Saudi Arabia to host the 1st International Conference on Giftedness and Creativity in November

– The two-day event will help to develop the human capital of talented, creative, and innovative young people to face global developments, challenges

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Saudi Arabia will host the 1st International Conference on Giftedness and Creativity on Nov. 8. 

The governor of Riyadh region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, will inaugurate the two-day event under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. 

The conference, to be held every two years, is being organized by King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and G20 Saudi Secretariat as part of The International Conferences Program, honoring the Saudi G20 Presidency year 2020.

Among other pressing issues, it aims to highlight the Kingdom’s experience in identifying and nurturing raw talent through Mawhiba’s platform and use those insights to form a

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It’s Time to Rethink Creativity and Innovation

New book promises formula to master a creative mindset and empower innovation.

The Creative Mindset: Mastering The Six Skills That Empower innovation by Jeff and Staney DeGraff
The Creative Mindset: Mastering The Six Skills That Empower innovation by Jeff and Staney DeGraff
The Creative Mindset: Mastering The Six Skills That Empower innovation by Jeff and Staney DeGraff

Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nearly all of today’s major innovation workshops and programs call on organizations to drive innovation. They miss that innovation comes from an individuals’ creativity, and it is not a gift for the chosen few—it is a learned process.

“Everyone is creative. We are just creative in different ways and in a wide variety of situations,” says Jeff DeGraff, founder of Innovatrium Institution of Innovation. “Believing you are creative is the first step to mastering a creative mindset. Once you do that, you can make innovation happen anywhere and anytime.”

The Creative Mindset, by expert innovators  Jeff and Staney

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Rayburn earns 2020 ISTE Arts and Technology Network Creativity Award




Josh Rayburn, a doctoral candidate in Morehead State University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Technology program and District STEM Learning Coach for Fayette County Public Schools, was honored with the 2020 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Arts and Technology Network Creativity Award.  


“I feel like this award represents me as a whole,” Rayburn said. “I am a member of ISTE and submitted my material, not thinking I would win. I am very excited about this award and proud to be one of the few that have won the awards.”  


Originally from Dry Ridge, now a resident of Lexington, Rayburn said he knew from an early age he wanted to be someone who shapes people the same way his favorite teachers shaped him.  


“I had great teachers growing up that made a huge impact on me

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There Are 2 Types of Creativity and One Doesn’t Peak Until Your 50s

Albert Einstein published five papers that revolutionized physics when he was all of 26. Orson Welles made Citizen Kane aged 25. Bill Gates was 31 when he made his first billion. Mark Zuckerberg beat him to three commas by eight years. 

When we think of genius, we tend to think of these types of stories. Immensely gifted individuals who shoot to meteoric success before they even become full adults. And there is truth to this pattern. Lots of creative breakthroughs do cluster among those in their 20s. 

But science shows this is only half the story. There’s a whole other kind of creativity, and on average it doesn’t reveal its genius until someone is well into middle age. 

Conceptualists vs. Experimentalists 

The Pablo Picassos of the world, who explode into greatness in their 20s, make for the most romantic stories, but there are plenty of quieter examples of world-changing geniuses

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