research talk – Accelerating innovation through team creativity


Abstract: Innovation in private, public and non-profit organisations can be accelerated through four team creativity catalysts – modeling innovators, immersing in an innovation culture, growing collaboratively and netting diverse ideas. This framework of team creativity is the outcome of industry practice and research into adult creativity, together with analysis of global best practices of innovative people, companies and countries. Through this talk, you will learn about:

  • The thinking patterns of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs and Lee Kuan Yew
  • The innovation practices of world-class innovators such as Apple, Google, 3M, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Switzerland and Singapore.
  • The collective growth strategies of innovative organisations
  • The inter-connected creative thinking tools that originated in America, Europe and Russia

About the Speaker:

Peter LingAssociate Professor (Dr) Peter Ling is Deputy Dean (International) in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. A Singaporean, Peter’s industry career included journalism, public relations, retail advertising, advertising agency management, marketing communication consultancy and team creativity facilitation. He has worked in Singapore, Taipei, Perth and Melbourne, with working attachments in Young & Rubicam Advertising New York and Lintas Advertising Sydney. In Singapore, Peter was Treasurer of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore in 1976, Chairman of the Public Relations Sub-Committee of the 12th Asian Advertising Congress in 1980 and President of the Association of Advertising Agents Singapore 1989-1991. In Taipei, he wrote two weekly newspaper columns on marketing and personal effectiveness for The China Post while with Lintas Taiwan and published selected articles into two books. In Perth, his doctorate on accelerated adult team creativity at the University of Western Australia won the Fogarty Prize for best thesis; he taught advertising, consumer behaviour, creative thinking and marketing communication at Edith Cowan University between 2004-2010; and supervised a team that emerged as Asia Pacific winners in the Google Online Marketing Challenge 2010. In Melbourne, Peter is author of Be the Innovators: How to accelerate team creativity and lead author of Consumer Behaviour in Action, both published by Oxford University Press.

Date: 31 Aug 2016

Time: 9am -10am

Venue: CNM Meeting Room (AS6 03-33)

CNM doctoral student selected for Yale University’s Fox International Fellowship Program (FIFP)

Satveer KaurDoctoral student Satveer Kaur has recently been selected for the Fox International Fellowship Program (FIFP) at Yale University. The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and 19 world-renowned partner universities, including NUS. The Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who have the potential to become leaders in fields that are policy significant, historically informed, socially meaningful and interested in developing scholarly knowledge to respond to the world’s most pressing challenges. The Fellowship also seeks to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the fellows.

“I am deeply honoured to have been nominated by the department to put in my application for the Yale Fox Fellowship and to have received news of my successful application thereafter. The program brings together scholars from different fields working on issues that impact society globally, by creating interdisciplinary spaces for intellection and dialogue. The Fox fellows have already started touching base, and what has been evident is the many scholars undertaking meaningful research that significantly impacts society. I look forward most to meeting different stakeholders, auditing relevant classes at Yale, and presenting my research on migration to my colleagues”, says Satveer.

CNM wishes you the very best, Satveer!

Research Talk – Designing Interaction with Wearable devices for Everyday life Scenarios

A new generation of wearable devices is reaching the market: watches and bands, glasses, rings. These small devices allow us to stay in touch with each other and are meant to be worn all day long while performing a broad spectrum of activities. As companions, wearable devices should enable interaction while performing primary task. In this talk, I will present the unique challenges of designing interaction in worst case scenarios, i.e. in cases where the user is either in motion or focusing on a cognitively demanding primary task.

About the Speaker:

perrault Dr Simon Perrault received his BSc and MSc degrees from University of Lille 1 (France) in 2006 and 2008. He then worked as a research associate for the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2009 before starting his PhD in Computer Science in Telecom ParisTech (France). He defended his PhD in April 2013, and joined the School of Computing in National University of Singapore (NUS) in December 2013 as a post-doctoral researcher. He is now an assistant professor at the Yale-Nus College. His research interests are Human Computer Interaction, specifically Mobile and Wearable Computing.

Date: 26 Aug 2016

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Venue: CNM Meeting Room, AS 6 #03-33

CNM students write about the nation’s first Olympic Gold

Students from the module NM4211- Online Journalism taught by Ms Tan Ee Lyn, are busy writing articles on Singapore’s first Olympic gold by Joseph Schooling. First up, is an article on Schooling’s return to Singapore and how he was greeted by excited Singaporeans.The article is written by Natasha Kleinman, who is an MOE Teaching Award scholar, and in her third year of studies majoring in Communications and New Media (and minoring in Theatre Studies).

N.Kleinman Headshot

Natasha Kleinman

“There was a very tight window to prepare and produce my article on Schooling’s homecoming, so this experience challenged me to think fast and have a clear focus. Amidst jostling with the crowd taking pictures and videos, through the interviews I conducted with people of different ages and backgrounds, I could see that they had a huge amount of respect for Schooling and his parents. They were genuinely inspired by his historic feat and were more than willing to sacrifice some sleep to show their support”, says Kleinman

For this event, Ms. Tan encouraged me to prepare some material such as interview questions, be mentally prepared for the crowd, and always put my safety first”, she adds. Kleinman is looking forward to attending today’s press conference, and is excited about writing another article on this. Read Kleinman’s article here.

Research Talk – Critical Reflections on ‘Dewesternizing’ communication and media studies; And the limits of a ‘comparative’ framework

This talk will respond to contemporary trends in media studies that argue for “dewesternizing” media studies as a move towards “globalizaing” media studies.  While applauding such  well intentioned arguments about ‘dewesternizing” media studies, this talk will suggest that  simply engaging in ‘dewesternizing’–that is simply looking at the Non West–does not necessarily result in a politics and project of decolonizing media/communication studies that it badly needs.   If media/communication studies is to be transnationally responsive and responsible, and be informed by a transnational ethical sensibility (which is different from “international”)   it needs to move towards a project of decolonization–decolonization of our theories, epistemes, sensibilities as well as our academic spaces.  An additive and benign move of ‘dewesternizing” that simply includes, instead of disrupting, non western frameworks into our mainstream canon does not always unsettle the eurocentric (and often colonial) ethos of western media studies’ canon.   Issues of transnational (and colonial)  power relations, and the  geopolitical  imbalance within which academic knowledge is produced,  must be addressed as well.  Ultimately, if our discipline is to be committed to a politics of social justice, what is needed then is  decolonization, not simply dewesternization, of our theories, imaginations, and spaces.  In this context, this talk will also discuss the limits of the notion of “comparativism” or “comparative” that also seems to be in vogue today.

About the Speaker

Raka Shome ProfileDr. Raka Shome writes on on postcolonial cultures, transnational feminism, and media/communication cultures.  Her current research interests are in Asian Modernities, Transnational relations of India, Racism and Media in a global context, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, and the Transnational politics of knowledge production as a communication issue. Dr. Shome has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals and anthologies in the field of Media and Communication Studies .  She is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2014)—a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity.  The book has garnered international attention and has been reviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (interviewed in their radio show), Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, Journal of Communication, European Journal of Communication, New Formations, Fashion Style and Popular Culture, Soundings, Quarterly Journal of Speech among others.

Under her co-guest editorship, the first-ever special issue on “Postcolonialism” was published in the field of Communication Studies in the International Communication Association journal Communication Theory (August, 2002).  She recently also guest edited a special issue on “Asian Modernities” (2012) in the (Sage) journal Global Media and Communication, which included several articles focused on the question of what it means to be “modern” outside of liberal western frameworks.  She recently guest edited a special issue as guest editor for Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies  journal on ‘Gender, Nation, Colonialism: Twenty first century connections.’  She has held full time faculty appointments at London School of Economics, Arizona State University and University of Washington.  In fall 2014, she was invited by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (that typically hosts leading international cultural studies scholars)  to serve as a visiting scholar. She is currently beginning a new project entitled “Spectacular Nationalism and Contemporary India”

Dr. Shome has delivered several  talks (including keynotes and plenaries) and workshops, nationally and internationally, on issues of postcoloniality, gender, transnational feminism, and racism in contemporary global contexts.  In November 2016, she will be a keynote speaker at University of Melbourne at the  Mobility, Gender and Social Transformations in Asia Conference. Some of her other recent keynote and plenary talks have been at London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Soderton University, Goethenberg University, Rhetoric Society of America (Madison, WI), German Communication Association.

She has been a past chair of the Cultural Studies Division of National Communication Association (NCA).  She has received research awards  from National Communication Association such as ‘Outstanding Article Award’ (twice) from Critical/Cultural Studies Division, the New Investigator Award from Rhetoric and communication Theory Division, Distinguished Scholar (co-awardee) from International and Intercultural Division,  As a graduate student she was the recipient of the Bostrom  Research Award from Southern States Communication (given to promising graduate students for research) and Peterson Award (for top paper), also from Southern States Communication Association.  She is listed in Who’s Who of America (Marquis, 2004)

Date: 16 August 2016

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Venue: CNM Meeting Room

Prof Raka Shome’s research awarded grant by Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society

Raka Shome ProfileProf Raka Shome has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, Villanova University, Pennsylvania. The grant is awarded for Prof Shome’s research titled ‘Spectacular Nationalism and Contemporary India’.

Each year, the Waterhouse Family Institute funds research conducted by scholars across the world, based on the emphasis the research gives to communication and those that engage communication and its impact on the world and ability to create social change. The WFI Research Grants are selectively awarded and Prof Shome’s reserach has been awarded the maximum grant amount to support her research.

Prof Shome’s research  attempts to understand the ways in which a spectacular nationalism is being produced in contemporary India and the ways in which it functions to produce a new national pride that is articulated in relation to the global while reifiying hardened logics of nagtionalism.  Through a focus on  many media campaigns as well as the circulation of commodities that are being rebranded through revivalist “Indian” logic, Prof Shome attempts to offer an extended theory of spectacular nationalism (as opposed to nationalism as just spectacle)– especially in the context of current India. She also attempts to trace the linkage between this spectacular nationalism and the overt and invisible discourses of Hindutva that are being normalized by the spectacular logic of contemporary Indian nationalism.

Congratulations, Prof Shome!