Monday, October 31, 2011

The Art of Doing Remarkable Things

From Mark McGuiness at Lateral Action - an interview with Steven Pressfield.

The New Einsteins

In January 2009, a mathematician at Cambridge University named Tim Gowers decided to use his blog to run an unusual social experiment. He picked out a difficult mathematical problem and tried to solve it completely in the open, using his blog to post ideas and partial progress. He issued an open invitation for others to contribute their own ideas, hoping that many minds would be more powerful than one. He dubbed the experiment the Polymath Project.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Conflict and creativity

We tend to assume that arguments are bad. We're wrong.
The best ideas often come from arguing. Here are two examples:

Does conviction or creativity drive innovation?

"In business circles, "creativity" has become a buzzword to describe a desired trait among employees. But to innovate, conviction is more important." according to Doreen Lorenzo.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to create a more intentional life

I had the pleasure of meeting the author of this piece, Whitney Ferre, in South Africa. Whitney is the author of The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit and 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids. She helps an international audience get CREATIVELY FIT through her online programs at

Monday, October 24, 2011

It is impossible not to make connections

From Michael Michalko in Training.Michael Michalko is the author of “Creative Thinkering,” “Thinkertoys,” “Cracking Creativity,” and “ThinkPak.” While an army officer, he organized a team of NATO intelligence specialists and international academics to find the best inventive thinking method. He has expanded and taught these techniques to numerous Fortune 500 companies and organizations. Visit him online at

How to kill creative ideas

via Marci Segal via Dilbert. Ain't that the truth!

The mystery of the creative mind

To come up with ideas that change the world – to create and innovate – is perhaps one of the most important capacities of the human brain.

But neuroscientists, despite 15 years of brain-imaging studies, are unable to define the circuitry involved in creative thinking.

Create something every day!

"Doing something start to finish each day not only helps you get over the fear of starting a project, but also the fear of finishing one," explains Mike Winkelman, an animator and VJ known as Beeple, and creator of Flying Lotus's "Kill Your Coworkers" music video. On May 1, 2007, he decided he was going to complete an art project every day. He hasn't missed a day since -- he calls his projects "everydays."

Interview with Robert Fritz

Robert Fritz has written The Path of Least Resistance, Creating, Corporate Tides, The Path of Least Resistance for Managers, Your Life as Art, The Managerial Moment of Truth and Elements.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

From Yawp to Poetry

This shared by Bob Eckert."There needs to be a bit more movement from Yawp to poetry in this world. From Blamestorming to brainstorming. From complaining to solving. From finger pointing to action."

The Accidental Creative

An interview with Todd Henry on Lateral Action

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Creativity is your birthright.

From Visual Funk

Why education without creativity isn't enough!

Science and math won't improve U.S. job prospects. But creativity will.
Last April, when sharing a stage at Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, President Obama summed up the conventional wisdom on what's needed to shape American minds for the global marketplace. "We've got to do such a better job when it comes to STEM education," he said. "That's how we're going to stay competitive for the future." If we could just tighten standards and lean harder on the STEM disciplines--science, technology, engineering, mathematics--we'd better our rigorous rivals in India and China, and get our economy firing on all cylinders. As with much conventional wisdom, this is conventional in the worst sense of that word.

The best way to kill creativity

From Scott Adams of Dilbert fame.
I wonder if the best way to kill creativity is to encourage it. This notion will take some explaining.

The power of creativity: How game design changes the way we think.

Game designers, who must capture and retain players' attention and interest quickly, need to understand human psychology and culture.

Nature's toys stimulate creativity in chidren

"It lay in the dirt road that magically transformed itself into a soccer field or in the stones that became baseballs or the old bottle perched on a fence post that was converted into a target. The magic for them lay in the time to play and create, to explore and discover.

Speed Storming Organisational Creativity

Combining brain storming and speed dating.
A team of interdisciplinary researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, coupled the older popular technique of brainstorming with speed-dating to come up with a new technique of "speed-storming" to foster creative work instead of romantic involvements; however, I am not sure if conjugal pairing might not happen anyway, at least occasionally, as a result of speed-storming.

The world needs more creativity

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would forever be repeating the same patterns - Edward de Bono
Fortunately things must change. With the world facing multiple crises, it is now imperative that leaders and business encourage creativity at every level. Because, creativity is the mother of innovation and both are critical to the future of our planet.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Networking creatively

Networking is a creative business. No, really. For many people, it conjures up images of business-card exchanges, or standing around with a swizzle stick and a cocktail sausage, making small talk.

How to grow creativity and innovation

In our turbulent times, creativity and innovation increasingly constitute not just a way to promote growth, but a potential precondition for survival for states, companies and organisations.

The dark side of creativity

Creativity is vital. It can generate new products, invigorate old ones, launch or enhance a brand and introduce efficiencies that increase the bottom line. But where does creativity come from, and how can it be harnessed?

Long term business solutions start with creative leadership

Creativity is the basis for disruptive innovation and continuous reinvention required in the volatile, uncertain and complex business environment, and starts with “creative thinking” leadership.

How to avoid stupid 'best practices'

Stephen Shapiro on avoiding 'best pratices'.