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Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

Edited by Lynn Book and David Phillips

While creativity and entrepreneurship may appear to be unlikely allies, they are increasingly intersecting to produce economic and social value in new and exciting ways. This groundbreaking volume examines how creativity and entrepreneurship can be used in conjunction to foster positive change and innovation, particularly in areas such as higher education and sustainable global development.

Chapter 3: Natural history meets personal history: Clorpt, cores and reference slides

Heidi LaMoreaux

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management and universities, education, management and universities


Boundaries between living systems are places of great change and adaptation. In ecotones, or boundaries between ecological zones, and littoral zones, where a body of water meets land, animals and plants often have to adapt to drastically changing conditions, including periods of relative drought and submersion, either daily or annually (Reese, 1969; Senft and Peet, 2008). These areas of overlap, transition and adaptation are places where speciation – the creation of new forms – can occur (Schilithuizen, 2000). Sadly, zones of overlap between academic disciplines can be difficult to find. As Eugenia Gerdes states, ‘our own particularized disciplinary attitudes prevent our appreciating the approaches of other disciplines. Through our ignorance of other disciplines, we often fail to see when we are being narrow-minded’ (2002, p. 50). However, exploration of the ecotones and littoral zones between disciplines can promote creativity (Sill, 1996), which Storr defines as ‘an activity that forms new links between formerly disparate entities, the union between opposites described by Jung’ (1988, p. 199). When we combine ideas from different disciplines – for example, earth science, creative writing and art – we may achieve insights not otherwise possible, creating new ways of understanding the world and ourselves.

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