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Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity

Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
"It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider … who is bound to succeed in the greatest degre
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No matter how much one reads or consumes about the processes of creativity, it only serves to underline how variable and nebulous a phenomonon it is.

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Sandbox Innovation - DesignTAXI.com

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Tips For Remarkable Ideas: Sandbox Innovation...

 

At your last brainstorm session, the one in charge probably started with something like this:
“Remember team, there is no such things as a bad idea in brainstorming. And there are no boundaries. Let the sky be the limit!”

 

They were correct.

 

Yet, the process of coming up with ideas to solve, grow, think or create is a process that expands and contracts. This is technically called divergent thinking (move apart) and convergent thinking (come together).


We start with the broad issue that there is a problem or opportunity.


We narrow that down to a laser-focused objective. What we are specifically solving. (This is sometimes called framing).Next, we go broad again—thinking up as many potential ideas as possible—in a world without boundaries.Finally, we go very narrow again—picking the best solutions for our challenge.

Despite ‘broad thinking’ and ‘suspending reality’ during idea generation, we have to re-evaluate those ideas within the walls of real constraints. We always work within boundaries and limits.

 

We have limited time, funding, labor. We are constrained by factory size, operational capacity, product shelf life, legal restrictions and brand guardrails.

 

These are like sandbox walls. The sand allows us to be as creative as we need. The walls define the realistic limits.

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Dr. Reggie Watts on innovation and out of the box thinking

Dr. Reggie Watts proposes some new, revealing insights on innovation and out of the box thinking in a new world of challenges for the organizational producti...
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Infinite Stupidity | Conversation | Edge

Infinite Stupidity | Conversation | Edge | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

"A tiny number of ideas can go a long way, as we've seen. And the Internet makes that more and more likely. What's happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we're being domesticated by these great big societal things, such as Facebook and the Internet. We're being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard. My worry is that we could be moving in that direction, towards becoming more and more sort of docile copiers."

MARK D. PAGEL is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Evolutionary Biology; Head of the Evolution Laboratory at the University of Reading; Author Oxford Encyclopaedia of Evolution; co-author of The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology. His forthcoming book is Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind.

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U.S. Education in Chinese Lockstep? Bad Move. - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

U.S. Education in Chinese Lockstep? Bad Move. - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The education systems in China and the United States not only are headed in opposite directions, but are aiming at exactly what the other system is trying to give up.

In the United States, through programs such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, as well as calls for more standardization and accountability in higher education, we are embracing the sort of regimented, uniform, standards-based, and test-driven education that has dominated Asian education systems for thousands of years.

What seems to be underappreciated in this country is how actively the Asian systems are trying to embrace the values and outcomes that we appear to be so willing to abandon: specifically, the American penchant for promoting creativity, individualism, innovation, and nonconformity. In other words, for developing and nurturing the diverse talent that can result from an ethos of coloring outside the lines.

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India Art and Design: Design Research - A Relentless Quest

India Art and Design: Design Research - A Relentless Quest | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

...a design is not just about form, function and aesthetic. It is important for a designer to know how one’s design will fit people’s lives. Find ways to get into the heads of the people, who will ultimately benefit from your design. Understand how they think, and figure out how or when your design will be a part of their life; then develop a design concept that will blend well with their environment, their feelings and their imagination.

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Somewhat self-promotional but within the interview are some valid and engaging insights that would be useful to design students.
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Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing

Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Are you feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Everyone gets stuck now and then, but when your livelihood requires creative output it can be truly devastating to hit one of these mental roadblocks. Obviously everyone can’t drop what they’re doing and embark on a year-long path to get their creativity flowing again. Luckily, inspiration isn’t about waiting for your muse to show up – it’s about stoking the creative fires already within you. If often takes just a bit of lateral motion to change your perspective. Suddenly the ideas are flowing again.
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Innovation 101

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The d.school's founder, IDEO's David Kelley, believes that everyone has the capacity to innovate. They just need to change the way they behave.
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Threadless Tests Out T-Shirt Vending Machines - DesignTAXI.com

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Evolution and Innovation

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George Dyson grew up around the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, built kayaks in Canada and began to think about the internet before personal computers were a household staple.
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Innovating Policy with Creativity and Social Sciences - Core77

Innovating Policy with Creativity and Social Sciences - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

 

Today's global financial and social crises demand innovation not only in public services, but within the whole bureaucratic, administrative system of public governance. In order to respond effectively to a changing context of complexity and uncertainty, governments and other public service organisations need to consider innovating the processes and practices of public policy itself.

 

There is a consistent need for actively bringing creative processes into policymaking and focusing more on creating valuable outcomes for citizens than only on projected and programmed outputs. Yet innovation introduces a different way of knowing (or not knowing), exploring and planning into governance which create tensions with the status quo.

 

This paper by Nesta (UK) and MindLab (Denmark) aims to frame the discussion between policymakers, researchers and practitioners around the dilemmas and challenges involved in developing policymaking practices that can respond productively to the current crisis, state of uncertainty and wicked character of public problems. This creates the need for exploring and establishing new principles of decision making inspired by digital technology, social sciences, scientific experimentation and the creative arts in order to frame different possibilities and expectations of what governments can and should achieve.

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Design Research versus Technology and Meaning Change: A Review |

Recently, a paper was published by Professors Don Norman and Roberto Verganti on the subject of ‘Incremental and Radical Innovation’. The paper consists of a conversation between the two design thinkers upon the role of design research as a driver of innovation. Despite their varied backgrounds, both had similar arguments on the dimensions of design-driven research versus human-centric research and its effect on the interpretation of meanings. Don Norman, in one of his other papers titled ‘Technology first, needs last‘, mentions that despite the genius of many inventors, designers and tinkerers, most products arrive in the market only to fail enormously. As a consequence, he discusses the role of design research as a tool that builds on the skill of understanding the market, technology, design and the user–to gauge the best path for product innovation.

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Wanted: pioneers - comment - TES

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FE Colleges used to be like the Wild West. After the pioneers blazed new trails, settlers behind them would ask, "Is it safe yet?" When the pioneers said it was, the settlers would follow, benefiting from the pioneers' risk taking. But futurist Joel Barker thinks that in the 21st century, settlers will be at the highest risk. When the followers ask, "Is it safe out there?", the pioneers will reply, "Sure, but there's nothing left for you."

 

The Association of Colleges, too, if its current conference programme is any indication, seems uninterested in what Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of the Open University, calls a "growing crisis of relevance in our colleges". Interestingly, the Open University's £12 million, Department for Education-funded teacher CPD project, Vital, is raising the skill levels of schoolteachers. But FE colleges are not allowed access to the resources. So why isn't the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) doing the same for colleges?

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Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things

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This post is about innovation. But before we get started, imagine the produce area in your local supermarket. Were you able to do it? That seems like a strange question to ask. Of course you could.

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Questioning the question

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As the director of Design-Led Innovation at Philips Design, Clive van Heerden is working to bring designers into the process of technological development.

 

Van Heerden takes issue with the fact that design is almost exclusively seen to be about beautification, rather than being acknowledged for its transformative powers. He believes that design needs to be brought into the technical research lab to help change the innovation process. “We use artists and designers from the most unlikely disciplines because they all bring different ideas and processes to the task. This helps to turn methodological tension into creative tension.”

 

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Humans: Why They Triumphed | The Creativity Post

Humans: Why They Triumphed | The Creativity Post | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
How did one ape 45,000 years ago happen to turn into a planet dominator?

 

The answer lies in a new idea, borrowed from economics, known as collective intelligence: the notion that what determines the inventiveness and rate of cultural change of a population is the amount of interaction between individuals. Even as it explains very old patterns in prehistory, this idea holds out hope that the human race will prosper mightily in the years ahead—because ideas are having sex with each other as never before.

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FutureLab - innovation in education

FutureLab - innovation in education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Futurelab aims to inspire, challenge and engage all young people in rich and rewarding learning experiences that will equip them with the essential skills and attitudes for life, learning and work in the 21st Century.

We do this by making the most of new approaches to learning and through the innovative use of technology.

We take evidence of what works and turn it into practical tools and services to help teachers, schools and policy makers provide the best possible learning for young people.

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Some interesting ideas, but slightly slightly wooly feel to whole thing. Not sure that I get it!
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Innovate on Purpose: Why Prototyping is integral to innovation

Innovate on Purpose: Why Prototyping is integral to innovation | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I think a prototype is worth a thousand ideas. Most ideas originate as a few words on a page, or a nascent concept in one person's head. Developing a physical prototype or representation of the idea will spawn new ideas and new insights.

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Wake Up Brain! Warm-up exercises for brainstorming

A deck to compliment one of our blog posts: http://www.ethos3.com/2010/01/5-presentation-brainstorming-warm-ups/...
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