In this talk, we will discuss unconventional generative processes and social reinforcement methods that my team has used to facilitate creative scientific output (via workshops and working groups, research fellowships, schools, training programs, and individual discipline). Over the last decade I have designed training programs with the aim of encouraging researchers to overcome scientific plateaus by entering heterotopic spaces (a concept that comes from the philosopher Michel Foucault). I believe these experiences to be transformative to researchers and often provides a rich environment where novel research can emerge. In this talk, I will detail methods of empowering trans-disciplinary research environments that push researchers to think about creating science in new ways. The goal of this talk is to challenge researchers and organizers to think beyond the customary generative processes structure and hopefully get inspired to be creative in the way we create science.
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