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The 4 Quadrants of Creation

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Think of something you have thus far failed to achieve or create. Now answer this question: Is it because you couldn't, you didn't really want to, or both?

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Todd Lohenry's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:13 AM

This is interesting. I am familiar with Covey's 4 quadrants, but this is an interestign application to 'expertise' and developing it...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:24 AM

I am always interested in ways to advance creative thinking and learning. I am not sure of the original source of this infographic.

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Follow this Topic - iGeneration - 21st Century Education

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Teaching and learning in the 21st Century - meeting the challenges of digital learning and the iGeneration

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Jane Weston's curator insight, February 16, 2014 11:58 PM

When curriculum resources are limitless due to the access we have to on-line materials, then the question we ask about those materials become more important. Values Education helps us all to ask the right questions! See some innovative whole school projects at:

http://valueseducation.edu.au/verve/_resources/VASP_FINAL_REPORT_2010.pdf

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, March 15, 9:38 AM

Some educational things,used in educationdetting that Megan Cook and Destiny Cook being denied and deprived of an education by the,NC Pyblic Schools knowing,they are receiving NO EDUCATION at ALL for years now NOT even home,schooled because of unrepairable hatm and damages that occured during NC OAH SEC ,couet  ase required Resolution Meeting 2/18/13 the same date as their attorney Rachel Hitch letter as even then the court case was allowed to be withdrawn without prejudice because of the criminal actions of,WCS Rep on 2/18/13 during saidcourt case mentioned as Prose Rep Dorothy Cook not move forward because of the reasons stated but full details are in the Prose Rep Dorothy Cook Motionto withdraw without prejudice which will be posted. 

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Steven Pinker on Metaphor and the Mind

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I think that metaphor really is a key to explaining thought and language. The human mind comes equipped with an ability to penetrate the cladding of sensory appearance and discern the abstract construction underneath - not always on demand, and not infallibly, but often enough and insightfully enough to shape the human condition. 

Our powers of analogy allow us to apply ancient neural structures to newfound subject matter, to discover hidden laws and systems in nature, and not least, to amplify the expressive power of language itself.


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Mariana Soffer's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:42 PM
 Steven Pinker, Canadian-American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist and linguist, cited in Mariana Soffer, Metaphor and the Mind, Sing your own lullaby (via amiquote) 
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Consciousness & the Brain: John Searle at TEDxCERN

John Searle one of the world's great philosophers of mind and language, has spent fifty years stimulating thinking around the world. What he says about consc...

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FastTFriend's curator insight, June 30, 2013 2:17 AM

John Searle one of the world's great philosophers of mind and language, has spent fifty years stimulating thinking around the world. What he says about consciousness as a biological phenomenon will challenge you! Cogitation, Consciousness & The Brain.

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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

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In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading.

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luiy's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:53 AM

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia and Parkinson's. More abstract but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that my colleague Scott Lilienfeld and I call neurocentrism -- the view that human behavior can be best explained by looking solely or primarily at the brain.

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Listening Leaders - Six Seconds

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, May 27, 2013 2:04 PM

Listening is a very important skill for every kind of leader. These are four simple tips for getting better at it.

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6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning

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What is 21st century learning, and how do networks and technology function within it?

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Cooperative Catalyst

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Changing Education as We Speak...

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Where Passion Comes From

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Passion is longing to be what you could be, but aren't. Passion for leadership is the combination of falling below your imagined leadership potential and longing for exceptional leadership - at the...

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:44 PM

Engagement =? passion Level 1

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:40 AM

Relevant ABC's of leasership which we all need in order to deliver a great customer experience and keep the promise. At least adopt the ABC's.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:41 AM

Adopt the ABC's of leasdership to drive your vision for the customer experience you're aiming for. When there is no vision the people will perish. Simples!

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We Are Teachers- Making time for creativity

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.

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Atheism and Critical Thinking

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This is a web series by a UK artist and secular humanist (QualiaSoup) discussing critical thinking, science, philosophy and the natural world.
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Lifelong Creativity Is Within Everyone's Reach

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Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when she started writing the Little House on the Prairie series.

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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, April 29, 2013 12:01 PM

you betcha!

Douglas Eby's curator insight, May 10, 2013 10:58 PM

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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First There Was IQ. Then EQ. But Does CQ — Creative Intelligence — Matter Most?

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In his new book Creative Intelligence, Bruce Nussbaum argues that creativity is an undervalued skill that anyone can cultivate.

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DoubleVigie's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:04 AM

"L'imagination gouverne le monde." #Bonaparte

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:13 PM

We need various forms of intelligence. Without some of each we cannot expect innovation and creativity.

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A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 2014 9:17 AM

Can you have too many creative tools? Here are more!

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - In Photos: How To Change Your Brain For The Better

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Our personalities, thought patterns and emotional responses are wired into our brains, says Richard Davidson, Ph.D., author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, but you can change your brain.


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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, September 22, 2013 3:14 PM
Definitely worth a try!
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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

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In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading.

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luiy's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:53 AM

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia and Parkinson's. More abstract but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that my colleague Scott Lilienfeld and I call neurocentrism -- the view that human behavior can be best explained by looking solely or primarily at the brain.

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Where Does Identity Come From?: Scientific American

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A fascinating new neuroscience experiment probes an ancient philosophical question—and hints that you might want to get out more

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FastTFriend's curator insight, June 1, 2013 10:40 AM

Regardless of these specifics, this experiment is a potent reminder that our lives are a work in progress. If we’re indeed living out a kind of tape, then it seems to be one in which the tracks can be tweaked as they’re read, even if they’re rather deep. As your brain is shaped by the choices you make, there is room for chance and noise – room for you to be unique.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:57 AM

Who we are is hard to measure and research, but it is important to seek the questions, if not the answers.

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The Power of Concentration

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We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:37 AM

Excellent article that highlights research and practical applications to deal with

what the author calls the plague of modern exsistence: multitasking.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 31, 2013 6:36 PM

We need to be present and mindful to the task and people at hand.

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21st Century Masters Create Their Own Fields | Big Think TV | Big Think

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Mastery is accessible, in fact, much more so today than ever before due to the explosion of the information economy.

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How to be a creative success.

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Alessandro Rea's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:06 AM

Branding has finally reached the snobs who think they are above it.

Every Gen Y-er knows about personal branding, and every Silicon Valley social media maven has one eye on their Klout score. But this year the New York Times declared that branding is a must-do for psychologists.


You can’t make money if you don’t have a brand.

I was thrilled to read this because I have thought for many years that my therapists could benefit from having me help them run their careers. But whenever I ventured into this territory, the therapist invariably did something annoying like reminding me of client-therapist boundaries. Now, though, it’s clear: they should hire me.



Also, in case you think you are not in a field that requires branding, there is now officially nothing without a brand. Because look, even Liechtenstein is rebranding itself as a party room: Harper’s magazine reports that you can rent the whole country for the evening for $20,000.

The thing is that most people don’t want to brand themselves as a party room; they want to be known for being creative. Which makes sense because really, we are all creative – to be human is to be creative. But you have to work hard at it to be good.



Jonah Lehrer wrote a great article about how to be known for being creative. Of course this is before he made the famously stupid, but certainly creative, blunder of manufacturing quotes from Bob Dylan and subsequently becoming a persona non-grata in the journalism field. Lehrer shows that creativity is something that is learned, from practice.

Part of how you learn it is by collecting a wide range of information so that you can put things together in new ways. (Which is why you should always click on the links in my post. In fact, here’s one answering the question, “What does it feel like to have a trophy wife?” How can you not be curious about that?)



Another way to be creative is to look at trends, for how creative people are gaining traction. There are plenty of people known for their creativity who tell you the rules they follow. The well known comic strip author Hugh MacLoed writes some rules he uses for cultivating creativity. Here are three more rules about creativity that are gaining traction.



1. Being a misfit is something to brag about.
We have entered the age of the misfit. The Economist made a formal proclamation thatbusiness is benefitting from people with Aspergers, dyslexia and ADHD. At least twenty people sent the article to me, which makes sense, because I have all three. So I’m excited for my big moment, where ads for seven-figure job openings specify that the person should have all three of those mental aberrations. And I’m excited that the job opening will be for something where I don’t have to sit in an office all day long being nice to people, since I can’t do that.



2. The starving artist has made way for the SEO artist.
It used to be that there was no way to make money as an artist unless you could wow a gallery owner with your art, or sleep with him. Now, though, artists can take sales into their own hands. James Maher is a great example of this artist entrepreneurship – he’s selling his prints direct, from his site, and he’s so smart about SEO that he told me not to link to his name, but link from the keyword street photography instead.

And look at that photo up top. It’s by Elly Mackay and she calls it papercraft theater. I found her work on the art site My Modern Metropolis, which links to her etsy store, which means she’s getting traction without having to get into the Whitney. Fine art gatekeepers are falling in favor of the long tail marketers, and this means determined artists can support themselves. And we all get to see a lot more great art.



3. Plagiarism is finally getting some respect.
Quentin Rowan is featured in the New Yorker because he applied his photographic memory to maybe-plagarizing a whole book in such an artful way – using an incredibly large number of sources – that it’s hard to get angry at him.

The kids at Stuyvesant, the kids who scored around the top .0001% of all New York City high school students, came up with a really clever cheating ring that got them caught, but also got them enough respect from the school-is-stupid press to give the kids a voice. The tests are stupid – it’s just memorizing. The kids who do best on the tests don’t do best in life. And it’s impossible to regulate cheating these days.

Nick Denton, media mogel and fearless leader of Gawker, pointed out that most publications are reprinting stuff from other publications, and no one seems to care, which is very similar to kids reprinting phrases from the Internet. At least in so far as no one cares.

The only people who care are people whose jobs are to be the enforcers, but we probably don’t need enforcers: if you don’t like it, don’t read it. And if you give kids tests that measure something important in life – like grit and determination - there is no way to cheat.

And that, probably, is what you want your personal brand based on anyway – grit and determination. It seems to me that it’s the core of creativity. And it also seems to me that it’s what we would want most from a theapist that we hire – that they should have grit and determination themselves and know how to help us get it.

So the truth is that the way to be known for your creativity is to work really hard at being creative. That’s the bad news. Because everything worth aiming for is hard work and I wish that were not true. I wish I could sneak in one easy thing and get a lot of credit for doing it.

The good news is that there are things you’re working hard at – like coping with being a misfit and finding clever ways to plagiarize – that you didn’t realize were, in fact, the hard work of achieving recognition as a highly creative person.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:30 PM

"Branding has finally reached the snobs who think they are above it." This is a great opening line. It also comes with a caveat. Legacies and brands are based on the perception of others who use our services or consume our products. We don't get to decide what they look like.

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Trust is...

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Trust is... Simple—When you break it down into its essential components of competence, integrity, benevolence, and dependability, trust is really pretty simple. Be good at what you do. Act with int...

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:49 PM

 

from article : Leadership—Leadership is about influencing others, and if people don’t trust you, you won’t be able to influence them. Leadership and trust go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other

Anne Egros's comment, May 20, 2013 2:09 PM
I agree with this one : One careless act can instantaneously destroy trust that has taken years to develop, especially when the breach of trust involves a personal character failure.
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:42 PM

Great scoop!  From the article:

 

Forgiving—Trust assumes the best intentions of others and looks to forgive when someone falls short of expectations. Trust knows that people aren’t perfect and that mistakes will happen, but people will generally prove themselves worthy of the trust placed in them.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

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A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creat (Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:34 PM

We might be able to, but I am not sure we have the time and energy to attend to this well.

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Team Emotional and Social Intelligence

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There are many measurable skills that contribute to individual high performance.  Furthermore, there are essential soft skills that make possible the delivery of that performance to an organization...
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Do Creators Get Power and Respect? - The Creative Mind

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Are people who write, create illustrations and movies and other artwork highly respected, in high demand and getting great compensation?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:34 PM

No they do not get enough. Many ideas are simply lifted without consideration for those who created.

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

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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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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.

The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep yourself open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.

There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.