Business, the law, and technology all have distinctive corporate cultures that include expectations about how people behave, including how they approach problem-solving. These cultures are taught in law schools and MBA programs and inculcated by the existing institutions. Often these behaviors have become institutionalized because they work well.
Sometimes, though, they’re just institutionalized and stay in place because “that’s how we do things.”
However, good leaders in these fields are always looking for new ways to think and act — especially new ways to tackle problem-solving. The Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia has developed a new program, CreativeXchange, to do so, helping professionals learn to think more creatively; understand and tap into multiple points of view; and appreciate and gain access to innovation.
The program will meet on four consecutive Wednesday mornings, with each session taught by a local leader in the creative economy.
- Natalie Nixon, a consultant and “hybrid thinker,” is the director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University, with expertise in anthropology and fashion. She is the editor of the book Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences, and Beyond, coming in October.
- Nathan Pankratz is a visual artist hailing from Niagara Falls whose work has appeared in many local and international exhibitions, including a solo show coming up at Philly’s Bridgette Mayer Gallery in November.
- Jerry Wind is the founding director of Wharton’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and led the creation of Wharton’s Executive MBA program. The author of 20 books, he also chairs the marketing committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Quinn Bauriedel is cofounder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, whose original works have appeared in Brazil, Germany, the UK, Romania, Peru, Italy, and many other countries, as well as touring throughout the US.
Applications are required, with the ideal participant being in a management role and having at least five years of professional experience.
The CreativeXchange program ($1000) is coming up on Wednesday mornings October 14 through November 4 at various locations around the city of Philadelphia. Applications are due by Monday September 28. For more information, contact Tommy Butler at 215-790-3827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.