By our lights, the notion of “creativity” can’t be separated from the skills required for creative execution. So our analysis of the characteristics crucial to creativity focuses particularly on the skills that facilitate putting ideas into action.
Below, we outline five key qualities of particularly productive creatives, followed by some recommendations for how to uncover them in potential hires, co-workers, and collaborators.
There’s something I call the polymath paradox. Polymaths, renaissance people--we don’t train them well in school; they’re supposed to pick a major and drill down. We don’t hire them well, we mold them pretty quickly, and we don’t promote them well on a grand scale. And yet when you start listening to what’s happening in the world, you see that the ability to move from one type of conversation to the next, to cross between disciplines to get insights, is an increasingly important skill.
In the Integ 220's classes we talk a lot about epistemology and, though we didn't use this term, imperfect knowledge. The Institute for New Economic Thinking recently opened the Center for Imperfect Knowledge Economics at the U. of Copenhagen. Incidently, we're actually able to visit it here while we're in Copenhagen on our field trip.
One of the basic principles of liquid law, is to make law more comprehensible, to make it readable, so that more of us can create with it the sort of agreements we want. To take the computer language analogy, we want to be able to move from machine code⊃1; to a higher level, more readable language like Python or Ruby.
Expand The Box is a safe and astonishing learning environment for upgrading traditional thinking and behaviors. Without our knowing how, the standard thinking and behavior patterns we adopted from our parents, our culture and our education system severely limit both the quality of our relationships and our ability to respond creatively to the opportunities and challenges of life. Expand The Box installs swinging doors through walls that previously appeared to be impenetrable.
A nonprofit research center that specializes in long-term forecasting recently released a report detailing the 10 key skills that will be relevant to the workforce of the future. What are they, and are our schools doing enough to instill them?
But now we have the types of technology needed to flip preconceptions of how classrooms should work on their heads, and we have entrepreneurs, educators, and policy makers focused on figuring out ways to use it to solve the problems presented.
What I discovered very early on was that there was an awful lot of great knowledge about how to collaborate effectively. The problem was that this knowledge was largely locked in silos. Ironically, the people who best understood collaboration were not collaborating with each other.
Competition today punishes companies that make episodic improvements in key processes. Continually improving performance is what matters, and that can only happen with teamwork across functional and company boundaries.
The Swedish Free School Organization Vittra operates by the philosophy that there are no classes or classrooms – instead, the students are taught in groups according to level based on the school’s pedagogical principles of ’the wateringhole’, ’the show-off’, ’the cave’, ’the campfire’ and ’the laboratory’ – didactic approaches that create different types of learning and teaching situations.
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