TEDxRoma 2015

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Create movement, witness modernity, share and value diversities and highlight progress 




The Mediterranean, where culture and knowledge, technology and tradition, art and identity are brought together, is expressed in Mediterranean Carousel, TEDxRoma 2015 topic.

The willingness is to explore and share passions and experiences of the countries that it represents. The 2015 edition of TEDxRoma involves speakers coming from 14 Mediterranean countries.


From Immobility to Movement 

Mediterranean countries are constantly moving, evolving and changing, driven by centripetal forces that increase and enforce expression through diversity.
From Tradition to Modernity  
Often perceived as archaic and traditional, the Mediterranean Sea has evolved into a launch-pad of modernity and innovation, introducing unexpected visions and future scenarios through icons of contemporary culture, many of whom will share their visions at TEDxRoma 2015.
From Differences to Richness 
A moltitude of diverse colors, traditions and customs, many of today’s Mediterranean countries are transforming a body of differences into multi-faceted unions. Among them, distances converge harmonically, generating richness and value. Science and art, technology and history, architecture and tradition, and design and exploration are leading protagonists fostering these ties in an ever- spinning Mediterranean Carousel.


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Fashion and Creativity – Summer School | 9-15, June 2015 | Rimini (Bologna)

The Department of Life Quality Studies (QuVi), University of Bologna promotes a Summer School in High Education dedicated to the relationship between “Fashion & Creativity”.

ZONE MODA Summer School

Enrolment will start on February 2nd 2015.

The aim of the Summer School is to study Fashion with a multidisciplinary approach; the project is born thanks to the specialization of researchers of Bologna University and the academic experience of the Bachelor Degree Course in Fashion Cultures and Techniques, the Master’s Degree in Fashion and the new International Master’s Degree in Fashion Culture and Management. All these courses are united under ZoneModa logo, in conjuction with International Fashion Studies.

In addition to the special lessons of national and international fashion academics, the program engages MIC’s experts in Creative Thinkingspecialists of fashion archiving and protagonists who are able to share their personal experience in fashion system.

A practical workshop organized by ZoneModa will apply to all coherent theoretical lessons: by using tools and methods of offline and online research a digital timeline will be created involving students. Direct study will take place during the visit at Archivi di Ricerca Mazzini. These Archives are an excellent reality of conservation and promotion of fashion heritage as they contain over 250.000 clothes and accessories.
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A scientific article by MIC on Musica Docta: Counterpoint as a principle of creativity

A scientific article by MIC on Musica Docta: “Counterpoint as a principle of creativity: extracting divergent modifiers from The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach”

The article has been published online on  the Volume n.4 (2014) of Musica Docta, a digital journal dedicated to publishing studies in the field of pedagogy and music education.

For more information, see the abstract: 

The main message carried by this article is that counterpoint can be taken as a model approach for the introduction of contrasting elements, not only in musical composition but also in the generation of ideas in any domain of knowledge. We start by an interdisciplinary review about the power of opposite concepts as constituting elements in nature. This is followed by the description of the DIMAI model for creative thinking, which is founded upon the dual forces of convergent and divergent thinking modalities. The main body of our work is an extraction of divergent modifiers from the Contrapunctus composed by Bach and collected in the Art of Fugue, with simple examples of application to the diversified fields of education and computer science.

Here the link to the complete paper on Musica Docta website: http://musicadocta.unibo.it/article/view/4613



       IDEANDO@Fermi has started on November 7, 2014

in the Fermi High School in Bologna

IDEANDO@Fermi is a joint initiative of MIC and Prospera association: it is a teaching project for the generation of ideas made of four lessons, from November 7 to 5 December, to let high-school students know about the basics of creative thinking.

Selected students of the Liceo Scientifico Fermi guided in their creative thinking process in order to ideate and create in several focus areas which will be indicated by the Prospera Association.The best three ideas that will be judged in terms of originality and feasibility will be then supported by Prospera. Here you can download the leaflet of the initiative.

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THE BEATLES: Across the Universe

 pr-1-use9-gettyThe following essay is the winner of a selection between essays produced by the students of the Creativity and Innovation course, delivered during the spring semester of the Academic Year 2013-2014 by Prof. Giovanni Emanuele Corazza, within the Graduate Course in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Bologna.

During these Creativity and Innovation classes, students learned about the DIMAI model for creative thinking, to understand the creative process and clarify the difference between idea generation and innovation, as well as approaches to face hurdles and strategies for success. Study cases were proposed for the application of strategies and techniques. The course also focused on creative thinking through the history of science and art, considering also specific examples of inventors and creators. Students were asked to write an essay on a specific creative personality and on his/her main original contributions, extracting the principles underlying the process.




THE BEATLES: Across the Universe

Enrico Ciccarelli & Matteo Ridolfi

The story of the Beatles would require an entire study in itself. In this short article we will only introduce the band from Liverpool in terms of music and culture.



Interview to Leonardo Chiariglione, winner of the Marconi Award for Creativity 2014

The MIC Institute interviews Leonardo Chiariglione

  The Marconi Institute for Creativity asks to Leonardo Chiariglione some questions about creativity, to understand his vision of the creative thinking process. Starting from the description of the mental phases which caracterized the invention of the standards of lossy compression, the winner of the Marconi Award for Creativity 2014 explains which characteristics of the creative process are more important to assess and enhance in his opinion.


Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma: out-of-the-box-thinking

Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma: how to get out of the box and generate ideas


Long Thinking vs. Fast Thinking

Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma talks about the out-of-the-box thinking. It is fundamental to consider information which is out of place, incorrect, or even absurd, too. But then the immediate reaction is to feel uncomfortable, which is typically shown by laughing and embarrassment. The long-thinking versus the fast-thinking, in his point of view, is one of the keys to go far, to be creative and to generate value.


The role of creativity measurement in efforts to support invention

The Keynote Speech of Mark Runco at the MIC Conference 2013


The role of creativity measurement in efforts to support invention

Creativity plays an important role in many important human processes, including adaptation, evolution, and invention. Care must be taken, however, to define creativity such that the contributions are clearly understood. Creativity plays a role in each of those processes, but it is not the only influence on them. Invention, for example, also requires knowledge and sometimes even mastery of a field. Additional care must be taken when attempting to fulfill creative potentials. If these potentials are fulfilled, adaptation, evolution, and invention are in turn much more likely. Yet creativity is notoriously difficult to measure, and too often attempted to fulfill potentials are misguided by inaccurate measurements. This presentation covers conceptual relationships between creativity and invention and the turns to some of the problems involved in measurement. Perhaps the overarching issue for creativity measurement is follows from the requirement of originality. All creative things are original. Originality is necessary, but not sufficient for creativity. Originality implies that something new is brought into existence; but how can we develop measurement methods for something that does not yet exist? This and other issues involved in creativity and invention are to be explored.


From Idea to Realization

From Idea to Realization: the importance of Creativity in our society


Federico Faggin (the inventor of the Microprocessor) identifies in creativity the starting point of the complex innovation process. He maintains that both the individual and the collective drives are necessary in the different phases of the inventive process. A very interesting interview to one of the most important inventor in the ICT world.