• February 10, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 02/10/2016 7:00 pm 02/10/2016 America/Los_Angeles How We Dream Up Things That Change the World A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. California Institute of Integral Studies
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A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die.
 
By studying inventions like these-the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed-we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers. Pagan Kennedy reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the 21st century, as millions of us deploy tools like crowdfunding, big data, and 3-D printing to find hidden opportunities.

Inventology, Kennedy's new book, uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality. Inventology is a must-read for designers, artists, makers-anyone who is curious about creativity. By identifying the steps of the invention process, Kennedy reveals the imaginative tools required to solve our most challenging problems.

Pagan Kennedy was The New York Times Magazine's "Who Made That?" columnist, and author of The New York Times Notable Book Black Livingstone, Spinsters, and other books. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Dwell, The Nation, and elsewhere.

Alfonso Montuori is an educator, consultant, and musician. His transdisciplinary research has focused on the application of creativity research and complexity to better understand how to live in a complex, pluralistic, uncertain world. He has focused particularly in the areas of leadership, future studies, cultural pluralism, education, and Creative Inquiry.


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