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Here’s an on-the-scene report from Big Item Pickup in my neighborhood this past weekend. It provides a wonderful lesson in creative possibilities. Enjoy!


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Random inputs are a great source of creativity starters, and Twitter is a wonderful place to look for them. Go to http://www.search.twitter.com/, enter a phrase of interest to you, and watch what links, ideas, and thought fragments pop up. (BTW – you don’t have to be on Twitter to do this.)

I have searches going all the time on “innovation” and “creativity” that yield scads of thought provoking material – as demonstrated by yesterday’s post!

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Why wait until your creativity is challenged to think about ways to stimulate it?

Take a few minutes to complete this creativity inspiration roster listing various things you know are creativity instigators for you. Then when you really need these creativity triggers, you’ll have a ready list to turn to for creative inspiration.

What Inspires Me?

Place _________________________________________

Image ________________________________________

Person ________________________________________

Writing ________________________________________

Music _________________________________________

Time of day _____________________________________

Sound _________________________________________

Memory _______________________________________

Moment _______________________________________

Activity _______________________________________

Prayer / Reflection _______________________________

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One of my favorite ways to work at the computer is with my cat Coco sitting on my lap, purring. It makes creative time a warm, wonderful experience.*

* Unless of course you’re allergic to cats. Don’t try this Jan!

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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

Here are some quick quotes on creativity right from Twitter, so they may or may not be accurate. Enjoy them and add your cool quotes in the comments!
@ShaunConnell Rationality begets creativity. Until you understand the box, you can’t think outside the box.
@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.]”

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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.

 

 

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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!

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