(The URL for this material, with live links: http://bit.ly/W21113)


The workshop as a whole aims:
The session on Creative Thinking (as well as some repeated feedback processes throughout the workshop) aim to stimulate fresh thinking and foster connections that are conducive of #1 and #2. Two schema should help participants appreciate how the session is framed (*):

(* This framing is somewhat different from the emphasis on individual creativity put forward in Roberta Ness's 2012 valuable article, "Tools for Innovative Thinking in Epidemiology," American Journal of Epidemiology 175(8): 733-738, and the book that expands on the article.)

The session facilitator, Peter Taylor, directs the graduate programs in Critical and Creative Thinking (http://www.cct.umb.edu) and Science in a Changing World (http://www.cct.umb.edu/sicw) at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches a doctoral course on epidemiological thinking for non-specialists (http://ppol753.wikispaces.umb.edu). He will be assisted by Julian Little and Nancy Kreiger, who co-led a discussion on innovation in epidemiological research at ACE 2011, hosted a workshop by Peter at her workplace in 2011 and at ACE in 2012, and co-prepared a report published in the ACE newsletter last summer. A blog set up to continue conversations after ACE12, http://epidemiologyinnovate.wordpress.com/about, has not yet taken off, but welcomes contributors.
A source for the tools and processes is Taylor, P. and J. Szteiter (2012) Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research and Engagement. Arlington: The Pumping Station (online as paperback or pdf from http://thepumpingstation.org/books or as paperback or hardcover from regular online booksellers).


0. Plus-Delta feedback throughout the day, submitted via smartphone or laptop at http://bit.ly/PlusDelta, and viewable at http://bit.ly/PDResponses.

a. Dialogue Hour on how this morning's papers stimulated or intersected with our thinking about intervention research (in 3 breakout groups of 10; 60 minutes)

back in the main room
b. Believing and doubting (30 minutes)

c. Six principles and questions (20 minutes), prepared on paper or laptop, then submitted via smartphone or laptop at http://bit.ly/SixPQs, and viewable at http://bit.ly/SixPQShare.

d. Plus-Delta on this 2-hour session, submitted via smartphone or laptop at http://bit.ly/PlusDelta, and viewable at http://bit.ly/PDResponses.