Javy Wong Galindo, M Eng., is a self-proclaimed creative thinking dimwit who has a penchant for over exaggeration. He is the author of The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas. Javy has experience working in various creative environments, building creative approaches, given talks on his research on the creative process, and has helped numerous individuals and groups be creative in a wide array of activities and disciplines.
Javy's interests in thinking differently began the first time he answered a question incorrectly on a test, which surely occurred early and often in his childhood. As a youth, he developed a passion for storytelling, creative writing, sketch comedy, and performed in various instrumental music ensembles. This affinity for creative endeavors naturally led him to a decade long career working in a cubicle as an electrical engineer. He holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UC San Diego with minors in philosophy and music theory.
While working as an engineer for companies such as Motorola and Northrop Grumman, Javy participated in various corporate creativity workshops . At the same time, he continued to feed his creative hungers by being an educator for several southern California non-profit youth arts organizations and as a San Diego high school music instructor.
In 2007, Javy took a hiatus from his engineering career to pursue an academic investigation of the creative process at JFK University in Pleasant Hill. When he’s not in the role of a creative thinking speaker, Javy can be found singing at a club, performing bad comedy improv, writing an unfunny comedy sketch, or running poorly on an uphill trail.
Javy’s claim to fame was a television appearance as a dancer during the end credits of the short-lived cable talk program, “The Orlando Jones Show”. He can easily be spotted in the closing moments of the July 20th, 2003 episode as the young man with blue jeans, white t-shirt, and no rhythm.Javy is currently available as a lecturer, consultant, and for interviews and book readings. He can be reached through his website at Thinking-Differently.com.