This is a post I write for myself as much as any other reason. I once tried to keep a dream journal. Frequently I would wake up, vivid images of my dream from the night before resonating in my head. I won’t bother writing this down, I can remember it too clearly. Sure enough, moments … Continue reading Capture Your Ideas
You might think that from the title of this post, I am going to spend this post proselytizing breaking any rules in order to be truly creative. If so, you’d only be half right. The other thing you might be thinking is a saying you may have heard: “To break the rules, first you must … Continue reading Follow the Rules, or Break the Rules?
Many people would know that Charles Darwin is credited with describing the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection in his landmark work, The Origin of Species. Surely, one can say this was a very creative theory. Not only did it challenge current beliefs, but was based on the analysis and synthesis of several distant concepts. … Continue reading Do Other People Decide if You’re “Creative” or Not?
In his book, The Art of Creative Thinking, Rod Judkins, in advising how to strengthen creative thought, says “Doubt Everything.” I certainly don’t disagree. Doubting everything, especially things others assume to be true, is a great way of finding fresh ideas and new takes on old problems. However, with most pieces of advice regarding creativity, … Continue reading How to Doubt and Question Without Creating Fear in the Workplace
I am not the first person to say this and, to be honest, it has been said enough times by enough people that it no longer feels like it must be proven. Our society regards being wrong in a negative way. Most of us are brought up like this, with big red X’s when we … Continue reading Making Mistakes
I read this article by Richard Branson here. Pretty straightforward: some tips on generating new ideas from one of the most successful entreprenuers. Upon reading the ideas presented in this article, something very clear was being said. The tips are summarised thusly: Start conversations on social media. Comments you generate can lead to inspiration. Reading and … Continue reading About Richard Branson’s Tips on Generating Ideas
It is probably no surprise to anyone that Knowledge and Creativity share an interesting relationship. You need some knowledge about any domain in order to be able to create – but can you have too much knowledge? Rod Judkins says in his book, The Art of Creative Thinking, to “be like a beginner.” He describes … Continue reading Are You Too Smart to be Creative?
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine and sliced bread was first sold commercially in 1928. Humans have been making bread for at least 10,000 years, maybe even 30,000, so the invention of commercially available sliced bread is exceptionally recent. Given the now ubiquitous nature of it, one can easily argue it as … Continue reading Why Innovation by Itself is No Good
There was recently an interesting article here, about Artificial Intelligence recognizing creativity. Researchers at Rutgers University have developed an algorithm that can assess the creativity shown in a painting and accurately predict the level of value our society has placed on it. The big statement this is making is that we can quantifiably measure creative works. … Continue reading Creativity by Computers
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