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Marianne-Carr-PhotoA friend recently told me a story about her friend whose grandmother, after engaging with Facebook, said the most wonderful thing.  I’m paraphrasing, but it was something like this, “Ya know when I read Facebook, there is all this wonderful stuff, and I don’t how it got there. It’s like God is speaking to me.”

I love this idea so very, very much.  Maybe it’s God. Maybe it’s the Universal Connection of Everything. Maybe it’s an Algorithm, grandma.  Whatever it is, there are indeed inspirations behind the creative clicks that just pop up on my Facebook page that influence my work everyday.

So in honor of Labor Day, this week’s Creative Clicks from Facebook inspire my working mind. No funny animal videos, all work related.  Here’s to a day off and letting God take the wheel of Facebook.

As always, finding the creative clicks is as easy as clicking on the title to link to the full article – Marianne Carr

The BikeWaiter – Branding in Every Way, Every Day.

It’s important to look for ways to incorporate your brand into daily opportunities that will delight your target audience, particularly if it’s in an unexpected but logical place.

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Get Stuff Done.

This is one of those gentle reminders that productivity isn’t possible when you are overstressed. It’s helpful to have reminders.

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Yes, Please.

I don’t think I need to say much about this Innovation! Ha! It made me LOL, which is a great way to inspire creative thinking. You bet I shared this!

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It is, Indeed, the Little Things.

Shifting perspective can give you some really great ideas. No link on this one because it’s from a friend who is an amateur, shy, and wonderful photographer. She sees beauty almost everywhere. That’s the way it should be.

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Brain Quirks and One of My Mentor’s Oliver Sacks.

This is a personal one. When I was in my early 20’s I read Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and became hooked on how the brain and creativity work. Oliver Sacks converts complicated mysteries of the mind into stories that allow us civilians to travel the journey for explanations. Thank you, Oliver.

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Creative Thinking Turns a Problem into a Solution.

…there is a real logic to the design. Solar panels are almost black and in Africa, the market for the Desolenator, they get really hot in the sun. So hot, that they deteriorate and produce less electricity. In the Desolenator, the water being purified runs over the solar panel and keeps it cool. In the process, the water is actually heated quite a bit, so that it takes far less energy to actually bring it to a boil. So there is a real logic to combining a solar panel and battery with a still: they both work better. The unit can also provide electricity to run LED bulbs in at night, so a single unit is delivering both water and light.

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Design for Life – Creativity that Inspires Me as a Global Citizen.

INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach. We Inspire, Educate and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges. INDEX: Award was conceived in 2002 as a world event for design and was awarded for the first time in 2005. The word “INDEX” was an abbreviation of INternationalDEsign eXhibition and when the organization was founded, the goal was to brand Denmark by the use of a large-scale, traditional design award – hoping to attract attention, tourists and investments to Denmark.

Denmark has an award program that builds on its Global reputation for Design with the intention of building its Brand awareness while doing good.  Great combination. And the entries are extremely inspiring.

Ahem, May I disagree for a moment?

No Click here. Just a comment. Sometimes, if you are very lucky, your work IS like climbing a mountain. One that makes you achieve more than you thought possible.  You have Pride, and Skill, and sometimes falls, and great crevasses to cross. But if in the end it is ALL worth it, you WILL remember. There are many paths up the Mountain.  Make sure your job is one that makes you feel like planting your flag.

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Okay, One Cute Animal Video in Honor of Pajama Day.

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Pajama Day is when you spend all day in your pajamas! The only rule for Pajama Day is ‘there are no rules!” But there is a guideline, try not to do any work. Working is not in the spirit of the day, but hey, it’s your day. Do what you want. Here’s to hoping Labor Day is a Pajama Day for everyone!

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This week I did an experiment. I wanted to see how inspired I could be through creative clicks on Twitter in about thirty minutes. These are links to some of the creative clicks that stood out for me.

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You can see my original re-tweet by searching @mbwcarr #CreativeClicks.

Remember to click on the headlines to link to the articles. Enjoy!  –Marianne Carr

Orange you glad I said Brainzooming?

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If you have read my past creative click on color you know how I love color. This gives some practical ways to apply color.

Your Brain on Logo

Here’s another way to understand the way your brain works in marketing.

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SQUIRREL!

“The human brain is powerful, but even it cannot make sense of the entire sum of stimuli that bombard our senses,” said Vincent P. Ferrera, PhD, the study’s senior author. Dr. Ferrera is a principal investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Bran Behavior Institute and associate professor in the department of neuroscience (in psychiatry) at CUMC. “Instead, it selects and prioritizes information based on what is needed at any given moment–this is called attention. And while attention is a fundamental characteristic of human cognition, and something that we use all the time, the underlying brain circuits that give us this ability remain largely unclear.”

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Huh? Did you say something? The human brain really IS the final frontier.

Jury Duty like the Rest of Us

A fellow juror, Sheri Coleman, told The Dallas Morning News that No. 43 was “very personable, very friendly, just ‘hey I’m here to serve.'”

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This inspired me because no matter who you are, where you are, or when it is, it’s always good to show up! And smile!

#POTUS #Entrepreneurship #Diversity #Awesome

President Barack Obama announced new public and private-sector commitments to attract diversity in entrepreneurship and technology. This included the winners of Small Business Administration competitions, federal partnerships to increase training efforts by the National Science Foundation, and expanding the TechHire initiative, where cities and states partner with employers in recruitment.

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Another reason to be inspired.

#iLookLikeAnEngineer

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While this ad campaign also featured several male employees of OneLogic, the image of the female engineer immediately began attracting attention after it went up in BART stations throughout the Bay Area. People didn’t believe the ad.

This is a shout out to all my Engineer friends. Love you, you diverse, interesting, creative group of people. Except when you try to teach me how to play Settlers of Catan. I’ll stick with Scattergories or Apples to Apples, thank you very much.

Creative Clicks to Find the Picture of Success

This simple yet beautifully illustrated animation, titled ‘What Is ‘Success’’, captures the nuances in the definition of success, and the importance of making it a fulfilling journey.

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This week I saw a post on LinkedIn of an infographic of habits of successful versus non-successful people. Stuff like “keeps a journal.” It didn’t sit right with me. This amazing little short animation does. My sister, who inspires me everyday, gave me a great piece of advice once, “Be your own yardstick.”  Hope this inspires you, too.

 

 

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Remember to click on the headlines to link to the creative thinking articles. Enjoy! –Marianne Carr

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Creative Thinking Boosters – Why do I feel these next three clicks work well together?

Playfulness and High School Kids

Looks like Bueller was right all along. But we knew that.

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The Creativity Pill

Wow, this is fascinating. What would it have been like if Spicoli had been on this instead?

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Here’s Why You Should Doodle

I have been visually “taking notes” since High School. Sister Mary Elephant just didn’t understand creative thinking, man.

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Read this Blog even if you don’t need help.

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Learning is never about being right or wrong; it’s about understanding. Learning with your team means putting on someone else’s glasses and seeing the world through his or her eyes. What you extrapolate is exactly what you should share. – Paul Jun, Growth team at Help Scout.

This organization does content marketing right. I don’t even need a help desk and I read the blog posts. You should, too.  Here’s this week’s and it’s about learning. The criteria for learning together to occur, and I concur, are explained well: Humility, Empathy, A Schedule, and A Safe Environment. I also like the thoughts about writing.

Creative Thinking Down in the Weeds Part 1 and Part 2

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Avoiding the weed patch is usually advantageous — except when it isn’t. Just as some desirable plants do sometimes grow among weeds, ideas that truly are treasures sometimes appear only when we take trips down into the weeds. That’s why examining the detailed structures underlying the big issues is a useful thing to do. What is usually less useful is doing so when we’re supposedly doing something else. – Rick Brenner, Chaco Canyon Consulting

The Chaco Canyon e-newsletter was one of the first newsletters I ever signed up for, and, to date myself, I think it was when I was using Netscape! Rick’s email newsletters aren’t pretty nor has it changed the format in 20 years, but they are good sources for team work, meeting management and project management creative thinking.

Around the World Designing for Change

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Love the Illinois Institute Technology (IIT) Institute of Design. I have been to several of their conferences in Chicago, so I anticipate this World Tour approach will be well executed and worth following.  I hope I can get the t-shirt!

The Best Use of Creative Thinking — Inspiring those that need it most.

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In full disclosure, I have never been to a PechaKucha event. I don’t even know how to pronounce it (Puh-chalk-cha?). Makes me think of that famous Pokemon character. But I like what this organization does. It has a big heart and a lot of creative thinking. This series of supporting global catastrophe zones is inspiring to me. It is beautiful what individual creative minds from around the world create. Why does this program make me more cynical about Ted Talks?

And Now for Something Completely Different…

And I quote, “Here’s an appealing idea: candy containing small amounts of fish.”

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This article, Fruit candy that tastes like salmon by Patrick ST. Michel, Special To The Japan Times, Jul 24, 2015, is short and sweet(?!). Reading articles about Japan from Japanese sources allows me to explore the ever-changing world of fads and trends that this wonderful country offers. I find myself Oooooing and Ahhhhing every day. –Marianne Carr

 

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Marianne-Carr-PhotoLast week I was challenged by some of my friends after reading my last two creative thinking posts. The challenge was – Where are the Women?  GOOD POINT! Women are inspiring leaders in so many ways for innovation, creative thinking, and marketing.  Here are Creative Clicks by Women, and in some cases, about Women. Hope you are Inspired! – Marianne Carr

A Note on these Creative Clicks by Gal Friday, Marianne Carr: Click on the Creative Thinking Headlines to Get to the Creative Thinking Original Post. 

Who in the Universe is Vera Rubin?

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“Instead of advice, I offer my hopes for you. I hope you will stay alert and heed the words of Yogi Berra: “You can see a lot by just looking.” I hope your lives will be filled with health and peace, that you understand there is much work to be done in the world and that many of you will choose to join with those who work and lead. I hope you will disdain mediocrity and aim to excel in whatever you do. I hope you will love your work as I love doing astronomy. I hope that you will fight injustice and discrimination in all its guises. I hope you will value diversity among your friends, among your colleagues…” Vera Rubin addresses the graduating class of Berkeley, 1996  Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter

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Oh, and it’s written by a woman  Maria Popova. She is a rock star to me.

Color, Color Everywhere and Lots of Stuff to Think

As a self-described Color Freak, (Lori’s title, not mine) I have been enjoying reading Lori Sawaya, Color Expert and Strategist, Facebook posts www.facebook.com/TheLandofColor for years now.  And of course, her thoughts are a natural fit for Pinterest,  www.pinterest.com/TheLandofColor/ with STUNNING posts that if you like color, and I know you do, you will eat up like candy.  Lori has 82 boards with trends and information. Her boards dedicated to just one color, are, dare I say, provocative. Also you can learn some great history from Lori. Her page Haint Blue the Legend includes Ghosts and Southern Mansions. Hopefully you get the picture why this colorful expert is an inspiration to creativity.

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In honor of Mike.

Women and Innovation and 18 Pages of Articles about Women, Girls and Social Innovation

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“The world is waking up to the economic power of women. A growing number of studies have indicated that gender-inclusive companies are more successful, that women’s participation in the labor force has had measurable effects on economic growth—indeed, that women’s leadership benefits the economy and society on every level. Despite this, traditional investment opportunities—both in the for-profit and the social sector—have excluded women from access to capital and done little to further gender equity in the workplace. In recent years, a movement towards “investing with a gender lens” has emerged. This movement encourages the use of capital to deliver financial returns…

Says the intro to the Webinar on The Rise of Gender Capitalism. And isn’t that what Innovation is all about? Making Money. Make some noize Girrrrls! Woot Woot!

Women Blogger on Innovation at Innovation Excellence

I researched  “Women Bloggers on Innovation,” and the Innovation Excellence site has several good woman bloggers.  One notable is Saga Briggs. Saga tends to focus on Learning and Education.

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Here are two recent posts from Saga:

 

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A Note on these Creative Clicks by Gal Friday, Marianne Carr: Click on the Headlines to Get to the Creative Thinking Original Post. 

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Bounce Forward and Telling Not Showing from Seth Godin

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Short and sweet creative thinking from Seth Godin about how to make ideas more powerful.

Qualitative Research and Innovation

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The most important question is usually WHY?

Throw Back Thursday — on Friday: Strategy defined in 1996

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Four Trends to Learn More About Now

  1. Sympathetic Pricing
  2. Post-Demographic Consumerism
  3. Currencies of Change
  4. No Interface

An interesting creative thinking exercise would be to ideate, “In what ways do these trends impact our current offerings?” and “How might these offerings need to change to continue our current level of success?”

Considering Holacracy? Watch Out for These 6 Red Flags

  1. Top leaders may be the most resistant.
  2. Don’t discount the value of leadership.
  3. Power can’t stand a vacuum.
  4. Give it time to work.
  5. Walk the walk.
  6. Study the history.

Zappo’s is exploring Holacracy. Time will tell if it is a fad or will become Standard Operating Procedure.  My hope is that it encourages creative thinking and creativity at work.

Quotes Worth Sharing

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Internal customers are any stakeholder you deliver a product or service to in exchange for some kind of social/professional currency. We all have internal customers.

Nine Powerful Books of Elon Musk

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In this article you will also find links to books recommended by  Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I am going to explore all three lists and learn something this summer.

Content Marketing Infographic of Infographics

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This is kind of Meta – a map of maps. I am still trying to wrap my head around what really makes a good Infographic. This one is too big to fit on my computer screen all at once mainly because it is vertical and my computer screen is horizontal. On my mobile device, which is vertical, it’s just too darn small to be useful. So if I print it out, there goes the convenience of the links. Sigh.

Design Thinking in Your Next Project

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My favorite quote: “Design thinking” is really just another way of saying “problem-solving.”  But this IS a good primer for Design Thinking. Most important step is Define the Problem. Most important aspect of defining the problem is Empathy. – Marianne Carr

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Marianne-Carr-PhotoMarianne Carr has been working with us for nearly a year. We met (courtesy of mutual friend, Doug Steveneson) at a lunch neither one of us wanted to attend.

I knew there may be possibilities, however, when she was willing to skip the two-hour wait at Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ (as it was still known then) and head across the street for tacos and margaritas at Taco Republic. It’s my fault for not getting her listed on the website (gotta get that fixed), but it’s great to finally feature her first blog post. It’s another in our planned series of recaps of intriguing creative inspiration clicks to articles around the web each week.  – Mike Brown

Gal Friday – Marianne’s Memes and Creative Inspiration Clicks

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I had to look this up!

Variety is the Spice of My In-Box: Connecting Dots and Finding Golden Threads

I get a lot of different things to read in my in-box. I mean a lot. I mean different.

To me, some how all of these thoughts, opinions, facts, what-nots are interconnected. Not sure how, not sure why. Maybe it’s for you to decide.

I offer some of my own humble opinions for consideration. 

At Work, Captain Hindsight Really IS a Super Hero

“….calls it the “premortem”, and it’s embarrassingly simple: you imagine yourself in the future, after the project you’re considering has ended in spectacular failure. “Unlike a typical critiquing session, in which project team members are asked what might go wrong, the premortem operates on the assumption that the ‘patient’ has died,” Klein writes. In the fantasy world of the premortem, it’s already over. You’re screwed. Everything went as badly as you could have feared. Now: why?”

IMHO: It’s always about asking better questions (more about that in a couple of weeks). I like the way this is “packaged” however, and sometimes the packaging of a technique helps sell it internally at an organization.  Doesn’t seem like frivolous and ineffective “brainstorming” or “ideation” if it’s called “Pre-mortem.”

Australians Spell Words Differently, but are Not Worlds Apart

“Yet legacy technologies, siloed operational structures, risk aversion and data analytics immaturity must be overcome if an organisation is to achieve the real-time responsiveness customers are demanding. Many marketing functions are also still coming to terms with what customer engagement across the lifecycle means, and how to best utilise content and social channels to make that happen.”

IMHO: Duh. Okay that’s rude. Some of this is obvious, but still true, and no one is doing anything to correct it in many large organizations. Or prevent it in start-ups that hit that scary 5 year, too-many-people, grew-too-fast plateau so that the silos have just magically appeared. But you know all that. My slightly more impressive thought is — I have heard that Australia is considered a good testing ground for ideas prior to launch in the USA. There are several similarities to behavior and attitude.  I’d love to know if that’s true.

The Secret Life of Being; Remember Each of One of Us has Something

“By the last week of October, Alex was communicating with more than a dozen people who openly admired the Islamic State. Her life, which had mostly seemed like a blurred series of babysitting shifts and lonely weekends roaming the mall, was now filled with encouragement and tutorials from her online friends.”

IMHO: This article highlights how we each individually face some monumental, and often very secret, challenges in our daily lives.  Never forget to be open and empathetic.  And think in terms of people, instead of consumers, when innovating.

My Subconscious Ate my Social Media Campaign

“Why do you have an urge or thought that you shouldn’t be having? Because, in a sense, the consciousness system doesn’t know that you shouldn’t be thinking about something. An urge generator doesn’t know that an urge is irrelevant to other thoughts or ongoing action.”

IMHO: Oh thank goodness, it’s not me, it’s my subconscious that’s going to eat that cupcake. And I’m not even hungry. So is reading Facebook all day, or tweeting, or pinning, or LInkedining, or Vining or Snapchatting or texting really just a subconscious urge?

New School/Old School – but is it the Right School?

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IMHO: Is this the right way to use the infographic format? Am I supposed to print it and hang it on my wall?  Wouldn’t that be better to send me AFTER I signup? But I have heard this is a good event. Maybe I should go some time.

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IMHO: And these guys have a MAGAZINE?! Shocker. I’ve heard this is a good event, too. – Marianne Carr

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