I recently secured a 3-year contract (as part of my work at the Centre for Creativity) to provide training on management and business innovation for organisations across Wales. The training is part of the Leading Business Growth programme, jointly run by Bangor University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
I recently completed a technical feasibility project (as part of my work at the Centre for Creativity) part-funded by Innovate UK showing that it is possible to track and improve attention and relaxation levels in real-time using biofeedback of heart rate variability (HRV) measures. The software solution I developed, together with Dimitrios Zampelis, runs on an iPhone and communicates wirelessly in real-time with ‘Bluetooth smart’ heart rate monitors such as the Mio Alpha 2 and Mio Fuse watches.
You can see more details on the results of the study on the Centre for Creativity website.
I recently started a new project at the Centre for Creativity to design, develop and evaluate a new way of using biofeedback of a person’s heart rate to track their own attention and relaxation levels and to help train and improve their levels of relaxed focus, sometimes referred to as ‘flow’ and ‘mindfulness’. The hope is that such a solution could be used to help children suffering from attention deficit disorders, but could have applications in much wider areas of use.
The project will run from September 2015 to March 2016 and is funded by Innovate UK.
We (Spencer Jordan and I) had some nice press coverage on the recent location-based mobile app that we developed showcasing eight World War 1 stories from Grangetown, Cardiff.
People’s Journeys is a new collaborative project being undertaken by Gareth Loudon and Dr. Spencer Jordan from Cardiff Met exploring how mobile technology can address issues of alienation and estrangement within our cities, specifically through the spatial mapping of community ‘teithiau’ or ‘journeys’. The project is funded by the Creative Exchange Wales Network.
You can see more details on the project and Spencer’s other work at:
I presented a new model for supporting creativity called our LCD (Listen, Connect, Do) Model at the R&D Management Conference in Stuttgart in June 2014. The model builds on the ideas of Design Thinking by Kelley et al at IDEO and on Theory U by Scharmer at MIT. You can find more details on these ideas at: http://www.centreforcreativity.co.uk/project/lcd-model/
I ran a course together with Professor Frank Reichert from March through to May at the University of Agder in Norway for research students and staff on how to write successful project applications. The course was run in three blocks. The first block of work in March covered idea generation, research methodologies and proposal writing. During April we introduced project planning and management, negotiation skills and budgeting. In the last sessions in May we covered areas such as confidentiality and intellectual property, dissemination, marketing and network building. It was a great experience to bring together a range of topics and try to help research students and staff develop high quality research proposals and funding bids.
I attended the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity in Glasgow this week where I presented a paper entitled ‘Play, Autonomy and the Creative Process. Some pictures of the trip below. Good to get an update of what’s happening around the world in terms of design creativity research as well as on how the commercial sector is applying design creativity.