Boise State students measuring creativity of their community December 11, 2006Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Education, Research, Workforce.
Fourteen Boise State University honors students have devised a way to measure the level of creativity and innovation at work in the city of Boise.
Research has shown that creativity drives economic development. The students are building on work researchers have done on how to assess the creativity of communities by measuring tangible things like infrastructure (transportation), community character (diversity), business and education, entertainment and sports, and politics. They will use the measures they have created for the above five categories to derive at a composite “creativity score” for Boise, and other cities, to see how Boise stacks up.
Jeremiah Hudson, a senior political science major, said he now understands how applying creativity can help a community advance.
“I don’t think creativity and innovation are considered much in political science,” he said. “But it can really be applied to public policy.”
Further investigation revealed some of their results:
“People really like the idea of recreation relating to creativity and people using their minds and being active, working their minds to be more creative, as opposed to sitting on the couch watching tv every night,” said Sawver.
Research has shown that creativity drives economic development.
“It’s important that cities like boise understand that and try to encourage that,” said Dr. John Gardner, Chair of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.
“When companies recruit workers to this area, they’ll have a better idea of what Boise has to offer to attract these workers,” said Ray Stark with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Once again, it appears that Boise “gets it.” They’re drawing the linkages between workforce attraction and economic growth.