OUR WORLD VIEW
At Boulder Digital Works. We think that creativity is the last unfair advantage, because the industrial age—in thinking as well as in production—is over. For everyone who expects to thrive in the 21st century, creativity is necessary, practical, and possible. Creative thinking that matters solves existing problems and points to future possibilities. Combined with technology and business, creativity can take individuals and companies in new and positive directions.
Digital and creativity go hand in hand, breaking down existing ways of thinking and doing and reassembling ideas and execution into unexpected solutions. Some call this process integrative thinking. Others might label it creative destruction. Whatever the nomenclature or processes involved, the result is escaping fixedness and leading from the future. Creative thinking is the connective tissue that threads through everything we do at BDW and points us consistently toward what we should be doing well and next. Creative thinking provides a compass for the digital future.
Why we’re here. In mid-winter 2009 we dedicated ourselves to creating a place where people could learn how to learn. Digital technologies are changing everything—–how we work and play, interact as individuals and groups, and how and what we learn. Yet, too many educational institutions have become museums of what we used to learn at the expense of why and how we learn.
We decided to create a place that would do more than remember the past. We wanted to create a place that would lead into the future. We understood that it would have to be different.
Boulder Digital Works is an alternative. We develop people who are generative, integrated thinkers, and can work collaboratively. Everything we do evolves from a foundation that combines creativity, technology, and business. People from different disciplines in industry and academe come here to ask questions, share ideas, and solve problems. BDW bridges the widening critical gap between academe and industry, between thinking and doing.
Erasing the line between professions and disciplines, BDW attracts a unique combination of people—-all of whom recognize that a world in permanent beta poses a variety of challenges to even the most adaptive minds. We are compelled to identify meaningful challenges and opportunities. We have conversations about what is necessary and urgent. And we confess that digital creates a good deal of anxiety about remaining relevant.
Who comes to BDW and what they do here. In any given week, BDW is a collection of people from industry and academe who realize that digital technologies are changing everything and want to be a positive part of that change. We are always evolving. We welcome experimentation. We are a destination for interactions among interested and interesting people.
Most people who come to BDW return again and again—-to explore existing opportunities or to propose new ones.
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