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What leads creative people to create? inspiration? perspiration? threat of having to work a "real job"?
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4 lessons in creativity

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Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss.

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Questions about the Creative Mind

Questions about the Creative Mind | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
What does creativity mean? If you were to ask 10 people to define creativity, you are likely to get 10 unique and different perspectives. There are a number of creativity theorists who have made a career trying to define and study creativity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at the Quality of Life Research Center, suggested that exceptionally creative people are described as individuals who work hard for long periods of time with a clearly set intention in a domain in which they have a deep interest. Keith Sawyer, author of Group Genius, agrees that creativity consists of a lot of hard work but added that creativity is enhanced by consistently engaging in practices that develop good ideas. Eva Hoff, Lund University, positions creativity as the combination of two or more elements of reality in a new way with the intention to do something original. Thomas R. Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, relates creativity to the thought process; however, Mark Runco, Professor at UGA, links creativity to bringing something new into existence, such as an invention, design, or work of art. Some theorists characterize creativity as a state of mature emotional intelligence, mental flexibility, and field independence (not relying on information provided by others).

When defining creativity, should it be characterized as personal creativity in order to consider individual differences? Does a child’s style preference (selfish vs. altruistic), attitude, level of curiosity, imagination, emotional maturity, stress tolerance, and self-efficacy impact creativity? Do birth order, extracurricular activities, cultural background, peer pressure, socioeconomic status, parental style (rigid vs. relaxed), and school culture influence creativity? How do all these individual differences work together in group creativity? Christophe Mouchiroud and Frank Zenasni, René Descartes University, have studied the individual differences in the development of social creativity, and determined that novel thinking can lead to behaviors which have a benefit to efficiently solving problems occurring in groups.

What role does imagination play in creativity? Are child paracosms (pretend play and imaginary worlds) a precursor to adult creativity? Eva Hoff stated that pretend play is a “necessary” part of the creative process in both adults and children. Marjorie Taylor, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, studied the perspectives of a variety of theorists and found conceptual agreement that “imagination is a multifaceted capacity that emerges early in life, develops substantially during the preschool years, and continues to be fundamental to human thought throughout life.” Jerome and Dorothy Singer, Yale University, highlighted that “our human capacity for mental imagery representations, reenactments, and anticipatory constructions, which are all elaborations of our direct sensory experiences, may well be a defining characteristic of our species.” Another benefit of imagination is future thinking: the ability to contemplate the future, including theory of mind and inhibitory control.

As you can see from above, imagination and creativity are necessary for child development and success. I believe that imagination is the foundation for a creative mind. Programs, like Destination Imagination, enhance creative behavior and enable students to be flexible and adaptive in their thinking. Destination Imagination is unique in that it strives to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation. What do you think when you “imagine” a creative mind?

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Making room to create - muz4now

Making room to create - muz4now | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
"Making room for the new": creating something fresh sometimes means emptying out some of the old to make way for the new. A construction project metaphor.
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The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking

The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Research shows that creativity and intelligence are linked with the physical connections in our brains. Here's how to connect the dots.
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How A Genius Thinks

How A Genius Thinks | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
'However, while many people define genius differently, most agree that Richard Feynman was one and there is probably no better example of his brilliance than his famous talk, There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom. It not only launched a revolution in physics and engineering that is still being played out today, it shows us how a true genius really thinks.'
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Choose Health, Happiness, and Creativity: Start by Taking a Deep Breath

Choose Health, Happiness, and Creativity: Start by Taking a Deep Breath | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
By slowing things down, you can enhance your own health, happiness, and creativity, as well as your kids’. Getting started can be as simple as taking a deep breath or making time for reflection, or as dramatic as taking a sabbatical.
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The Myth of the Artist's Creative Routine

The Myth of the Artist's Creative Routine | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
For all the interest in the habits of highly creative people, there's not much to learn from Don DeLillo's manual typewriter or Maya Angelou's showers.
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The Philosophy of Creativity

The Philosophy of Creativity | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
This collection of new essays on creativity integrates philosophical insights with empirical research.
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Walk Like a Composer

Walk Like a Composer | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Jonathan L. Friedmann, Ph.D. Beethoven’s daily routine included vigorous walks with a pencil and sheets of music paper. Robert Schumann’s regular walks were punctuated with poetry writing and drawi...
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What If…?

What If…? | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
What if Creativity really is meant to be the central theme of education, social progress, global sustainability, innovation and human brain development?
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What if?  leads to curiosity and  creative ideas

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New study shows walking provides inspiration besides healthful benefits - KansasCity.com

New study shows walking provides inspiration besides healthful benefits - KansasCity.com | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
I was a believer in the powers of walking long before I learned that Steve Jobs and President Lyndon B. Johnson were into it. Walking is fun. I’ll trade a stroll for a lunch or coffee date any day.
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Measuring Creativity - the Last Windmill?

Measuring Creativity - the Last Windmill? | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Creativity measurement is creativity’s Achilles heel.
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Here is a look at creativity and how to measure it.

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Writing and the Creative Life: The Magic of Ambient Noise

Writing and the Creative Life: The Magic of Ambient Noise | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Finding the right sonic mix can boost your creativity. What's yours?
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Writing in Your Underwear and Creative Expression

Writing in Your Underwear and Creative Expression | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
A large sampling of the most eminent creators in history had to develop their own, unique processes to support creative production. How might we grant this latitude to those creative minds who haven't yet developed into producers - children - to undergird their growth in creative expression?
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How Storytelling Can Serve Science

How Storytelling Can Serve Science | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
A conversation with Thomas Lin, editor of Quanta Magazine, on how storytelling can serve science
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5 Creativity Lessons from Hall of Fame Inventors

5 Creativity Lessons from Hall of Fame Inventors | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
What are some secrets of truly creative thinking? Who better to ask than Hall of Fame inventors? That's exactly what I did last month when I was able to speak with several 2014 inductees into the N...
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Creativity takes guts - Creative Something

Creativity takes guts  - Creative Something | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Creativity takes guts Hoping that your next idea is the next big idea is silly. Yet we so often find ourselves working on, or seeking out, ideas that are perfect, ideal, better than anything else out...
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How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Simple office and studio design tips that help stimulate and boost your creativity.
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Stan Stewart always has the best scoops on creativity... Another winner!

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In Praise of Creative Indecisiveness | Perceptions, filtered.

In Praise of Creative Indecisiveness | Perceptions, filtered. | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Pick one thing and stick with it. It's terrible advice to give an artist. Here's why.
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Our Brains and Art

Our Brains and Art | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
While most people know on some level that the arts can reach and move us in unique ways, there is actually science behind this.
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Arts-based research (ABR) is still young while showing great promise. From neurology to sociology, the impacts of written works, visual art, and music are astounding.

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Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved: Managing Your Mental Clutter to Bring Back Your Creative Mojo

Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved: Managing Your Mental Clutter to Bring Back Your Creative Mojo | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
If you are not managing your mental clutter effectively, then you are likely zapping your creative mojo. Learns some tips for bouncing back from pessimism to optimism more rapidly.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 29, 2014 7:43 AM

Every artist needs to think about what this article points out!

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It Looks Like the Best “Creative” Ideas Aren’t That Creative…

It Looks Like the Best “Creative” Ideas Aren’t That Creative… | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
The best creative ideas are essentially rip-offs, but why are some successful while others are deemed knock-offs?
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The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss | creative process or what inspires creativity? | Scoop.it
Wine is part of my creative process. How I use it has been influenced by other writers. Why reinvent the wheel? Sometimes, peculiar routines are the key to sanity... and productivity.
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