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How To Be Creative | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

"Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we've come to believe, being creative is considerably more complex, and requires a nuanced
understanding of ourself and others. Being a powerful creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering and inventing new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not."

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Some interesting and occasionally thought-provoking stuff...

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William Gibson on Cultivating a “Personal Micro-Culture”

William Gibson on Cultivating a “Personal Micro-Culture” | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

On the building blocks of creativity and acquiring a sense of what feels right.

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Gibson's "micro-culture" fits nicely with the idea of "cultural multiplicity" I've been talking about for years, something that the web, social networks and our increasingly abundantly networked world makes commonplace. It's the cultures we build for ourselves to live in that matter most.

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The Holstee Manifesto

The Holstee Manifesto | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"Do what you love and do it often"

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves."

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Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.

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Wow. This is a must watch/read. Networks and networked knowledge, creativity, legos, florilegium, curation... I just fell a little more in love with Maria Popova's mind.

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Steal Like An Artist, a manifesto (and book) by Austin Kleon

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10 things nobody told you about being creative — a manifesto for creativity in the digital age.
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Concept Maker (iOS App)

"It’s your personal creative pocket partner."

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Are You Dumb Enough to be Creative?

Are You Dumb Enough to be Creative? | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"In the all-important opening phase of the creative process, mindless stupidity is your greatest asset. And it can be learned."

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