Left: “As We May Think” image: By Dunkoman from Berlin, Germany — The Memex, CC BY 2.0, originally published in The Atlantic, July 1945. Right: “Topsy and Eva”, The Duncan Sisters with Vivian’s daughter, Evelyn, named for the sisters’ eldest sibling (1933). ©Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

Advances in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are said to be the elixir for nearly all global challenges and promises of the future.

Through STEM we have developed mechanical and computational systems that augment our knowledge acquisition, reduce global distance to nanoseconds, and accelerate innovation seemingly to the speed of light. Takeaway the STEM effect, and we must confront the reality that discovery and innovation are rooted in the question of what it means to be human. At the time of this writing, I am listening to the angsted yet hopeful Arvo Pärt’s “Mein Weg” (My Way), on Pandora…

Diagram of the Bauhaus curriculum (adapted, right), Walter Gropius, 1922. Lithograph. 20.2 x 29.3 cm. From Walter Gropius, Satzungen Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar (Statutes of the State Bauhaus in Weimar), July 1922. Bauhaus Typography Collection, 1919–1937. The Getty Research Institute, 850513. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Is there relevance to philosophical pondering about learning frameworks for higher education? Is higher education a catalyst and engine for discovery and innovation? Is higher education a protector of boundaries of knowledge? Can higher education provide space for inquiry, challenge, discovery, and innovation within, across, and outside of discipline without fear of retribution of the tenure tribunal?

2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.

The need to cultivate more robust cultural and ethical commitments to empathy, inclusion, and…

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…

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…

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

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

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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