June. MASK at the School of Education and Human Development of the George Washington University in Washington DC.
on 26 June, MASK's Founding Director, Alla Tkachuk, presented the 'Engaging Creativity for Human Development" talk at the School of Education and Human Development of the George Washington University in Washington DC.
When education for creativity is placed at the centre of personal, organizational, and societal development, personal fulfilment, growth and effectiveness are likely to follow. Failure to foster creativity leads to a stunting of human development. As technology is radically changing the rules that created growth in the past, new ideas, innovation and creativity increasingly become important to success of individuals, companies and nations in the 21st century. Education for creativity may turn out to be the key model for major educational reform to meet today’s socio-economic challenges.
The talk discussed the nature and 'biology' of creativity (creative thinking), and how education for creativity leads to student well-being, increased employment opportunities, effective leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, the importance of creativity in teams and organizations and for a wider society’s change was addressed.
Alla presented MASK and its innovative practice-based non-formal model of learning for creativity in schools. The model can be extended to help increase the capacity for creativity of teams and complex organizations. The presentation also described MASK's development of an age and social context appropriate curriculum and models for facilitating creativity and assessment processes. It gave an alternative perspective on strategic approaches to increasing the capacity of individuals and organizations in learning, leadership, and change.