Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More creativity needed among leaders

Also via Marci Segal.
I have commented on this before and gave a link to the IBM report but Marci does a great summary for those who don't want to read the whole report.

How companies can promote creativity

Shared by March Segal from Harvard Business School
These days, as global competition intensifies, it's more important than ever that companies figure out how to innovate if they are going to maintain their edge, or maintain their existence at all.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How much innovation do you want?

How much innovation do you want?
Dr Detlef Reis is the Founding Director and Chief Ideator of Thinkergy Limited (, the Ideation and Innovation Company in Asia.

Guerilla Knitting

Get your wool and needles out.

Recycled Creativity

What can you do with an old pallett?

Recycled Car Couch Creativity

Need a new / old / recycled lounge suite?

The Elusive Big Idea

Ideas just aren’t what they used to be. Once upon a time, they could ignite fires of debate, stimulate other thoughts, incite revolutions and fundamentally change the ways we look at and think about the world.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Creativity takes time and work

Malcolm Gladwell reckons it takes 10,000 hours to master, well, anything. And according to US broadcaster Ira Glass, creativity, too, takes time to hone. In this video we are reminded of the importance of perseverance and doing work – lots of it.

Air Swimmers

How cool!

Community Creativity

A video by Mark Bellringer of the lantern parade held as part of the Taranaki International Festival of the Arts in my home town of New Plymouth New Zealand. 1000 lanterns 100 drums mostly made by local schools.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Zealand Creative Edge Workshop

Hello to any NZers who check in - intertested in a creativity workshop? Can be at my place or yours?
Needs 10 people. If you organsie it you get it free.

Read about past ones here: 
and here:

Want more information then please email me on

Friday, August 12, 2011

Creativity Decline

An older link but still relevant.
and series on Oprah by Peggy Orenstein on how to become more creative.

Get into your right brain

Whitney Ferre is offering her free e-book "7 Simple Steps You Can Take Now
to Get Into Your Right Brain!" at this link.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The neuro-science of success

Neuroscience and psychology have identified willpower, largely a co-production of genetics and early childhood training, as essential to success in school and beyond.

How to succeed in creative business

In this 'How to Succeed in Creative Business' video, David Parrish offers five pieces of advice about how creative entrepreneurs can make their creative and digital businesses even more successful.
The video is published on the T-Shirts and Blog here:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The environment and creativity

This article takes a look at how to help maximize creative thought by carefully structuring the environment around you. Everything from the design of your office to the specific hours of the day that you choose to work can play a key role in how effective you are when it comes time to actually get things done.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

YAHOO Creative Thinkers

Worth checking out.

Creative Types are Full of Themselves

Psychologists asked more than 1,300 college students to complete a personality test and various creativity questionnaires. The data they collected was self-reported and measured creative abilities mainly in arts, crafts, drama, and creative writing.
And what did they conclude?

On creativty, marijuana, and a ' Butterfly Effect in Thought'.

Jason Silva in the Huffington Post.

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive." [...] " some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating."- Pearl Buck, Winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

Innovation from Think with Google

In 2003, a total of five exabytes of data existed. Now we generate that every two days. We are, literally, more creative than ever.
Where to begin? Right here. We've curated big ideas from heads of industry, leading experts and our homegrown visionaries -- all to help guide your own thinking. In our inaugural US issue, we focus on Innovation. Where can you break molds and shape the future? We hope this gives you inspiration, insight, and some new ideas of your own.

Creative Kids Drum Workshop

As part of the Taranki International Festival of the Arts have been working with kids in Taranaki schools - that's in New Zealand - making drums.

The workshops have three parts:
1. Making the drum
2. Decorating the drum and
3. Playing the drum

The last workshop from which these pictures come feature students from Coastal Taranaki School.

The drums will be part of a parade that will march through the main street of New Plymouth and will feature 1000 lanterns and 100 drums.

Thanks to all the schools who made this happen and especially thanks to the kids for their great work.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How escalating expectations can inhibit your creativity

From Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative , in Fast Company.

Networking for Introverts

Devora Zack on the networking perks of being an introvert - that's me!!
Shared by Tara Grey Coste

IQ tests and creativity

IQ tests have received a very large number of criticisms since their inception. One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don't measure creativity. But is this true? Surely creativity involves thoughtful reasoning, divergent production, pattern detection, learning, and other skills tapped into by IQ tests
From Scott Barry Kaufman in the Huffington Post

Monday, August 1, 2011

Two different histories

I have long been a fan of Robert Fritz and his work on the creative process. This facebook link gives an insight in to his work and uses the example of the very successful Uganda Rural Development and Training programme to demonstrate the importance of focussing on the creative process rather than on a power politics and problem orientation.!/notes/robert-fritz-inc/two-different-histories/155003201242325

A Tale of Two Poets

More on creativity and money from Mark McGuiness of Lateral Action

Leadership by Design

He didn’t head up an army or corporation, wasn’t elected to any public office, was not the leader of a foundation, and wasn’t wealthy. In fact, he had none of the trappings most people usually associate with leadership – yet Buckminster Fuller’s leadership surely changed the world during the 20th century, and his impact continues into this century as well.

The World's Most Innovative Comapnies

The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies that investors reward with the highest premium for their ability to create new businesses and profitable growth.

Live below the line - creativity required

For 5 days in August, thousands of people across New Zealand will spend just $2.25 each day on food, and use their daily experiences to bring extreme poverty to the centre of conversation in homes and workplaces.

At the same time, they’ll be fundraising for 5 different organisations that are fighting poverty in a myriad of different ways.

Can YOU Live Below The Line?