The Mindset of Innovation
The Mindset of Innovation presentation (originally introduced as the Spirit of Innovation & Freedom) begins with a panel discussion on the similarities in the mindset of innovation across disciplines, the role of improvisation in that process, and how both innovation and improvisation foster the exploration and embracing of different ideas and perspectives, as well as the positive progress of thought, technology, and society as a whole. The panel includes master musician, Paul F. Murphy, co-conceptual designer of the F-16, F-15, and A-10, Pierre Sprey, and Matt Scassero, Director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site. The event culminates with a concert of 100% improvised music demonstrating the ideas of improvisation, innovation, progress, and freedom in action by master musicians, Paul F. Murphy and Larry Willis, with guest performances by poet laureate, Jere Carroll and multi-instrumentalist, Dominic Fragman. The music has been recognized as a new direction in jazz and art by Oxford's Grove Music Dictionary.