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Creative Diversity Endangered

Dr Richard Ilgner.

This paper will try to give an outline of the various ways in which the human creative potential, its problem-solving capacities, and its innovative genius are eroded by the very forces that will most need these abilities.
Not only is diversity, both cultural and natural, the source of all innovation, but its diminishing presence will also increase the tendencies for violence and the search for substitutes that will turn out to be destructive, thus establishing a vicious circle leading in the opposite direction from creative growth patterns.


Dr Richard Ilgner  (Canada)
Professor of German
Department of German and Russian
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Born in Germany, received my education in Germany and Canada (University of Toronto and Waterloo), I took up my first position at Dalhousie University, Canada. After twelve years I transferred to Memorial university, Canada, where I became Head of the Department of German and Russian seven years ago.

  • Diversity
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Genesis of Violence

(30 min Conference Paper, English)