"What fosters creativity? More than anything else: The presence of other creative people." ~ Richard Florida

 

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In his recent New York Times piece, "Cities Are the Fonts of Creativity," author and researcher Richard Florida argues that creativity thrives on and in community:

"The big myth is that creativity is the province of great individual geniuses. In fact creativity is a social process. Our biggest creative breakthroughs come when people learn from, compete with, and collaborate with other people." Read More

By living and going to school in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, rather than on an isolated campus removed from the hustle and bustle of the non-academic world, MSOE students have the chance to be inspired by the creativity of city life: the variety of people, the architecture, the museums, the lakefront.

This weekend, in particular, is a fun opportunity to get your creativity on by visiting (for free!) historic and innovative Milwaukee sites, including several buildings on the MSOE campus. The third annual Doors Open Milwaukee happens on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See a full list of participating buildings at the Doors Open Milwaukee website.

 

Photo Credit: Jeramey Jannene, used courtesy of a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license