How do we cultivate creativity? | Dr. James Cross | TEDxCalgarySalon by TEDx Talks   2 years ago

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Finding ways to collaborate effectively with agility across disciplines and develop revolutionary ways to address our world's most protracted problems is not new. But it's more important than ever, and we don't have the option to stay stuck with the traditional noise of old patterns.

Dr. James Cross leads an extraordinary program of exposing undergraduate students to tackling big global problems across their academic disciplines, and shows us how he's trying to focus their efforts as part of the 2050 Project and through leading the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation (CDCI) at the University of Calgary.

From our May 24, 2017 TEDxCalgarySalon "Origins" Appointed in October 2016 as the inaugural director of the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation (CDCI) at the University of Calgary, Dr. Cross plays a key leadership role in guiding the development of transformative CDCI learning experiences where students from diverse programs collaborate in exploring solutions to pressing and complex world issues. The first inquiry-based, interdisciplinary Global Challenges course in the program was launched in January, 2017 and involves students in investigating the challenge of “Feeding Nine Billion People” under the guidance of faculty mentors.

With a distinguished cross-disciplinary career, Dr. Cross has a deep appreciation for how discovery, creativity and innovation form a complex synergy informed by scientific, social, historical, artistic, philosophical, economic and spiritual perspectives. His approaches to teaching and research demonstrate his commitment to cultivating interdisciplinary teams who value different ways of thinking. “There are important challenges both locally and globally that can become opportunities if we inspire and enable our youth, the next generation of innovators, and we empower the diverse perspectives of the university to work with our communities and entrepreneurs to understand the barriers to innovation.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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