Michael Hanchett Hanson has taught graduate-level courses on theories of creativity for twelve years. Ten years ago he founded the master’s concentration in creativity and cognition in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently director of that program. He has studied and written about practical guidelines for creativity in education, creativity as an emerging social construction, use of ironic thinking in creative work, and existential implications of systems theories. He also speaks regularly about the concept of creativity, its potential, and its dangers. He is president of Contexts R+D, Inc., an educational consulting firm.