More than 800 Chicago School students gathered on Jan. 27 to participate in the 16th Cultural Impact Conference (CIC) held in Chicago. Together they explored the theme of “Creativity: Pathways to Empowerment and Change” by experiencing poster presentations, workshops, panels, lectures, and other creative forums. Keynoting the day-long program was Jane Piirto, an educator and scholar of creativity and award-winning poet and novelist. Dr. Piirto’s lecture focused on the five core attitudes for the creative process: group trust, risk taking, tolerance for ambiguity, openness to experience, and self-discipline. She also discussed the factors that trigger and sustain creativity, or “the seven I’s of creativity,” as she calls them: intuition, inspiration, insight, imagination, imagery, incubation, and improvisation. Finally, she presented an overview of her Pyramid of Talent Development, a biographical framework for understanding the creator.
To learn more about the 2012 Cultural Impact Conference, visit the CIC website.