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    Zac Posen’s Creative Spirit

    In this lighthearted yet fascinating interview, Zac Posen speaks about his early influences as a child—including dumpster diving in New York—and how they’ve shaped his creative aesthetic. He also discusses his new book Cooking with Zac and how cooking is a collaboration amongst cultures.

    Zac Posen
    Fashion Designer, Television Personality, Entrepreneur, Author
    Debbie Millman
    Host, "Design Matters"; Founder, Design Matters Media

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    Collaborative Creativity and the Evolution of an Idea

    Learn how cross-disciplinary leaders are driving some of humanity’s greatest achievements.

    Zac Posen
    Fashion Designer, Television Personality, Entrepreneur, Author
    David Korins
    Emmy Award–Winning Creative Director & Designer, David Korins Design
    Heather Caruso
    Executive Director, Center for Decision Research & Adjunct Associate Professor, Behavioral Science; University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    Anne Libera
    Director of Comedy Studies, The Second City & Columbia College Chicago
    Debbie Millman
    Host, "Design Matters"; Founder, Design Matters Media
    Kelly Leonard
    Executive Director, Insights & Applied Improvisation, The Second City
    Luke Woods
    Vice President & Head of Design, Facebook

    Groundbreaking works like “Hamilton: An American Musical” aren’t just triumphs of writing—they’re the products of extensive collaboration between several groups of people that allow an audience to be pulled into an artist’s world. That kind of creation happens not only on stages in ornate theaters, but in places we don’t often see or think about. In this Talk, we’ll hear from cross-disciplinary leaders on how the common practice of creative collaboration has (and can) drive some of humanity’s greatest achievements. From uncovering how one group of improvisers use their skills to study behavioral sciences to being guided through different methods of creative collaboration, attendees can expect to gain a more intimate understanding of how some of the most resonant cultural works in the world come into being.

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