Category Archives: Creative thinking

Research Shows Walking Actually Improves Creative Ability. Here’s How

Do you ever get a really good idea and then unconsciously begin pacing back and forth? Do you ever notice how, when this happens, the great ideas just keep on flowing?

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Don’t know what to do for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21? Why not just go for a walk?

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Creative Academic’s Contributions to #WCIW

World Creativity and Innovation Week  starts tomorrow. It sets out to encourage people and organisations to use their creativity to make the world a better and more interesting place.

WCIW draws attention to society’s fundamental need for new ideas, new decisions and new actions and the fundamental right of human beings to have freedom to express their fundamental urge to  create.

So the question for higher education is, ‘what are we doing to support this value that should underpin the education we provide?’

posterCreative Academic’s contribution has been to devote an issue of our magazine to exploring the idea of ‘Creativity in Development, Achievement & Innovation’. While innovation is the buzz word of political and business leaders, development is the unsung hero as it embodies all the effort and ingenuity that connects our ideas with our innovations and achievements. The magazine is free to download at  http://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html

To raise awareness of the importance of students’ creative development Creative Academic is hosting a week long social learning event beginning on April 17th on the #creativeHE Google+ platform which we are calling ‘Imagineering in Higher Education’. All you need is a bit of imagination to join in and it would be great if you could participate in the conversation and share your own experiences and perspectives. To join the community discussion please click on this link. https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041

Creative Academic is a social enterprise whose purpose is to encourage higher education to value students’ creative development as much as their academic development.
http://www.creativeacademic.uk/

Post submitted by Norman Jackson, Creative Academic, April 14, 2016.

Inventing Tool for Your World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

People report feeling immediately stuck when faced with the opportunity to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21. They say they don’t know what to do.

Brock Davis
Brock Davis

Using this Inventing Tool might help.  If you know its source, please pass it along.  It would be good to give credit to its creator.

Ignite Your Thinking

Consider each of the six categories, allow your thoughts to flow to a place of ‘can-do’ to experience what emerges.

It’s helpful to have a device to record your impressions.

Ready?

CREATE:  something totally new, a new capacity, a new culture, a new team, a new activity, a new strategy, a new skill, a new paradigm, a new habit, a new friend

ENHANCE/DEVELOP:  your capacities, your team, your organization, your potential, your efficiencies, your effectiveness, your resource conservation, your sense of humour, your connections with others, your sense of self worth

DELETE:  something that already exists, make it disappear totally for you, your family, your team, your organization, your community, your school, your friends, your association

IMPLEMENT: something to make a sustainable change in your life, your work, your organization, your relationships, your well being, your skill base, your competency, your status, your peace of mind, your outlook on life

KEEP:  something that you value, is your core business, is your reason for being, brings you joy, brings satisfaction, eliminates suffering, gives you energy, educates others, connects people, brings you peace

REDUCE:  something that annoys or irritates you, interferes with your sense of fairness, takes time away from important things for you, your team, your school, your community, your family

Hope this helps!

 

Design Thinking Exercise and Guide for WCIW

Are you looking for a 20-minute World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 activity?

This Ready-Set-Design activity from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian may fit the bill.  

This is a highly adaptable design challenge that can jump-start collaborative and creative thinking in any group. They say it is used  with kids’ groups at the Museum, for internal staff meetings, and even at industry conferences and summits they host. The activity is such a success with participants that they’ve received many requests for their how-to guide.

Source: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/09/ready-set-design/

How to Cultivate Your Creativity [Book Excerpt]

Adapted from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind , by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

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Refreshing research insights to assist your #creativity considerations in the new year

  1. be open to new experiences
  2. cultivate a drive for exploration
  3. explore and engage in new things
  4. live the question (embrace uncertainty)

Afterall – the drive to explore, the ability to adapt to new environments and the ability to thrive in the face of uncertainty all provide important survival advantages.

And yes folks, this is what we are advocating during World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 every year.  Tell the world how you will be celebrating #WCIW2016 and here.

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