ISSCI Member Event – Creativity as a 21st century skill.  

January 21, 20:21-21:21
ISSCI Online Symposium : Creativity as a 21st century skill

Stephan Vincent-Lancrin, Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division at OECD/CERI

ISSCI Study on Relation of Creativity and Stress during the Pandemic

Creativity as mitigating factor for the psychological distress related to the COVID-19 outbreak: an ISSCI study

The COVID-19 pandemic emergence is associated with an increase of mental health disorders, such as depression, distress, and anxiety symptomatology. In order to react to and prevent the effects of this emergence on the population’s mental health, it is extremely important that mitigating variables are identified, which can reduce the power of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on psychological wellbeing. In this regard, it is worth highlighting that creativity has been proposed to have a significant impact in reducing anxiety, depression, and social anxiety. In line with this hypothesis, ISSCI organized and performed an international study in order to explore the potential mitigating effect of creativity in reducing the psychological discomfort associated with the Coronavirus emergence. Specifically, approximately 1000 participants from several countries in Europe and United States, who are experiencing this dramatic emergence, have been recruited during the month of April (when hundreds of millions of individuals all around the world were living in a quarantine and semi-quarantine condition) to test the mitigating effect of creative performance on the increase of the distress symptomatology due to the exposure to COVID-19.

Webster Creativity Week

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Creativity Week at Webster University in Geneva was rescheduled for 2021. In lieu of this year’s event, the scheduled keynote speaker, Ronald Beghetto, conducted an online talk and discussion in June:

Ronald A. Beghetto: Uncertainty and Creativity in Times of Crisis
The next Webster Creativity Week is scheduled for 7-11 June 2021

SOU Creativity Conference

The 3rd Annual Creativity Conference is to be held (F2F if at all possible)
July 8 to 11, 2021, at Southern Oregon University.
Keynote speakers include Keith Sawyer, David Cropley, Ron Beghetto, Giovanni Corazza.
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COVID-20, November 17, 15:00-17:00, ISSCI Online Symposium: The connection between COVID-19 and creativity.  Three examples of creativity research relating to COVID-19 were showcased.

Creative Schools: 21st century schools for 21st century learners, December 9, 15:00-17:00 (CET).  Two resarch studies and discussion.