The Edmond Sun

October 3, 2012

Creative Oklahoma launches cSchool Bootcamp


The Edmond Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Creative Oklahoma will launch its inaugural cSchool Bootcamp on Nov. 12. Taught by Creative Oklahoma’s Experts in Residence, the one-day bootcamp will provide hands-on experience for those in attendance to develop their creative thinking and approach to innovation in the workplace. This additional educational opportunity coincides with the State of Creativity Forum that takes place Nov. 13.

“After the 2011 forum, attendees were requesting more in-depth content on how to implement creativity and innovation in their environments,” said Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “We identified several well-known Oklahoma-based academicians and practitioners of creativity and innovation, now known as our Experts in Residence, to become the faculty of the newly created cSchool.”

The cSchool Bootcamp faculty includes Kathy Goff (head of McGoff Creativity and fellow of Oklahoma A+ Schools), David Burkus (editor of LDRLB and professor of management in the College of Business at Oral Roberts University), Cynthia Rolfe (vice president for Information Technology at the University of Central Oklahoma), Erik Guzik (associate professor of economics at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), Robert Frantz (registered patent agent, creativity influencer and business start-up mentor), Russell Claus (planning director for Oklahoma City), Blair Humphreys (executive director of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities and Assistant Professor of Urban Design Theory in the OU College of Architecture), Jay Martin (career inventor and entrepreneur) and Ken Parker (founder of NextThought).

cSchool Bootcamp is comprised of four 90-minute classes (fast-track versions of future cSchool courses) team-taught by the cSchool Bootcamp faculty. Through this experience, attendees will gain a better understanding of their creative abilities and how they function in a team and work environment. People will learn evidence-based tools for enhancing their creativity and leave with practical strategies for unleashing innovation in their organizations and communities.

Registration for the pre-forum event also will include a personalized creativity online assessment. The day also includes a luncheon for all with a special presentation featuring renowned creativity expert, Cyndi Burnett, director of Distance Education Programs at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University in New York.

In addition to cSchool, registrants also will receive a complementary ticket to the newly named State of Creativity Forum that takes place the following day on Nov. 13 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The forum will feature keynote speakers Sir Ken Robinson, Peter Diamandis, Gregg Fraley and many more.

For more information on cSchool Bootcamp and to register, visit

www.stateofcreativity.com.