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Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 1)

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 1) | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Is everyone creative? Sure they are but in very different ways and to varying degrees.
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Great suggestions for enlivening creativity through connection making as you gear up to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21
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Popular claims of a genetic link between creativity and psychosis often exaggerated | Genetic Literacy Project

Popular claims of a genetic link between creativity and psychosis often exaggerated | Genetic Literacy Project | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
For some, the mystery that surrounds creativity is at least partially rooted in the concept of the "mad genius," a theory that links creativity with conditions
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Good short creativity video.  Worth the four-minute watch.

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Schooling with #Creativity

Schooling with #Creativity | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
As a matter of fact, the Indian education system overvalues memorisation over innovation and originality is its biggest limitation. Memorising material simply may help students score good marks in exams, but it can’t teach them the skills they require to confront real world challenges.
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A case for using creativity thinking in schools.
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'Six Degrees Of Innovation'; The Six Business Model Features Companies Need To Innovate

'Six Degrees Of Innovation'; The Six Business Model Features Companies Need To Innovate | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

Six Degrees of Innovation, are:

  • Tailor-made products and services that meet customers' individual needs; such as downloading personalized apps to a mobile phone.
  • Sustainability; where companies minimize waste and manage resource costs.
  • Jointly owned assets; such as peer-to-peer businesses.
  • Only paying for service that is used; such as car-share companies.
  • Effective monitoring of supply chains; such as businesses which use handheld tracking systems to better monitor their operations.
  • Using data to easily adapt to customer needs; such as clothing companies that can quickly produce new designs to meet fashion trends
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Six degrees of innovation... do you agree with these?

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The Companies Where Millennials Want to Work the Most

The Companies Where Millennials Want to Work the Most | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
If you want to attract the largest generation in history to work at your company, you're going to have to give them two things: a sense of purpose and the ability to innovate.
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Imagine capturing that spirit during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21.

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The Dirty Secret Behind Real Innovation: How Our Urge To Play Invented The Future

The Dirty Secret Behind Real Innovation: How Our Urge To Play Invented The Future | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
if you peer under the hood of human innovation, the urge to play is often the first driver one encounters.
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Is there more plans for play in your future?

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Students explore creativity in all majors

Students explore creativity in all majors | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Chelsie Snow, owner of Bricolage and instructor of Creative Bootcamp, an 8-week program on how to wield creativity, believes all majors are creative.
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A good example to consider in all schools, no?

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Creativity Predicts a Longer Life

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
The trait of openness improves health through creativity
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"...openness, which measures cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, has emerged as a lifelong protective factor. The linchpin seems to be the creativity associated with the personality trait—creative thinking reduces stress and keeps the brain healthy." 


All the more reason to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, no?

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PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel urges student innovation

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel urges student innovation | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
“Every moment in the history of business and technology happens only once,” he said. “The next [Mark] Zuckerberg won’t be in social media and the next Bill Gates won’t be designing operating systems.”
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What would it look like for student innovation to occur in every discipline?  Should innovation be supported as a core course for all undergrads?

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7 Tips To Use Learners' Creativity In eLearning - eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Use Learners' Creativity In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
How can you use your Learners’ Creativity when developing eLearning? Check 7 Tips To Use Your Learners' Creativity In eLearning Design and Development.

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College of Fine Arts enhances creativity in students – Vidette Online

College of Fine Arts enhances creativity in students – Vidette Online | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay found that skills gained through even the smallest of fine arts courses can make a big difference in students. Aside from helping students work on skills like promptness, understanding and collaboration, the arts also help students gain confidence in public speaking.

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Wales commits to creative education #wciw

Wales commits to creative education #wciw | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
The Welsh Government and the Arts Council have joined forces in a national schools initiative that will embed the arts and creativity into the curriculum with a view to driving up educational attainment levels, particularly among disadvantaged students.
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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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The Future of Work

The Future of Work | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
According to academic entrepreneur & strategist Heather McGowan, a focus on certainty over creativity is coming at our peril.
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"Unless we shift dramatically back towards inclusion of creative pursuits, we are educating our people to compete with robots and not training and developing those skills that humans have generally performed better or to the exclusion of robots such as pattern recognition."

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Humans need not apply - Aeon Video

Humans need not apply - Aeon Video | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
We’ve built robots to help us do lots of things, but what is the future of work when the robots find they’re better than us at everything?
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Watch this 15-minute video.  What do you perceive the challenges are? How might you leverage WCIW April 15 - 21 to advance your thinking and acting?

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Are we heading for a mass "sixth extinction" event? — We Are Already in the Middle of the Sixth Extinction by Erik Loomis — Aeon Ideas

Are we heading for a mass "sixth extinction" event? — We Are Already in the Middle of the Sixth Extinction by Erik Loomis — Aeon Ideas | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
We are already in the middle of the Sixth Extinction. Perhaps it began around 10,000 years ago with the end of the Pleistocene Era. As people migrated into the middle of the North American continent for the first time with the end of the last ice ...
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Good reason to stir creative embers and encourage people to use new ideas and approaches, make new decisions and take new actions... and to use World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21 as a catalyst.  Join in.


“We could have saved The Planet but, we were too damned lazy.”

-Kurt Vonnegut 

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Is the 'App Mentality' Killing Students' Creativity? -- THE Journal

Is the 'App Mentality' Killing Students' Creativity? -- THE Journal | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
According to authors Katie Davis and Howard Gardner, today's students view their lives as a string of ordered apps. Does this mindset help or hurt their ability to think creatively?
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What are your thoughts?

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The creativity crisis – discover how structured learning is impacting on children - The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog

The creativity crisis – discover how structured learning is impacting on children - The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

Teachers have discovered that structured learning may actually be dampening our children’s natural creativity. With students expected to follow strict structures and boundaries, rather than follow more open, unstructured and creative learning methods that are required in the real world.

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Could creativity preserve your memory?

Could creativity preserve your memory? | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

Pursuing creative passions and favorite activities into old age could preserve your mind

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Researchers discovered that people who engaged in artistic activities, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, in both middle and old age were 73% less likely to have memory and thinking problems, such as mild cognitive Impairment, that lead to dementia.

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Samsung Implements Flexible Work Hours to Bolster Employee Creativity and Efficiency | Androidheadlines.com #wciw

Samsung Implements Flexible Work Hours to Bolster Employee Creativity and Efficiency | Androidheadlines.com #wciw | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Flexible work schedules have always attracted employees as they can allow them to balance their work and home lives from a schedule that they can create. 
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The new implementation allows much more freedom in coming and going, with a few restrictions, of course – first, the must work at least four hours per day between 6 am and 10 pm – secondly, they must meet a mandatory 40 hours per week.  An official PR person from Samsung said, “The new system that allows more independence and flexibility in choosing working hours is part of Samsung’s continued efforts to help each member work more efficiently and creatively under the slogan ‘Work Smart, Think Hard, Build Trust.’”

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Thoughts on creativity and innovation - The Nation

Thoughts on creativity and innovation - The Nation | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Students across the globe have much untapped |potential for creativity. A major challenge for educators of the 21st century is to enable our students to fully realise their creative potential.
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Good rationale, pulling from contemporary writers, about the value and need for creativity thinking.

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The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Why can't we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected?
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Looking forward to participating in #hopedecoded on March 27 @banffcentreLet's inspire hope during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
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Western News - Give creativity time and space in your life

Western News - Give creativity time and space in your life | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
“ For Emma Donoghue, it comes down to building, and then flexing, creative muscles. Among the panelists in the upcoming The Walrus Talks Creativity event, Donoghue believes, above all, enthusiasm precedes...”
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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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