Keynote speakers

Karen Freidt, NASA

Sparking Genius

"We can no longer accept that a few will lead us forward. We need the collaborative genius of society to help solve our complex challenges and shape our future. We must share the secrets of the creative mind and convince those who have been held down in our hierarchies that they too have as much power and as much to offer as those in traditional positions of strength.

"To shape change we must first believe we can."

When we speak of a Genius it puts those people on a pedestal too high for others to comprehend climbing for themselves. When we teach genius as something that occurs due to persistence and passion, it becomes an attainable goal that we can all achieve. Participants in this session will learn from non-traditional processes developed at one NASA Center to nurture innovation and inspire the creative genius in everyone."

Karen Freidt is Lead for NASA’s Navigation Center for Creativity, Collaboration & Innovation at Langley Research Center

With a BFA in graphic design and experience in advertising, Karen brings a creative perspective to her work leading this small team of passionate people within NASA. This innovative organization specializes in moving minds and ideas forward while piloting new ways of working within government in support of the NASA vision. Karen is driven to challenge assumptions, build better systems and help paint visionary options in the minds of those around her.

In addition to the Navigation Center, she also leads a team that established and is teaching the Agency’s "Enhancing Your Creative Genius" course, developing new courses and is building a collaborative movement with NASA and their local communities.

Karen believes it is extremely important that people know every person has the power to make a difference and that it is all of our responsibilities to do so.

Tor Nørretranders

Predictable surprise: How to get information across

Information is a measure of surprise. So why is it that we tend to try to control everything when we want to get information across to someone else? The key is risks, uncertainties, non-control – all of which gives rise to trust, faith and joy. Modern social neuroscience gives us plenty of reasons to take this view. The problem is not to convince ourselves that we need surprises. The problem is to practise it. How do we surprise ourselves? You’ll see … !

Tor Nørretranders (b. 1955) is a Danish science writer, lecturer and thinker. His best known books are "The User Illusion" (Penguin 1999) about consciousness and communication and "The Generous Man" (Thunder's Mouth 2005) about the origin of generosity and creativity.

He presently deals with issues like sustainability, social networks and flows of matter, energy and information. Many consider him a physicist or philosopher, but his academic background is in environmental planning and the philosophy of science (of which he has been adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School).

He works as an independent content provider and lives in Klampenborg, just north of Copenhagen.


One rocket scientist's vision
inspired by "shaping change"...

© 2012 Karen Freidt