On Creative Thinking at USC Annenberg Innovation Lab


Sean Kelly was honored to be a guest lecturer on creative thinking at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, at the invitation of  Erin Reilly, Managing and Creative Director of AIL, and Sasha Anawalt, Director of Arts Journalism Programs at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Demonstrating techniques such as visual
thinking, lateral thinking, divergent thinking and convergent thinking, Kelly's presentation provided tools for analyzing problems, developing multiple solutions, and implementing new ideas to allow journalists, designers, technologists, media strategists, and business entrepreneurs to strengthen their imaginations and become more inventive.

The USC Annenberg Innovation Lab focuses on media, culture, and society as the basis for innovation at the intersection of art, science, design, and engineering. At the Lab, experts from academia, private and public sector firms, and not-for-profit organizations come together to define, create and disperse culturally relevant applications, platforms, media genres, and practices. The Lab's mission is to be a leading innovator and advisor on transformational changes happening in our participatory cultures.

From the Annenberg Innovation Lab:
In order to fulfill our mission, we will: 
Build a self-sustaining laboratory that will spur an open culture of innovation at both the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and in the associated cross-school programs of engineering, cinema, art, education, business and music. 
Enable faculty and students to learn, create and collaborate in a context that values diverse expertise, and to develop projects that have both practical application and social impact in the world at large. 
Create a meeting ground for world-class academics and students to engage with innovative firms, organizations, and communities that will define the media landscape for the next century. 
Sean Kelly was a 2012 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow.

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