In 2015 I was selected as the fourth Creative Thinking Fellow by the University of Auckland's Creative Thinking Project (CTP). I spent three weeks in New Zealand giving public presentations in Auckland, Wellington, and New Plymouth, and participating in meetings with researchers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. The experience helped me to synthesize the multiple sub-topics within my creativity research, and investigate how academic, market, and public policy approaches to creativity vary. This included looking closely at the relationship between "creativity" and "innovation", which, though related, differ in important ways that business and education do not always recognize.
I was fortunate to interact with profound thinkers making significant contributions to how creativity is investigated and understood, including Mark Sagar, Peter O'Connor, Michael Corballis, and Brian Boyd. In 2016 I was invited to join a CTP generated team called the Creative Research Initiative as a Senior Research Fellow. Below are the team members with short bios and links to their work.