The Fall School of Creativity Management offered a rich and diverse one-week program, where participants learn best practices on innovation and creativity through a privileged contact with influential thinkers, creators, academics, professionals and managers. This was achieved through company visits, seminars, and interactive workshops. The 8th edition of the School was held in Strasbourg from the 6th to 11th of November 2017 and two gorillas could not have missed it.
Veronika Antoniou, from Urban Gorillas and Marco Canevacci, from Plastic Fantastic, led a workshop on space and creativity during the week, where a “bubble” became a canvas for expressing new ideas and use of a historical monument within the old city hospital. During the 2 days workshop the participants explored the potentials of spatial transformation through a variety of means and approaches. The physical space of the workshop was transformed through the insertion of an inflatable structure that redefined the existing space and created an innovative format for the workshop to take place.
The week was an amalgamation of experiences. We played some spang with Benjamin Nid, listened to his stories, were impressed by the inspiration behind IRCAD and wanted to ride self-service scooters developed by the start-up knot (https://www.knotcity.com/)
A merge of science, art and business led us to a creative mindset and re-establishment of ideas. One of the lessons we learned is well depicted by a quote from the creator of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson:
“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
The Fall School of Management of Creativity offers a unique and privileged opportunity for 120 participants from different countries and backgrounds to tap into new sources of inspiration on how to create environments that stimulate innovation and creativity. Organized by the BETA (Bureau d’Économie Théorique et Appliquée) of the University of Strasbourg in collaboration with MosaiC, Creativity & Innovation Center – HEC Montréal, and the association ACCRO (http://www.creaccro.eu/).