Date of Award

6-2015

Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.

Department

International Center for Studies in Creativity

Advisor

Susan Keller-Mathers, Ed.D.

Department Home page

http://creativity.buffalostate.edu/

Abstract

This project explores the use of group creativity practices to support changing attitudes and the formation of cohesive communities in civic and business settings. More specifically this project explores the use of a predetermined sequence of group creativity tools to facilitate a change in participant mentality. The attitudinal shift is from self-serving to engaged and collaborative. The ultimate outcome of using the proposed framework is the bonding of incompatibly opinionated people into a solidified community that is responsible for implementing their novel ideas. Ideas formed within this process are a reflection of the individual’s personal life objectives as they relate to the mutual vision of a community. The result of this exploration is a proposed framework and related guideline materials including a case for using creativity, pedagogical underpinnings, a how-to platform, and related toolkit.