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Spotlight on Innovation: Using Creativity to Solve Your Trickiest Business Problems with Rita J. King

Think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate effectively

Rita J. King

We’ve moved beyond the information age into the “imagination age.” In this new era of business, creativity and imagination are essential skills for success—and to preserve our own humanity.

Join us for this edition of Spotlight on Innovation to find out how to develop the skills that will define business success in the imagination age. Science House codirector Rita J. King explains how to apply creativity and imagination to tackle complex problems in a pragmatic way. Along the way, you’ll learn why intuition, although iterative in the moment, must be based in deep understanding, just as chess grandmasters’ “intuitive” moves are actually based on deep study.

O’Reilly Spotlight explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions for the future.

In every edition of Spotlight on Innovation, you’ll learn about, discuss, and debate the future. Best of all, you’ll discover what successful companies have in common and how you can follow their lead with small practical steps to transform your organization and prepare for the Next Economy.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • That creativity is a pragmatic skill that can be developed
  • How to apply imagination to real problems and combine ideas and execution
  • How to communicate in clear language to get better collaborative results
  • How to get the most out of meetings

This training course is for you because...

  • You're a professional who wants to develop skills that are in high demand: critical thinking, imagination, and creativity.


  • Come with your questions for Rita J. King
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Rita J. King is codirector and executive vice president for business development at Science House. Rita designs dynamic plans for the development of collaborative culture and works with senior leadership teams around the world to align values with business goals and advise on clear actions that trend toward the desired future state. Rita is also a futurist at the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, for which she invents technologies, novel characters, and story architecture; a Salzburg Global Fellow, with a focus on art, science, and culture; and a LinkedIn Influencer with a million and a half readers. Previously, she was an innovator in residence at IBM and a futurist at NASA Langley’s think tank. Rita is the creator of the Imagination Age (featured in Forbes), a way to navigate between the industrial era, which is fading but not gone, and the intelligence era, which is coming but not here. Features by her or about her work have appeared in global outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, Time, Fast Company, Fox News, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., Entrepreneur, Design Observer, the BBC, Le Figaro, Psychology Today, and many more.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)