Sunday, January 31, 2010
Scary thing is that his article could also be applied to the path that New Zealand is going down!!
The ability to make and understand puns is considered to be the highest level of language development [and creativity perhaps].
Here are the 10 first place winners in the International Pun Contest:
1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir,only one carrion allowed per passenger."
2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, "Dam!"
3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit afire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, "I've lost my electron." The other says, "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."
5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?", they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal."The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
8. A group of friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
10. And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
People love hitting things.
Children of all ages had the opportunity to make and play drums at the Te Rangi Festival.
I took a trailer load of materials to the festival and we still ran out.
Its a simple process - cardboard cores from paper rolls, Oxford nylon for the skin, muscles to stretch it, and staples to hold it in place.
Decorate with painted designs.
It's easier when you collaborate.
And there you have a drum.
Instructions to kids: Play it outside your parent's tent early in the morning - then run!!
It may have something to do with the fact that Peter and Mary are storytellers and musicians and work a lot with children. Their dress-up boxes are fantastic - for children of all ages.
Julia Cameron of The Artists Way talks about the “creative grid,” that web of routine and practice that can protect artists from chaos, drama and subconscious resistance to their work.
Carol Lloyd, in her creative-career-making book “Creating a Life Worth Living”, encourages readers to practice The Daily Activity, which she describes as 15 minutes everyday spent in a solitary, process-oriented activity that “creates an empty space where your creativity can reassert itself.”
“What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives.
What common denominator is shared by mass murderers, abused children, burnt-out employees, depressed mothers, caged animals, and chronically worried students? Play is rarely or never a part of their lives.” This from Stuart Brown of the Institute of Play
And on the importance of play as a habit . . “Play reaches the habits most needed for creative and intellectual growth”. according to psychologist Bruno Bettlehiem.
So if you want to be more creative you need to answer the two questions that follow and plan to do something about it!
•What do you do on a daily / weekly / monthly basis that supports your creativity? Need more of this.
•What do you do on a daily / weekly / monthly basis that undermines your creativity? Need less of this.
If you want a Habits for Creating Worksheet then let me know.
Ken introduced me to a suite of whole brain thinking instruments that Kobus had developed.
I had not seen anything quite like them before.
The aim of the NBI suite is to help individuals understand their thinking preferences and the implications so they can make personal and professional decisions that result in increased performance, productivity, and satisfaction.
Use of the NBI™ can help individuals and organisations to:
Increase individual productivity
Enhance organisational performance
Strengthen customer and client relationships
Establish better job and person matching
Build and lead effective teams
Thinking preferences give an indication of how an individual:
Acts toward other people
I liked them so much that I am soon to become the New Zealand agent for them.
So watch this space.
Leave me a comment if you would like to know more or contact me at
Clement Monk Designer
“. . . creativity generally involves crossing the boundaries of domains.”
“Many engineering deadlocks have been broken by people who are not engineers at all. This is because perspective is more important than IQ. The ability to make big leaps of thought is a common denominator among the originators of breakthrough ideas. Usually this ability resides in people with very wide backgrounds, multidisciplinary minds, and a broad spectrum of experiences.”
Nicholas Negroponte MIT
How are you placed to be successful in the 'boundary crossing' future that faces us?
These three all echo the same sentiment.
“In today’s world creativity is fundamentally important for our personal, social, economic and cultural well-being. The most important developments in civilisation have come about through the creative process.”
“Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives . . [and] when we are involved in it we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life”
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important resource of all. Without creativity there would be no progress and we would be forever repeating the same pattern.”
Edward de Bono
The question I have in my mind is that if creativity is as critical as these three suggest then why do we continue to do our best to squash it in our schools and workplaces?
I'd love to hear your comments.
Monday, January 25, 2010
In this years letter Bill talks about the importance of innovation for solving some of the worlds biggest problems and how he and Melinda see innovation as the factor that will make the difference between having a bleak future and a bright one.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This quote on the naming of things.
"A way to make new music is to imagine looking back at the past from a future and imagine music that could have existed but didn't. Like East African free jazz, which as far as I know does not exist. To some extent, this was how ambient music emerged. My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to, not because I wanted a job as a musician. I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist. It's like having a ready-made formula if you are able to read it. One of the innovations of ambient music was leaving out the idea that there should be melody or words or a beat… so in a way that was music designed by leaving things out – that can be a form of innovation, knowing what to leave out. All the signs were in the air all around with ambient music in the mid 1970s, and other people were doing a similar thing. I just gave it a name. Which is exactly what it needed. A name. A name. Giving something a name can be just the same as inventing it. By naming something you create a difference. You say that this is now real. Names are very important."
You can read the rest here
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Creative people are OPEN.
Creative people PLAY.
PS: I still have few draft copies of my book on disc about ways of developing habits for creating - The Creative Edge. Putting creativity in your life. Putting life in your creativity. It'll be published later this year and will be a lot more expensive.
This one has an innovation - it flushes.
Ahhhh the luxury - and without a door - what a view.
You just had to whistle while using it to let people know it was occupied.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'm still waiting for mine but she said that she doesn't knit swim wear!!
For the uninitiated [according to Wikipedia] Bullroarers have been used by a number of indigenous cultures in Australia, Africa, the British Isles, North America, New Zealand and other parts of Polynesia. The New Zealand Maori called them purerehua.
The bullroarer was made of a thin, flat piece of wood, shaped in elliptical form with pointed ends.
A cord about a metre or so in length was attached to one end and the other end was attached to a handle - although this didn't appear to be necessary for the success of the ones made in the workshop.
The operator whirled the instrument with increasing velocity until it emitted a whirring sound [ and made sure they got out of its way!!]
A simple but very effective instrument and thanks to Helen for bringing all the bits necessary to make one.
It's called percussion and you can make percussion out of almost anything.
STOMP does. http://www.stomponline.com/
A friend and colleague who works in a paper converting mill [that's where they make toilet paper] saved me some of the cardboard cores from the large rolls of paper they use to convert to toilet paper.
They look like this.
The cool dude is my son Stuart.
We stretched Oxford Nylon across the cores and stapled it into place.
The drums were then decorated in a variety of ways.
Then they were hit by hand or with beaters.
It's almost that simple.
They were put to good use drumming the New Year in around the bonfire at Tahora.
The next few blogs are going to feature the creative goings on at Tahora.