San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.55.1 - 25.55.21
2012 ASEE Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas; June 10-13, 2012 A Half Brain is Good: A Whole Brain Much BetterThis paper asserts that engineers could be more creative and innovative, argues that theyshould be more creative and innovative, and offers ideas on how to enable them to bemore creative and innovative. Views of various futurists are used to argue the world isexperiencing a shift from the knowledge age, with its left-brain foundation, to otherpossibilities such as the conceptual, opportunity, and wicked problems ages which alsorequire strong right-brain capabilities.The commonality among various future scenarios is the need for whole-brain thinking.Maintaining U.S. global leadership, enhancing national security, and achieving personaland organizational success will increasingly require right-brain individual and groupqualities such as adaptability, collaboration, creativity, empathy, entrepreneurship,innovation, synthesis, and visualization to supplement strong left-brain capabilities.After offering a brief brain primer, the paper introduces tools and techniques whichrecognize that, while creative and innovative ideas lie within most of us, we needmechanisms to release them within individuals and groups. Many methods are identifiedand some are illustrated. The presentation concludes with ideas on how creativity andinnovation knowledge, skills, and attitudes might be introduced to engineering students.
Walesh, S. G. (2012, June), A Half Brain is Good: A Whole Brain is Much Better Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20815
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