Scientists are much more likely to produce innovative research when using long-term grants that allow them exceptional freedom in the lab, according to a new study co-written by MIT economists. The work shows that biologists whose funding encourages them to take risks and tolerates initial research failures wind up producing about twice as many highly influential papers as some peers whose funding is dependent upon meeting closely defined, short-term research targets. “If you want people to branch out in new directions, then it’s important to provide for their long-term horizons, to give them time to experiment and potentially fail,” says Pierre Azoulay, an associate professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an author of the study.
The Creative Class is a posited socioeconomic class identified by American economist and social scientist Richard Florida , a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto . According to Florida, the Creative Class are a key driving force for economic development of post-industrial cities in the United States . [ edit ] Overview Florida describes the Creative Class as comprising 40 million workers (about 30 percent of the U.S. workforce). he breaks the class into two broad sections, derived from Standard Occupational Classification System codes: Super-Creative Core: This group comprises about 12 percent of all U.S. jobs. It includes a wide range of occupations (e.g. science, engineering, education, computer programming , research), with arts, design, and media workers forming a small subset.
Photography: quinn.anya You should be able to spot a creative type from a mile away. In Mad Men , the AMC show set in a 1960s advertising agency, that’s not so easy.
Site Home : Non-Profit As a companion to my pages on early retirement , this document presents some ideas for useful and fun things to do with one's money. Simple: Donate money to Wikipedia If you're too lazy to start a new non-profit organization, donate money to Wikimedia Foundation , the folks who publish Wikipedia.
One of my early posts was about idea killers and idea helpers . Idea killers are common phrases that kill creativity at its origin. Recently, Matt May wrote a piece called Mind of the Innovator: Taming the Traps of Traditional Thinking , where he identified â€˜Seven Sins of Solutions,â€™ routine patterns of thinking that prevent people from being creative. He suggests that idea stiffling is the worst sin being the most destructive. He illustrated the point by a nice experiment:
Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from Assignment Zero , an experiment in open-source, pro-am journalism produced in collaboration with Wired News. This week, we'll be republishing a selection of Assignment Zero stories on the topic of "crowdsourcing." All in all, Assignment Zero produced 80 stories, essays and interviews about crowdsourcing ; we'll reprint 12 of the best. The stories appear here exactly as Assignment Zero produced them.
Garry Marshall School of Computing Science, Middlesex University, Trent Park, Bramley Road, London N14 4XS, England. e-mail: Garry2@mdx.ac.uk 1. Introduction Memetics provides a powerful new way to think about things such as, for example, creativity (Gabora, 1997).
Knowledge market is a distributed social mechanism that helps people to identify and satisfy their demand for knowledge. It can facilitate locating existing knowledge resources similarly to what search engines do (the name social search refers to this). It can also stimulate creation of new knowledge resources to satisfy the demand (something that search engines can’t do). The goal of this post is to compare several free knowledge markets created by 3form, Naver, Yahoo, Mail.ru, and Google to identify their common elements and differences. All these sites organize collaborative problem solving activity of a large number of participants providing means and incentives to contribute participants’ intelligent abilities to the distributed problem solving process.
The happier twin brother of idea killers are idea growers.
1. A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink of water. The bartender gives the man a drink of water, but the man says the water is no good. The bartender thinks for a minute, pulls out a gun and points it at him.
How good scientists reach bad conclusions by Ralph C. Merkle Principal Fellow, Zyvex www.zyvex.com April, 2001 This web page is also available at http://www.foresight.org/impact/impossible.html . "The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein: it rejects it."
Here is the 'Little book of Flow' in one long post. The premise of this essay is that those exquisite but all too rare moments when we experience 'flow', when we are truly creative, happy and intuitively know exactly what is needed, are simply those instances when we glimpse our original and true nature. It sets out to show how, instead of trying to fathom the conditions for flow, we can realise this 'true nature' and make 'flow' our normal way of being, wherever we are and in whatever we do. You can use the chapter links below to navigate.
The following questions have been asked in reference to " The roots of creativity and genius ": Education is indeed targeted at problem solving Question : I think that the purpose of education is not to improve our problem solving ability, but to improve our ability to function in society. How can slapping a child who wants to eat a cake before dinner enhance its problem solving? Answer: Problem solving is understood here strictly in computational terms. Every task can be represented as a computational problem. All our life is based on computing " What to do next?
California State University, Northridge From Human Motivation , 3rd ed., by Robert E. Franken: Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
Around the world, day and night, people are observing, recording, discovering. Many of them are not paid, professional scientists; they do it as a passion, even an obsession. These are citizen scientists, the subject of a short series of documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A couple of centuries ago, most science was done by amateurs, often clergy or people of private means who were simply curious about the world around them.