Why is creative imagination important?

“The decades just ahead promise to present situations that require us to make plans, form judgments, and respond to threats – quite possibly including severe threats to the whole evolutionary enterprise of which we are a part. We are stepping out onto a wider stage than the human species has ever occupied or imagined before, forming a new sense of our place in the universe and – whether we want it or not – of our responsibility on Earth. This transition isn’t merely out there somewhere in the realm of a possible future; all the pieces of it are already present, confronting us and making their demands on us. And we have every reason to be absolutely terrified by that prospect.

Are we up to it? it’s quite possible that we aren’t – that Homo sapiens, sapient or not, simply isn’t far enough down from the trees and out of the caves to handle an evolutionary challenge of such monumental difficulty and complexity. I believe we are up to it, but of course I can’t prove that – only time will, if it does If we do succeed, we won’t simply owe it to our scientific and technological achievements – although they will certainly play a major part — but because we have successfully advanced our capacities to function at appropriate levels of cognitive and emotional development.”

The heart felt creative imagination. 
Page 7. We the Planet:Notes on an Unfinished Story. Chapter 11. Still looking for the author’s name. Walt somebody. 

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How so new ideas?

In considering any new subject, there is frequently a tendency, first, to overrate what we find to be already interesting or remarkable; and, secondly, by a sort of natural reaction, to undervalue the true state of the case.

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, 1840’s

  Do you also find this to be so?

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‘Highly creative’ professionals won’t lose their jobs to robots, study finds

What is your first impression with regards to this story?

Fortune

Many people are in “robot overlord denial,” according to a recent online poll run by jobs board Monster.com. They think computers could not replace them at work. Sadly, most are probably wrong.

University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that 47% of total U.S. jobs could be automated by 2033. The combination of robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is so powerful that some white collar workers are already being replaced — and we’re talking journalists, lawyers, doctors, and financial analysts, not the person who used to file all the incoming faxes.

But there’s hope, at least for some. According to an advanced copy of a new report that U.K. non-profit Nesta sent to Fortune, 21% of US employment requires people to be “highly creative.” Of them, 86% (18% of the total workforce) are at low or no risk from automation…

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How to make money from Facebook!

What if, eh?

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How does your work advance civilization?

I noticed the cross on the subway this morning. Chill in the air, few were wearing sandals, most had sweaters, jackets, socks, shoes.

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Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Call for Papers

Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award.

Call for papers.  Deadline June 15, 2012.

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to partner to sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

The winner of this year’s award will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize

  • Travel and lodging (up to two nights), and complimentary registration to the 14th Annual ILA Global conference, Leadership Across the Great Divides: Bridging Cultures, Contexts, and Complexities taking place in Denver, CO, USA on October 24-27, 2012

  • Complimentary 1-year membership in the ILA

  • Recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications

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Is Conscientiousness Compatible with Creativity? | The Creativity Post

Is Conscientiousness Compatible with Creativity? | The Creativity Post.

Ever think that creativity is cheating?  Read on.

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Why no one gives new ideas when asked… Dilbert strikes again.

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Dilbert on Creativity

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For Managers: 10 things NOT to say in the new millennium workplace

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Are you or your managers looking for ways to engage people in the workplace?  Do you want more creativity on the job day-to-day, are you seeking fresh ideas and new decisions?

Businessweek ran a post that might interest you called 10 Things Only Bad Managers Say by Liz Ryan an expert on the new-millennium workplace and a former Fortune 500 HR executive. She sheds some light on the impact of using older throw-away phrases management-isms on today’s younger staff.

I’ve listed the 10 statements below. Take a look at them, gauge your reaction, then check Liz’s rationale for mentioning each one as a no-no.  Her explanations reveal the reality aspects of the newer workplace culture that may trigger some new thinking and creative approaches to managing in your organization.

  1. If you don’t want this job, I’ll find someone who does.
  2. I don’t pay you to think.
  3. I won’t have you on eBay/ESPN/Facebook/etc. while you’re on the clock.
  4. I’ll take it under advisement.
  5. Who gave you permission to do that?
  6. Drop everything and DO THIS NOW!
  7. Don’t bring me problems. Bring me solutions.
  8. Sounds like a personal problem to me.
  9. I have some feedback for you … and everyone here feels the same way.
  10. In these times, you’re lucky to have a job at all.

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” – Paul Hawken

Reading http://exitbusiness.wordpress.com/ inspired this blog post.

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