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The Mechanics of Innovation: Human Creativity from Ancient Athens to You

  • Robert W Baird & Co

    777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI (map)

    43.038872 -87.901283

  • As technologists, we are the vanguard of human progress.  It is our job to employ the latest technologies to serve humankind.  Wouldn't it be nice to know how that progress actually happens?  In this talk, we are going to explore the mechanics of innovation.  We will look at some of the most innovative societies and organizations in human history and learn what makes them so great.  Then we will take those lessons and boil them down into practical advice you can use to be more creative.

    We're going to tackle the following questions:  How are new ideas generated?  Is the "hero inventor" a myth?  Why are some societies more innovative than others?  What can organizations do to be more innovative?  How can you as an individual be more creative?

    5:30 Pizza and Networking, 6pm Start. 

    About the Speaker:

    Dustin Ewers is a consultant at Centare, where he works to help businesses build better software.  Dustin has been building software for over 10 years, specializing in Microsoft technologies.  He is an active member of the technical community, speaking at user groups and conferences in and around Wisconsin.

    While not building the software of the future, Dustin likes a mix of low tech and high tech hobbies, including reading, cooking, hiking, and photography.

    He blogs about technology at

    Follow him on Twitter at @DustinJEwers

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