Dave Hoffer of Frog Design shares some insights on creativity and Shaking up habits through disruptive realism
Think Jar Collective's insight:
This is a cool video from the innovative design firm Frog Design. In the vid Dave Hoffer shares some examples of “disruptive realism” on the street and how it might cause people to get unstuck from rigid thought patterns. Disruptive realism is like experiencing something unexpected that causes you to think in new ways. This is relevant to creativity because one thing that holds us back from relevant creative solutions is when we keep looking at the world the same old way. We need to seek out things that ‘jar’ our perspective so fresh ideas and new creative connections can be built.
This article explores some effective practices that will support teams engaged in a collaborative creative process.
The convergent/critical thinking phase is the area where there is the biggest danger of stifling creativity, and throwing wet blankets on people’s creative fire. In the convergent thinking phase, even though we may accept that an idea we had is not relevant, when our ideas are criticized it can easily feel like a wet blanket was thrown on our creative enthusiasm and can deeply stifle future creativity and possible innovation. Giving critique in the wrong way can damage trust, relationships, and ruin an emerging creative organizational culture.
To loosen up mental habits and playfully spark creativity, plant this book in a key bumping space in your organization.
This has been on our coffee table in our family home for a while and has been a great source of creativity, connection and humor. My kids love to draw in it… and so do I. The drawings will be awesome to look back on in 10 to 20 years.
I’m about to sneak a fresh copy into the reception area of the organization I work with. This is a simple tool that people can engage either through drawing in it or looking at other peoples drawings. In addition to the natural humor and community building the tool will bring, it will get people into a different mode of thinking.
An important skill to develop to enhance thinking creatively is to be able to link disparate ideas. Often this is called associational thinking. Creative people see links where most see empty gaps. It’s important to know that if you feel you lack this skill of associational thinking, it is not magic and can be developed by anyone with practice.
This area is a collection of videos of creative people in all kinds of disciplines, we will add new ones regularly. As you check them out, reflect on what kinds of links or insights to the challenges and questions you are working on there might be.
In this Link you’ll find a great resource for applying design thinking to a challenge you are working on. You’ll not only learn about design thinking and how it can be used in many fields, but also you’ll be provided with tangible tools you can go out and apply.
Think Jar Collective contributor and creativity expert Michael Michalko shares his insights on what we don't learn about creativity in the school system.
Think Jar Collective's insight:
We learn about great ideas and we learn the names of the creative geniuses who created them, but we are seldom taught about how they got the ideas. My teachers focused on their discoveries rather than on the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behavior and beliefs that enabled creative geniuses to be capable of looking at the same things as the rest of us and seeing something different.
Following are twelve things about creative thinking that I learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking that I wished I had been taught when I was a student but was not.
The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection is quite thought provoking and has gotten me thinking about all kinds of links between empathy and creativity.In the video, philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life. Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life. I was struck by the video because I think there is something in the zeitgeist these days that highlights the importance of empathy for creating.
(studies show creativity is enhanced after experiencing humour)
“Laughter provides a train wreck for the mind, suspending thought and being in the moment, which opens the channels for innovative, creative thinking. You can’t think while you are laughing. Try it. Try doing a calculus problem (or moving a couch) while in the throes of laughter. It can’t be done. But what it does do is metaphorically open the cranial channels and allow for creative, innovative thinking to emerge.” (Lemons, G. 2005)
Get creative ideas by imagining two opposites or two contradictory ideas.
Albert Rothenberg, a noted researcher on the creative process, has extensively studied the use of opposites in the creative process. He identified a process he terms “Janusian thinking,” a process named after Janus, a Roman God who has two faces, each looking in the opposite direction. Janusian thinking is the ability to imagine two opposites or contradictory ideas, concepts, or images existing simultaneously. Imagine, if you will, your mother existing as a young baby and old woman simultaneously, or your pet existing and not existing at the same time.
Calling this area The “Jar” is a play on words around having a jar of ideas to draw from and ideas that jar assumptions and shake loose a fresh, creative perspective. Click the thumbnails below for content related to the 9 subject areas. The thought ‘jarring’ content is meant to provoke new ideas for the projects you are working on in your specific domain. If you have a cool article, project or video to share we’d love to hear from you.