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The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble

The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Taking a risk by pointing Hubble in the direction of a starless black space, scientists ended up capturing one of the most profound images in history.
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The value of curiosity is beautifully demonstrated in this simple awe inspiring video. Thanks to Jay Aquilanti for the link.
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Meet Your Future Memory, The Internet

Meet Your Future Memory, The Internet | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Wearable technology could help provide a nearperfect memory of your life. But that might not be a good thing.
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Imagine relieving yourself from having to remember numbers, places, names, etc. What effect if any do you feel this might have on people's creativity?
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So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management

So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Here are five levels and types of creativity, from the easiest to the most difficult to master.
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Not sure I agree with the authors levels of creativity. Still there's a lot of value reviewing the five kinds of creativity listed to reawaken your awareness of another approach to add to what is already working for you.
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Brigitte Roujol's curator insight, September 14, 2013 2:47 PM

Comme Marci segal, je ne suis pas très convaincue par cette typologie.

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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Will the way that people feel and interact be important measures moving forward?
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» What Drives Creativity? - Psych Central News

» What Drives Creativity? - Psych Central News | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Understanding creativity has been a goal of philosophers and scientists for several millenniums. Prevailing approaches to individual and group creativity
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Investigators believe their findings suggest an individual’s social group plays a strong role in the creative process as the group not only encourages originality but also determines how an individual’s creative efforts will be appreciated.

 

The research is published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.

 

Results from the study suggests a person’s social identity is both the beginning and end of the creative process.

 

That is, a shared social identity (or lack of it) motivates individuals to rise to particular creative challenges and provides a basis for certain forms of creativity to be recognized (or disregarded).

 

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Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk

Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
If you feel like you know “how creativity REALLY works” don’t read this article – it might kill your vibe.
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A nice step back from all the creativity-hype.  No empty calories here.

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25 Ways to Be More Creative

25 Ways to Be More Creative | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.
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Keith Sawyers new book is reviewed here. Lists many techniques for creative thinking. See how many of these you already know and use.
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30 Examples of Clever Packaging

30 Examples of Clever Packaging | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it

The packaging on these products is inspirational.  Need a little break from your routine?  Take a look at these.

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Fresh package design ideas - a great collection to leaf through for inspiration, to break out of the box.  Thanks to Kimberly March Huffman for the link.

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School is a prison — and damaging our kids

School is a prison — and damaging our kids | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work
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"I have spent much of my research career studying how children learn. Children come into the world beautifully designed to direct their own education. They are endowed by nature with powerful educative instincts, including curiosity, playfulness, sociability, attentiveness to the activities around them, desire to grow up and desire to do what older children and adults can do. The evidence for all this as it applies to little children lies before the eyes of anyone who has watched a child grow from birth up to school age. Through their own efforts, children learn to walk, run, jump and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm and ask questions. Through questioning and exploring, they acquire an enormous amount of knowledge about the physical and social world around them, and in their play, they practice skills that promote their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. They do all this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything. This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children turn 5 or 6. We turn it off with our coercive system of schooling. The biggest, most enduring lesson of our system of schooling is that learning is work, to be avoided when possible." Thanks for this link John Cabra.
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Study techniques that work — and (surprisingly) don’t

Study techniques that work — and (surprisingly) don’t | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Is cramming before a test better than not studying at all? Is underlining material a good way to retain information? The answers may surprise you.
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Wouldn't it be great if students knew this?

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KWHirsh's comment, September 5, 2013 11:47 PM
Thanks for posting this, Marci. Important work with implications for all learning environments, not just our schools.
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Slowing the work treadmill

Slowing the work treadmill | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile compares much of work life to running on a treadmill.
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"To work creatively, people “have to feel like they’re on a mission. They have to understand why it’s important to get it done now; otherwise, it’s like a death march. Meaningfulness is important, as is understanding the urgency, buying into it, and being able to focus.” Managers can support these factors, thereby nurturing employees’ intrinsic motivation when time pressure is unavoidable."

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The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in every decision, two forces are loudly asserting their dominance: creativity and profitability.
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Even though the language is competitive and militaristic, good content to consider: Context. Standards. Trust. Momentum.

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SLÖJD - Designing Solutions to Foster Creativity in Education

No Right Brain Left Behind and verynice invited nine multidisciplinary designers to work together for 6 days on developing a prototype to enhance creativity in schools.…
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Nifty video showing designers creating education in creativity for people in 9th grade. They are now looking for volunteers and interns for our L.A. office. What we offer are opportunities to work with groundbreaking stuff and smart people at cutting edge organizations. In exchange, we'd like to expect certain amounts of dedication, mainly in form of 10-20 hourly commitments per week. If you, or anyone you know comes with a background and skills in design, education, or admin work - give us a shout here! They''d love to hear from you.http://www.good.is/posts/innovation-is-dead-long-live-innovation

 

orightbrainleftbehind  Check it out!

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Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.
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The purpose? To program machines, of course. Will our creative freedoms be further restricted or enabled by this? "Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively," said Alex Schlegel, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. "Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines."
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You Are a Genius: 5 Steps to Creative Freedom

You Are a Genius: 5 Steps to Creative Freedom | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
There are genius nurses, genius firemen, genius parents and genius accountants. Genius relates to the how even more than to the what.
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Here's another list of qualities associated with creativity. All good. Have you found the ones that match your personality yet? No? Well then, let's keep looking. Am happy to help.
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The Case for Teaching Entrepreneurship in High School

The Case for Teaching Entrepreneurship in High School | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
A nonprofit group that teaches business skills in low-income schools says its programs lead participants to graduate and attain higher degrees
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With the lack of jobs on the horizon, and more innovation incubators entering communities, it would be helpful to provide these skills to everyone as a basic literacy.  My two cents?  Make sure student's capacities for generating new ideas, making new decisions and taking new actions is supported and encouraged.

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MediaPost Publications Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard 09/11/2013

MediaPost Publications Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard 09/11/2013 | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard - 09/11/2013
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Are you feeling it too? The exponential growth of 3-dimensional education?
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How to KILL Creativity!

How to KILL Creativity! | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
8 You might not know this... 8 BUT, there's a reason why I have never invited Bill Gates to do a guest-post on the 'ole blog: OK - there's more than ONE! 8 However, I think not having a clue about ...
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Delightlfully presented argument with visuals and thought bubbles, about creativity in education - a must see.  Will spark your thinking, guaranteed.

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Susan Einhorn's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:13 PM
Creatively presented. Worth checking out other links on the site, too.
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Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared some questionable advice on how to become successful at work: Don't go to the bathroom.
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If you don't take breaks there's a chance your creative ideas will stay submerged. Here are some famous folk and their practices for flashes of insight.
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What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works

What Is Creativity? Cultural Icons on What Ideation Is and How It Works | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Bradbury, Eames, Angelou, Gladwell, Einstein, Byrne, Duchamp, Close, Sendak, and more. "Creativity" is one of those grab-bag terms, like
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Everyone has a personal understanding of creativity - be it visceral, intellectual, or spiritual. This collection of quotes shows differences of experience of creativity among famous people and all of them are correct. Two questions for you. 1- what is your personal understanding of creativity? 2 - what are the threads that run though the definitions shared in this blogpost?
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15 Famous Quotes on Creativity

15 Famous Quotes on Creativity | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
    The Sifter spent last night poring over hundreds of famous and inspirational quotes on creativity. Below is a collection of our 15 favourites. Let us know which ones resonate with you...
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There's something for everyone here - Everyone!  Thanks for the link Gregg Fraley.

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Teresa Amabile and Daniel Goleman: How managers can support creativity at work

What can a manager do to optimize team creativity? And what do they do commonly that squelches it? Daniel Goleman spoke with Harvard's Teresa Amabile for his...
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Synergetic Management's curator insight, September 6, 2013 3:30 PM

The importance of WINS -- underestimate these at your peril.

 

This has TWO big implications:

 

1) people undertaking new roles and new tasks need some "quick wins" to build confidence and get their confidence into gear. This is often overlooked by managers who prefer "baptism by fire", then wonder why their people are so "burnt-out". Corny, but true.

 

HOW CAN I USE THIS? Ensure anyone under your wing that is starting new in the company, new roles, or new projects / assignments gets a chance to get a few quick wins under their belt. This even may need to be orchestrated on their behalf, but please never make it phony.
(E.g. ensure those who will be called will pay more-than-usual attention to the request for assistance that will come...)

 

2) everyone can use this principle at any time, but it works best when applied to MEANINGFUL work. Sorting out one's desk drawers vs. fixing a long-standing issue with a major customer will generate quite different levels of "feel good" endorphins (or whatever gets generated), hence quite different amounts of lift.

 

HOW CAN I USE THIS? The key here is in doing MEANINGFUL work -- this is one of the 4 keys to powerful intrinsic motivation. This is why the modern tendency keeping everyone so busy is a trap, as meaningful work often takes more time and energy than simply doing busy work.

 

(Hint to see if it is meaningful:
Is it being measured?
Does it contribute to the organizations results, i.e. the bottom line?
2 Yes = meaningful,
1 Yes = marginal or a poorly designed metrics-tracking system,
0 Yes = trivial work)

 

(2nd hint: creative work takes more time than routine work; so if your staff seemed to have suddenly slowed down, take a minute before you react to check to see if maybe they are trying to solve a deep, meaningful problem which will take time and energy. You just might be surprized at their initiative!)

 

T Mc

 

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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
How to master the beautiful osmosis of conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, deliberate and serendipitous.
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Learning Graham Wallas' four stage process for creativity, preparation, incubation, illumination and verification back in the day hugely influenced my appreciation of my own creative process. Also made some solid theoretical connections to it and psychological type. Thanks to John Cabra for this link.
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Marci Segal, MS's comment, August 29, 2013 5:21 PM
Hmmm - not familiar with the model - does it work for you?
KWHirsh's comment, August 30, 2013 12:53 AM
They have a cycle that begins with SJ, moves to SP, then to NJ and finally to NP. I don't have the book in front of me to see the names that they give to these parts of the cycle unfortunately.
Marci Segal, MS's comment, September 6, 2013 10:40 AM
Interesting - must get a hold of their model. Doesn't ring true with me from my experience working with people using type as a creativity expert. Will think it through. Interesting point of view.
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How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus On The Origin of Species.
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Simple reminders to keep a fresh perspective to seed new thinking.
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Coursera

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https://www.coursera.org/course/cic

Creativity, Innovation and Change

With Drs. Jack Matcon, Darrell Velogol and Kathryn Jablokow.

Explore your unique brand of creativity to gain deeper personal insight. Learn and apply new techniques to make innovative contributions in your own world. Solve complex problems and drive change creatively.

Workload: 6-8 hours/week
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his course empowers learners to develop their creative human potential to improve, enhance, and transform  their businesses, communities, and personal lives. Processes like Intelligent Fast Failure will teach you rapid prototyping skills, while the Adaption-Innovation creative style spectrum will help you understand how and why your ideas are unique - and how you can work better with others to solve complex problems.

 

Personal reflection tools like CENTER add a character development dimension to the course that is an important first step towards unlocking your creative potential. Along the way, you will engage with a rich set of tools, exercises, and metrics in order to understand these concepts and how they impact the development of your creative life and career.

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