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Story Process: Drinking Game Boosts Your Team's Creativity in 13 Minutes

Story Process: Drinking Game Boosts Your Team's Creativity in 13 Minutes | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here's how one creative agency has used a drinking game, derived from Pictionary and Telephone, to get more excited and creative about upcoming presentations.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 8, 1:34 PM

Innovative storytelling is on the rise! Here's the second post today on creative developments in business storytelling.


This drinking game to generate stories made me smile and wish I was in the room with this group!


The post by Ilan Mochari @IlanMochari gives the directions for how to use this game to generate stories and visual storyboards in a fast and fun way. And it teaches everyone a lot about communication, too.


Why would you want to use this game? In this instance it was used to generate new ideas for marketing and branding campaigns. As the author says, it's easy to rinse and repeat previous campaigns, and harder to come up with new ones.


I think it's ingenious and definitely want to try it out. If you experiment with it, let us know what happens. And what other ways could you use this game in business?


Have fun and story on :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Rona Lewis's curator insight, April 9, 12:45 PM

I think it would be even MORE fun with a glass of wine!  We at RonaCorp have a similar exercise with crayons!  Pass it on!!

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Can Creativity Really Be Taught?

Can Creativity Really Be Taught? | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Creativity doesn't always come naturally. But do the classes, lists, and mantras really help? Even if your team isn't full of renaissance men and women, these steps can start them thinking outside the cubicle.

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» 10 Tips to Cultivate Your Creativity - World of Psychology

» 10 Tips to Cultivate Your Creativity - World of Psychology | Serious Play | Scoop.it

For the past 30 years creativity coach Eric Maisel, Ph.D, has worked with a variety of individuals, everyone from artists to authors to musicians to scientists to lawyers. 

He’s also written numerous books on creativity. So it’s safe to say he knows a few things about the creative process.

In his latest book on creativity,Making Your Creative Mark, he reveals the nine keys to achieving your artistic goals. These include: thinking thoughts that serve you; building confidence; developing your passion; using freedom to support a successful creative life; dealing effectively with stress; cultivating empathy; navigating relationships; strengthening your identity; and exploring how society affects you and choosing your role in society.

Here are 10 illuminating tips from his book on cultivating creativity.

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Writing and the Creative Life: “Creativity-In-Action”

Writing and the Creative Life: “Creativity-In-Action” | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creativity requires more than inspiration; it requires us to build skills and knowledge, to master the craft.
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Doing New with Less - Creative Thinking and Innovative Programs on a Shoestring

Doing New with Less - Creative Thinking and Innovative Programs on a Shoestring | Serious Play | Scoop.it

There’s always value in creating the greatest impact from the resources most readily available to us in organizations (which I learned just yesterday can be described with the much more impressive phrase: physical eolithism).

This is especially true when the people, financial, and other resources we need to get things done aren’t what they used to be or that we would want them to be. Talking about this with a client the other day for an upcoming creative thinking and innovation workshop I’m presenting, I blurted out, “It’s all about doing new with less.”

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Boost creativity and productivity by getting back to nature.

Sometimes it's not enough to just take a day off of work or get out of the city; we need to immerse ourselves in nature to access our full potential for creative thought, focus, and productivity. History's greatest minds knew it and recent research confirms it. So clear your calendar, switch off your phone, and get out there.

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The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED

The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Need a burst of inspiration? Wildly creative thinkers share ideas, strategies and warmhearted encouragement to let your genius out.
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When there is a Correct Answer Exercise in Creative Thinking

Who wants a correct answer?

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I'm wondering how this would work with adult trainees... Can't wait to try it out!

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7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How love fuels creativity and 6 other ways to free your mind to do its best work.

 

Creativity can seem innate, but like many things, it is actually a delicate balance of nature and nurture. In other words, creative thinking can be enhanced by external forces, and isn’t necessarily reliant on “good genes” or natural ability.

 

 

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Mental and environmental approaches that can help us improve our creative output:

 

1. Restrict yourself: for instance, if you usually write 1000-word short stories, try to create a story in under 500 words. The limiting nature of the task can bring out your most creative side.

 

2. Re-conceptualize the problem: instead of looking at the end goal of a creative project, it’s better to re-visualize the problem from other, more meaningful, angles before starting.

 

3. Separate work from consumption: we are particularly terrible at creating when we try to combine the gathering of information and actual creation.

 

4. Stay positive: Although negative moods can sometimes spur creativity, researchers have found that it is during strong positive moods that our best creative work is done. 

 

5. Use counterfactual thinking (also known as asking, “What might have been?”): take events that have already happened and re-imagine different outcomes, alternating between the subtractive mindset (taking elements out of the event) and the additive mindset (adding elements into the event).

 

6. Daydream… after getting started: daydreaming can be beneficial because it allows for the incubation of ideas. But incubation is only effective when we already have information to chew on. So be sure to get started on your project before drifting off.

 

7. Think about others: one study found that people who thought their work would be used by someone else came up with more novel ideas. 

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Creative thinking decreases as children get older

Creative thinking decreases as children get older | Serious Play | Scoop.it


Stereotypes and Divergent Thinking

 

Nurturing divergent thinking in studio art classes
How do I, as an art teacher work at nurturing a culture of divergent thinking in studio artwork?

 

http://people.goshen.edu/~marvinpb/11-13-01/Effects-of-Stereotypes.html

 

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The artist is in. | TED Playlists | TED

The artist is in. | TED Playlists | TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Why create? Artists and designers share their work, their process and their vision in these deeply personal -- and often hilarious -- talks.


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Guía Neuronilla para Generar Ideas (vídeo y textos)

Guía Neuronilla para Generar Ideas (vídeo y textos) | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Guía Neuronilla para generar ideas. Video y textos de Neuronilla con las claves para dinamizar sesiones de producción de ideas en equipos de empresas, instituciones públicas y ONG's. Cómo usar bien las técnicas de creatividad.
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Este vídeo se complementa con los textos de los siguientes artículos:

Cómo definir bien un objetivo creativo (se relaciona con el paso 6).Las normas de la sesión de generación de ideas (paso 7).El dinamizador y el anotador de la sesión creativa (paso 8).Cómo dinamizar la generación de ideas, indica también cómo usar bien las técnicas de creatividad(pasos 10 y 11).Cómo evaluar ideas (pasos 13 y 14).
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The Heart of Innovation: 20 Awesome Quotes on Humor, Play, and Creativity

The Heart of Innovation: 20 Awesome Quotes on Humor, Play, and Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
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3 TED Talks to Unleash Your Creativity

3 TED Talks to Unleash Your Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Looking for some inspirational  ideas to unleash your creativity and kickstart the new year? The TED talks below are definitely a must watch. The start of a new year is traditionally the time that most people set out goals and resolutions and create to-do lists. These talks will help you come up with creative ideas to include  in your resolutions list and most importantly, will "offer the kick-in-the-pants you need to unleash your creative spirit. 


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61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create

61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A list of sixty-one ways you can use online and social media sources for creative motivation. 

If you can read through this list and NOT think there are a great many online and social media resources for motivating people to create, let me know. We’ll expand the list beyond these first sixty-one ideas!


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MISC Magazine | Five Everyday Habits for Boosting Creativity

MISC Magazine | Five Everyday Habits for Boosting Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it

I have a simple game that I often use as an icebreaker before any creative session. It starts with creatively naming things. The idea is to ask people to look around and give everyday items a different name. For instance a cell phone could also be called a “ball and chain” or a car could be called “hot wheels.” It’s amazing how the hidden or, in effect, “real” roles of those items reveal themselves through this exercise. With a bit of creativity, everyone can come up with some fun and entertaining names for many mundane, everyday objects and these new names can be a starting point for the creation of new product categories.

 

Here are the 5 proven everyday habits for you to use to boost creativity:

1/ Everyday Journaling.

2/ The Discipline of Curiosity.

3/ Practice Problem Framing Improvisation.

4/ Deposit Positive Energy.

5/ Avoid Creative Brain Drain.

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.
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How Do You Change Your Routine to Keep Life Interesting?

How Do You Change Your Routine to Keep Life Interesting? | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Our days are filled with routines. Most of them are pretty good! They help us deal with a large number of complex tasks. If we stick to them too closely, though, we get bored. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to mix things up.

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8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard for Innovations

8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard for Innovations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
[Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint.

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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:39 AM

I have found that storyboarding integrates seamlessly between Persona development and UI design as a perfect way to visualize the happy paths of already identified Use Cases... This can be an enormous value add for stakeholders. @OneSpring #Visualization #InnovateorDie

Karen Dietz's comment, June 29, 2013 2:54 PM
Great points Michael and thanks for the comment!
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Thank you Karen!
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The Business of Creativity: Assessing the Creative Spark Creativity at Work

The Business of Creativity: Assessing the Creative Spark Creativity at Work | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The Business of Creativity: Results from a study on assessing the creative spark conducted by the Motion Picture Association of America, Microsoft & TIME

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The 4 Roles of Creativity: Explorer, Artist, Judge, Warrior

The 4 Roles of Creativity: Explorer, Artist, Judge, Warrior | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Which one are you?

You can approach creativity systematically and one method is Roger von Oech’s "4 Roles of Creativity.”

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Courageous Creativity

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Through this zine we present stories of courage and creativity sourced from people like you and me, living, working, being courageously creative and changing themselves and others in our community. Our writers come from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life - they are small business owners, state employees, corporate CEOs, non-profit founders and volunteers, professionals, scientists, sociologists, artists, activists, mothers and fathers, and friends.

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101 Tips on How to Become More Creative by Michael Michalko · Creativity-Portal.com

101 Tips on How to Become More Creative by Michael Michalko · Creativity-Portal.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Effective, useful, engaging, and fun tips from author Michael Michalko on using everyday resources to increase your creativity.
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Creativity – the challenge of defining, developing and assessing it

Creativity – the challenge of defining, developing and assessing it | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Creativity is defined as one of the four 4Cs of  Learning and Innovation in 21st Century learning. This OECD Creativity working paper is an interesting start in working out how we can define, develop and assess this wide ranging ‘skill’ we call Creativity. On display in the image above is a protype assessment tool developed from much research as outlined in the working paper.

It aims to break down Creativity into 5 main dispositions and then divides these dispositions into 3 sub-habits ...


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