The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

By Valerie
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Creativity and Innovation YearThe other  week at an event organized by the UK Parliament, I met with Damini Kumar, designer, inventor, and lecturer at NUI Maynooth, where she is program director of product design.

Damini KumarDamini was appointed ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, along with several CEOs, dancers, musicians, biologists …

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation is a European Commission initiative with the  objective to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy debate on related issues.

Damini presented the Manifesto for Creativity and Innovation in Europe that was drawn up by the 27 ambassadors.

The manifesto makes seven recommendations to foster creativity and innovation in Europe:

  1. Nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. Make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. Transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. Promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. Promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. Promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. Support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

When I read this manifesto, I could not help but think that 3D is key to these recommendations. You don’t picture how? Well, go ahead and add “3D to” at the beginning of each of these recommendations:

  1. 3D to nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. 3D to make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. 3D to transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. 3D to promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. 3D to promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. 3D to promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. 3D to support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

Do you agree that 3D is a key to creativity and innovation?

How are you using 3D to foster creativity and innovation?

Valérie

Valerie Bleriot headshotValerie Ferret works as part of Dassault Systèmes’ Global Affairs and Communities team.




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