Nature is well-known for coming up with novel and efficient solutions to various situations. While survival of the fittest doesn’t really apply to ideas and creativity, perhaps there is something we can learn about nature’s processes for providing species with the best tools for the job. There are at least four known processes in nature’s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Learn Innovation from Nature
To support proposals on what we need for creativity, it is only logical that we take a look at what is usually involved in the creative process. By breaking down the process we can see more clearly what is required for each stage. The creative process is best summarised as follows: Preparation – thinking about, learning, … Continue reading The Creative Process and The Ways we Think
One of the items that frequently comes up when considering shaping your environment for creativity is having a variety of distinct and defined spaces to occupy. The low-down is simple: a variety of spaces inspire a variety of modes of thinking and a variety of activities. This is about the creative process itself and it is also … Continue reading Creative Office Examples: A Variety of Spaces
For there to be segregation, there usually has to be some communication of segregation. This communication is often, based on its message, damaging to relationships and therefore damaging to freedom and collaboration – two very important ingredients for creativity. Unfortunately, segregation can occur from very subtle factors. This is because segregation is a term that … Continue reading On How Easily Segregation Can Occur
I thought it would be interesting to have a look at some of the workplaces featured in popular TV shows and what they mean for creative endeavor. I’d love to get your thoughts on these or other TV offices also! Suits Jessica’s Office For the supposedly top law firm of Pearson & Whatever Season You … Continue reading Analysing the Offices of Our Favourite TV Shows
Establishing a high level of trust among your peers and workmates is important for developing an environment where creativity can flourish. Trust is essential for removing boundaries of fear (which is a common block to creativity). Trust will also help in developing fast and flexible organisational structures that can cope with and capture ideas and … Continue reading 6 Ideas on Building Trust
First things first: does it really matter? These are all just words, right? We as a society make up their definition and who cares if we all agree? The reason why the distinction between creativity and innovation is important is because when two ideas are compared and defined referring each other, there is an inherent … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Creativity and Innovation?
Disclaimer: Well, isn’t every industry creative? Yes. For the purposes of this discussion, however, I am talking about the traditional (and incorrect, I believe) label of “creative businesses.” In this context, it is referring to sectors such as design, architecture, fashion, art, media and communications, etc. While “creative businesses” worry about how rigid management procedures can damage … Continue reading Learning from the Creative Industries
There is an interesting article here by Jeff Guo at the Washington Post that describes how people around you can influence your thoughts and actions. The article describes recent research that shows that during a flight, if the person sitting next to you buys something, you are 30% more likely to buy something yourself. This … Continue reading Are Your Co-workers Blocking Your Creativity?
We may make excuses about our abilities in order to prevent the effort required for self-growth. Sometimes we may place restrictions on ideas in order to help us compartmentalize all the information our brains need to handle. Based on my own experience and research, below are 10 myths about creativity that I have seen or experienced. Removing these … Continue reading 10 Common Myths About Creativity