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100-Whats of Creativity

50,050 views One-hundred WHAT-IF questions to spark your creativity, unmuck your mind, and break through your mental blocks. One-hundred WHAT-IF questions to spark your creativity, unmuck your mind, and break through your mental blocks. Learn more at Statistics Views Total Views Views on SlideShare Embed Views Actions Likes Downloads 75 Embeds 36,135 More... Usage Rights © All Rights Reserved

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No Idea Left Behind: 25 Tools for Capturing Ideas Anywhere As a serial entrepreneur, I’m addicted to ideas. I feed off of ’em. And nothing makes me more upset than having a great idea… and losing it. Ideas never happen at opportune times, and having the proper idea capture tools can make sure that you’ll capture all your ideas for later processing. The problem with ideas is that they’re situational. You don’t only have ideas while you’re in front of the computer, or walking your dog. Do not follow the steps of your predecessors but do look for what they have been looking for. "I may not be cleverer than the others but I have a method" Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) I first heard the name of Rene Descartes, one of the greatest minds and founder of the new philosophy during the first semesters of my university studies. The charisma of his personality, which has outlived his century, struck my mind with his impressive project - the creation of Regulaе ad directionen ingenii (Rules for guiding one's mind). In his work R.Descartes intended to present a universal method for solving problems by reducing them to solving equations.

Three Principles Behind All Tools || Take me back to the main ToolKit page || || Take me back to the DirectedCreativity Home page || There are many tools for creative thinking in the literature... Edward de Bono presents 13 tools in his book Serious Creativity Grace McGartland has 25 tips and techniques in Thunderbolt Thinking(TM) Arthur VanGundy covers 29 tools in Idea Power Michael Michalko describes 34 techniques in Thinkertoys Roger von Oech has 64 methods in his Creative Whack Pack Koberg and Bagnall give guidance on 67 tools in The Universal Traveler James Higgins tops them all with his book 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques. While there is overlap among these compilations, there are at least 250 unique tools in these seven books.

Monday Motivation: How Pixar does innovation. Searching for creative motivation or inspiration? Each Monday you can find all of the creative insight you need right here at Creative Something, with “Motivation Monday”. Pixar is one of the world’s most-popular and well-known animation studios. The films Pixar produces have received hundreds of awards around the globe and one of the films has even been listed as the 66th most popular movie of all time by Times Online. Recently Pixar director Brad Bird was interviewed about how innovation at Pixar works. “Brad Bird makes his living fostering creativity.

Tackle Any Issue With a List of 100 The List of 100 is a powerful technique you can use to generate ideas, clarify your thoughts, uncover hidden problems or get solutions to any specific questions you’re interested in. The technique is very simple in principle: state your issue or question in the top of a blank sheet of paper and come up with a list of one hundred answers or solutions about it. “100 Ways to Generate Income”, “100 Ways to be More Creative” or “100 Ways to Improve my Relationships” are some examples. “One hundred entries? Isn’t that way too many?”

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. Crowdsourcing vs Collective Intelligence. What's the diff? Thanks to intrepid design blogger, oyster fiend, and “bro”, John DiPalma and his solid blog at DesignRising, I’ve been coerced into writing much richer blog posts about the topics that I’m exploring. So, here goes the first in a series of attempts to share some meatier topics and the findings that I’m uncovering. As the title of this blog suggests (and if you’ve ventured as far as reading the “Project” section) I’m exploring the role of collective intelligence in design.

The Discipline of Creativity Ideas can come from anywhere. But that doesn’t mean managers can afford to rely on haphazard, hit-or-miss approaches to idea generation. Businesses win through new ideas: new ideas for products, for developing and refining processes, and for tackling strategic and operational challenges. Given the complexity and volatility that characterize today’s business landscape, the ability to develop creative new ideas is more important than ever. In fact, a recent IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs from more than 60 countries named creativity the most important leadership quality. The difference between a creative genius and you. When it comes to creative problem solving, you and I are probably the same. In–fact, it’s safe to say that all humans tend to solve problems the same way. With the exception of creative geniuses (such as Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Isaac Newton, etc.).

Generating New Ideas - Creativity tools from Think Differently and Spark Creativity Switch on your creativity! © iStockphoto/NREY "We need to think differently!" "This needs some fresh ideas!"