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Technology, creativity require big ideas, innovators say

Three prominent innovators discussed creativity and technology Wednesday during the Creativity World Forum. The session featured a researcher and two creative executives who have worked with a variety of cutting-edge technologies.
BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: November 18, 2010 at 12:56 am •  Published: November 17, 2010

Speaker Robert Tercek said society is entering a “brilliant new age,” where anyone can create ideas and share them worldwide. That requires people to think big — sometimes crazy big — said Tercek, a creative executive. He has worked for MTV and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“It's a process of trial and error, but some amazing things can happen,” Tercek said.

Speaker Andrew Zolli said creativity and technology have become an “everybody activity.”

Zolli, who is executive director of Pop! Tech, a global network for innovation, said it is important to push creativity in every part of society. However, he also warned that advanced technology could pose some challenges for future generations.

“We lose something in a world in which everything is easy, because creativity isn't easy,” Zolli said.

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Students honored

Three Oklahoma students were recognized at the Creativity World Forum on Wednesday for their ideas of how to improve their schools and communities. The students won the Tom and Judy Love Creative Student Award. Their ideas were selected from among 130 entries statewide.

• Brian Powell, a junior at Yukon High School, was the overall grand-prize winner. He will receive a free first-year tuition waiver to a public college or university in Oklahoma. Powell devised a program called Bridging the Gap, which would pair teenagers with senior adults to build relationships and learn from one another.

• Chandni Raman, an eighth-grader at Oakdale Elementary School in Edmond, won a prize for students in grades seven through 12. Raman suggested developing chill zones at school that would serve as creative spaces for students and teachers to have fun while learning. She also won $4,500 for her classroom and $500 for herself.

• Lincoln Hawks, a fifth-grader at Northern Hills Elementary School in Edmond, won a prize for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Hawks suggested students produce a monthly show about their lives, which would give them practice at filming, writing and editing, among other skills. Hawks won $4,500 for his classroom and $500 for himself.


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