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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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The Enemies of Invention

The Enemies of Invention | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Habit, teachers, and even our best intentions often act as stealth saboteurs of ingenuity. Yet awareness of the forces that blunt creativity can nurture the innovator within.

 

Reframing known problems offers a creative fix. By Art Markman.

"My least favorite phrase is think outside the box. Yes, it's trite, but worse, it's meaningless. What in the world does it mean to think outside the box? Presumably, that you should come up with ideas that fall outside the norm. But that's not helpful advice. You can't know that you have come up with a new idea until after you've generated that idea in the first place."

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book: Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done by Art Markman PhD. http://shrd.by/ek6j1T

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Neil Gaiman 2012 Commencement Speech "Make Good Art"

Neil Gaiman's commencement speech to the University of the arts graduating class of 2012 Philadelphia

 

> See transcript at

http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/blog/2013/05/15/neil-gaiman-make-good-art/

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Looking Ahead To The Future Of Cartoons And Creativity : NPR

Looking Ahead To The Future Of Cartoons And Creativity : NPR | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

At the beginning of her course at the University of Wisconsin, cartoonist Lynda Barry wants to get to know her students by their work, instead of their personalities. So, instead of learning their names, she assigns them all "brain names," like Thalamus and Hippocampus.

In all of her courses, professor Old Skull — as she is known by her students — aims to strip away the stiffness of adulthood and plug people into their innate creativity.

As part of Talk of the Nation's "Looking Ahead" series, Barry talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the future of cartoons and creativity.

 

 

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One of Lynda Barry's books: The Freddie Stories
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/177046090X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=177046090X&linkCode=as2&tag=talentdevelopmen

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Does Brainstorming Enhance Creative Thinking and Innovation?

Does Brainstorming Enhance Creative Thinking and Innovation? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The motivation for and specific nature of a brainstorming group is what matters in how well its members come up with creative ideas.

 

Psychologists have different perspectives on whether and how much brainstorming groups help develop creativity.

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Quotes on Writing: Stephen King Says Read!

Quotes on Writing: Stephen King Says Read! | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Stephen King says, "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." Why is reading so important?

Via rosa garmendia, Luciana Viter
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See more comments in: Creative and rejected: Stephen King and others

http://talentdevelop.com/2467/creative-and-rejected/

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The Multitalented Molly Ringwald: Actor, Musician, Writer

The Multitalented Molly Ringwald: Actor, Musician, Writer | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Fame has been a mixed blessing. It opens doors, but it locks you into other people’s preconceptions. I’ve sometimes thought about using a pseudonym, but it’s late for that. I’ve worked too hard to become myself.” Molly Ringwald

 

> Follow link for more

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Read about more multitalented creators like Gordon Parks, Julia Cameron, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Seymour, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Mayim Bialik, Jeff Bridges, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and others in the post: Multitalented Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/multitalented-actors-and-other-artists/

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Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity

Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things about his project was how many people said “no.”

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Be More Creative: Keep the Channel Open - The Creative Mind

Be More Creative: Keep the Channel Open - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative expression is not just about outside tools, but actually being an instrument oneself. The greater the access to ourselves, the more creative we can be.

 

Martha Graham famously said, "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

 

"And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost."

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The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED

The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Need a burst of inspiration? Wildly creative thinkers share ideas, strategies and warmhearted encouragement to let your genius out.
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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, May 10, 2013 8:22 AM

Likely there are many sources for inspiration, and, tellingly, all these presentations have something to offer when you open your mind to consider new ideas, aim for new decisions and take new actions.  Enjoy!

Nora Wendel's curator insight, May 10, 2013 9:27 AM

Watch one a day for inspiration!

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Resiliency: On Bouncing Back from Criticism

Resiliency: On Bouncing Back from Criticism | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Student: Do I have what it takes to be a professional? Teacher: No. Observer: Why crush the student's spirits now? Teacher: If the student believes me and gives up, then she doesn't have what it takes. To be a pro in this business, you have to take a comment like that as a spur to work harder.

 

Being able to bounce after a failure, set-back, or critique is an important life skill. Set-backs, failures, and partial successes are the building blocks of experience. Without the ability to turn failure in to learning, people give up on dreams.

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Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented? - The Creative Mind

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented? - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
They may be identified with one form of creative work, but so many people express themselves in multiple ways, in more than one area of creativity.

 

“The violin player looked at me as if I had just expressed bafflement that an orange was the color orange. ‘All creative people have multiple talents, don’t they?’

 

“They do, scientists tell us, even if they don’t realize it,” Ross adds.

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Brilliant collection of articles.
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A little bird told me...

A little bird told me... | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Fiona Milburn:  "As a creative practitioner, you're probably familiar with twitter as a key social media platform for marketing your projects to today’s internet-savvy audiences.But did you know it’s also a great storytelling tool?"


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Shwetal Randive's curator insight, May 5, 2013 3:38 AM

Creative uses of Twitter - A storytelling tool

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Educators using twitter with students?  Ya think?

Mervi Rauhala's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:16 PM

If you like Twitter and storytelling, read this!

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Alfre Woodard on discovering she was an artist

Alfre Woodard on discovering she was an artist | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“I didn’t discover I was an artist until I was 17… It was very hard to be an artist and a child… it was like having sand up your butt when you go to the beach.”

 

 

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The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. - What is greatness and how do people get there? Is greatness born or made? Is greatness the result of talent or practice? Few other questions have caused such intense debate, controversy, and diversity of opinions. The heights of human accomplishment have always fascinated us, and for good reason.

 

 

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Related post: Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink, describes in his book Outliers: The Story of Success [audiobook format] some of the personal and social aspects of how people become outstanding, “outliers” on the upper end of intelligence, ability and achievement curves.

http://highability.org/113/outliers-and-developing-exceptional-abilities/

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Psychologist and Creativity Post founder Scott Kaufman takes the question of greatness to the next iteration.

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There are four distinct roles to be performed for...

There are four distinct roles to be performed for... | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
There are four distinct roles to be performed for the creative process to be as effective as possible. Each one requires that you play different characters, with different mindsets and skills. The roles are: Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior.

Roger von Oech deconstructs the four archetypes of creativity. Of course, this model is highly reductionist, missing many critical aspects of the creative mind, chiefly the Bisociator and the Connection-Weaver.

 

From Explore - "A discovery engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity. A Brain Pickings project edited by Maria Popova..."

 

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Book: A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative, Roger von Oech http://shrd.by/jRH9yl

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MTD's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:24 AM

Thanks to Douglas Eby for this post. Roger von Oech's book looks at four key personality types for 'creativity' - whatever that means. 

 

These are directly related to four key kinds of work, interrelation, and leadership in our industry. What's your role - and how to do you, most importantly, balance dual or more identities?

Rodolphe Balay's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:25 AM

êtes-vous un explorer, un artiste, un juge ou un soldat ?

 

Quel profil pouvez-vous apporter à votre organisation ?

Tous les profils sont-ils représentés dans votre équipe ? Si ce n'est pas le cas comment les obtenir ?

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Artists need to be outsiders

Artists need to be outsiders | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Artists need to be outsiders in order to really view what's going on. That little bit of detachment has been great for me... As artists, we have to be brave. If we aren’t brave, we aren’t artists.” Writer, Producer, Director Paul Haggis

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Ben Kingsley And Our Need For Appreciation - The Creative Mind

Ben Kingsley And Our Need For Appreciation - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Our needs for attention and appreciation may be basic, and grounded in survival as a child, but for some people, those needs are especially potent.

 

In a recent article, Ben Kingsley commented about being a performer as a child, like so many other gifted actors, and some hurtful responses from his parents.

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The connection between concentration and creativity

The connection between concentration and creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Our brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to filter out irrelevant thoughts.  This helps us concentrate better in a chaotic world.   But maybe this isn’t always helpful.  Like when we want to think creatively.

In fact, switching this filter off may actually increase “outside of the box” thinking.

 

 

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A related post: Overthinking, Worry and Creative Problem-solving
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/04/overthinking-worry-and-creative-problem-solving/

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Roman Krznaric on How to Find Fulfilling Work

Also see article by Roman Krznaric: Six Tips for Making the Leap to Meaningful Work.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_tips_for_making_the_leap_to_meaningful_work

 

His book: How to Find Fulfilling Work http://t.co/sWFiP9g8J5

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See article Turning your interests into income

by career change coach  Dr. Valerie Young

http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/34/valerie-young-on-turning-your-interests-into-income/

 

Also see my site The Inner Entrepreneur

http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/

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The artist is in. | TED Playlists | TED

The artist is in. | TED Playlists | TED | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Why create? Artists and designers share their work, their process and their vision in these deeply personal -- and often hilarious -- talks.

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Lifelong Creativity Is Within Everyone's Reach

Lifelong Creativity Is Within Everyone's Reach | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when she started writing the Little House on the Prairie series.

Via Marci Segal, MS
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Related post: Does Creativity Have An Expiration Date?

At 96 Martha Graham premiered her work The Maple Leaf Rag.

Sidney Sheldon wrote his last novel at about age 87.

Edward Albee won a Tony award for a new play in 2002, at age 75.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/10/does-creativity-have-an-expiration-date/

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TED | TED Quotes: Facts, insight and humor from TEDTalks — in shareable bites

TED | TED Quotes: Facts, insight and humor from TEDTalks — in shareable bites | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"TED Quotes brings you salient bits of TEDTalks, on everything from activism to storytelling, from chemistry to curiosity."

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How Do You Unleash Your Creativity? - Goodnet

How Do You Unleash Your Creativity? - Goodnet | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
The power of creation [VIDEO]

"Creativity is not just an opportunity, it's a responsibility."

"Though the creative process can be long and hard, it is with determination, persistence and fruitful collaboration that makes creation possible. This incredible video by Behance will inspire you to create."

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Profiling Serial Creators

Profiling Serial Creators | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. 

"Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds.

 

"Since so much is at stake for increasing creativity in society, it's essential that we continually question and attempt to improve the methods by which we identify, mentor, and cultivate those who are ready and capable of becoming our next generation of innovators."

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Related post: Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

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10 Online Resources To Inspire Writers Of Any Age

10 Online Resources To Inspire Writers Of Any Age | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Our pals at Learnist wanted to alert you to some of their favorite online resources to inspire writers of all skill levels.

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More inspiration at The Inner Writer - Exploring the personal side of being a writer

http://theinnerwriter.com/

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Many of us feel strongly about our favorite writers and genres. These are just a few...enjoy!