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The Creativity Challenge, The Learning Connexion and TLC Educational Trust
Jonathan Milne and Alice Wilson Milne, directors of The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art and trustees of TLC Educational Trust, are proud to be hosting New Zealand’s second Creativity Challenge in 2015.
From Alice Wilson Milne Director:
The Learning Connexion (TLC) is an extraordinary entrepreneurial venture. Our aim is for holistic and commercial development together to make up two halves of one whole. Encouraging individual creativity in a social learning setting deepens our understanding of responsibility, and ultimately this leads to a sustainable future for people and for nature. We are demonstrating how business, and the betterment of humanity and planet Earth, can be achieved without compromising ethics and values.
TLC is a 26 year old not‐for‐profit company over 60 staff and teaching about 700 students a year. Low hierarchical systems and a congenial atmosphere encourage deep learning across the company.
Appreciative critique accelerates creativity outputs and improves the wellbeing, confidence and entrepreneurial thinking that can lead to innovative novelty.
Jonathan Milne, TLC’s founder and Managing Director, is author of ‘GO! The Art of Change.’ TLC draws world‐wide interest. It has developed a successful business and teaching platform, and our students and staff are regular award winners in art, illustration, film making, advertising and acting.
TLC is New Zealand’s only education provider fully dedicated to teaching creativity processes. Creativity offers multi‐directional potential and possibilities, and it thrives on change and uncertainty. Our distance delivery provides international students with the same quality of provision as is received by those on site. Our tutors reside in different parts of New Zealand and some are
TLC helps students to discover their core motivation and explore their creative potential. Our common language is the expression of creativity through art. Student work is assessed by process‐ based progressions, moderated alongside their art practice development.
Creativity in practice precedes innovation. We designed TLC’s organisation ecology and Learning Management System to meet our own needs. The school purchased New Zealand’s first camcorders back in 1990s in order to develop video resources for distance learners, and is now New Zealand’s largest library of creativity videos. TLC designed and built its own teaching foundry (with help from international colleagues) and metal, print making, jewellery and ceramics workshops. Students can
also choose to work in a wide variety of 2D and moving image studios.
Wellington’s Hutt Valley brims with creativity and innovative thinking. Its lively energy is a good fit with TLC. We appreciate support given to TLC by city councils, educational committees, Chamber of Commerce, service industries, suppliers, supporters and a number of social networks. There is potential for further and exciting development. TLC has promoted creativity, innovation and excellence on numerous trips around the world. We have hosted many of our colleagues in New Zealand, and built strong friendships. New Zealand is now waking up to what TLC’s international advisors have valued and supported over many years.
New Zealand is part of the Pacific Rim. We anticipate this region as having a world leadership role. Our vision for TLC is as a fore‐runner of creativity incubators or labs – innovative centres of learning that use the medium of art to accommodate research of all kinds.
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