Creativity

On this week's podcast we celebrate the creative spark with author Augustin Fuentes, musician N.W. Engbers, and South Dakota high school students from the state Poetry Out Loud finals.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2017 Show 054 Hour 1

Creativity is what makes humans special. A new book called "The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional" is released today. It's a look not only at the legacy of human creativity and collaboration, but a testament to the urgency of fostering those uniquely human attributes moving forward. We’re joined by the book’s author Agustin Fuentes. He’s a professor and the chair of the Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology.

Hugh Weber is the founder and CEO of OTA, an organization focused on sparking regional transformation through creative connections in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Weber is presenting at the 33rd annual South Dakota Governor's Camp for the Gifted and at the RuralX Summit. In his interview during Dakota Midday, Weber stresses the importance of balancing high values of working, playing and doing good.

You might not consider South Dakota a hotbed of creativity, but Hugh Weber does. Weber is the CEO of OTA, a network for the region’s creative class. He sat down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to introduce 20 artists and innovators raising the connectivity of creatives throughout the region. Hugh Weber discusses the power of network theory, what it means to create and innovate in South Dakota,  and what’s next for his Bush Foundation-funded organization.

South Dakota is full of intelligent, energetic and creative people, from writers and artists to scientists and entrepreneurs. Retired South Dakota State University history professor John E. Miller spoke with some of them for the book, First We Imagine: 22 Creative South Dakotans Speak on the Subject of Creativity. They include writers Kent Meyers and Linda Hasselstrom; physicians Ed Perry and Rick Holm; and the co-founders of Daktronics, Duane Sander and Al Kurtenbach.