Speaker: Dr. Allyson Stokes
Creativity is an increasingly important component of today’s economy and labour market, and is fundamental to many jobs and occupations. My talk is about the collaborative nature of creative work and the challenges and opportunities this presents for the development of equitable workplaces and working environments. I will discuss: the rise of creativity as a topic of concern for academics, politicians, policy makers, and general publics; research detailing the collaborative elements of the creative process; current obstacles to work equity that arise from collaboration and creativity; and some of the ways these obstacles may be addressed through policy and cultural change.
Dr. Allyson Stokes is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo and will be an Assistant Professor in Knowledge Integration from January 2017 to January 2018. She has a PhD in Sociology from McMaster University and recently completed a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Her research focuses on the nature of work in the arts and culture sector and in creative economies, with a particular emphasis on issues related to the development of equitable working environments. She teaches courses on communication, creative thinking, gender equity, and creative economies.
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