Improvisation and Innovation: A Powerful Duet in Art, Science and Business, with Jeremy Sutton

Turning Vision into Value

If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
6:00-9:30 p.m.

Bay Cafe & Restaurant
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (directions below)


Improvisation and Innovation: A Powerful Duet in Art, Science and Business with Jeremy Sutton

An element of successful innovation in business includes the ability to improvise, and often, to creatively collaborate with other members of an innovation team, within or outside of an organization. It can be inspiring and instructive to look at examples of creative improvisation in the arts. Experiencing improvisation and spontaneous collaboration between two artists working in different genres is especially enlightening. In this special Silicon Valley Innovation Institute program, we’ll experience improvisation between two artists who also happen to be well-known business innovators, with deep backgrounds in technology, science, education, and their respective artistic genres.

Artist, author, educator and digital painting pioneer Jeremy Sutton demonstrates through spontaneous, improvised live art-in-action how he harnesses the creative power of improvisation to generate innovation on his digital canvas. During this exciting, interactive presentation, you will see Jeremy, using state of-the-art digital paint technology, create a live digital portrait of musician, technologist and entrepreneur Howard Lieberman, as Howard plays improvised music. Throughout the process Jeremy will share his decision-making strategies and provide insights into how the same principles can be applied in other arts, in science and in business.

Jeremy Sutton—world-renowned artist, author, educator, digital painting pioneer and Corel Painter Master—has drawn and painted for over forty years, and worked with digital painting media for the last eighteen. Please visit to see more of his artwork, and for his online training materials.

Program Schedule:

6:00 – Doors open for registration and networking.

6:45 – Community Dinner

7:15 – SVII business

7:30 – Feature Presentation

9:30 – Closing


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

In Palo Alto, take Embarcadero East past Ming’s restaurant, then turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course driveway; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

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Help Us Shape SVII’s 2011 Program!

As we work on planning content for our 2011 monthly meetings, we would love to hear your input! If you have thoughts about speakers, topics, format, or anything else related to meeting content, email us at

Education Initiative

The July 7th SVII event featured an excellent, in-depth panel discussion on technology and innovation barriers in K-12 education. Our expert panelists discussed some of the barriers that prevent modern classrooms from utilizing the vast technological resources currently available, and what we might do to reduce those barriers. Based on the exciting and challenging dialog that resulted, SVII has started work on an Education Initiative that will tackle some of the problems discussed.

The SVII Education Initiative is off to a great start! We have used Ken Ketch’s Group Mind Express tool to create a collaborative space to work on this initiative. If you attended the session and had further insights to add, head over to the SVII Collaboration Center and make your voice heard. We will be adding more tools to that space as the initiative develops, so stay tuned.

Building on the insights gathered, we hope to make a concrete, positive contribution to the world of education in the Silicon Valley. If you’d like to receive all updates about the education initiative, please email to be added to the list.

Archives and Outlook

Please note that the SVII Ning group has been replaced by the following social networks:

You can now follow SVII on Twitter @sviihq

Join the new SVII Facebook group and the LinkedIn group.

You can also use Eventbrite to register.

Stay in Touch

For more information, and to join the e-list, email Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “first Wednesday” of the month.

Keep checking here for program updates, archives and summaries of past meetings.

SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, is a member of SVII.

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

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