Crash course on Creativity, Learning and Quality of Life


Workshop on Tuesday 10 June at 9:15-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

Presentation on Conference Day on Wednesday 11 June

Submitted by

Didier Calcei, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Head Education Innovation Laboratory, Groupe ESC Troyes, France


In modern societies, manual and intellectual labors are most of the time opposed. But there are several evidences of the relationship between hand and brain (Crawford, 2009; Sennett, 2010). Modern societies are also characterized by speed and acceleration (for instance, speed dating, fast food, and drive through funerals) (Rosa, 2005, 2010). The crash course on creativity, learning and quality of life will be based on the relationship between hand and brain, about what we can learn about ourselves through the labor of making physical things, and about the link between time and creativity. The participants will use hands on learning and other methods to train and improve their creative skills for the sake of the quality of their own life.


Didier Calcei holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille, France) which he obtained in 2003. His thesis was about the study of technological competition from both an economic and a strategic point of view. After working at Université Paris X Nanterre (France), in the framework of a program in economic analysis of law, Didier Calcei joined Groupe ESC Troyes in 2006.

An Associate Professor in the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department, Didier Calcei is currently the head of the Education Innovation Laboratory of Groupe ESC Troyes, a French Business School.

Didier Calcei is teaching innovation, creativity and business games at Groupe ESC Troyes. Didier Calcei is also interested in the learning processes and how innovations impact and  change the processes of learning.