2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Creativity Is the New Literacy

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As a global society we are currently facing crises across every imaginable sector including economic, climate and humanitarian issues. What is the one common thread in all these crises? The solution lies in the power of human creativity.
Today we have a creativity crisis. On the positive side, thought leaders are taking notice of the critical need for creativity. A recent study of 1500 CEOs cited creativity as the #1 leadership competency. However, current education paradigms stifle creativity because our archaic system was built around farming and factory ways of life.
How do we empower this new generation of learners to solve the world’s issues with creative skills? It starts with an education system that cultivates creativity and a society that puts value on creativity. Creative, problem solving skills placed in the hands of every learner will unleash a new culture that will tirelessly pursue amazing, creative alternatives until something works.



Chase Jarvis

Founder & Chairman


Chase Jarvis, the renowned photographer and director turned digital entrepreneur, co-founded creativeLIVE in 2010 to share free creative education with the world. Since that time creativeLIVE has delivered more than 1 billion minutes of free online education to 2 million people across every country in the world. creativeLIVE provides students with free, live access to world-class instructors – Pulitzer-Prize winners, New York Times best-selling authors and top entrepreneurs -- who provide the skill-based learning that students need to successfully convert their passions into a fulfilling career – defying geographic, social, and cost barriers. Notably, Chase has recently expanded creativeLIVE’s offerings to provide viewers across the globe with live access to Silicon Valley’s leading creative entrepreneurs including, Tim Ferriss, Reid Hoffman, Guy Kawasaki and many others.
Since its launch, creativeLIVE has seen continued momentum with more than 400 live courses, including the widely attended Photoshop Course, which drew more than 150,000 students across 178 countries in February 2013. The platform is truly reshaping creative learning and how information and education is shared across the globe.
In addition to his work as a fine artist, Chase shoots award-winning campaigns for Nike, Apple, RedBull, Starbucks, Samsung and other Fortune 100 brands. He is widely recognized for creating the “Best Camera” app in 2009 – the world's first iPhone photo app to share images to social networks - which kicked off the mobile photography/sharing craze and went on to become an app of the year for Wired Magazine, Macworld, the New York Times and numerous others. A thought leader in a number of different fields, Chase has been invited to speak at conferences on 6 continents throughout his career, ranging from TEDx and Sundance to SXSW and World Domination Summit.

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