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Putting the Discipline in Interdisciplinary: Using Speedstorming to Teach and Initiate Creative Collaboration in Nanoscience

Journal of Nanoscience Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 75-85, 2009

11 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2010  

Jonathan Hey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Caneel K. Joyce

London School of Economics

Kyle E. Jennings

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Kalil

White House

Jeffrey Grossman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The most powerful scientific advances are propelled by creative ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries. Few fields exemplify this as thoroughly as nanoscience, which promises to benefit humankind by delivering radically new technologies - if scientists from different disciplines can work together creatively. Unfortunately, initiating interdisciplinary conversations can be a costly undertaking in the context of academia,, where disciplines are separated by entrenched physical and social structures. We present a new method, called ‘speedstorming’, designed to improve the process of teaching and initiating creative collaboration. Early results show great promise for accelerating the rate of collaboration formation in the field of nanoscience. We found that for teaching and forming creative collaboration, speedstorming is more efficient and more effective than group brainstorming. This article explores the rationale for using such a method in nanoscience research and education, and details the steps to conducting speedstorming sessions to achieve several of common aims in a variety of settings. Limitations and unanswered questions regarding the method are also explored.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary, boundary-spanning, brainstorming, speedstorming, idea generation, constraint, structure, social interaction

Suggested Citation

Hey, Jonathan and Joyce, Caneel K. and Jennings, Kyle E. and Kalil, Thomas and Grossman, Jeffrey, Putting the Discipline in Interdisciplinary: Using Speedstorming to Teach and Initiate Creative Collaboration in Nanoscience (2009). Journal of Nanoscience Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 75-85, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1575149

Jonathan Hey (Contact Author)

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Caneel K. Joyce

London School of Economics ( email )

London
United States

HOME PAGE: http://caneelian.com

Kyle E. Jennings

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Thomas Kalil

White House ( email )

Old Executive Office Building
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20502
United States

Jeffrey Grossman

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