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It's official: Creativity drives business results.

It's official: Creativity drives business results. | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Adobe finds: Companies that foster creativity are 3.5 times more likely to achieve revenue growth of 10% or more than their peers 3.5 to 1.
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World Creativity and Innovation Week is April 15 - 21.  Great time to launch a new program infusing creativity into day-to-day work.

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Creative teaching gives students 'hero moments'

Creative teaching gives students 'hero moments' | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
A new teaching method is allowing each student a chance to shine.
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Moving away from reading and writing to doing. Check it out. Perhaps an experiment to launch during or pitch during WCIW April 15-21?
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We See Men As More Creative, And That's A Big Problem For Women

We See Men As More Creative, And That's A Big Problem For Women | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Stereotypes prevail according to a study at Duke University about gender differences and creativity.
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This is important. Creativity is not about gender, really, is it?
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Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

We all have the potential to be curious, given the right conditions.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 12, 2015 7:47 AM

According to the 2015 PwC survey, including responses from more than a thousand CEOs, a number cited “curiosity” and “open-mindedness” as leadership traits that are becoming increasingly critical in challenging times.

Michelle Cubas's curator insight, September 24, 2015 4:45 PM

A key coaching element is to remain curious when working with clients. This is a tip for leaders who want to remain present as well. Rather than preparing a thought to make a comment, being curious about others is a tremendous fact-finding tool. Use this while networking also—It puts the emphasis on the other person & reduces personal anxiety. Go for it!

Cécile Lemoine's curator insight, October 3, 2015 3:31 AM

Cela a toujours été vrai, mais le défi de la curiosité est plus grand aujourd'hui avec un accès à une telle multitude de domaines... Une compétence clé est aussi la vision systémique pour faire des liens inédits entre des domaines différents.

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Creative Quotes

Creative Quotes | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Creativity quotes from great people. Creative Quotes.
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Which are your favourite creativity quotes? Which are missing from this listing?
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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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Using Pictionary to Study Creativity and the Brain

Using Pictionary to Study Creativity and the Brain | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Researchers at Stanford are trying to see what parts of the brain underlie creativity.
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5 Common Myths about Creativity

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.

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


Wondering, what other pushbacks or objections have you had in the past?

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The Creative Power of Meeting Eyeball to Eyeball

The Creative Power of Meeting Eyeball to Eyeball | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

The subtleties of in-person interaction are critical ... to creativity. A team of researchers from two U.S. universities and three European universities studied interactions within several teams at the University of Cologne that were trying to find new methods of prediction and analysis in psychology, economics, computer science and other fields; independent raters judged the creativity and quality of the teams’ ideas.

Understanding group creativity is increasingly important as more organizational problem solving gets done by teams rather than individuals; when Oxford Economics asked major employers to name the skills they want most in employees, “co-creativity and brainstorming” ranked near the top.

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The main reason Google serves its employees gourmet food for free is to make sure they’ll go to the cafeterias, where they’ll meet randomly in person. Google even measures the time spent waiting in line; three to four minutes is optimal.


Read this article.  Worth it!

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The Bloomberg Job Skills Report: What Recruiters Really Want

A survey of recruiters reveals the most sought-after skills in business, and where to get them.
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The less common and more desired skills employers want include: strategic thinking, creative problem solving, leadership and communication.  Wouldn't it be great to use World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21 to strengthen these qualities among students and staff?

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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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