Building Real-World Platforms for Creativity

Everybody likes to make things, although sometimes our creative confidence becomes lost, or hidden from us. Finding a path back to small acts of everyday creativity is a journey back to connection, empathy and participation in the world. David Gauntlett has studied creativity across a diverse range of practices and media, and found that the drive to make things is the need for conversations, to exchange inspirations, and to make things happen.

He is a Professor of Creativity and Design at the University of Westminster, UK. He has studied creativity for 20 years, through several innovative projects and books including Creative Explorations and Making is Connecting. He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and pioneered creative research methods. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, Royal College of Art, and Tate. For a decade he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

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David Gauntlett

About David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett is Director of Research in Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. He writes and teaches about the ways in which digital media gives people new opportunities to create and connect, and the social implications of this 'everyday creativity'.


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21 June 2016
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