Category Archives: Curiosity

Leaders can turn creativity into a competitive advantage, says IDEO’s Tim Brown

Imagine starting off a conversation at your next meeting during World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21 with these statements from a Tim Brown, IDEO CEO Harvard Business Review article from November 2016.

“All of our management practices need to be updated: how organizations are structured, how we deploy capital, how we interact and collaborate with broader networks, what tools and technology we embrace and deploy, what we measure, what markets we target, who we hire and how we lead. Of these, how we lead and the kind of culture we create are the essential starting points.

When our goal is efficiency, our concept of governance includes ensuring standardization, high levels of coordination, careful assessment of risk, and, of course, the elimination of waste. When we want to be creatively fit, governance looks quite different. It should be, and feel, more nurturing. It should focus on speed of learning and rigorous experimentation. It benefits from an attitude of abundance.

Nurturing a creatively competitive organization requires curiosity above all else. Asking the right questions is more important (and more difficult) than having the right answers. One of my favorite Victorian entrepreneurs, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, asked the seemingly ridiculous question, “How can I create the experience of floating over the English countryside?” in his quest to building the first large scale, long-distance railway service in England.”

More at: https://hbr.org/2016/11/leaders-can-turn-creativity-into-a-competitive-advantage

See what you can do.

NeuroScience of Creativity – Beau Lotto

A thought piece on creativity by neuroscientist Beau Lotto.

Our brains are geared to make fast assumptions, and questioning them in many cases could prove fatal. If your ancestors wondered for too long whether that noise was a predator or not, you wouldn’t be here now.

Everything begins with not knowing. What if you identified your assumptions and questioned them?

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

Creativity is energy – what if…

What if creativity had nothing to do with thinking at all?

What if creativity is an energy that everyone has and uses to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions.

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source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/jens-English-tips-using-the-word-if.html

What if the energy is blocked, that people do some things that stop it from flowing.

Learning skills associated with releasing creativity means learning ways to enable its energy to flow.

What if during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 every year people all over the world felt welcome to let the energy of their natural creativity flow… blocks removed, doors opened, awareness gained, partnerships strengthened; we are, after all, sharing this planet together.

What if we collectively used our creativity to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too – by seeing with new pairs of eyes, imagining new ideas, exploring  new decisions, risking new actions

Creativity includes an ability to make associations that aren’t immediately obvious. Let’s give it a chance.

Sign on to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.

Commit to participate, spread the spark, use imagination to make this world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.

Show your commitment in comments and tweets…

Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017 #wcid

 

 

 

This Startup Is Using Games To Measure Creativity–And Teach Us How To Unlock It

Lemonade.io wants to help prepare people for the future of the global economy, when creativity will be at a premium.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.fastcompany.com

“People are born creative,” he says. “If we can empower them to tap into that creativity, that is really powerful.”

Feel free to use World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 to accomplish just that!

Curiosity is an inextinguishable creative spark

Not even today’s box-ticking managerialists can stamp out our innate desire to know, says Joe Moran

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.timeshighereducation.com

Our myths and religions are full of cautionary tales about curiosity. Pandora, Daedalus, Psyche, Orpheus, Adam and Eve, Lot’s wife: they all succumbed to a curiosity that turned out to be calamitous. During the scientific revolution of the 17th century, when curiosity was finally transformed from a vice to a virtue, its advocates admitted that it could be a voracious beast if left unchecked and not channelled into worthy ends.

Good read in support of curiosity.

5 Common Myths about Creativity

photo credit: http://www.andreawedell.com/training/creativity-training/
photo credit: http://www.andreawedell.com/training/creativity-training/

“Mention the word creativity, and people begin to squirm in their chairs. The very thought can prompt anxiety, fear, and doubt – even in the most accomplished professionals. Let’s explore some common myths, and uncover the truth behind this “fuzz.”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.forbes.com

As WCIW approaches (6 months from now – April 15 – 21) it’s good to keep in mind the kind of push-backs you might get from others when you propose your ideas for celebrating.  Review this article, to be prepared….

Wondering, what other push-backs or objections to celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 have you had in the past?