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Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free

Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom” and believed that it serves to power rather than hinder creativity. For Darwin, it was a paralyzing lifelong struggle — he accomplished his breakthroughs not because of anxiety but despite it. “Anxiety,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary, “makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you.”
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The Creative World’s Bullshit Industrial Complex

As editor of 99U, my inbox is (thankfully) filled with pitches of all kinds. Mainly, writers who’d like to contribute to this site and speakers who’d like to throw their hat in the ring for our yearly 99U Conference. And most times, when we dig deeper into a specific person’s pitch, his or her purported authority is more of a facade to make them appear authoritative — and any ideas are actually a mosaic of people also trying to appear authoritative in a disconcerting house of cards.

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Innovation, Empathy and Introspection

Innovation, Empathy and Introspection | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
When companies think about innovating new products and services (or just testing their existing ones), they know that the task before them is to find out what their customers are really looking for. How do you discover this? Generally, companies do one very plausible, but in fact very problematic thing. They go and ask the customer. However, strangely, if you really want to know what your customer wants, the last thing you should do is to go out and ask them. And for a simple reason: they won’t know.
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The Difference Between “Money Work” and “Busy Work”

Are you doing everything you can to generate new income? The more effective you are with "money work," the more time you'll have for "creative work."
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David Bowie on why you should never play to the gallery

Amazing advice on being authentic and never playing to the gallery for artists by David Bowie.
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Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity — Pacific Standard

Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity — Pacific Standard | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis is confirmed.
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Beautiful minds, wasted

Beautiful minds, wasted | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Autism is a condition that defies simple generalisations. Except one: the potential of far too many autistic people is being squandered. Although around half of those with autism are of average intelligence or above, they do far worse than they should at school and at work.
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Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism

Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
"Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity ... or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation
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Style Over Everything

Why carving out your own artistic voice is the most important thing you can do.
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How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century

How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Wisdom and wit from Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, William Styron, Truman Capote, and other literary titans.
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How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known

How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: “A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it.” The subject of this riddle-like saying has been described as “mindfulness”—or being absorbed in the moment, free from routine mental habits. In many Eastern meditative traditions, one can achieve such a state by walking just as well as by sitting still—and many a poet and teacher has preferred the ambulatory method.
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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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Rebekah Paraskevas's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:48 PM

I love the way Sir Ken Robinson phrases his topics.  Here is another of his invaluable topics.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 2015 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 28, 2015 7:39 PM

Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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Sparking Creativity [Infographic]

Sparking Creativity [Infographic] | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
It's a rough time for Time Magazine. Take the cover article in this month's Town and Country Magazine: 'Empire of Excess. The Insane Egos and Extreme Expense

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, June 28, 2013 12:56 PM
AnnC - Found this older HuffPo post. STEM to STEAM, intriguing! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tarnoff/stem-to-steam-recognizing_b_756519.html
Lee Hall's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:16 PM

We do need to encourage creativity in our students. They learn so much more when they handle the content to do something with it.

Ken Morrison's comment, July 12, 2013 1:29 PM
HI Jim, Thanks for following my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you . You have a great site started here.
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Take a Break: 5 Ways Freelance Creatives Make Unpaid Time Off Work

Vacations are a minefield for independent creatives. While the full-time, salaried workforce can take holidays and still get paid, freelancers have to tread carefully—taking time off means not making money. And it’s not just a day here and a day there. Add up national holidays and the typical 15 vacation and personal days per year, and you get about five weeks of unrealized earnings per year.
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The Decay of our Language is Happening

The Decay of our Language is Happening | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Something is clearly rotten in the state of language.
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Change the Narrative, Change Your Destiny: How James Baldwin Read His Way Out of Harlem and into Literary Greatness

Change the Narrative, Change Your Destiny: How James Baldwin Read His Way Out of Harlem and into Literary Greatness | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
"You’re playing the game according to somebody else’s rules, and you can’t win until you understand the rules and step out of that particular game, which is not
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For Workplace Creativity, Find the Right Dose of Competition

For Workplace Creativity, Find the Right Dose of Competition | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Too much or too little competition can inhibit creativity, according to a study by a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Business School.
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The insults of age

The insults of age | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The insults of age had been piling up for so long that I was almost numb to them.
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The Innovative Coworking Spaces of 15th-Century Italy

The Innovative Coworking Spaces of 15th-Century Italy | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Coworking spaces are on the rise, from Google’s “Campus” in London to NextSpace in California. Much has been made of these shared workspaces as a brand-new idea, one that barely existed 10 years ago. But the way they function reminds me of a very old idea: the Renaissance “bottega” (workshop) of 15th-century Florence, in which master artists were committed to teaching new artists, talents were nurtured, new techniques were at work, and new artistic forms came to light with artists competing among themselves but also working together.
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11 Leadership Lessons From Jazz Musicians

11 Leadership Lessons From Jazz Musicians | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Jazz musicians are agile and dynamic. They are gracious--but not shy. Here's what you can take from the stage to the board room.
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Yuko Shimizu: Make Your Own Path

The former PR worker on her path to becoming one of the most in-demand editorial and advertising illustrators and why she chases respect and flexibility over money.
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The Creativity Delta: How to Come Up with New Ideas | Innovation Management

The Creativity Delta: How to Come Up with New Ideas | Innovation Management | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
In a study of 5,000 adults in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan conducted by Adobe about creativity, they came up with some interesting findings. To begin
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Why Karl Ove Knausgaard Can’t Stop Writing

Why Karl Ove Knausgaard Can’t Stop Writing | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The Norwegian novelist behind ‘My Struggle,’ WSJ. Magazine’s 2015 Literary Innovator Karl Ove Knausgaard, risked everything by writing a 3,600-page account of his life. His searing, confessional style has awakened a new form of nonfiction writing, and has made him a global literary star.
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Why Artists Need to Be Entrepreneurs, Too

Why Artists Need to Be Entrepreneurs, Too | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Artists need to treat their work like a small business, create professionally crafted content and invest in marketing, says author Cassia Peralta.
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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?

 

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Some excellent reminders - 'All experiences are neutral...you don't see things are THEY are, you see them as YOU are'.

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Library Staff's curator insight, June 3, 2014 12:29 AM

We often don't see the creativity in ourselves or in others. Creativity can be learned. Having a growth mindset is a good beginning.

Thanks Allan!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 6, 2014 11:25 PM

Creativity is something that can be nourished but can it be learned? I'm not able to decide on that yet.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:27 PM

Don't let your creative juices run dry! We are all students of life!