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Neurodiversity – The Core of Creativity

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We are lucky enough this January to have Jorn Bettin attending KMLF to present to us.

Jorn is a Managing Partner at S23M and an advocate of autistic collaboration who loves working with high performance product development teams.

Description of the session:

The neurodiversity movement asserts that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status. It frames autism, bipolar disorder and other neurotypes as a natural human variation rather than a pathology or disorder, and its advocates believe them to be authentic forms of human diversity and valuable sources of human talents and innovative potential.

The session provides an introduction to the topic of neurodiversity based on current scientific evidence and first hand experience. The audience is welcome to ask questions and offer further experiences.

Key items to be presented:

• No serious discussion on the topic of innovation, learning, and collaboration can afford to ignore the relevance of neurodiversity. In particular people on the autistic spectrum learn and play differently.

• Discrimination against autists is comparable to the level of discrimination against homosexuals 50 years ago. The pathologisation of autism has led to what some critical researchers refer to as the autism industrial complex.

• Autists communicate and enjoy themselves by sharing information and knowledge, and not by negotiating social status. Over the last two decades it has become increasingly clear that autistic cognitive lenses are apparently an essential element in all human societies, especially in the context of innovation and in terms of reducing spurious complexity in human culture.

• Today autists are still advised from a young age to mimic neurotypical behaviour. It is time to liberate autism from the pathology paradigm. This can only be achieved if autists take ownership of the definition of autism and share their experience of human cultures through an autistic lens from a first hand perspective.

Participating in this event will enable you to:

• See value and creative potential where mainstream society currently perceives and attempts to contain or neutralise pathological behaviour

• Understand the essential role of neurodiversity as a driver of innovation

• Appreciate the unique portfolio of strengths that autists bring to any collaborative endeavour

A little more about Jorn:

Jorn has pioneered the MODA + MODE methodology for value cycle engineering and for creating bridges of understanding between disciplines and organisational silos. He is a co-author of a number of books on model driven product line engineering, is an expert on semantic interoperability, and has worked in methodology leadership roles at IBM in the 1990s.

Jorn is passionate about capturing the knowledge flow of leading domain experts to co-create organisations and systems which are understandable by future generations of humans and software tools. In 2015 Jorn launched the quarterly Conference for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration in Auckland. CIIC (pronounced “kick”) follows the Open Space format and is kicking-off in Melbourne in collaboration with Helen Palmer and Questo on 4 March 2017.

Agenda for the KMLF evening:

Wednesday 25 January 2017

• 6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles

• 6:30 - 7:45 exploration of the topic

• 7:45 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations

• 8:00 Dinner for interested parties
RMIT Swanston Academic Building
445 Swanston Street, Room 80.10.013 · Melbourne
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