> 00 / 08 : Turn observation into invention

Visual thinking for STEM

Turn observation into invention

> 01 / 08 : Observe uniquely

Built for STEM
Created by artists

Learn to see differently

During periods of rapid social and professional transformation, organisations need to be more creative than ever in order to adapt and succeed.

Using his proprietary approach to teaching creative visual thinking, expert visual thinking facilitator M. Seth Jones will help you reshape your ideas, insights and creative problem-solving potential.

Learn to effectively engage dual modes of operation to synthesise abstract, spatial artistic processing with verbal, analytic STEM practises in three unique custom designed workshops tailored to your needs.

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> 02 / 08 : For design thinking


Transform your ideas from topical to timeless

Visionary design thinking methodologies for organisations.

Combine imaginative ideation, iteration and implementation practises with the Engine of Creativity's agile learning framework to accelerate breakthrough innovations.

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> 03 / 08 : For better communication


Evaluate, solve and explain complex problems

A transformative communication framework for teams.

Refine your teams clarity of perception and heighten their visualisation skills to increase collaboration efficiency and enhance their social intelligence.

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> 04 / 08 : For visual perception


Learn to shift between looking and seeing

Photographic visual awareness practises for individuals.

Use photographic visual thinking to learn how to observe uniquely, so you can better understand how meaning is constructed and conveyed through creative visual media.

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> 05 / 08 : About me

I help people develop better ways to work, better techniques for thinking and better methods for making

Hi, I'm M. Seth Jones, a perpetually curious observer and specialist visual thinking facilitator.

I've helped organisations like BBC Worldwide, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, RMIT University, Adelaide University, the Australian Centre for Photography, Ogilvy Australia, MYER, RØDE Microphones and The Monkeys to imagine more visually, observe uniquely and create with clearer purpose.

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Workshop origins

Developed over a decade of teaching, the Engine of Creativity is my framework for helping creative professionals elevate their craft.

Since 2009, I've focused on transforming the way professional, enthusiast and aspiring visual storytellers think, learn and make meaning.

Innovate, Thrive and Perceive began with a simple question: "How can I facilitate productive collaboration between the fields of Art and STEM?"

Now more than ever, forward-thinking organisations need to overcome challenging new obstacles in order to create better, safer, smarter futures for us all. These three divergent, exploratory workshops, designed around my unique approach to teaching creative visual thinking, are now available to STEM organisations worldwide. By synthesising the principles, workflows and benefits of deep artistic practise for STEM organisations, I hope to help companies implement effective creative solutions to their biggest challenges.

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> 06 / 08 : Featured research

Why promote collaboration between STEM and Art?

I believe there are many benefits to incorporating exploratory, spatial visual art approaches and practises into established STEM workflows. And I'm not alone.

Featured research

STEAM: Using the Arts to Train Well-Rounded and Creative Scientists

Verónica A. Segarra, Barbara Natalizio, Cibele V. Falkenberg, Stephanie Pulford and Raquell M. Holmes

While the demand for a strong STEM workforce continues to grow, there are challenges that threaten our ability to recruit, train, and retain such a workforce in a way that is effective and sustainable and fosters innovation. One way in which we are meeting this challenge is through the use of the arts in the training of scientists. Read more at ASMscience

Full STEAM Ahead: The Benefits of Integrating the Arts Into STEM

There is growing interest amongst forward looking public officials, educators, and professionals in enhancing the education platform to better prepare students for both analytical and creative thinking. Read more →

Using Creativity from Art and Engineering to Engage Students in Science

In this editorial, we explore how the arts can help students generate “Big Ideas” about science, construct questions, and share their understanding of the topic with authentic audiences. Read more →

A Place for Art and Design Education in the STEM Conversation

In what follows we describe the possibilities and pitfalls of an approach that infuses both the creative process and design thinking into a new iteration of STEM education that adds arts (with a capital "A") to the acronym to make STEAM. Read more →

> 07 / 08 : How visual thinking can help

Learn to visualise and communicate the ideational

Virtually every STEM discipline calls upon visual or spatial thinking. Incorporating creativity into STEM workflows enables organisations and individuals to develop - and better utilise - a more complex visual and notional literacy.

Refining our ability to visualise the immaterial through exploratory artistic processes is a compelling catalyst for innovation. Incorporating the A for art into STEM empowers organisations by promoting collaboration across the disciplines. This partnership is vital, because every engineer who formulates a new innovation exhibits far more than simply tech, engineering and math excellence. They also need to practise design-thinking, creativity, communication and artistic skills to bring these innovations to fruition.

The benefits of visual thinking

Established STEM models tell you "this is how things are".

Traditional STEM workflows analyse, abstract, count, mark time, plan procedures step-by-step, verbalise and make statements based on logic. Conventional STEM education gives learners facts, answers, knowledge, certainty and truth.

Through the use of creative visual thinking, Innovate, Thrive and Perceive will teach you novel originative systems to query entrenched solutions from unique perspectives to reveal, interpret, convey and explore undiscovered lines of inquiry.

> 08 / 08 : Contact me

Transform your organisation with visual thinking

I've taught over 1000 students from 35 different countries about the art of visual thinking.

My workshops are available to anyone, anywhere in the world. They are delivered in real time, and are optimised for remote delivery. Email me to learn how your organisation can incorporate this transformative creative process to innovate with clarity and purpose.

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