Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The 5th Annual International Creativity Conference for Educators in Africa

On the 3-5th of October I had the pleasure of running workshops at the International Creativity Conference for Educators in Pretoria in South Africa. The weather was warm the hospitality even warmer. We were welcomed teacher trainees from the University of Pretoria under the guidance of Annalie Botha. These remarkable young people greeted us dressed to the theme of the conference - storytelling.

Participants could choose form a range of workshops - 90 minutes to 4 hours in length - delivered by local, national and international presenters.

Workshops went by the intriguing names of:

Don't just sit there - be creative
Complex creativity - six simple steps to brilliant ideas Inspiring breakthrough ideas in others Creativity is zigging in a zagging world

There were also two excellent key notes - one by David Venter 'Inspiring Africa's principled, radically innovative leaders of the future - a new paradigm and the other by Bruce Baum -The laughing classroom: challenges and opportunities.

The setting was just great for a conference - great accommodation and food, baboons and monkeys, small bok, dassies [like a very large rat].

Nearly 300 people went away motivated and inspired to meet the very real challenges facing teachers in South Africa.

My workshop - The Six habits of Creative People - was very well received and I sold all my books!!

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