You can listen to the new Creative Cardiff Podcast where I introduce the research on how purpose links creativity and wellbeing, followed by a discussion with screenwriter and novelist Matthew Hall, who wrote Keeping Faith, and artist Katherine Sheers on their thoughts and experiences.
You can see the recording of my keynote talk entitled ‘The purpose of being creative in the new economy‘ at La Digital Tech Conference in Rennes, France on the 6th December.
Please see my latest article published in “The Conversation”, on how purpose and being creative link to happiness.
I am a co-investigator in the AHRC funded project called Clwstwr Creadigol that aims to put innovation at the core of media production in South Wales. The academic team is a collaboration between Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
As part of that work, please check out the six strategies I suggest to follow to enhance your creativity,
This is a video of my inaugural Professorial Lecture where I share my thoughts on why creativity is important for our own happiness, for the happiness of others and for our learning and growth. I highlight different ways creativity can manifest, and present some of the key factors that affect our creativity, including the role of purpose and our ‘state of being’. Finally, I reflect on the implications for how we educate our students, and how we run our organisations.
Note that I refer to a video clip in my talk of a famous try in rugby which could not be recorded for copyright reasons, so follow this link to watch it.
I am currently running a research networking project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to try and help improve the health and well-being of people living in rural communities in India through the establishment of a multidisciplinary international collaboration and the application of user-led design research methods such as ‘design thinking’.
Key collaborators in the project are the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India; Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, Wayanad, India; the Centre for eHealth and Care Technology at the University of Agder, Norway; and the Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
I recently gave a keynote speech at the Higher Education Academy conference on creativity in STEM education, on integrating ideas from ‘design thinking’ into the STEM curricula. You can also find details on twitter under #HEASTEM18
I presented some of my new research work on ‘Real-time Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability Measures to Track and Help Improve Levels of Attention and Relaxation’ at the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference in Singapore in June.
I gave a talk at the end of June on ‘Community Creativity in Venture Creation’ at the Singapore government’s commercial arm of their Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) – Exploit Technologies