Florida and Sarasota were built on agriculture, retirement, real estate and tourism. Those will no longer be the economic drivers for the 21st century. How do we make this the Silicon Valley of creativity?
Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
Ringling College of Art and Design today announced the hosting of 17 Working Sector Conversations on October 16, 2012, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts as the next step in ‘Florida’s Imagination Conversation.’
The first Imagination Conversation in Florida was held on November 7th, 2011, at Ringling College in Sarasota. Florida and was keynoted by David Houle, Ringling College futurist in residence. The ‘Florida Imagination Conversation’ took a first step to how imagination, creativity and innovation can be incorporated into today’s business environment to shape the future of Florida. Over 200 enthusiastic business and community leaders from Sarasota and Manatee counties participated in this day-long forum.
According to Mr. Houle, “Applying creativity and imaginative thinking to the challenges and opportunities facing our community is particularly vital at this time. Florida and Sarasota were built on agriculture, retirement, real estate and tourism,” Mr. Houle said at the first Florida Imagination Conversation. “Those will no longer be the economic drivers for the 21st century. How do we make this the Silicon Valley of creativity? How do we make this whole region an incubator for imagination and innovation?”
The Working Sector conversations are being held from October 16 through November and will have leaders and participants in the following 17 critical sectors. These conversations will be identifying key challenges in their sectors and then working with trained facilitators to apply imagination, creativity, and innovation to foster potential sector action (from the familiar to the unorthodox) and prosperity.
Upcoming Florida Imagination Conversation Working Sectors:
1. Arts and Culture
2. Financial Services
4. Ecology and Sciences
7. Health and Human Services
12. Real Estate
According to Gina Ribeiro, Ringling College Manager of Creative Projects and Imagination Conversation Team Leader, “Our charter is to advocate for the role of imagination, creativity, and innovation in shaping the future of a diverse and vibrant community for all of us. To this end, it is integral that we engage leaders in all sectors – even those who wouldn’t normally think of themselves as being creative. The truth is that all great advancements have come as the result of applying imaginative and creative thought to vexing challenges. What we are doing here is identifying the challenges – sector by sector - and providing the framework for collective creativity to seek imaginative solutions. We are working in step with the local Economic Development Councils on this very important initiative since we all agree that creativity and innovation are so integral to the growth of our economy.”