The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

Creativity and Innovation YearThe other  week at an event organized by the UK Parliament, I met with Damini Kumar, designer, inventor, and lecturer at NUI Maynooth, where she is program director of product design.

Damini KumarDamini was appointed ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, along with several CEOs, dancers, musicians, biologists …

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation is a European Commission initiative with the  objective to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy debate on related issues.

Damini presented the Manifesto for Creativity and Innovation in Europe that was drawn up by the 27 ambassadors.

The manifesto makes seven recommendations to foster creativity and innovation in Europe:

  1. Nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. Make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. Transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. Promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. Promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. Promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. Support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

When I read this manifesto, I could not help but think that 3D is key to these recommendations. You don’t picture how? Well, go ahead and add “3D to” at the beginning of each of these recommendations:

  1. 3D to nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. 3D to make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. 3D to transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. 3D to promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. 3D to promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. 3D to promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. 3D to support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

Do you agree that 3D is a key to creativity and innovation?

How are you using 3D to foster creativity and innovation?

Valérie

Valerie Bleriot headshotValerie Ferret works as part of Dassault Systèmes’ Global Affairs and Communities team.

Valérie Ferret

Valérie Ferret a rejoint Dassault Systèmes en 2008. En tant que Directrice des Affaires Publiques et du Développement Durable, elle est responsable du développement du réseau d’influenceurs mondial et des communautés externes afin de promouvoir la mission de Dassault Systèmes de fournir aux entreprises et aux particuliers des univers virtuels où imaginer l'innovation durable, pour harmoniser le produit, la nature et la vie. Convaincue que les plateformes numériques sont une opportunité unique de redéfinition des modèles économiques aux fins d’innovation durable, Valérie développe de nombreux projets pour embarquer clients et parties prenantes dans la vision du groupe. Valérie est juriste de formation. Elle a débuté sa carrière comme conseil juridique en cabinet d’avocat en France en 2002, puis elle a rejoint une entreprise de distribution postale au Luxembourg pour créer le service juridique. En 2006, elle part aux Etats-Unis et devient directrice de la Chambre de commerce franco-américaine de Boston. Elle détient un DEA de Droit Européen de l’Université de Montpellier.