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Public Lecture on Creativity, Productive Disobedience, and the Effective Scholar


The Research Office, The University of the South Pacific cordially invites you to a Public Lecture on Creativity, Productive Disobedience, and the Effective Scholar


Presenter: Professor Welby Ings
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Abstract: Effective scholarship is based on our ability to disobey. As we journey beyond ritual and formula we pursue knowledge and understanding that locates us at the vanguard of thinking. This can be both exhilarating and lonely. Yet it is vital.

This illustrated address looks at the nature of our creativity and the personal and institutional constraints we encounter when growing potential in ourselves, and others. In so doing, it considers the difference between creativity and its surrogate, small-scale adaptation.

The address also examines why certain educators and organisational leaders attract, retain and grow highly innovative thinkers. Drawing on research into post-heroic leadership models and wounded hierarchies, it argues in support of approaches that reach beyond the coercive, evidence-based, performance measurement. In so doing the address highlights successful, alternative approaches that are highly people-focused. These historically successful models challenge our obsession with documenting and reporting and shift attention onto potential, responsibility and operating with higher levels of trust.

Presenter: Professor Welby Ings is a Professor of Graphic Design and holds a PhD in applied narratology. He is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and has been a consultant to many international organisations on issues of creativity and learning. He is also a multi-award winning designer, illustrator and filmmaker. He has taught at all levels of the New Zealand school system and currently co-ordinates the PhD programme in practice-led design research at AUT University.

Date: 7th September, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.10pm
Venue: AusAid Performance Space, USP Laucala Campus


5.00pm: All guests seated
5.05pm: Welcome remarks and Introduction by Professor Derrick Armstrong,Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Research and International], USP
5.15pm: Address by Professor Welby Ings, Professor of Graphic Design, Auckland University of Technology
6.05pm: Question and Answer Session
6.10pm: Conclusion and Refreshments


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