Special AETD Event

Innovation Workshop - Divergent Thinking

Presented by:
Mark Boyes, PhD candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Workshop Overview:

The foundation of performance improvement is innovation, the source of innovation is creativity, and the spark of creativity is Divergent Thinking. Creativity should not be confined to industries such as fashion, design, or the preforming arts; nor should it be confined to specific periods of time or individuals or groups. Creativity should be a daily occurrence in our technical work. The purpose of this workshop is to assist project teams in breaking away from the status quo decision making process by embedding divergent thinking in to all aspects of our work. By embracing divergent thinking we will become more creative, find new ways to be innovate, and improve overall performance.

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Workshop: Day #1 Workshop: Day #2
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 10am-12pm Friday, July 1, 2016 from 10am-12pm
Building 26, Room 161 Building 26, Room 161
  • Introduction
  • Creative Intervention #1
  • Creative Intervention #2
  • Group Discussion
  • Introduction/Recap
  • Visualize (See the world differently
  • Creative Intervention #3
  • Group Discussion

About the Facilitator:

Mark is a PhD candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia where he is researching how we can improve outcomes by embedding divergent thinking into project team decision making using creative interventions.

Mark's research is endeavoring to tackle a perfect storm of established cognition, conservative education systems, a lack of understanding about creativity, busy life-styles and project constraints; all of which contribute to status quo decision making.

Mark is a seasoned leader with over 20 years' experience in senior management roles, advisory board positions, executive committees and hands on operational roles. Mark's technical experience is broad, having designed information systems in legal, compliance, gaming, pharmaceuticals, retail, FMCG, hotels, finance, surveillance and supply chain industries.

As an Illustrator, Mark has worked with local and international clients helping them visualize their strategies, ideas and business models. Mark's clients include; Intelligence Answers, RMIT, The Organizational Zoo, Meals on Wheels, Cirque du Soleil and Bangkok University. Mark has recently finished illustrating a new book called KNOWledge SUCCESSion which is due out late 2016.



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