Upshot | The New York Times

Global Warming’s Toll on Coral Reefs: As if They’re ‘Ravaged by War’
The New York Times

A Space Station Is Expected to Fall Out of the Sky. You’ll Probably Be Fine.
The New York Times

Leave A.I. Alone
Opinion | The New York Times

What Learning Looks Like: Creating A Well-Tuned Orchestra In Your Head

The Irony of Specialized High Schools
The Atlantic

The Wonders of Possibility: Lewis Thomas on Our Human Potential and Our Cosmic Responsibility to the Planet and to Ourselves
Brain Pickings

3 Key Machine Learning Trends To Watch Out For In 2018

Blockchain, explained
MIT Sloan School of Management

Pixar Just Revealed Scrapped Ideas From Their Movies. This Changes Everything.
Fast Company

The 20 Most Popular MIT Sloan Management Review Articles of 2017
MIT Sloan Management Review

10 Things Effective Leaders Do to Encourage Innovation

Can Small Business Can Access World Class Scientific Research? Yes!
Innovation Excellence

The Secret to Innovation? Ride What Moves
Innovation You | Psychology Today

Are Writers as Weird as They Are Made to Appear?
Psychology Yesterday | Psychology Today

The Invention of Hyperlinks
Seeing What Others Don’t | Psychology Today

Las Vegas still needs an art museum—and we can have one if we don’t lose focus
Las Vegas Weekly

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened
News | The Guardian

Opinion | America’s own Cultural Revolution
The Washington Post

Taking Note: Statewide Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education—A Catalyst for Policy & Engagement
National Endowment for the Arts

Will innovation lie in the cloud, on the edge or elsewhere?
Information Age

Are Innovative Companies More Profitable?
MIT Sloan Management Review

Should We All Take Note When Silicon Valley Parents Opt Out of Schools with Tech?
The Creativity Post

How the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative plans to solve disease by 2100

Can A Simple Pen Help Doctors Diagnose Cancer?

Yours, Mine and Ours: How the Sharing Economy is Transforming Business
Washington State University

2018 Is the Year of the Intangibles
Bright Magazine | Medium

Six Questions That Math Educators Need To Answer Honestly
QED | Medium

As Frankenstein Turns 200, Can We Control Our Modern “Monsters”?
Scientific American

How Seattle became a magnet for creative minds
The Drum

There won’t be any women in top keynote slots at CES, after all
Fast Company

China wants to build an innovation capital by fiat. Can it?
Los Angeles Times

Edmonton destined to be health innovation hub, says medical task force
Edmonton – CBC News

Sci-fi classics get dissected by scientists in new SF series
San Jose Mercury News

Americans’ attitudes about science in 2017: High confidence, low visibility
EurekAlert! Science News

DC-area native stars in new season of ‘Innovation Nation’

Fear of math?
The Highland County Press

How to Buck the Brogrammer Culture and Get Women into STEM

Google’s masterplan to foster LatAm tech startups in 2018

The secret to creativity – and the simple tricks you can use to boost yours
The Daily Mail, UK

A new tribute to Tesla tries to capture the spark of imagination
Around the O | University of Oregon

Local Nonprofit Uses Creativity to Keep Teens Out of Gangs

A Cheerleader for Art Education
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Real (and Imaginary) Benefits of Multitasking

Brains, Hearts and Heroin Addiction: Medicine in VR
Video –

15 top science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018
NBC News

3 brain technologies to watch in 2018

The Library of Congress Quits Twitter
The New Yorker

The 13 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs and Advances of 2017
Endpoints | Medium

2017’s “Greatest Hits” in Human Population Genetics

2017 Education Research Highlights

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

Where will Apple spend its billions?

Disney dominates 2017’s $11 billion domestic box office

China’s ‘Saxophone Capital,’ a Factory Town Transfixed by Kenny G
The New York Times

Why we don’t have nice things
Seth’s Blog

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture
The Brainzooming Group

10 New Principles Of Good Design
Co.Design | Fast Company

Placemaking Gets Organized: The Growth of Regional Movements in 2017
Project for Public Spaces

How St. Louis is Becoming a Hub of Innovation (Again)
Silicon Prairie News

Tree Skyscrapers and Underwater Restaurants: See the Most Futuristic Designs of the Year

The Value in Personal Innovation Learning Journeys
Innovation Excellence

Can Hollywood Change Its Ways?
The New Yorker

Snubbing FCC, States Are Writing Their Own Net Neutrality Laws
Fast Company

Will Facebook Watch Be Must-See TV In 2018?
Fast Company

In a Teacher’s Declaration, Discouraging Words and A Smidgen of Insight
Howard Sherman

Rick Hall, the father of the Muscle Shoals sound, dies at 85
LA Times

Broadway Is Becoming More Accessible, Thanks to a Boost From Podcasting
Pacific Standard

New Year’s Reflections Inspired by Three Haiku Poets
Turning Straw Into Gold | Psychology Today

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017
Innovation Excellence

As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel the Sting
The New York Times

Jazz improvisers score high on creativity
Science News

From Half a World Away, Engineering Student Tackles Housing Problem in Armenia
UVA Today

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recognized for information technology innovation
Florida Business Daily

Star Trek: Discovery’s Greatest Science Moments Rethink What It Means To Be Alive

Developing creativity in children with autism
Inquirer Lifestyle

The Geography of the Urban Fitness Boom

Creating Forward Momentum
The Creativity Post

Design Is The New IP

These Three Phrases Are Killing Innovation At Your Workplace
Fast Company

Design Lessons From A Century Of Sci-Fi
Co.Design | Fast Company

Philippe Starck on the infinity symbol
1843 | The Economist

A science news preview of 2018
BBC News

At A Glance – The Innovator’s Dilemma
Disruption Hub

18 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2018

Iceland Asked Its Teens Why They Binge Drink. Their Responses Changed Everything.

Art Exhibition ‘Game Recognize Game’ Explores How Play Inspires Change
GOOD Sports

If You Can Solve This Math Puzzle, You Might Be a Genius
Mental Floss

“5 Lawsuits That Could Reshape the Art World in 2018”
The Art Law Blog

Silicon Valley Won’t Save Books
New Republic

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue
The New York Times

San Francisco’s Skyline, Now Inescapably Transformed by Tech
The New York Times

The Decline of Debate on College Campuses
New Republic

Why Is Everything Being Designed for Instagram?

The 1968 Book That Tried to Predict the World of 2018
The New Yorker

These N.B.A. Dancers Bring Their High Kicks Courtside
The New York Times

Best of 2017: Music Saved My Life: How Arts Therapy Helped a Master Sergeant Recover from the Wounds of War
National Endowment for the Arts

The Myth of Resilience
Valley Girl With a Brain | Psychology Today

Top 20 Innovation Articles of December 2017
Innovation Excellence

30 innovations that improved the world in 2017

The Most Important Tech Trends Of 2018, According To Top VCs
Fast Company

Is the innovation economy broken? How can it be fixed?
Your Story

The Lives They Lived
The New York Times

The Most Important Skill In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Bob Lutz urges Detroit 3 to tout innovative technology
Detroit Free Press

18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead
MIT Technology Review

China, the Innovation Dragon
Project Syndicate

15 top science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018
NBC News

Our Top 13 Predictions For Science in 2018
Science Alert

Does Davos really matter to Canada?
The Globe and Mail

Startups: Don’t sell out. Help build Canada’s no-exit innovation economy
Financial Post

The 10 Must-Read Brain Science And Psychology Stories Of 2017

20+ Science Facts We Didn’t Know at The Start of 2017
Science Alert

Brain hacking: What Bill Gates and other tech titans want with our mind

Why does music make us emotional?
Inside Science

If We Want Brain-Computer Interfaces, We Must First Decode the Brain

Rebuilding Science Education in Puerto Rico
Scientific American Blog Network

The newest American Girl doll — an astronaut on a mission to get girls into STEM — hits stores today

Forming a virtuous cycle: how creative communities and cities can shape each other
Your Story

She didn’t want to come to Sacramento. Now she’s helping build its new economy
Sacramento Bee

Pop Culture Predicts The Future of Tech

The business of culture: how entrepreneurs and artists tap international markets
Your Story

A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired By The Electric Eel
The Atlantic

Unsolved Science Mysteries From 2017
National Geographic

The Year in “Diversity Fatigue”
The New Yorker

Apple files content streaming system patent as content wars between Netflix, Hulu, heat up
Silicon Valley Business Journal

12 bad tech habits you need to resolve to stop doing this New Year
Popular Science

WATCH: Bill Nye on science media, politics, and the feature film he wants to make
Popular Science

How will Formula One reckon with electric cars?
Popular Science

Can This Biochemist Bypass Organ Donors?
Rising Stars | OZY

The Rise of Dementia Villages — The Happiest Places on Earth?
Fast Forward | OZY

These Xiaogang farmers could have been executed for their innovation in 1978, instead they changed China forever
Idea to Value

Why the arts matter: Maria Mingalone on the arts and visual art
The San Diego Union-Tribune

43 Members of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Elected to 2017 Class of National Academy of Inventors Fellows
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has designed cards to ‘spark creativity and collaboration’
Boing Boing

AI Startup Is Out To Create A Digital Copy Of Every Person Worldwide

Trump Says U.S. Post Office Should Charge Amazon `Much More’
Digital – AdAge

Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan
The New York Times

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto
The New York Times

Seth’s Blog

Designed Leadership: 5 Lessons in Strategic Design for Entrepreneurs
Creativity at Work

Spotify Is Paying Tribute To Hip Hop Stars With Life-Size Sculptures

How Creativity Drives Human Evolution
National Geographic

Return on Design
Strategy + Business

Project Management 3.0? – Why Design Thinking is the Next-Gen
The Startup | Medium

Voting Open – Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017
Innovation Excellence

A Patient’s Perspective on Healthcare Innovation
Innovation Excellence

Dance More!
What a Body Knows | Psychology Today

Art Therapy and Digital Technology: Digital Art Therapy
Arts and Health | Psychology Today

Make 2018 the Year of Never Thinking tb;nt
The Brainzooming Group

Where is technology taking the economy?
McKinsey & Company

An Antidote to Digital Dehumanization? Live Theater
The New York Times

Who will save our bookstores, and the communities they tie together?
The Globe and Mail

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