Call for Proposals
to Do a Presentation at 2010 ACA International Conference
Creativity in the Gap
American Creativity Association March 2010
be considered as a potential presenter for the 2010 Conference,
please submit your proposal with the
following in mind.
Goal: To offer participants an opportunity to learn, observe, and engage in the art, craft,
practice, and experience of creativity. Presenters and participants will learn from each other
through interaction that has a focus on addressing the real challenges and opportunities
facing our governmental, educational, artistic/cultural, nonprofit, business, and corporate sectors.
Theme: Creativity in the Gap
Given the rapid pace of change in today's global culture, the space between now and
the future presents significant challenges for professionals in multiple domains.
Creativity plays an essential role in both adjustment and transformation in the gap
between what is and what can be.
Each proposal should clearly state how the presentation will reflect the conference
theme, "Creativity in the Gap."
Proposals should address the role of creativity in one or more of the following areas:
• Productivity in problem spaces
• Defining problems in context
• Creative identification of opportunities
• Selecting beneficial tools and techniques
• Applied creative leadership
• Advantageous team-building processes
Sessions are expected to appeal to creative professionals and present new information to conference attendees. Participants should be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the session to their work in areas such as business, marketing, new product development, science and industry, academia, education and training, and the arts. Sessions may demonstrate existing processes in new circumstances or may introduce original research in the field of creativity.
PRESENTATIONS REFLECTING conference theme and applicability to the following areas:
• Business & industry,
education & training, communication & the
arts, military & government, and science & technology
• The repertoire of practical
strategies and techniques for creative problem solving and its application to real-world situations
• “Classic” and new models for creativity
and problem solving (Osborn-Parnes, Synectics, TRIZ, lateral thinking, whole brain, Kepner Tregoe,
Value Engineering, etc.)
• Creative thinking and practice as a key part of
the front end of innovation
• Session length: 45 or 90 minutes
• Sessions should be designed for information sharing
-- not as commercials for products or services
• Presentations (handouts, PowerPoints, overheads,
etc.) must be submitted by mid-January
• Submit proposals electronically at
• Correspondence to the theme
• Potential to attract and stimulate conference attendees
• Clarity of proposal content and presentation methods,
especially session’s learning objectives
• Originality and creativity in content and format
• Potential for practical application
• Relevance to current trends and issues, and appropriateness for international audience
• Presenter’s expertise and experience
• Evaluations from past conferences
AND COSTS OF PRESENTING: ACA expects presenters to benefit from promoting their
expertise to colleagues and the public; however, we also offer a special presenter rate. Presenters
who register before January 15th will pay a reduced registration fee of $480 which includes entrance
to all general and concurrent sessions, conference materials, the welcome reception, breakfasts,
lunches, breaks with great snacks, and the farewell dinner.
Proposal Submission Deadline: September 1, 2009
Notification of selection will be sent by October 1, 2009.
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