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Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(14)

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For this installment of Brown Bag at the Movies we will be viewing (abstract below):

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Col. Casey Haskins: 6 Myths That Block Creative Thinking

Sparking a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

Col. Casey Haskins, an extremely accomplished military officer and professor at West Point Academy, uses psychology, philosophy, and “out of the box thinking” to create a new train of thought for successful problem solving.

New ideas and new ways of looking may provide the answers to challenges to U.S. competitiveness in business, education, government, and health care. In this week, our guests will reveal how they have created cultures of creativity that foster innovation. We’ll define “design thinking” and learn about collaborations that extend knowledge across disparate fields and add value to society, products and services. We will discover how creativity can be taught and learned, and how to inspire creative confidence in ourselves and others.

Chautauqua, according to the late, great Teddy Roosevelt, is “the most American thing in America.” It’s also the country’s oldest ideas festival. Since its founding in 1874, Chautauqua has attracted the likes of Amelia Earhart, FDR and Susan B. Anthony. The rich tradition continues in 2011. Speakers include New York Times contributor Stanley Fish, groundbreaking religious commentator Karen Armstrong, leading foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, noted historian Gordon Wood and several others. Take advantage of this exclusive offer from and the Chautauqua Institution, and join the discussion as these important thought leaders address the most pressing issues facing America and the world.


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Col. Casey Haskins is director of the Department of Military Instruction at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, responsible for adapting military instruction to demands for more limber, creative operating methods. As profiled in the book Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, by Peter Sims, Haskins oversees military tactics courses that West Point requires cadets to take during their first three years, and a three-month summer training program that emphasizes leadership, in which he and his colleagues construct immersion experiences to prepare cadets for what they’ll encounter on modern battlefields.

Haskins has commanded at every level from platoon through brigade and has served in staff positions from battalion through theater army. He has had assignments in West Berlin; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Baghdad, Iraq. He has served in light infantry, mechanized, air assault and ranger units, as well as in training units.

Haskins’ most recent assignments include chief of strategic plans for Multi-National Force-Iraq, chief of staff for the Iraq Assistance Group, director of Combined Arms and Tactics at Fort Benning, and commander of the 198th Infantry Brigade.

Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from West Point in May 1982, Haskins’ schools include the infantry officer basic and advanced courses, combined arms and services staff school, the command and general staff course, and a war college fellowship at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has master parachutist wings, air assault wings, and a Ranger tab, in addition to numerous foreign parachutist and school badges.



Written by Chuck Petras

October 18, 2011 at 17:42

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