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My camera was my passport to gaze at the world in a way that a young smart Black girl growing into womanhood was not allowed to gaze. I/we were not allowed to look, to stare, to question, to participate, to learn, to excel… beyond the constricted rules, and boundaries forced upon us. My camera was my first act of defiance.

It was in the 1970’s New Jersey suburbs that my aesthetic being was awakened. I spent many hours thinking about and making photographs. As a teenager, I fell in love with Henri Cartier-Bresson’s integration of the black frame left by the darkroom negative holder. That black frame encapsulated, in a split second, how I saw the world around me, my decisive moment. Defying the editors “after cut” the black frame forced me to peel back the layers of structural, social, cultural, and aesthetic juxtapositions of people, places, and things in my world.

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Tech innovators, entitled with the privilege to think, make, and discover, are responsible for our futures. Their ideas and products have great and/or grave impact on the health of our social, cultural, and natural ecosystems.

Tech innovations, by the very nature of the questions that drive their development, impact human agency. For it is applied, intelligent, and data system innovations that connect us through information, augment our human capabilities, and provide the structures that support how we find solutions for complex glocal (local and global) challenges.

As we evolve so does our relationship to technology. Technologies that were merely design thinking exercises two decades ago are fully developed and integrated into society today. And today, technology research that exists only as sketches in code and hardware or sticky notes on a white board will be integral to the quality of our lives tomorrow. …

I envision a world where being human is embraced with creative courage. A world inclusive of the voices of people absent from “the table” where innovations that impact our futures are built.​ -Pamela L. Jennings

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Creative Courage is…

  • Being authentic while innovating from the margins.
  • Demanding a resourceful, impactful, and fulfilling life.
  • Living an aesthetic life where every glance, sighting, observance becomes point and counterpoint, consonance and dissonance, adversity, and possibility.
  • Connecting with the unique curiosities of all humankind.
  • Experiencing the new and the unknown with eagerness and ease.
  • Leaving your imprint in places that are resistant to your existence with determination.
  • Pivoting when your value is better served elsewhere. …


Pamela L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Pamela L. Jennings, Ph.D., MBA is keynote speaker for Disrupting Innovation Culture. She is the CEO of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. that is “Sparking the AHA! in Learning”.

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