Thinking with Your Whole Brain

Are you left brain, right brain, or whole brain? Yes, there is such a thing as “whole brain,” at least according to Donald Marinelli, co-founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie-Mellon University and a popular TEDx speaker.

Donald Marinelli

“You can’t be in the fields of education or information sharing without an understanding of the evolution that is occurring in technology and how people are using technology to innovate, to create,” Marinelli said recently. “We now have whole-brain thinkers—generations of creators and innovators who understand how technology opens up the world they inhabit and fosters a true collaboration of science and art.”

Marinelli will be the featured speaker at “What’s Next?”, a Hot Topic session at the SLA 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. His presentation will draw partly on his “aha moment” that led him to collaborate with the late Randy Pausch, a fellow faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon and author of The Last Lecture, in founding the Entertainment Technology Center. He will also discuss what he sees coming in a world where technology is changing everything around us and information is literally at our fingertips.

“What’s next is our ability to innovate, to be creative, to truly solve the problem because of technology and because of information and collaboration,” he says. “You can view this as a negative or positive. I choose to see it as a positive.”

“What’s Next?” will be held Sunday, June 12, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 204-B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Following the session, join SAE International for a presentation in the Exhibitor Theater that will look at how SAE MOBILUS can help you and your organization create “aha moments” and help you discover what’s next.

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