In Episode 82, The Occupational Philosophers chat with the amazing Dr Cyndi Burnett – Author, Academic and Creative on a on a mission to infuse creative thinking into every classroom around the world!
Dr Burnett has studied, taught, and written about both the art (expression) and the science (problem-solving) of creativity for the last 25 years. As an academic, she spent 20 years teaching deliberate creativity to undergrad and graduate students at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.
During her tenure, she was awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching and co-designed and delivered a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity to over 60K participants.
Three years ago, she left my tenured position to build Creativity and Education, whose mission is to empower educators to infuse creativity into the classroom.
Cyndi’s goal is to bridge the gap between creativity researchers, practitioners, administrators, and educators and move the conversation about creativity in education forward.
She is the co-author of several books including, Weaving Creativity into Every Strand of Your Curriculum, 20 Lessons to Weave Creative Thinking into Your Curriculum, and My Sandwich is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents and Young Children, and numerous articles. She has also been featured in the NYTimes, Women’s Health Magazine, and Woman’s World Magazine.
She is also the host of the smash hit podcast, Fueling Creativity in Education
(Pretty impressive resume!)
In this episode, they explore:
- Why creativity is at the heart of managing change
- How we should look at things that are obvious to you and ask questions
- Why homework should be about finding questions rather than answers
- How leaders need to give the space for new ideas
- Understanding if you want to see creativity you have to model that creativity
- Why we don’t need a script for creativity (think schools and organisations)
- The difference between creative thinking and creative problem-solving
- The importance of staying open to novelty
- Why we should all be reading “Why you should be orbiting a giant hairball”
- Why we should all beware of alcoholic pigs
As always, there are some great thought experiments. This time it’s “Funny or Fake?”
The Occupational Philosophers hope you enjoy the show as much as they did making it.
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