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17 Ways to Bring More Creativity into Your Daily Life and Work

 

In a 2,500-word magazine feature on how to spark creativity in life and business, it’s hard to find creative ways of saying, well, “creativity.” And when writing about innovation, I definitely don’t want to be repetitive. So I half-jokingly asked one of my sources for this story, Keri Smith, author of Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes and Wreck This Journal, if she had any good synonyms for the word. “Life,” she non-jokingly replied. “I try not to separate the two.”

 

She’s right. Our power to create is what sets us apart from other animals. (OK, the opposable thumb—which allows us to hold a paintbrush!—gets some credit, too.) And it’s important to be reminded of that power, she says. After all, you created your own business, right? Your ability to create—whether it’s a product, a business plan, a website, a piece of art—is infinite and only limited by the rules you impose upon yourself.

 

But for most of us, creativity has become cut off from our regular lives. Maybe we paint or journal or write songs as a hobby, but that seems to be where creativity—or at least our idea of it—stays. In today’s marketplace, however, “anyone who works with their mind is required to be creative on a daily basis,” says Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. “We are called upon to solve problems, develop strategies and assemble bits of data into something actionable. These are all creative acts, though they’re not often recognized as such.” So what good does it do to relegate our innate creativity to a hobby? How much more dynamic, successful and fun could your business be if you cultivated your creativity? Here are 17 ideas to get you started.

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Get Unstuck | 2012-02-06 | SUCCESS Magazine | Your Personal Development Resource.

Why do we reject the creative ideas we need the most?

A lot of times when people claim they’re not creative, what they’re really suggesting is that they lack an innate ability to generate creative ideas. While it is true that this skill can be taught, a new study (PDF) from Cornell University suggests that coming up with ideas may not be where we actually face the most barriers.

Experienced creative problem solvers know that a key part of generating ideas (diverging) is deferring judgement. Then once you’ve come up with a substantial set of ideas, you choose the best from the bunch to develop further (converging) – at which point you are, of course, judging them. The study suggests that it is this evaluation phase where implicit negative biases toward creativity become a problem. Continue Reading

via HogaFish | A Monstrous Blog on Creativity & Innovation.

Mars vs. Venus « Mindcamp

Mars vs Venus

by Ginny Santos

They say that men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but what if you are a planet hopper, or you started off in Venus and you are now a Martian? Resisting Simplicity is a courageous act and an opportunity to seek new perspectives by breaking old habits and nurturing your creative thinking skills.

The world is full of complexities. That’s what makes it exciting. The challenges around us can be viewed as too complicated to address or as interesting complexities that call for creative thinking. When we create false opposites we simplify things in such a way that we limit our creativity.

Did you know that the woman who ruled Egypt in 15th century BC wore a false beard and used a male name? Did you know that the King of Angola from 1624 to 1653 was a cross-dresser? Did you know that 400 male soldiers in the US Civil War were found to be female? Did you know that Billy Tipton, renowned jazz musician was found to be female-bodied upon his death in 1989?

What planet did these people come from? I think they came from Earth, where courage and creativity are a must, where change is constant, and where complexity is an undeniable reality.  This reminds me of what Maslow said in 1962, “…creative people are people who don’t want the world as it is today but want to make another world.” Don’t we all?

Ginny Santos presents Resisting Simplicity: From opposites to creative insights at Mindcamp 2012.

Mars. vs Venus « Mindcamp.

The Global Achievement Gap « MythGinger

Tony Wagner has written a thought-provoking book on the state of education – something that concerns any parent and employer. How do we shift from an industrial model to one that produces the creativity and innovation our current economy requires? This is a major shift that is required by all academic institutions in order to compete in today’s global marketplace. The primary focus is on ‘one student at a time accountability’ as opposed to ‘test-score accountability’. Maximizing the potential of each and every student. Wagner emphasizes that learning and citizenship in the twenty-first century demands that each student knows how to think – to reason, analyze, weigh evidence and problem solve and to communicate effectively. “These are no longer skills that only the elites in a society must master; they are essential survival skills for all of us.”

A direct attack on ‘teaching to the tests’, Wagner pushes for a new attitude in education. A welcome breath of fresh air in academe. If you care about teaching or how your children are taught, this book is required reading.

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What We Can Do About It

via The Global Achievement Gap « MythGinger.

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