‘Thinking wrong’ with Bielenberg

Nov 04, 2013
John Bielenberg is pictured speaking at What Design Can Do 2013 in Amsterdam.

Portland — Renowned designer John Bielenberg of Belfast will lead a Maine Center for Creativity seminar about challenging learned behaviors that inhibit true creative exploration in business. This event, part of MCC’s Creative Toolbox series, will be held Monday, Nov. 18, in the Rines Auditorium of Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world. He is the founder of Project M and co-founder of Future. In February, he was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design organization of which he became a fellow in 2008. Bielenberg has received more than 250 design awards throughout his career and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his design projects.

Bielenberg was the recipient of the 2011 National Association of Schools of Art and Design Citation for outstanding work and overall impact in the fields of art and design as an author, educator, social activist and designer. Through Project M, Bielenberg inspires and educates young creators by proving that their work and “wrongest” thinking can have a significant impact on communities.

As a follow-up to MCC’s How to Lead Creative People session in June, the Thinking Wrong, Doing Right seminar will focus on challenging the way we think to make the world better through design and creativity.

“John helps companies and their people to consider new, ‘wrong’ ways of bringing their ideas to life,” said MCC’s executive director, Jean Maginnis. “For anyone interested in innovation and creative problem solving, this talk will be inspiring.”

The seminar is geared toward creative thinkers, business leaders and entrepreneurs and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pricing for non-members is $35, though attendees can become a member of the Maine Center for Creativity for the price of admission and receive their first seminar free. Admission is $15 for MCC members and students with valid student ID, free for University of Southern Maine students.

Capitalizing on Creativity Part 2: Thinking Wrong, Doing Right is sponsored by MaineBiz and USM. Companies can become a member of MCC and send 10 employees. Seating is limited; contact intern@mainecenterforcreativity.org or visit mainecenterforcreativity.org to register.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

John Bielenberg speaks at What Design Can Do
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