Life in 21st century has ushered in unparallel levels of change, especially for those who work in areas that are impacted by advances in technology. Because of the pace of change, many experts now argue that creativity and creative problem solving are crucial for professional success. Indeed, in several recent reports the World Economic Forum has consistently identified creativity as one of the top three most important workplace skills. Unfortunately, most schools and organizations are not effective in developing these essential skills. The fact that creativity is in demand and that educational practices do more to undermine, than promote, creative thinking represents a real threat to individual and societal achievement and well-being. This special programme is based on more than 50-years of practice at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. The pioneering creativity programme in which Brainstorming and Creative Problem Solving were developed and tested.

Focus of the session:

This program will feature principles and practices that have been empirically proven to enhance the creative thinking abilities of students and adults.

Who can attend: Teachers, Educators, Professors, Deans, Principals, Teacher Educators and Institutional Heads.

Programme Date: 27th and 28th August 2020

Number of Days: 02

Duration of the Session: 02 Hours (1 hour 15 minutes presentation and 45 minutes Q & A)

Session Timings: 6:30pm-8:30pm (IST)


About the speaker:

Dr. Gerard J. Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC), Buffalo Sta

te; USA.

Dr. Gerard J. Puccio heads a unique academic department of ICSC that offers the world’s only Master of Science degree and doctoral degree in creativity. Gerard has written more than 60 articles, chapters and books. His most recent book titled “The Innovative Team”, co-authored with Chris Grivas, is a fable about a team that was able to apply proven creative-thinking tools to turn around a dysfunctional and unproductive situation. In 2011 he and his colleagues published the second edition of their book “Creative Leadership”: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity.

Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. Some of his recent clients include the BBC, Fisher-Price Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, Rich Products, BNP Paribas, Rubbermaid, Coca-Cola, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.

In 2012 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company as one of America’s Great Lecturers and as such was invited to design and deliver a course comprised of twenty-four 30-minute video sessions. This “Great Course,” titled “The Creative Thinker’s Tool Box”, will be released internationally in January 2014. Dr. Puccio was also a featured speaker at a TEDx event held in New York City in December of 2012. Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Puccio also serves on the selecting committee for the Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.