“Graduates from creative writing programs do not include insecurity, rejection and disappointment in their plans.” Dani Shapiro
“The feeling of frustration is an essential part of the creative process… Before we can find the answer — before we probably even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment.” Johan Lehrer
Fueled by personal experience, Kanika Gupta, makes a case for taking a leap of faith and supporting the unknown but well-intentioned by OTF_FTO in Op-Ed (NEW), support, and environment ("An enormous amount of potential is left unsupported." @Kanika...
Balances intuition and analysis and sorting between divergent thinking and convergent thinking, have a certain intuition prior to analysis, to believe what has been analyzed and used cautiously with the use of reason.
Being habitually creative requires far more than original thinking. By Jeffrey Davis, M.A.... The right-brained creativity myth isn't the only limited notion of what creativity is, what it requires, and how it happens. Again, let me be audacious enough to mention another one: the creative thinking myth. And you tell me what you think. (I certainly appreciated every contribution to the previous conversation.)
For years Agile has been encouraging teams to work together collaboratively in open spaces and encouraging developers to pair program, but lately these types of practices have been coming under fire. "End the madness of constant group-work." (The audience applauds.) Offices need chatty conversations, and great spaces to make serendipitous interactions. But we need much more privacy, and more autonomy. The same is true - more true - for schools. Yes, teach kids to work together, but also how to work alone.
Creativity killers don't have to be obvious or drastic. Simple, every day decisions that seem far less than momentous can sap your ability to think creatively, according to a thoughtful recent Fast Company piece by Emily Heyward.
Metro areas generate 93 percent of the world’s patented inventions. In a famous line from his best-selling book, Thomas Friedman wrote: "When the world is flat, you can innovate without having to emigrate." But instead of flattening out across the world, innovation remains extraordinarily concentrated and spiky.
In his book "Imagine: How Creativity Works," author Jonah Lehrer posits that geniuses are not super heroes, but the result of unstifled imagination and free-flowing ideas. “Creativity shouldn’t be seen as something otherworldly. It shouldn’t be thought of as a process reserved for artists and inventors and other ‘creative types.’ The human mind, after all, has the creative impulse built into its operating system, hard-wired into its most essential programming code,” writes Jonah Lehrer in his new book Imagine.
What Dostoevsky has to do with the hunchback of Notre Dame, Muhammad Ali, and dandelions? As a firm believer in combinatorial creativity, I’m always interested in the ecosystem of influences and how we honor those who inspire us. Reader Will Shaw points me to this handwritten note by music icon Nick Cave entitled “More Things to Remember…,” courtesy of Melbourne’s Arts Centre, in which Cave lists some of his influences. Will writes: