background preloader

The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis
Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers. In fact, the psychologist’s session notes indicate Schwarzrock rattled off 25 improvements, such as adding a removable ladder and springs to the wheels. That wasn’t the only time he impressed the scholars, who judged Schwarzrock to have “unusual visual perspective” and “an ability to synthesize diverse elements into meaningful products.”

http://www.newsweek.com/creativity-crisis-74665

Back to College: BLS Spotlight on Statistics September 2010 Whether you're a bright-eyed freshman, an experienced upper-classman, a faithful alumnus, an educated professor, a capable administrator, or even a college-sports enthusiast, you are probably familiar with some of the numerous public and private colleges and universities spread across the United States. The establishment and growth of these institutions, and their contributions to the Nation, have long been one of the most notable aspects of U.S. history. Higher Education Is Overrated; Skills Aren't - Michael Schrage by Michael Schrage | 10:38 AM July 29, 2010 With innovation, entrepreneurship and significantly smarter fiscal policies, America should eventually escape its “hireless recovery.” But what won’t hasten new hiring — and might even dampen job prospects — is the mythical belief that higher education invariably leads to higher employment and better jobs. It doesn’t. Foolish New York Times stories notwithstanding, education is a misleading-to-malignant proxy for economic productivity or performance.

15 Cool Ways To Boost Your Creativity Feeling burnt out or lacking creative ideas? This article is especially for all you writers, artists, business owners or anyone looking for some new ways to get their creativity flowing. Here are 15 ways to give your creativity a jump start: hiring creatives A recent BusinessWeek article reported that, “According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, CEOs identify ‘creativity’ as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.” While the study’s results will come as no surprise to hard-working creative professionals, they do raise an important question: How do we identify – and hire for – the qualities that add up to creativity? By our lights, the notion of “creativity” can’t be separated from the skills required for creative execution. So our analysis of the characteristics crucial to creativity focuses particularly on the skills that facilitate putting ideas into action.

Famous Quotes From Lee Kuan Yew - The Unofficial Singapore Website Lee Kuan Yew is the founding father of Modern Singapore and the ex-Prime Minister. Lee Kuan Yew has officially stepped down from the cabinet after the watershed 2011 General Election. While MM Lee has been visionary and well respected during his reign as prime minister of Singapore, he seems to have lost that midas touch since he stepped down from his PM post more than 20 years ago as judged from the many controversial statements that he has made during these years, which have captured here in this page.

Why Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You - Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff - The Conversation by Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff | 8:36 AM July 28, 2010 Have you ever walked into an airport, seen that there is nobody in line at the check-in counter, but still made a bee-line for the self-service kiosk? Better yet, have you ever waited in line for an ATM machine even though there is nobody in line for the teller inside the bank? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you’re not alone. Your Brain on Creativity To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing, Your Inner Critic Must Hush Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in.

genius Think Like a Genius : Qualities of a True Genius continued from page 1 Curiosity Children are naturally curious about the world around them from the earliest weeks of life. The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah Photo: Ziv Koren Shortly after his 40th birthday, the life of a man we’ll call Ronald Hodge took a strange turn. He still looked pretty good for his age. He had a well-paying job and a devoted wife.

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life - Alexandra Samuel - The Conversation by Alexandra Samuel | 9:30 AM July 15, 2010 [Visit Alexandra Samuel's new blog on HBR.org at #thankyoujesus for irl and online friends. Couldn’t live w/o either. Monday’s medical myth: the right side of your brain controls creativity Are you suffering a creativity problem? Well, pop psychology claims your “right brain” holds the key. Whether you want to drop a few kilos, improve your profits, spice up your sex life, or take over the world, we’re encouraged to believe a right-brain approach will solve our problems. Just look at some of these self-help titles (I wish I were making them up): The right brain/creativity link first captured the public imagination in 1979 when Betty Edwards published the worldwide bestseller Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Edwards argued that by switching from the traditional left-brain mode (logical, verbal, symbolic) to a right-brain mode (creative, non-verbal, non-symbolic), even those who “can’t draw” will uncover their inner artist.

Related:  Creative