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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926
by Maria Popova How to master the beautiful osmosis of conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, deliberate and serendipitous. In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s Technique for Producing Ideas and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder Graham Wallas, sixty-eight at the time, penned The Art of Thought — an insightful theory outlining the four stages of the creative process, based both on his own empirical observations and on the accounts of famous inventors and polymaths. Wallas outlines four stages of the creative process — preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification — dancing in a delicate osmosis of conscious and unconscious work. These phases, which literary legend Michael Cowley would come to parallel in his 1958 model of the four stages of writing, go as follows: T. Public domain images via Flickr Commons

If (You Write a Good Hypothesis), Then (Good Things Happen) Jim Sterne | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments inShare7 In order to formulate valuable insights, analysts need to be constantly coming up with hypotheses and testing them to the best of their ability. While analysts spend enormous amounts of time collecting, cleaning, and managing data, the goal is to come up with insights. Insights however, never, ever present themselves. If we dig here, then we can find (gold, diamonds, rare earth elements). So What Makes a Good Hypothesis? It starts with a question. How do we increase sales? That leads to a guess. I think this is the reason we're having trouble.I think this might be the way to get out of this mess. That comes from the gut. An educated guess is a very good thing. That's easy to understand. You understand it well enough to explain it to a 10-year-old or a CEO, Same thing." That leads to a test. If we try this we should be able to prove what I'm saying. That's straightforward to test. I didn't say easy. That has clear variables and constants.

Is Connectivism A New Learning Theory Based on Old Ideas? Bruna writes, "the successful students are usually the ones who understand what they have to reach and which path they need to follow. They are recognized and rewarded (good grades) by their abilities to follow rules..." We've seen this observation before, for example, in John Holt.It suggests a strategy for reshaping learning: reshaping the rules (or better, the outcomes) needed to be successful. Views Today: 4 Total: 272.

10 Ways to Develop Your Creativity | Schaefer's Blog If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! **Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Catharina F. de Wet, Ph.D and author of One View of Giftedland, a blog focusing on talented and gifted education. Google the word “creativity” and you will get almost 84 million hits. The first few has to do with defining creativity and it ranges from the cerebral Wikipedia definition: “Creativity (or “creativeness”) is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts” to a simple definition by Henry Miller: “ The occurrence of a composition which is both new and valuable.” Because of research we know a significant amount about the creative process and creative people. Generally speaking, when we talk about a creative person, we have in mind two kinds of people. Here are ten things you can do to develop your creativity: 2 – Examine and remove perceptual blocks. 8 – Make time to think.

Theories of Learning - Successful Student Many theories about how humans have been learning have been proposed over the years, and these theories continue to change today. From the Behaviorism theory which included the Conditioning model of Pavlov; Humanism theory which included Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs model; to Identity Theory and Erikson’s Stages of Development model, there are many on the market and it’s difficult to make sense of which is the most productive and efficient. How does a genius like Einstein learn to think? As we learn more about how the human brain works and as we become increasingly adept at constructing models of cognition, theories of learning are changing also. From the research below, the Traditional Blended Learning Theory, when combined with Connectivism, gives a very efficient and productive learning framework in general. Use our Degree Finder and chose a school and degree program to request free information from a college today.

Get Lean to Innovate! - Mind Tools Blog Back For every wildly successful new company or product, there are hundreds more that simply fade away. Why is the failure rate so high? According to Eric Reis, author of the 2011 classic “The Lean Startup,” most new projects fail because they use the wrong processes. In his book, Reis demonstrates how concepts borrowed from lean manufacturing methods can shorten product development cycles, test the vision, and manage growth. One such concept is “genchi gembutsu,” which loosely translates as “go and see for yourself.” Listen to the full Book Insight in the Mind Tools Club ¦ Install Flash Player. If you’re thinking about starting a new business or launching a new product, and you want to avoid the traps that have thwarted other startups in the past, don’t miss our latest Book Insight on “The Lean Startup.” Question: How do you think the concepts behind lean might help your next business, or your organization’s next product launch?

Connecting to Create Change: A Q&A With Erica Dhawan Question: What do the founder of Quirky, the creator of Duolingo, and the farmer who grew the world’s largest pumpkin have in common? Answer: They all leveraged “connectional intelligence” on their path to success. So, what exactly is this skill, and how can you use it to accomplish your goals? Your book focuses on the concept of “connectional intelligence,” which you and your co-author, Saj-nicole Joni, explain is a skill people can employ to—well—get big things done! A lot of the ways that we measure relationships and connections is by quantity, such as how many Twitter followers or Facebook likes you have. How did you first identify connectional intelligence as a skill that people can learn and leverage? That stems from my personal story. So, after the financial collapse, I decided to completely switch gears to explore how people can find more meaning in their world and how Millennials could leverage the tools, platforms, and resources available to them.

4 minutes of questionning - The 4-24 Project Weblog: Connected Learning A few years ago, I conducted a study with a large team of researchers on how young people were learning through electronic games, social media, and digital media production. We saw many reasons to be hopeful as to how the online world could support learning that is social, participatory, and driven by the personal needs and interests of the learner. We were inspired by young people who were taking to the online world to learn complex technical skills, create and share sophisticated media works, engage in social causes, and pursue specialized knowledge. At same time, we found reasons for concern. While highly activated and motivated youth were mining the learning riches of the Internet, these young people were a decided minority, and tended to be those who were already technologically and educationally privileged. The Essence of Connected Learning from DML Research Hub on Vimeo. This path towards connected learning is both personal and professional for me.