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Past Event

Cultivating Creativity for Your Future

Why cultivate creativity? Along with helping us at work and at home, another key reason is to navigate ambiguity and to build a "future-ready mindstate" that can surf the waves of an increasingly chaotic world.

Intense, creative play is what helps create powerful childhood friendships, along with rituals and mechanisms for thriving during a transition to a new environment. For children, it's the transition to adulthood; for adults, it's living in a rapidly changing society in which tools like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and big data challenge our imagination, our limits and the status quo.

Stanford faculty Scott Doorley and Carissa Carter, along with Google's Creative Skills for Innovation Lab founder Frederik G. Pferdt, have published two inter-related books on applying creativity and design to manage our futures. They're going to lead us in some simple (and playful!) exercises to help us learn some foundational design and creativity skills that might also help us steer our way through a world in flux.

So come to the Club for an enjoyable evening, re-awakening our ability to be amazed and to be imaginative with the assistance of the top creativity trainers in the world!

MLF Organizer
Eric Siegel

A Personal Growth Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

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July 11, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Carissa Carter

Academic Director, Stanford; Author, The Secret Language of Maps: How to Tell Visual Stories with Data and Assembling Tomorrow: A Guide to Designing a Thriving Future from the Stanford

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Scott Doorley

Creative Director, Stanford; Author, Assembling Tomorrow: A Guide to Designing a Thriving Future from the Stanford and Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration.

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Dr. Frederik G. Pferdt

First and Former Chief Innovation Evangelist, Google; Author, What’s Next Is Now: How To Live Future Ready

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Eric Siegel

Chair, Personal Growth Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator