Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

January 21, 2010

Creativity….. what’s that?

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 3:16 pm
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  • Creativity is the ability to find solutions to problems differently
  • Creativity is added value.
  • Creativity is thinking about perception
  • Creativity is a fluid and flexible tool
  • Creativity is to change or to flow with change.
  • Creativity is heretic
  • Creativity is disruptive
  • Creativity changes assumptions
  • Creativity kicks in doors
  • Creativity faces fear
  • Creativity destroys conformity.

    See also Kathy Berman’s post on Creativity

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    7 Comments »

    1. This is a great list describing the essence of creativity! It reminds me of how Seth Godin describes leadership in his book Tribes. But, of course, many times someone’s creativity turns into leadership as they share their creation with others.

      Comment by Cliff Allen — January 23, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    2. I would add one more important one:

      Creativity is fun

      Comment by Ryan — July 10, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    3. I would also add to the list that it is INNATE

      Comment by birdiechamp — December 6, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    4. I don’t think that creativity is an innate ability, its a skill which is developed and honed through training and development.

      Comment by Editor — December 8, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    5. I agree with the Blogger in this instance, creativity is hard wrought, and boiled down from sweat/blood… Well maybe it’s not all that extreme, but, without doubt, the only way to achieve your biggest goals in life is through continuous effort, and attempts at what you’d previously labeled impossible – and with each attempt, that distant horizon get’s closer and closer.

      Comment by jaredblakedicroce — January 10, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    6. We are born with the ability to creatively problem solve, to creatively express ourselves; it is innate. Unfortunately, we swallow it down because it’s not always accepted, and is often ridiculed. Limb, et al, (2008) studied brain activity of musicians, and found that when they were “creative” in their music, the part of the brain that is of judgement and control was INACTIVE. We have learned to control, if not squash our creativity, yes, but our creativity is always there. In grade school we swallow down our original thoughts gradually, keeping them near. We do the same in our universities and at work. How can an employee be innovative, creative, or daydream divergent thoughts when the boss/teacher is looking for production, for that ONE person with THE answer? What do we reward in our industrial era systems? Successful employees, like successful students, will come up with ideas that will “endear themselves” to their superiors. The truly brilliant ideas won’t fly, unless the employee is a confident maverick.

      Like Charles Bukowski’s Bluebird, creativity is slowly buried deeper and deeper. Businesses need creative people but don’t support creative thinking. Schools are so busy teaching the “right”
      answers for standardized tests that there’s little time to foster creative thinking. Yet, creativity doesn’t ever disappear, it’s still “singing a little in there, I haven’t let him quite die, and we sleep together like that with our secret pact…”.Check out the Bukowski poem, I think you’ll enjoy it!

      Comment by birdiechamp — January 11, 2011 @ 3:54 pm


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