One of the many paradoxes of human creativity is that it seems to benefit from constraints. Although we imagine the imagination as requiring total freedom, the reality of the creative process is that it’s often entangled with strict conventions and formal requirements
Many people believe creativity cannot be taught. If that's true, then why is Dr. Tina Seelig's course on creativity and innovation one of the most popular classes at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, aka the "d.school"?
In the book inGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity, Ms. Seelig "has neatly distilled her over 12 years of teaching creativity at Stanford into a compelling framework she calls the Innovation Engine." The Innovation Engine explains how creativity is generated on the inside (knowledge, imagination, attitude) and how it is influenced by the outside world (resources, habitats, and culture).
The image of the 'creative type' is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague's desk might be the key to your next big idea. From Imagine: How Creativity Works.
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