UTSpeaks: Shapeshifters – the new creatives. Public talk @ UTS Great Hall on 7 March @ 6pm

Shapeshifters - the new creatives

When: 7 March 2012 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: The Great Hall, level 5, UTS Tower
RSVP: 6 March 2012


Is the global innovation movement challenging us to re-discover the innate creativity in all of us?

Can a holistic, trans-disciplinary approach to creativity improve our ability to solve problems, collaborate and share knowledge? How should we translate creative thinking into doing?

The 21st century presents us with a complex and competitive world, where nations are searching for processes that deliver innovation, creativity and solutions to our biggest challenges. Can Australia compete?

In this public forum, dynamic presenters, who embody a hybrid of creative industries and technology, investigate Australia’s position and future in creative innovation.

Forum Moderator – Hael Kobayashi
Hael Kobayashi is the Associate Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre and the Executive Director, Creative Innovation at UTS. He has more than 30 years experience in film, digital and new media, design and performing arts, held senior management roles with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light + Magic and DreamWorks Animation. He was a producer for Animal Logic for Oscar winning Happy Feet. For the past seven years Hael has worked with government, education and industry leaders in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia to develop and implement creative economy strategy.

Professor Kees Dorst
Kees Dorst is Professor of Design and Associate Dean Research at UTS’s Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. He has worked as a designer, consultant, manager of several design firms and editor of a leading design magazine. His research focuses on the way designers think and work. His publications include five books, the most recent being ‘Understanding Design – 175 reflections on being a designer’ (2006) and ‘Design Expertise’ (2009) with Bryan Lawson. Currently he is working on an invited book for MIT Press on ‘Frame Creation – a design-based methodology for driving innovation’.

Dr Jochen Schweitzer
Jochen Schweitzer is Lecturer of Strategy and Marketing at the UTS Business School and co-founder of u.lab, a multidisciplinary innovation hub. He has worked as a management consultant, production-planning engineer and cultural program coordinator in Australia, Europe, Central and South America. He has extensive experience in business planning, organisational transformation and change management. His focus now is on teaching and strategic management research, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation with a special interest in design thinking and social enterprise.

Dr Joanne Jakovich
Joanne Jakovich is a Senior Lecturer in the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and co-founder of u.lab. She is a design educator and researcher exploring the intersection of collective creativity and cities. She has exhibited work in Japan, Australia, Taiwan and the Netherlands in architectural and artistic contexts. She is the catalyst and producer of a new generation of urban engagement projects spanning entrepreneurship, social innovation and architecture.

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

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