CASBS Summit 2013: Creativity and Innovation - Sessions

Opening Keynote: Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Laureate

Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Emeritus; Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University

Dr. Daniel Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics (2002) for integrating insights from psychological research into economics. His findings challenged some of the most basic assumptions of neoclassical economics and generated an entirely new field within the discipline, behavioral economics, which studies the psychology of judgment and decision-making. In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. His book Thinking, Fast and Slow was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011 and won the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012. He was a CASBS Fellow in 1978.

Closing Panel: Industry and behavioral sciences need one another: How do we make it happen?

Don Norman - Moderator

Don Norman is cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, an IDEO Fellow, Trustee of IIT’s Institute of Design (Chicago), and former Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is professor emeritus of computer science and design at Northwestern University and professor emeritus of both psychology and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, has honorary degrees from the University of Padua (Italy) and the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). He is author of numerous books, including The Design of Everyday Things, Emotional Design, and Living with Complexity. He was a CASBS Fellow in 1974.

Joining Don Norman on the panel will be Tim Brown, President & CEO, IDEO; Curtis Carlson, President & CEO, SRI International; James P. Hackett, President, CEO & Director of Steelcase Inc. Ellen Levy, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Connect. More information below.

Interactive Sessions

Beth Altringer

Complex problems, innovative solutions:  what you must do to succeed in your innovation initiatives.

Dr. Beth Altringer is a psychologist in the areas of innovation, creative collaboration, and human-centered design, with a master's degree in architecture. She is currently on the faculty in Innovation and Human Behavior, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Read more.


Teresa M. Amabile

Productive creativity at work: specific managerial behaviors can support – or undermine – people’s ability to make progress in meaningful work.

Dr. Teresa M. Amabile’s research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. She is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School. Read more.


Nancy Andreasen

Behavioral science meets neuroimaging.  Understanding creativity, memory, and mental illness through neuroimaging tools.

Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen was awarded the President’s National Medal of Science for biological sciences in 2000, and is the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry; Director, Neuroimaging Research Center and Mental Health Clinical Research Center, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Read more.


Solomon Assefa

Eco-friendly and faster:  supercomputers that communicate using nanophotonics  -- pulses of light instead of electrical signals.

Ethiopian-American Solomon Assefa was recently chosen by Technology Review as one of 35 outstanding innovators under 35. He is a Research Scientist, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Read more.


Amy C. Edmondson

Smart cities, eco-cities:  Collaborative Innovation.

Included in Harvard Business Review’s 2011 list of the “Most Influential Management Gurus,” Dr. Amy Edmondson’s 2012 book Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy emphasizes managing the activities that enable collaborative work across boundaries. Read more.


Keith J. Holyoak

“Creativity is to innovation as…”  Using analogies to find innovative solutions to novel problems.

Dr. Keith J. Holyoak is a Distinguisted Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.and  conducts research on human reasoning, learning, decision making, and problem solving. Read more.


JoAnn Kuchera-Morin

Uncovering hidden patterns in complex information: using intuition and creativity to drive innovation.

Director and Chief Scientist of the AlloSphere Research Facility, Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin's research focuses on creative computational systems, multi-modal media systems content and facilities design. Read more.


Daniel J. Levitin

Creativity in music: Constraints and innovation.

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist and author of the international bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature, and is one of the best-selling scientist writers of the last ten years. Read more.


Hayagreeva Rao

Organizational change, customer-focused cultures, and collective action:  does it advance or inhibit business innovation?

Dr. Hayagreeva Rao, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Stanford Graduate School of Business, has published widely in the fields of management and sociology, and studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change. Read more.


Daniel Reisberg

Memory and emotion: psychology, risk of error, and the criminal justice system.

Dr. Daniel Reisberg, Patricia and Clifford Lunneborg Professor of Psychology, Reed College, has studied creative reasoning in a variety of contexts, often focusing on the nature and functions of mental imagery and the impact of emotionally significant events. Read more.


R. Keith Sawyer

Forget the lone creative genius.  Collaboration, especially across seemingly unrelated disciplines, is a key practice in creativity.

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer, Professor of Education, Psychology, and Business, Washington University, is one of the country's leading scientific experts on creativity. His latest book is Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Read more.


Dean Keith Simonton

Genius in science, philosophy, literature, music, art, cinema, politics, and war:  what factors make up giftedness?

Dr. Dean Keith Simonton is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis, Among his books are Genius, Creativity, and Leadership; and Scientific Genius. Read More.


Brian Uzzi

Human achievement through the lens of social network analysis and complexity theory.

Dr. Brian Uzzi is Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management at  Northwestern University. Read more.

Closing Panel Moderated by Don Norman

Tim Brown
President & CEO, IDEO

Tim Brown frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led strategic client relationships with such organizations as the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. He writes for the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design, was named a Best Business Book by Fast Company in 2009.

Curtis Carlson
President & CEO, SRI International

Curtis Carlson is widely sought as a speaker and thought leader on innovation and global competitiveness. He serves on the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation, and is a council member on the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. He is a founding member of the Innovation Leadership Council for the World Economic Forum and was selected to serve on President Obama's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He advises U.S. governors and prime ministers, economic ministers, and education ministers around the world on innovation, competitiveness, and educational reform.

James P. Hackett
President & CEO, Steelcase Inc.

James (Jim) Hackett is president, chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc., one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan where he was a member of their football team. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for Northwestern Mutual Life and Fifth Third Bank, and is the past president of the Institute of the Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ellen Levy
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Connect

Dr. Levy is an active angel investor, advisor, and public speaker after having spent nine years working at LinkedIn in various roles including as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and head of Corporate & Business Development. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta; DFJ), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University). Recently referred to as the "Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley," Ellen now focuses much of her time on the dynamics of social networks within “the enterprise”, social media and the consumer Internet, innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models.

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