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The World Is Coming to Oklahoma!

As one of 13 Districts of Creativity worldwide, Oklahoma hosted this global event to explore creative potential as individuals, communities and citizens of the world. The 2010 Creativity World Forum examined how creativity drives commerce, culture and education. The highly rewarding two-day agenda featured an extraordinary lineup of the world’s most respected thinkers on creativity.

Events included the inaugural Creativity World Biennale, an unprecedented cultural exchange showcasing art from the Districts of Creativity in downtown OKC’s historical Automobile Alley and at Untitled, and pre-conference tours of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Tulsa, Norman and much more.

With over 65 high-caliber speakers, the forum was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Who came to the 2010 Creativity World Forum?

Creativity isn’t just for “creatives” anymore. It’s the driving force behind our greatest ideas, our most comprehensive solutions and our most profitable enterprises. Anyone who wanted to gather with innovate minds from around the world to gather and share ideas and best practices on commerce, culture, and education was in attendance.

The Forum attracted more than 2,600 entrepreneurs, business leaders, technology experts, educators, scientists, artists, students and policy makers from 38 states and 18 countries, 80 showcase organizations who exhibited their creativity to the world and hundreds of international delegates from the Districts of Creativity over the three days of the event, making this the largest Creativity World Forum ever. The total economic impact to the city of Oklahoma City was over $1.8 million.

Why was the 2010 Creativity World Forum important?

World leaders know the future is all about creation and innovation. We must work to transform our world through creative initiatives which lead to a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy along with a better quality of life for its citizens.

Through these efforts we can work to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist and encourage innovation for technologies that haven’t been invented yet in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

For the first time ever, a conference specifically focused on creativity, was held in Oklahoma. “Why in Oklahoma?” Here are just a few reasons:

  • Oklahoma has been named “The State of Creativity” by Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity and innovation.
  • Oklahoma’s transformative sky and open spaces have inspired generations of visual and other artists to create works of expressive beauty.
  • As a center of America’s great frontier, Oklahoma has a legacy of exploration, courage, and resiliency, all hallmarks of creativity. For example, more astronauts were born in Oklahoma than any other state and our native son, John Bennett Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, was the first Native American in space.
  • The land run in 1889 placed people of different backgrounds side by side where together they made the innovations needed to survive and thrive on our land. Oklahoma’s modern frontier is seen in the growing scientific branches of our biotechnology and research parks.
  • Oklahoma’s vast natural resources have spawned business creativity in many forms. The nation’s largest independent natural gas and oil producer, Devon Energy, is located in the heart of our state, and Oklahoma-based oil company Kerr McGee transformed oil exploration with the first offshore drilling rig.
  • Because Oklahoma is the only North American member of Districts of Creativity, a collection of the world’s foremost regions on creativity and innovation.
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