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Brain a 'creativity machine,' if you use it right

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There's no scientific evidence that drugs or alcohol can promote creativity, say brain scientists meeting in San Diego this weekend.

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Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity

Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it

The benefits of mindfulness, or being fully conscious and aware of one’s actions and surroundings, have been well documented by psychological scientists. Advantages include decreased risk of burnout at work, improved mental health, and smarter decision-making, according to recent studies. Now, researchers are turning their attention to a potential new connection: mindfulness and creativity.

 


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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 5:14 AM

Funny how @LeadershipABC so often hits on a topic I'm thinking about! Check out this article from Brain Pickings for more on how to be an explorer of the world!

 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/24/how-to-be-an-explorer-of-the-world-keri-smith/

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How schools kill creativity

How schools kill creativity | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 18, 5:41 PM

Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 20, 4:47 PM

Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

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Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 5)

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Intuitive Creativity: This final and most challenging level of creativity has often been promoted to the realm of spiritual and wisdom traditions. This is where creativity becomes bigger and possibly

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How to Turn Negativity Into Creativity

How to Turn Negativity Into Creativity | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Novelty is often met with resistance. Here's how thought leaders like Steve Jobs were able to use rejection to fuel creative brilliance.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 3:01 AM

We all need to fuel our fire in order to sustain it's heat and light.

Remi Vladuceanu's curator insight, January 29, 8:26 AM
How to Turn Negativity Into Creativity
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Smart Risk, Without HandCuffs to Free Your Innovation Culture

Smart Risk, Without HandCuffs to Free Your Innovation Culture | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
To foster an environment of smart risk-taking, leaders should use guardrails, not handcuffs.


Examples from the list of 7 strategies for defining guardrails:
   

1. Define smart vs. stupid risks. Every leader’s level of risk tolerance varies, but some amount of risk is essential to innovation. 


3. Encourage experimentation. ...give the go-ahead for “managed experimentation” ...resource boundaries...and have the small team that’s in charge share the results of the experimentation phase with a larger team upon completion.

7. Celebrate smart risk-taking. The Tata Group, a global conglomerate, hosts an annual “Dare to Try” awards, which celebrates the idea that failures often lead to groundbreaking innovations. This type of public acknowledgement that every big bet won’t pay off fuels a spirit of smart risk-taking among its employees.

 

Within your own organization, you can use the company’s intranet, e-letters, and Twitter account to showcase individuals who take smart risks. By identifying them, you publicly reward the person/team and provide a company-wide reference point for acceptable risk-taking. 

 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 6, 6:31 PM

Useful pointers & examples from the Booz&Co. bloggers on how to define the guardrails vs. manager bottlenecks and handcuffs.  To see a future without managers at all, check out:   

Zappos says Goodbye to Bosses & Bureaucracy - Hello to Holacracy

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Pascal Vedel's curator insight, January 7, 3:38 AM

A very good paper on how to encourage "adequate" risk taking in an organization

Un très bon billet sur les moyens d'encourager la prise de risque "pertinents" au sein d'une collectivité

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Here's How To Hand-Curate Your Life In An Effective Way


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Effective. Period.

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:01 PM

I just discovered that one of the better curators is also a manual list maker.  That is - not using the online tools to make to do lists, but writing it out on paper.    


I found that doing too much of my work online line - with hands on the keyboard and eyes on the monitor gets me into a distracted space.    But, when I write down a list or the bullet points as this method points out. I'm all of sudden more focused! 



Luis Ferreira's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:33 AM

good

Sue Rizzello's curator insight, December 18, 2013 12:48 PM

In the beginning there was paper. In between the to do list systems and GTD platforms, there was paper. All the productive people I meet have a strong affinity with paper lists and systems, even if they play fast and loose on occasion with Evernote et al.

Could this chap have the answer? Well, I will give it a try, why don't you too. We have nothing to lose but the chaos.

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Habits of Mind for the New Year: 10 Steps to Actually Accomplish Your Resolutions

Habits of Mind for the New Year: 10 Steps to Actually Accomplish Your Resolutions | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it

While 45 percent of people make New Year's resolutions, only 8 percent of that group report achieving their resolutions. Why do so many fail? What can we do to increase our odds of accomplishing these all-important goals? In this blog, I'll share some of the tricks and apps that have helped me accomplish my resolutions for the past four years.


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George Siemens: Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge

While more and more knowledge is available to us, the amount of time for us to pay attention to it remains the same. What kind of knowledge will be needed in...

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 3, 2013 9:11 AM

They jury is still out on what schools of the future will consider core knowledge. What is certain is student-centered and relevant learning. More than a simple trend, personalized learning points to better student-teacher relationships and personal knowledge profiles. Technology can do a lot but dialogue and constructivism are here to stay.

Lia Goren's curator insight, January 2, 9:42 PM

Una interesante entrevista a George Siemens. De qué se trata el conocimiento y como pensar de manera compleja el ámbito de lo educativo y el aprender. 

Jeroen Boon's curator insight, January 12, 2:34 PM

Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age. Learning has changed over the last several decades. The theories of behaviourism, cognitivism, and constructivism provide an effect view of learning in many environments. They fall short, however, when learning moves into informal, networked, technology-enabled arena.

#connectivism #peeragogy #knowmadsociety

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Brain a 'creativity machine,' if you use it right

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There's no scientific evidence that drugs or alcohol can promote creativity, say brain scientists meeting in San Diego this weekend.

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Busted: 10 Myths About Creativity

Busted: 10 Myths About Creativity | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
A new book shines a light on how people really come up with great ideas.

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Is Your CEO Serious About Innovation? 10 Questions to Ask.

Is Your CEO Serious About Innovation? 10 Questions to Ask. | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
It took me 25 years as a road warrior consultant, author, and accidental government bureaucrat to realize that proselytizing doesn’t work.

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How true...seems they all want "change" but are still hesitant to take the first step! Innovation...in my opinion...is highly creative change with old-fashioned problem solving!

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5 Things About Being Creative That Just Aren't True

5 Things About Being Creative That Just Aren't True | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
We tend to think that creativity is innate -- you've either got it or you don't. Our "creative type" friends are artsy, full of wonder and always wanting to dig into something deeper.

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If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative

If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Senior executives don't seek coaching or leadership development. Here's why.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:04 PM

If we need another reason to be positive, here's an interesting one--it can boost creativity.

Douglas Eby's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:30 PM

Book: Speed Thinking: How to Thrive in a Time-Poor World by Ken Hudson http://buff.ly/19WeXaK

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The Soul of the Research University

The Soul of the Research University | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
American universities must explain how their focus on research best serves an ambitious but pragmatic nation.

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, April 30, 7:11 PM

«In the nonacademic world, technological advances have made many products and services cheaper. It seems impossible that the same can’t be true in higher education—especially with the advent of online courses». This is not the only thought of the author about University.

The post is very rich of history of american Universities and critical thought!

In the nonacademic world, technological advances have made many products and services cheaper. It seems impossible that the same can’t be true in higher education—especially with the advent of online courses. - See more at: http://m.chronicle.com/article/The-Soul-of-the-Research/146155?cid=megamenu#sthash.VHomEd2d.dpuf
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Sleep Your Way to Creativity And 9 More Proven Methods For More Ideas

Sleep Your Way to Creativity And 9 More Proven Methods For More Ideas | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Science-backed details on the colors, moods, activities and emotions that are proven to bring us more creativity and ideas.

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What Exactly Is Innovation?

What Exactly Is Innovation? | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
This post defines innovation and explains why it's so vital. It explains what the blog will cover going forward including how marketers can organize, work with other departments, collect and disseminate stimuli, and create cultures of innovation at their firms.

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Richard Holt's curator insight, March 13, 6:17 AM

Worth a read !

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Top 10 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing What You Want

Top 10 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing What You Want | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Ever feel like your brain is out to get you? Like it's convincing you to do things that aren't actually in your best interest? Our brain is a funny thing, and sometimes the only way to fight it is to trick it right back.

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50 Years 50 Toys - Infographic

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Audrey's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:59 PM

Fabulous toys still going strong.  This is the time of the year to search out toys and games that will instruct, delight giving hours and hours of fantastic fun.  Both girls and boys  and adults, like me, will have enormous pleasure interacting with any combination these toys.  Many of them can be found on homeschoolsource.  Have a look.

 

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While We All Hid Indoors, This Boy And His Mom Tried A Crazy Experiment In The Freezing Cold Weather

While We All Hid Indoors, This Boy And His Mom Tried A Crazy Experiment In The Freezing Cold Weather | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Everyone needs to get out on a cold day and try recreating this wild phenomenon.

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Innovation at its finest!

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How to Deal With A Boss With Zero Emotional Intelligence

How to Deal With A Boss With Zero Emotional Intelligence | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
To work well with people with low Emotional Intelligence you need to learn how to communicate differently. Here's how to make sure they get it.

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Anti-Fragile Careers: A Life of Jobs vs. A Job for Life

Anti-Fragile Careers:  A Life of Jobs vs. A Job for Life | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it

Deb's pending presentations for 2014:  

Your One Big Life:  How to Be Anti-Fragile through Downturns, Upturns and Turnarounds     

and

      

HR Social Media Strategy Amplified:  Careers, Culture and Performance      Scheduling into 2014!   
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:08 PM

Corporation and big companies can provide a lot by way of benefits, pensions, salaries.  However, since the 70's, with the exception of a few stable 100-year companies, a job is RARELY a job for life.


The topics listed above are pending for 2014 conferences.  


You can join a mailing list for monthly news on Best of the BEST learning including career tools via REVELN Tools

What's your anti-fragile career plan?   ~  Deb

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Innovators need serenity, courage and wisdom

If you are uncomfortable, dissatisfied, disappointed in your products and services, you may be an innovator.  Of course, you may simply be a curmudgeon, never happy with anything, but that will be evident to everyone around you.  The difference between curmudgeons and innovators is often subtle, but it deals with the difference between simply complaining, and acting on your passion.  Innovators are frequently dissatisfied, but are simultaneously seeking new and better solutions.  As Emerson wrote, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."


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Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation

Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
Research shows three common problems.(Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/muMnHS2exB #bizmodel #innovation)...

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:09 PM

As this curation stream says, Innovation and Institutions, Will it Blend?  Questions about that from the folks at  Harvard.  ~  Deb

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Innovation is in the air – and everywhere else, too

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Jean-Lou Chameau on the essential ecology of science and technology universities

As in previous years, the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings will be noted and celebrated – or criticised. Among the plethora of academic rankings, THE’s have gained significant respect and (whether we agree with them or not) influence.


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So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management

So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management | "IN-novation" | Scoop.it
If you've ever worked for a bad boss, you've probably uttered these famous words .... "I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!

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