Category Archives: Creativity

Human creativity cannot be suppressed

Scarcity is attractive.  Research shows imposed limits motivate people to act: consumers are led to purchase using phrases ‘limited time offer’, ‘ first 30 people get a 30% discount’, and ‘only 100 left’ for example. [Other scarcities such as clean water, nourishing food, arable land, honeybees, and so on are also motivating people to take action.]

Creativity is not scarce. It is common. I was quoted once saying, “if you breathe, you create”.  Remove the scarcity of creativity, the common beliefs that some have it, others don’t, or some people are more creative than others, and so on, and creativity may become less attractive.  Except…

Creativity signals a restlessness to improve conditions. To explore, discover, experiment, question.  We create because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion.

It’s human nature to use the power of imagination to adapt to and initiate change for the better. Once we have the idea,  insight,  framework,  ability to compare what can be with what used to be, we gather with others to innovate; to make it so.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this year, and every year. Share how you’ll be exercising your passion for new, different, better with the world.


Passion Comment adapted from Dead Poet’s Society:  We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

 

Adobe State of Create Study 2016. More support for #wciw2017 Infographic and highlights

Feel free to use  Adobe’s State of Create 2016 Report findings to fuel your inspiration to celebrate and leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017.

“With our 2016 State of Create study, we set out to quantify just how much impact creativity has and the results are impressive. Globally, respondents believe that being creative is valuable for society, and it fuels innovation, economic growth, and even happiness. Yet, only three in 10 people feel that they are living up to their creative potential.

So, the question is: why not? Why aren’t we prioritising creativity when we know it’s beneficial? The call to action for all of us is to simply take a step back and create. The bottom line is companies that encourage and empower employees to create are driving results and employees who think creatively are bound to succeed. And for students, it underscores a broader opportunity – not just what, but also how we prepare students for the real world — creativity helps businesses win.”

Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe

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Creativity + anger = ?

A friend posted an updated graphic of Pandora’s box on Facebook.
It reflects a sentiment resulting from the recent US election.

pandora 2016
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Stream of consciousness using a creativity lens:

  • Disruptions to status quo stimulate new combinations of thoughts, policies, procedures, practices.
  • New combinations underpin creativity.
  • Stirring status quo also facilitates experiences of emotion.
  • What and how are people are transforming as a result?
  • Facilitated by  feeling uncertain, excited, anxious, disappointed, elated, betrayed, marginalized, joyous, and/or hopeful, how does human determination  to create and/or contribute to a better future show up?
  • Creativity is a birthright to all.
  • New ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes.

Wouldn’t it be great for everyone to share and celebrate this natural energy, rather than deny and punish its life giving essence?  There are many ways to sign-on to using World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017  a week beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday (April 15).

What might be all the ways that #wciw2017 can play an important role in your life and the life of others moving forward?

Here are some:

  • skill building in creative thinking, creative process, tools, techniques
  • community building
  • creative problem solving
  • social innovation
  • celebrations
  • awards for new inventions, creative juxtapositions
  • inspirational messages
  • research sharing
  • global connections with new perspectives
  • planning creative output/activities for the year to come
  • assessing progress in new thinking
  • reviewing new inventions, trends
  • holding discussions, conversations

Remember to earmark World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 in your calendar and to share your activities, plans, intentions, here and #wciw2017.

THINK PIECES

Campbell Quote in Kaufmann medium article

  • Quotes from a brain scan study of jazz musicians at the University of California, San Francisco, by one of the study researchers looking into the effect of emotion on creativity, neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb:

“Humans seem to need creativity in order to understand and examine the human experience.”

“It appears that the nature of an emotion — whether it is positive or negative —has a significant impact on the mechanisms our brain uses for creative tasks when motivated by these emotions.”

Remember to earmark World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 in your calendar and to share your activities, plans, intentions, here and #wciw2017.

What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity? #wciwadvice

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Just off a Skype interview with We Are Unstuck in the UK about creativity in organizations.  Researcher Amy Rainbow’s questions were intriguing; one in particular struck as a fulcrum for learning.  How might you respond?

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http://under30ceo.com/10-practical-ways-widely-creative/

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet

There are startling parallels in the lives of Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Their dedication to product quality and innovation transformed industries.

Lessons:

  • Don’t give up
  • Finding the right creative partner can be a force multiplier
  • Betting on new technologies ahead of the curve can be a strong differentiator
  • Perfectionism, if you can survive it, can create deep customer loyalty
  • Mashing up disciplines is new ways can transform industries

Read the blog post – First, you get to see Disney’s breakthrough Steamboat Willie animation and you’ll be exposed to good stories and examples to leverage as inspiration for your new WCIW – in 2017 and beyond.

Source: Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet