In any context, people are required to establish practical, creative habits that allow them to innovate, solve problems and collaborate positively. Throw into that mix the fact that any PhD project is an exercise in problem solving and that every pitch, funding bid or publication requires novelty, and it is clear that people benefit from the ability to come up with new and workable ideas. This highly interactive workshop, by Jamie McDonald, is designed to equip participants with a number of tools and approaches for alleviating the pressure of problematic situations, generating new and insightful ideas and developing them into suitable ways forward. The aim is to develop creative and confident people who can rely on their resourcefulness, creativity and skills to break new ground, to solve problems and to perform well.
By the end of the programme, participants will ...
It is a highly experiential, hands-on workshop – no lecturing or diving deeply into theory. Small group, paired and whole group discussions are used to review a range of focused, reality-based activities that raise fundamental aspects of creative thinking and problem solving. Participants are asked to apply what they are learning to genuine situations, to make things practical, useful and personal, as well as enjoyable and informal. Models and personal experience are the foundation of the programme.
Please come along ready to reflect, to contribute and to practice. Take some specific situations, or problems in mind that you want to apply your creative thinking to (preferably from different aspects of your life – one interpersonal, one work-based and one life or career-based for example).
An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:
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