The idea of a creative class is a 'neo-liberal con trick'. That's how Paul Moore begins his TED Talk at TEDxBelfast. Creativity must be built from the ground up -- it cannot be directed from the top down, he says. Paul delves into the history of creativity from the 1950s, the Mods of the 60s through to the Punk movement in Northern Ireland and brings his argument into the present day talking about the creativity of his students at the University of Ulster. Professor Paul Moore is Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Head of School of Creative Arts at the University of Ulster in Derry.One hundred years ago, ship builders were putting the final touches to the RMS Titanic before the hull was launched in May 1911. You could have seen the ship from the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Offices. This historic building was the venue in March 2011 for the very first TEDxBelfast. We were sitting in an historical place, but we were considering the future and the place of creativity in this city. With speakers from Northern Ireland - including some coming home especially for the event - we heard about, and discussing, innovation and creativity in, architecture, communications technology, social media, the workplace and creative arts.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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