Boise city public art manager Karen Bubb is in Copenhagen for a three-day conference — The Art of Management and Organization — at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Bubb is representing Boise State University’s Centre for Creativity and Innovation, where she also teaches classes in creativity and design thinking.
BSU business professor Nancy Napier arranged the trip. Napier heads the Center and has written several books on creative thinking and leads a group called “The Gang,” a meeting of innovative Boise business leaders that has received national attention.
The conference brings together educators from across Europe to discuss and brainstorm new ways to approach education and design thinking processes — that includes rethinking how environment influences learning, and how collaboration aids in problem solving. It’s a relatively new way of creative problem solving that borrows from the artist’s practice and applies it to the business and engineering fields.
It will be interesting to see what Bubb, an artist, arts administrator, instructor and public arts consultant, will bring back to Boise. Even though the trip is slanted toward education practices, she likely will find elements that will find their ways into the public art sector.