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Neuroscientists try to unlock the origins of creativity

Neuroscientists try to unlock the origins of creativity | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Researchers looking at how the brain mutes the inner critic to allow ideas to flourish
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Forget right brain/left brain.

 

"The consensus is creativity is a big muddled mess," said Rex Jung, a brain scientist at the University of New Mexico. But the research has at least debunked the myth that the right side of the brain is the creative side, he says. It has also shown the importance of the frontal lobes.

 

"The standard model for creativity is you need to bring all the different concepts you are thinking and manipulate them and fuse them into new concepts," Dr. Vartanian said. "We tend to think the frontal lobes are heavily involved in this."

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Education systems in the region are stifling children’s creativity

Education systems in the region are stifling children’s creativity | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Dubai: Universities and schools in the region are stifling children’s creativity, a new study commissioned by Dubai Knowledge Village has found.

A whooping 73 per cent of the 5,891 respondents, who were surveyed in a poll, agreed that creativity is currently being restricted by the education system in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
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The survey also stressed the need of creativity in the work force, with 89 per cent saying that creative thinking and related skill sets are very important for getting a job in today’s market.

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Collaboration leads to innovative idea

Collaboration leads to innovative idea | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Northern College and a Timmins-based forestry service have collaborated in developing an automated machine which packs bags of split firewood.
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Another example of a diversity partnership yielding new products.

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The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development | LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies

The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development | LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

The main purpose of the 50 Breakthroughs study is to identify where game-changing technologies are most required. The study's main objectives are to:

  1. Foster a thought-provoking conversation about the role of technology in solving the world's most pressing problems, and focus effort on the breakthroughs that really matter.
  2. Provide contextual background for technologists, so that they can determine how their work can address these critical challenges.
  3. Provide decision-makers a guide to asking the hard--but important--questions.

In this study, we consulted with a large number of experts, but not all of them agree with our conclusions. We are certain that new evidence will disprove some of our conclusions and analyses. Still, we are sharing our findings because the problems we all seek to address require urgent action, and we can't wait for perfect data.

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Reading this report absolutely qualifies as a WCIW 2015 activity, on the proviso that you take some action as a result.  Game?

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Creativity and Innovation Minor | Cornerstone University

Creativity and Innovation Minor | Cornerstone University | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Providing a curriculum that is both theoretically sound and pragmatic, a minor in Creativity and Innovation will help you discover your vital role as a creative cultivator and serve as an ideal complement to enhance your life, talents, and career. Courses will place emphasis on cultivating creative habits, developing talents, practicing innovative processes, and studying current research.
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Higher Education program offering in Creativity and Innovation as an undergraduate minor.

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Eskom's funding black hole: It's time to get creative

Eskom's funding black hole: It's time to get creative | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Now that the ANC has made it clear that it won't support a bill that would have resulted in the wholesale restructuring of the energy sector, including a far greater role in the provision of power for the private sector and a lesser role for Eskom, creative new ways have to be found to fill the power utility's funding black hole.
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Creativity sought for power utility funding in South Africa.

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As Innovation Lags, Taiwan to Retool University Entrance Exams

As Innovation Lags, Taiwan to Retool University Entrance Exams | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

To improve the country’s prospects for innovation, the Ministry of Education will roll out a new screening process for university students so top schools can accept more enterprising people. The new system, effective from 2018, will include personal interviews and let high school graduates show they excelled outside class, not just memorized material as taught.

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Innovation Magazine and the Birth of a Buzzword - IEEE Spectrum

Innovation Magazine and the Birth of a Buzzword - IEEE Spectrum | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Today's technoculture of entrepreneurship and creative problem solving owes much to this 1960s magazine
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This article gives an historic overview.  Possible other sources also contributed to the growth of innovation today...


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Understanding the secret to sustaining creativity in Saudi Arabia

Understanding the secret to sustaining creativity in Saudi Arabia | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
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A story about the message of creativity one speaker from the US is delivering to students in Saudi Arabia.  I'm wondering about potential cultural differences between the speaker and the students.  Your opinion?

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The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership

The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
By David Slocum To speak of a creative leader, or manager, is for some a paradox: creativity is chaotic and unrestrained while leadership is orderly and controlling, and setting the two together makes for an uneasy, potentially volatile combination. It was not always thus. A century ago, as businessmen entered the 20th [...]
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The last two decades have seen nearly all businesses embrace innovation and creativity as central missions, at least at a high level, with leaders expected to serve as imaginative guides. But more and more, creative production and excellence have become collective affairs with attention to the effectiveness of collaboration throughout businesses.

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Painting by numbers: getting creative with environmental data

Painting by numbers: getting creative with environmental data | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

We are certain that creativity is key to unlocking the mysteries of data and making it more tangible. A group of artists, technologists, designers and data experts were brought together to rethink, experiment and prototype solutions using environmental data gathered by our tools. Together, we’ve been exploring how to communicate the stories that environmental data has to tell us and influence meaningful change.  Julie’s Bicycle has the world’s largest set of environmental data tools associated with the cultural sector via their Creative Industry Green carbon calculator tools 

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Worth a look.  Definitely.

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How to Empower Students to Create Change

How to Empower Students to Create Change | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
In this Edudemic article, Leigh Ann Whittle explores strategies for inspiring students to create change in their lives, and the lives of others.
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What disruptive innovation means

The theory of disruptive innovation was invented by Clayton Christensen, of Harvard Business School, in his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Mr Christensen used the term to describe innovations that create new markets by discovering new categories of customers. They do this partly by harnessing new technologies but also by developing new business models and exploiting old technologies in new ways. He contrasted disruptive innovation with sustaining innovation, which simply improves existing products


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How To Get Creative At Work

How To Get Creative At Work | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
  Creativity is often translated to working in a certain industry like advertising, acting or writing. The fact is, being creative stretches across any and all professions. Thinking creatively...

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Teaching creativity: born that way or waiting for the muse?

Teaching creativity: born that way or waiting for the muse? | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

"What I’ve come to understand is that teaching creativity is not about dishing out a set of instructions how to do it, but much more about helping students to identify the kinds of situations or conditions they need for this receptiveness to occur."

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Professor explains how she helps students get beyond the 18th century Romantic view of the artist as a genius, one of a kind, a great original, and into their own creative space.  Good read for everyone, even those not in the arts.

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Innovation Is Vital for Your Organization's Survival: 10 Must-Learn Lessons From Sir Ken Robinson

Innovation Is Vital for Your Organization's Survival: 10 Must-Learn Lessons From Sir Ken Robinson | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

Innovation is critical to both the success and the survival of organizations, and imagination is the spark that fuels it, Sir Ken argues. 

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A good list of reasons to engage in World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21 this year. Thank you Sir Ken.  The link leads to his 90-minute presentation to marketing professors on the nature of innovation in organizations.

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Creativity brews in one man's garage

Creativity brews in one man's garage | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
The sound of laughter and cheerful conversation flowed from the garage of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo resident, Bob Schaffeld. It appears like any garage until the door swings open, and the smell of barley and hops wafts through the air; instantly your sense of smell comes to one conclusion — beer. This isn't an ordinary man cave; it’s a place where creativity brews.
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An example of passion led creativity and innovation in US Navy.  Lesson in perseverance.

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Two bouts of creativity boost Orbite Aluminae's balance sheet

Two bouts of creativity boost Orbite Aluminae's balance sheet | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

A company with no revenue that is building a state-of-the-art facility needs to be creative in what it offers the market. Investors have to buy into the concept and the belief that management has the has the wherewithal to implement the plan."

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Another discipline seeking creativity: finance.

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Milking the opportunity: €35m for two dairy innovation centres

Milking the opportunity: €35m for two dairy innovation centres | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Investment by Government and industry to position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour

Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about!
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Genius hour. Brilliant! What a great practice to start during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21!
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Creativity depends on where you are from

Creativity depends on where you are from | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Montreal, Jan 28 (IANS) When it comes to the creative juices, some people have a faster flow than others as creativity is closely tied to culture, new research at the Concordia University has found. The study compared nearly 300 individuals from Taiwan, a collectivist society, and Canada, a more individualistic country. They also displayed greater overconfidence,"said Gad Saad, professor at Concordia's John Molson School of Business. When it came to the quality of ideas produced, the collectivis
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We need creative teaching to teach creativity

We need creative teaching to teach creativity | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Whether or not creativity can be taught is still a contested question, though it really shouldn’t be.
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Creativity = new ideas, new decisions, new actions.  Think that can be taught?

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Student debt crushes innovation: College president

Student debt crushes innovation: College president | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Lost entrepreneurship and innovation from debt-ridden college graduates hurt the U.S. economy, a university president said.
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The Hard Work of Invention

Isaacson, the author of definitive biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, finds that brilliant ideas invariably have a history, and that brilliant innovators are people who know how to build on the work of others to turn ideas into reality. As he puts it, “Only in storybooks do inventions come like a thunderbolt.” The Innovators repeatedly shows that coming up with breakthrough ideas is the easy part of innovation. The hard part? Turning those ideas into advances that are practical to implement—practical not only technically, but also commercially. Doing so, Isaacson emphasizes, requires not just an idea, but an ecosystem.
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Why Do Good Ideas Fail? This Diagram Explains

Why Do Good Ideas Fail? This Diagram Explains | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Management thinking is in a rut.  This is a harsh thing to say, but it must be said.  Despite all the great brainpower being applied, the field of management is failing to provide the empirical, grounded, actionable guidance that organizations require in today’s economy. Most of what passes for novel thinking [...]
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Appreciate the polarities of pressure for innovation.  Good think piece.

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Developing Creativity And Innovation Through Education

Developing Creativity And Innovation Through Education | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
What type of education and teachers do we need to ensure that today's children develop the creativity and innovation skills they need to take over world?

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