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NYU Stern & Turku School of Economics Team Up to Host Think Tank on Unleashing Creative Talent in Finland

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NYU Stern & Turku School Team Up to Host Think Tank on Unleashing Creative Talent in Finland image 1More than 100 academics, business practitioners and government representatives convened in Helsinki this June to explore where and how to unleash hidden creative talent in Finland. In reaction to the economic challenges in Finland, the NYU Stern School of Business and Turku School of Economics (TSE) co-hosted an international Think Tank to brainstorm new opportunities within the country. Using design thinking and three key questions, the participants mined the potential to spark new directions for a country already known as the most literate in the world. One big idea that emerged from the day’s events was the need for Finland to broadcast its talent and unique trust that exists within the population, especially during a time when trust is deteriorating throughout the world in so many of our established institutions.
 
NYU Stern & Turku School Team Up to Host Think Tank on Unleashing Creative Talent in Finland image 2Important to the creation of the event were the faculty and distinguished guests from both schools, including:
  • Keynote: John Sexton, President Emeritus of NYU and founder of the Foundation to Educate Youth (pictured below)
  • University of Turku
    Valervo Käänänen, Rector
    Markus Granlund, Dean
    Markku Wilenius, Professor, Futurist and UNESCO Professor
    Dr. Ulla Hakala, country image, cultural capital and
    nation branding specialist
  • NYU Stern School of BusinessNYU Stern & Turku School Team Up to Host Think Tank on Unleashing Creative Talent in Finland image 3
    Eileen Gilmartin, Professor
    Aline Wolff, Professor, who led a session on design thinking
    Jeffrey Younger, Professor
  • David Lavallee, Provost and Exec. Vice Chancellor Emeritus, SUNY 
The Think Tank was designed and directed by:
  • NYU Stern Professor Susan Stehlik (pictured top right)
  • Dr. Kirsi Lainema, TSE (right middle photo) 
Watch highlights from the 2016 ThinkTank in Finland.