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THE TWELVE THINGS YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING

THE TWELVE THINGS YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective contributor and creativity expert Michael Michalko shares his insights on what we don't learn about creativity in the school system.
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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.

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Video: Brian Eno on cowboys, creativity and surrender - Think Jar Collective

Video: Brian Eno on cowboys, creativity and surrender - Think Jar Collective | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective showcases this great new video of Brian Eno sharing his insights on creativity, art and cowboys.
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Did you know that Brian Eno made a creativity tool in the '70s and used it to produce David Bowie's 1977 album Heroes? 

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The Braveheart Facilitator Creed - Think Jar Collective

The Braveheart Facilitator Creed - Think Jar Collective | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective Contributor and creativity expert Leslie Ehm lays down the law on being an effective creativity facilitator
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Enhancing Creativity and Collaboration Through Design - Think Jar Collective

Enhancing Creativity and Collaboration Through Design - Think Jar Collective | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective Contributor Kent McKay of architectural firm Manasc Isaac, shares some insights on developing creative collaborative spaces
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If you're thinking of creating an office space that fosters creativity and collaboration check this out. Great article from new Think Jar contributor Kent McKay.

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Creative Combustion: Interview With Creativity Expert Leslie Ehm

Creative Combustion: Interview With Creativity Expert Leslie Ehm | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Ben Weinlick interviews Leslie Ehm about why creativity is so important nowadays and about ways to enhance creative thinking and innovation.
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New Interview posted on Think Jar Collective

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Spinal Tap, Business and Creativity: Interview with Peter Cook

Spinal Tap, Business and Creativity: Interview with Peter Cook | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Ben Weinlick of Think Jar Collective interviews Peter Cook about his new book The Music of Business, creativity, innovation and business.
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Landfill Harmonic: Transforming trash into music

Landfill Harmonic: Transforming trash into music | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Interesting look at landfill harmonic and the creativity of some people in Paraguay that have transformed trash into working musical instruments.
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Shaking up habits through disruptive realism

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Dave Hoffer of Frog Design shares some insights on creativity and Shaking up habits through disruptive realism
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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.

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Think Jar Collective: Content on enhancing creativity

Think Jar Collective: Content on enhancing creativity | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Articles and content on enhancing creativity, creative thinking, innovation culture and social innovation.
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Think Jar Collective now has a fresh new look and user interface that makes finding relevant articles, interviews and tools on creativity and innovation easier. 

 

Check it out, sing up for weekly posts at the bottom of the page and also like our FB page for unique content that we don't always post on the site.  

All the best from Think Jar Collective

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Avoiding the wet blanket in creative collaboration

Avoiding the wet blanket in creative collaboration | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

Ben Weinlick...

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.

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Sparking Serious Play and Creativity

Sparking Serious Play and Creativity | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

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.

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Watch and Link Disparate Ideas

Watch and Link Disparate Ideas | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
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.

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Stanford’s D-School Design Thinking Tool

Stanford’s D-School Design Thinking Tool | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

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.

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Let's Bring The Polymath - and the Dabblers

Let's Bring The Polymath - and the Dabblers | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

We may have expanded what we as a society know — but it was at the price of no one being able to truly know it all.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:52 PM

Great article by Samuel Arbesman on Wired. 

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What I learned about creative thinking from Walt Disney - Think Jar Collective

What I learned about creative thinking from Walt Disney - Think Jar Collective | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective contributor and creativity expert Michael Michalko shares what he learned about creativity and innovation from Walt Disney.
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A 70 year old creativity technique that is still relevant today - Think Jar Collective

A 70 year old creativity technique that is still relevant today - Think Jar Collective | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
An interesting 70 year old book is gaining popularity again in the creativity and innovation fields.

Via Marci Segal, MS
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Phillip Newsome's comment, April 23, 2013 11:48 AM
An important reminder to let IDEAS lead, not the channels they ride on
Kathy Jordan's comment, June 18, 2013 7:03 AM
Great curation and great book summary. Thanks!
Kathy Jordan's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:04 AM

This is a great summary of a classic book. Can't wait to buy the original!

 

 

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THE TWELVE THINGS YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING

THE TWELVE THINGS YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
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.

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Machines Vs Creativity And The Benefits Of Irrationality

Machines Vs Creativity And The Benefits Of Irrationality | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it
Interesting notes on the science of creativity and cognition by early AI researcher and Think Jar Collective member Piero Scaruffi.
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Frank Zappa Showing How To Deviate From The Norm

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Think Jar Collective article on creativity, serious play and Frank Zappa Showing How To Deviate From The Norm
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Keep deviating because if we deviate from the norm like Zappa from time to time, we’ll keep progressing, learn, be creative and eventually create relevant innovations.


Great video of Zappa in 1963 showing how to think creatively.  

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Artist Craig Costello on moving beyond creativity blocks

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Short video of Artist Craig Costello shares some insights on moving beyond creative blocks 

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

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.

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Humour and Serious Play “Jar”

Humour and Serious Play “Jar” | Creativity Tools and Techniques | Scoop.it

Humour and Play fostering creative thinking

(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)

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Janusian Thinking

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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.

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The Jar

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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.

Email thinkjarcollective@gmail.com

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Creativity Tools and Techniques

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This area features tools and techniques for creative thinking.
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