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Inspiring Creative Thinking: Patricia Ryan Madson

David Bowman
David Bowman
BY: David Bowman ON March 21, 2013

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Patricia Ryan Madson is the author of  IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST SHOW UP and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where she has taught since 1977. In their Drama Department she served as the head of the undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program. In 1996 she founded the Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia has taught Design Improv for the School of Engineering, and is a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and for the Mayfield Fellows Program.  She teaches regularly at some of the finest, most respected educational institutions on the planet, and her corporate clients include names like IDEO, Google, Apple, HP, and and Adobe.  She is as brilliant and accomplished as she is delightful and I am thrilled to have her as our guest on Episode 10 of Inspiring Creative Thinking.



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About the Inspiring Creative Thinking Podcast:
Inspiring Creative Thinking is a podcast series produced by The Ohlmann Group, a marketing communications firm that specializes in helping clients to create the future. The podcast features short interviews with creative thinkers – authors, artists, bankers, business people, musicians, medical professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and more. In each podcast, the guest will be asked a similar set of questions about the importance of creativity, their approach to the creative process, and where and how they find creative inspiration. By doing this, we hope to reveal some universal truths about creativity, uncover unique approaches to the creative process, and offer insight into what makes creative thinkers tick.

Why are we doing this? Here are a few reasons. We are nerds who love to create. We always aspire to be better at what we do. We think that the world is a better place when it is filled with creativity. We are curious about creativity, and we believe in sharing what we learn. Learning more about creativity allows us to better serve our clients and have more fun doing what we do. It’s fun.

We hope you listen, learn, enjoy, and subscribe to the itunes podcast feed, share the podcast with others, and get inspired to do something creative.

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