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Future of Innovation 2011 — Special Report — Does Innovation Guarantee National Success? – CNBC

This morning’s breakfast reading, wondering what it all means for the future of creativity. (Innovation needs creativity = new ideas and new decisions.) Morning questions:  What does National success mean? Does happiness or satisfaction factor in to these rankings?  What … Continue reading

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Kudos: Ontario Government influences citizens to use passion as a base for practical creative thinking (under the radar)

The creative thinking two-step: Expand: generate options (lots of new ideas) Contract: select the best that is new and relevant (make a new decision) Sir Ken Robinson and others recommend shifts in education to teach children how to think creatively. … Continue reading

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Stuck on solving a problem? Magnify enthusiam.

Sometimes what always works doesn’t work anymore.  Know what I mean? You go about your day-to-day activities quite successfully, then boom, nothing. Nada. Even the most simple of solutions elude you.  What to do?  There’s help! Instead of asking: What’s … Continue reading

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How to introduce divergent thinking for new ideas ala 2010

When I was learning about creativity 30 years ago divergent thinking was introduced through an exercise. First, Alex Osborn’s rules for brainstorming were introduced: Defer Judgment Quantity Breeds Quality Combine Ideas Freewheel (go for wild ideas) (Over the years I’ve … Continue reading

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Cave drawings engage people in meetings – visual thinking

Want more creative thinking at your meetings?  Go tribal. Yes, not only are we moving towards using music to enliven meetings to create new ideas and new decisions, we are also returning to the wisdom our ancestors to use pictures … Continue reading

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Looking for new solutions? Ask new questions. Here’s how.

When new questions are asked, new solutions often result because what hadn’t been thought of becomes the focus of attention. Challenging assumptions to ask new questions is one of many techniques used to crack open new thinking. An easy way … Continue reading

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Idea generating intelligence lacking…study

Smartstorming, another creativity consulting firm, released study findings showing their network of contacts are unfamiliar with techniques used for idea generating. InnovationTools author Chuck Frey reports on in like this: Respondents agreed with the idea that “knowing and using different … Continue reading

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Challenging assumptions: Getting beyond-the-usual ideas

Need some fresh thinking? Distractions can prevent new ideas from bubbling to the surface.  Pressures from taking care of business, or the kids, second-guessing what others would think or how to influence important people to say yes impacts people’s willingness … Continue reading

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Flow, creativity is affected by how you feel

Leading creativity researcher Mihalyi Cziksentmihalyi presents an explanation of how people feel when they are being creative. He talks about the flow experience – when no attention is given to anything but the task one is involved in. Satisfaction is … Continue reading

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Creative Process Map – the truth inside the experience

Many creative processes are represented in simple ways (see Which Creative Problem Solving Model do you use). This map by Viruscomix shows more of the life inside the experience, including the self-doubt, the rework, the critics, etc. To see a … Continue reading

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