Corey S. Pressman

Communication, perspective, and imaginings About

Creativity & Motivation

 
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Clarity & Direction | Empathy & Imagination

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I am a writer, anthropologist and imagination professional with over 20 years experience providing clarity and creativity to clients and partners of all kinds.  As Principal at Intangible, I generate, manage and work on projects with large corporations, universities and startups to create the conditions for them to be creative.

 

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Selected Projects

AS BUSINESS OWNER, STRATEGIST, AND IMAGINATION PROFESSIONAL, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH GREAT CLIENTS AND PARTNERS. 

I've worked on products, campaigns, and projects of all kinds. Whether you need to imagine and enact your near future, prototype a product, or devise an effective experience, my services provide clarity and direction.

 

The intangible frameworK

The Intangible Framework is a way to organize your life and your work to allow for more arts and humanities, collaborative ideation, and mind wandering. Using the Framework helps you get more creative and feel more alive.

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Science Fiction Studio

Arizona State University asked me to create and direct Science Fiction Studio (SFS), a new on-campus and online course. The class encompasses storytelling and prototyping, workshop methods, and team management methods. SFS was taught in the classroom and is now being tooled for online delivery.

Sustainable Harvest Farmer App

Coffee importers Sustainable Harvest needed an app to deliver educational content to coffee farmers in remote locations in the Americas and Africa. We built a team to strategize and design the experience and test this in the field with Peruvian coffee farmers. I also presented the product at coffee industry events.


Selected Experiments

As an imagination professional, I believe it is essential to spend a portion of one's career engaging in experiments. What better way to explore possibilities, investigate hunches and satisfy curiosities?

 

 

Edible Metadata

What does a piece of art taste like? How might we use metadata to connect two sensual experiences? We tried to answer these questions in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum and The Morgan Street Theatre. As part of an Edible Art History event, we generated metadata for a work of art; a chef created a desert inspired by that metadata, connecting the artwork to desert via a data bridge. Yum!

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Poetry for Robots

Poetry for Robots is a digital humanities experiment in metadata and human-computer interaction. Conducted with help from Webvisions and Arizona State University, I conceived, designed and conducted this experiment. I've evangelized the results at conferences, at Google, and in the international press including The Guardian, Motherboard and Huffington Post.


Selected Words

 

I've published chapters, poems, articles, and stories on topics ranging from digital books, the future of solar power, and the history, psychology, and sociology of our digital moment.   

 

Weight of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures

A collection of science fiction stories, art, and essays exploring human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. What will it be like to live in the photon societies of tomorrow? How will a transition to clean, plentiful energy transform our values, markets, and politics? My story, Divided Light, is the final story in this exciting book.

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Imaginary papers

Imaginary Papers is a Medium publication edited by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination. As a co-founder of the Imaginary Papers publication, I help solicit and edit contributions that focus on our mission to ‘make, dream and share a better future.’ I regularly contribute thought pieces and occasional design fictions to the publication.

Digital Paratext

Post-Book Paratext: Designing for Haptic Harmony is the final chapter in the IGI reference volume Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture. The chapter is regularly assigned in university digital humanities classes.

Testimonials

Corey is a tremendously imaginative, thoughtful and energetic collaborator. He combines those talents with polished project management, communication and implementation skills, making him an invaluable partner at every stage from ideation to execution.
— Dr. Ed Finn, Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University
My team had a complex problem to solve: How do we conceptualize, articulate, and prioritize a wide range of future-facing business strategies into one coherent vision plan. Corey helped turn what otherwise could have been a disparate list of half-ideas into a plan that felt compelling and actionable. The workshop he ran was fun, creative, and oriented around a methodology focused on problem-solving and realistic outcomes.
— Billy J. Grieco, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Pearson Education
 

Where I'm Coming from

As a long time imagination professional, I have rich experience in creating real connections with clients and colleagues. I frequently call on my anthropological perspective and a decade of considering and creating the conditions for creativity. 

This requires empathy and imagination - the same characteristics that allow a trust-based management style and growth mindset amongst team members. This is my objective and mission.


presenting ideas

I have taught college courses and presented ideas about creativity and imagination at conferences as presentations and keynotes. Venues include:

  • Google UXU

  • Digital Book World

  • Elevating Impact Summit

  • Lewis & Clark College