For variety, I’m going to primarily shut up and listen this week, sharing links, quotes, and ideas on innovation, creativity, and strategic thinking. I’ll offer my thoughts in the comments section at Brainzooming. I hope to find yours there too! Let’s get started!
Creative Quickie – Creativity Quotes
@healthyincome4u Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~Edward De Bono
@PopWuping “If limitation spawns creativity, is the limitless resource of the Internet a good thing?” — Alec Soth
@earthXplorer “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ~ Anonymous
@pixelati “Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.” – Thomas Disch
@hottomali Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: From Sir Ken Robinson: “If you are not prepared to be wrong — you will not come up with anything original.
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: More Sir Ken: People are being educated out of their creative capacity. We do not grow into creativity, we grow out of it.
@JackieAustinBNC Creativity is generated by humor combined with conflict. WOW
@lildrummergie routinely doin somethin u enjoy over & over again, without variation or creativity, can diminish even that enjoyment. swimmin for instance
@pseudoliterat “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus
@gregnyc Fast Company Editor: “[Only creativity and aggressive innovation...will fuel a turnaround.]”
Here’s a creative quickie that works great with a group of people. It’s a creativity instigating dinner idea for tonight. Go to a restaurant that puts butcher paper on the tables, grab crayons or a Sharpie marker, and make it a doodle night by spending your dinner doodling, playing tic-tac-toe, or drawing a creative instigator. Do whatever you want to do to express creative and fanciful ideas. Just use the opportunity to fill the butcher paper with all kinds of fun, creative quickie ideas! And remember, no need to censor anything since you can always throw everything away at the end of your doodle night.
Random inputs provide a great way to trigger creative thinking. But if you’re really stuck, coming up with rich random inputs may even be challenging. Arghhhhhh!
If you’re there, go to “Writer’s Window,” a website that generates random ideas to incorporate into stories, drawings, presentations or any other creative endeavor staring you in the face! Use the random idea provided, asking questions such as:
- How does the random idea fit with my situation?
- How is my situation like the random idea?
- If my situation and the random idea collided with each other, what would happen?
The combinations created should get you going in an exciting, new creative direction!
SPECIAL NOTE -Starting at Noon on 1/22/2009, you can begin voting for your favorite “innovation” definition under 140 characters long, by clicking here. I submitted these 6 possibilities:
- Innovation = Shattering the status quo into a million pieces that reform into something much better and more beneficial.
- Innovation = ((thinking randomly + borrowing liberally) / implementing successfully) * persistence * time
- Innovation = The ability of @Macker to create scads of “innovation” definitions.
- Innovation = The magic of imagining, implementing, & improving upon what’s been done before to benefit others.
- Innovation = A fundamental, valuable improvement relative to the status quo.
- Innovation = Taking NO, not for an answer, but for the inspiration to bring something beautifully new and wonderful to life.
Be sure to vote for one of mine, but only if you think it really deserves it!
Lori Schade forwarded a cool site from the Art Institute of Vancouver with a quick test to see whether you are predominantly a left (analytical, objective, quantitative) or right (perceptive, subjective, qualitative) brain thinker.
Take the test, identify your thinking strengths and weaknesses, and devise your strategy for being a whole-brain thinker, i.e. drawing on multiple, diverse thinking perspectives to address a thinking challenge.
Some people are blessed with the ability to be whole brain thinkers on their own. For the rest of us, the best strategy comes down to surrounding ourselves with people who think in different ways than we do to challenge and expand our thinking. Get started building your whole brain thinking team today!
The form or structure of it doesn’t matter. What matters is whether it truly inspires new ideas and possibilities in you and those around you!
How about this? Email photos of your personal inspiration space and why it inspires you to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll share them here.
That includes you, Jan H., Jan L., Seth, and Chris, or I’ll just come by and take the pictures myself!