Marconi Institute for Creativity (MIC)

  • Description
  • Vision

    Cre­ative think­ing is a nec­es­sary activ­ity for the dig­nity of human beings.

    In an era where infor­ma­tion and knowl­edge are becom­ing shared com­modi­ties, avail­able any­where and any­time, the gen­er­a­tion of new ideas is not any­more a lux­ury, but the very essence of our exis­tence. It is there­fore nec­es­sary to under­stand cre­ativ­ity in all of its many deriva­tions and fields of appli­ca­tions, and cre­ate an edu­ca­tional and oper­a­tive cul­ture that grav­i­tates around this unique human skill.


    Mission

    Our Mis­sion is to: estab­lish Cre­ative Think­ing as a sci­ence; con­sol­i­date method­olo­gies and processes for the pro­duc­tion of cre­ative results; cre­ate high level edu­ca­tional pro­grams on Cre­ativ­ity and Inno­va­tion; offer Cre­ative Think­ing as a ser­vice to all enti­ties in need to inno­vate, solve prob­lems, gen­er­ate new ideas.

    The MIC insti­tute is cre­at­ing a knowl­edge net­work that can be cap­i­tal­ized by all enti­ties that rec­og­nize the need for cre­ativ­ity, inno­va­tion, and progress.

    Activities

    Historical

    Goals

    The estab­lish­ment of a sci­ence requires a solid foun­da­tion based on the his­tor­i­cal roots of the dis­ci­pline. Indeed, there is a vast lit­er­a­ture on cre­ative think­ing, belong­ing to many dis­ci­plines. As a min­i­mum, the fol­low­ing need to be considered:

    • His­tory of Sci­ence and Art
    • Phi­los­o­phy
    • Psy­chol­ogy
    • Engi­neer­ing Design
    • Neu­ro­science
    • Arti­fi­cial Intelligence
    • Com­plex systems
    • Cre­ativ­ity tools and methods
    • Patent data­bases

    A cor­ner stone for MIC is to study and develop the think­ing meth­ods and approaches to inno­va­tion used by great inven­tors, such as Guglielmo Marconi.

    For each dis­ci­pline, we must extract the prin­ci­ples under­pin­ning the spe­cific aspects of cre­ative think­ing as seen through the par­tic­u­lar point of view. The col­lec­tion of all prin­ci­ples gives the wanted foundations.

    Educational

    Goals

    Estab­lish Cre­ative Think­ing as a Sci­ence at the cross­road between Neu­ro­science, Phi­los­o­phy, Psy­chol­ogy of Sci­ence, Engi­neer­ing Design, Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, Com­plex Sys­tems, Infor­ma­tion The­ory, Man­age­ment. Work to cre­ate an “inventor’s ethic”, based on the under­ly­ing goal of cre­at­ing for the ben­e­fit of human­ity. Set up courses, work­shops, and sem­i­nars to teach cre­ative think­ing meth­ods, inno­va­tion, and exploita­tion of cre­ative ideas.

    Activities

    Start with sem­i­nars and work­shops with inter­nal audi­ence, then expand to exter­nal audi­ence. Set up a Mas­ter class in Cre­ative Think­ing Appli­ca­tions, in coop­er­a­tion with Alma Grad­u­ate School of the Uni­ver­sity of Bologna. Find sponsors.

    Explo­ration and prob­lem solving

    Goals

    Use cre­ative think­ing meth­ods within MIC to gen­er­ate new ideas and solve prob­lems in sev­eral areas, includ­ing but not lim­ited to: all fields of engi­neer­ing, and par­tic­u­larly for Infor­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy; Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics; ser­vices to cit­i­zens, includ­ing those pro­vided by pub­lic administrations.

    Activities

    Hire a group of researchers who will be trained specif­i­cally with cre­ative think­ing skills, and that will work with goals of gen­er­a­tion, pro­tec­tion and exploita­tion of intel­lec­tual prop­erty, as well as pro­vi­sion of cre­ative think­ing as a ser­vice (CTaaS) to exter­nal entities.

    Exploita­tion and innovation

    Goals

    Build up the rep­u­ta­tion of the Mar­coni Insti­tute for Cre­ativ­ity within the Fon­dazione Guglielmo Mar­coni as a world-​class cen­ter for inno­va­tion and prob­lem solv­ing. Pro­tect and exploit intel­lec­tual prop­erty through patent fil­ings, gen­er­a­tion of spin-​off com­pa­nies, con­sul­tancy to com­pa­nies and pub­lic administrations.

    Activities

    Raise aware­ness of the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity and of the pub­lic at large of MIC’S activ­ity. Raise fund­ing to enable the pro­tec­tion of intel­lec­tual prop­erty. Col­lect the inter­est of busi­ness angels to sup­port spin-​off ini­tia­tives. Set up Euro­pean Projects on the devel­op­ment of cre­ative think­ing meth­ods. Pro­vide con­sul­tancy to firms and com­pa­nies for inno­va­tion, prob­lem solv­ing, re-​organization processes.


    Details

    Website mic.fgm.it/

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