The Dali Museum Innovation Lab is co-directed by Nathan Schwagler and Dr. Hank Hine. Together they create and deliver exercises that foster original thinking and imaginative problem solving.
Dr. Charles (Hank) Hine joined The Dali Museum as Executive Director in 2002. The Museum has grown to attract as many as 400,000 visitors annually and is an international cultural destination. Dr. Hine was instrumental in implementing the creation of the new building which opened on January 11, 2011 and has been named “one of the top ten buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL. Dr. Hine earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Brown University. He has extensive experience with contemporary artists and writers and the intersection of media in the current cultural milieu. Dr. Hine was founder and director of Limestone Press and Hine Editions, a San Francisco publishing house specializing in artist books and the production of museum catalogs. He served for seven years as Director of the research and publishing institute GraphicStudio at the University of South Florida in Tampa before joining The Dali. A writer and educator, Dr. Hine’s publications include text and image relationships, contemporary art, and the opportunities of new media. Hine is the founder and Co-Director of Innovation Labs, where he works to share the strategies of creative thinking to expand human capabilities in diverse pursuits.
Nathan Schwagler is the founding Co-Director of The Dali’s Innovation Lab, where he is the lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Schwagler is also a certified practitioner of the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight. Before joining the Museum, he served as the nation’s first “Creative-In-Residence” for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, offering courses on Creativity & Innovation and New Venture Creation. Schwagler has collaborated with dozens of organizations to facilitate the mapping, development, and deployment of their innovation capabilities to drive business outcomes. He holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo State, and dual Master of Science degrees in Creative Problem Solving from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and Applied Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida.