City to host conference exploring the role of innovation, creativity and leadership in research and practice• by John Stevenson
City University London's Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice will stage a free one-day conference on Monday 11 June for participants to delve more deeply into the most recent developments in innovation, creativity and leadership across academia and industry. The event will also explore the ways in which the related themes of innovation, creativity and leadership impact - and are in turn impacted by - research and practice. Attendees will get a taste of what is on offer in City's Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership, two years from when its first students enrolled on the programme.
Featuring over 25 sessions and workshops from a stellar gathering of experts, the day will cover a diverse range of themes and sectors, ranging from education to media and communication, gaming, technology, management and coaching.
Opening keynote speaker and co-founder of the Comedy Store Players, Neil Mullarkey, will address the topic, 'Improv is the Key'. Over the last decade, Mullarkey has been able to put his thespian and comedic gifts at the service of the corporate community, helping to transform businesses such as Unilever and Google by encouraging communication, engagement and creativity. Mullarkey is also a Visiting Lecturer at City University's Cass Business School.
Closing keynote speaker and consultant, Max McKeown, specialises in innovation, strategy, leadership and competitive advantage. He has written six influential books and has been described as Europe's answer to Tom Peters. McKeown's keynote address is entitled: 'Adaptability: The Art of Winning in an Age of Uncertainty'. Other highlights of the day include the talk given by Sky Creative's art director, Kristen Bjaastad, entitled 'Bridging the Creative Gap'. Bjaastad will explain the unique way the Sky Art Stings project has contributed to opening up the world of television to art and design students in the UK.
There will also be a talk by the BBC Academy's Development Executive, Linda Green, on the BBC Creative Leadership Programme, as well as one delivered by Wired magazine publisher, Rupert Turnbull, who will address the topical publishing issue of the 'Future of Magazines'.
Providing a fresh perspective on innovation in the context of a developing country, Egyptian national, Professor Dr Galal Hassan Galal-Edeen, will draw attention to an architectonic innovation model that 'supports the design of robust, adaptable and specific innovation management frameworks and ecosystems', in his talk 'Innovation Architectonics'.