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Nosotros es más inteligente que Yo: la inteligencia colectiva - Pablo Pascale

Nosotros es más inteligente que Yo: la inteligencia colectiva - Pablo Pascale | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Las ventajas de la inteligencia colectiva, lo que se necesita, facilitadores e inhibidores. Las sociedades necesitan de una inteligencia colectiva para la creatividad y de la creatividad para mejorar la inteligencia colectiva.
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{*} Ejemplo para explicar Técnicas de Creatividad - Neuronilla

{*} Ejemplo para explicar Técnicas de Creatividad - Neuronilla | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Neuronilla te ofrece un ejemplo que puedes utilizar para ilustrar el proceso mental que se sigue al aplicar las técnicas de creatividad a un equipo.
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Creative Thinking Exercises - Ask a Different Question

Creative Thinking Exercises - Ask a Different Question | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Talking with a business executive recently about her company’s internal innovation efforts and how Brainzooming could enhance them, she noted a creative thinking session the company held previously...

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Strategic Thinking Exercises – New Creative Thinking with Combos

Strategic Thinking Exercises – New Creative Thinking with Combos | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Here are two examples of strategic thinking exercise we’ve paired up recently for new creative thinking results:

Looking Differently + Eliminating Expectations


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20+ Ways to Help Students Be Innovative

20+ Ways to Help Students Be Innovative | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Cultivating an innovative culture inside your classroom and enhancing your students inquiry-based approaches to learning is not an easy task particularly in the light of all the...
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70 year old Creativity Technique That Is Still Relevant Today

70 year old Creativity Technique That Is Still Relevant Today | Serious Play | Scoop.it
An interesting 70 year old book is gaining popularity again in the creativity and innovation fields

 

Around the late 1930's, a creative Ad man named James Webb Young had a knock on his door from a manager who shared an epiphany that success in advertising comes from selling ideas not things. Despite the manager's insight, he had one problem, his team didn't know how to get ideas; they were stuck.  So, they came to the successful James Young for ideas on how to get ideas.  This encounter led to Young creating a little book called  A Technique for Producing Ideas. I recently came across it and was impressed to find some advice that is as relevant today as 70 years ago. I recommend you buy the book, but below I've picked out the key points you can use right away.

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What Questions Did You Ask Today?

"The average five-year-old asks 65 questions per day, most of them starting with "why." The average 44-year-old manager only asks six questions per day; most of them starting with "when," "where," or "how much."

The number of questions we ask per day doesn't increase until retirement. Why retirement? Because that's when we start asking, "Where are my keys?" and "Why did I walk into this room?" 

In this animated three-minute video, Chic Thompson the author of What a Great Idea!, will help you "jump start" your question asking ability."

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Ariana Amorim's comment, May 17, 2013 5:03 PM
@Joan Cansdale- That's a very good question, Joan ;-) I've been googling to see if I could find some studies on that particular effect, but I haven't found nothing yet.
Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 25, 2013 1:45 AM

Great questioning vidéo !

john dimitriou's curator insight, April 14, 2014 5:49 AM

Questions, questions and more questions. What are the right questions?

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A 70 year old creativity technique that is still relevant today - Think Jar Collective

A 70 year old creativity technique that is still relevant today - Think Jar Collective | Serious Play | Scoop.it
An interesting 70 year old book is gaining popularity again in the creativity and innovation fields.

 

What is most valuable to know is not where to look for a particular idea, but how to train the mind in the method by which all ideas are produced.James Webb Young

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7 Ways to be Creative | Innovation Management

7 Ways to be Creative | Innovation Management | Serious Play | Scoop.it

When faced with the question “Are you creative?” I have found that only the half of the audiences I speak to consider themselves creative. (...)

As innovation is partly depending on guts to dare, something that comes from self-confidence, I think it is time that we stretch our old opinion on what creativity is all about – here are 7 different ways to be creative. I am sure you can find yourself described at least in a couple of them.

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The 7 ways to be creative are:

 

1- Quantitatively creative

2- Creative combining

3- Creatively find new gains and delights

4- Creative exploitation

5- Creative refinement

6- Creative focus finding

7- Creatively swapping perspectives

 

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5 Tips to Jump Start Your Creativity

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Being a “Creative” is not always easy -- having the ability to release the flow of the creative juices is an important trick to know.
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5 simple and effective tips. The comments are also worth a read.

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How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED

How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Remix culture is something I think about a great deal in the context ofcombinatorial creativity, and no one has done more to champion the popular understanding of remix as central to creativity than my friend and documentarian extraordinaire Kirby Ferguson. So I’m enormously proud of Kirby’s recent TED talk about his Everything is a Remix project, exploring remix culture, copyright and creativity — watch and take notes"

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Creative Ideas – 37 Articles to Get Your Creativity Brainzooming

Creative Ideas – 37 Articles to Get Your Creativity Brainzooming | Serious Play | Scoop.it

  "Here’s another compilation piece, this time highlightingarticles about creativity from the Brainzoomingblog during 2010. Beyond the mid-year post on 26 ways to defeat a creative block (one of the most popular Brainzooming posts ever), this list provides a whole array of thoughts to get your creativity zooming whether individually or with your team."

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santina kerslake's curator insight, January 30, 2014 6:22 PM

Play around with things, ideas and challenge yourself with some of the constraints presented to you.

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Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming

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Eight techniques from the Virgin-founder to get the most from your next ideas meeting.
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THINKing » 11 Creativity Tools To Kickstart Your 2014

THINKing » 11 Creativity Tools To Kickstart Your 2014 | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Top Creativity Apps, Tools & Websites View more lists from Harry W. Hoover
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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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Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create | TED Playlists | TED

Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create | TED Playlists | TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it
"These talks have inspired me to create, in my writing or in my life," says Carlton Cuse, screenwriter and producer of Bates Motel and Lost.
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Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First

Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A lot of people want to improve their writing skills, both professionally and personally. In order to achieve that, a key ingredient is often ignored: Reading.
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Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Research shows that we learn best by doing.  Author Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind, argues that we are better prepared for the future if we embrace these concepts: design, story, empathy, sympathy, play, and meaning.

So, I set about creating challenges that would invite children to learn by doing and incorporate the concepts articulated by Daniel Pink on Think! Using household materials makes these challenges affordable but also more challenging. Innovation requires the creative use of resources.  If you want your child to be an innovator, there is no better preparation than these types of challenges.

 

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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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DIY Brainstorming

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Chic Thompson shows how to generate ideas anytime, anyplace by conducting a one-person DIY brainstorm session with divergent thinking.
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Creative Educator - 5 Hallmarks of a Creative Project

Creative Educator - 5 Hallmarks of a Creative Project | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Why is it that we definitely know a creative project when we see it, but we are hesitant to assess creativity, fearing that it is too squishy or subjective?

Creative projects are the tangible products of creative behavior and creative thinking. If we want students to produce creative works, we need to structure the project such that the products are a natural result of these behaviors."

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See also - "Learning in the Creativity Age-

Fostering attitudes and constructing environments where creativity thrives"
By Melinda Kolk

http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/2012/articles/Creative_Learning

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Shaking up habits through disruptive realism

Shaking up habits through disruptive realism | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is a cool video from the innovative design firm Frog Design.  In the vid Dave Hoffer shares some examples of “disruptive realism” on the street and how it might cause people to get unstuck from rigid thought patterns.  Disruptive realism is like experiencing something unexpected that causes you to think in new ways.  This is relevant to creativity because one thing that holds us back from relevant creative solutions is when we keep looking at the world the same old way.

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"What are some ways you help shake up rigid habits and routines? What kinds of things do you or others in your work environment do to help foster a fresh perspective?"

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Fostering Team Creativity

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The fast changing business environment is forcing organizations to continuously evolve and innovate. Cutting costs and lean management are no longer the solution to stay ahead of competition. Something different and fresh is the need of the hour – Fostering Team Creativity. The aim of this article is to provide practical insights into the much desired but lesser known topic of creativity.


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In order to succeed Organizations have to encourage team creativity (rather than looking at creativity at individual levels). Managers are advised to utilize Kirton’s Adaptor-Innovator Inventory (KAI) to help the team members realize their creativity style, understand differences in creativity tendencies of each other and thus create more collaborative and cohesive teams. KAI assessment tool states that any individual’s cognitive style can be placed on a continuum ranging from adaptive to innovative style. The inventory consists of 32 question statements which are based on three factors – Efficiency (E), Rule/Group Conformity (R/C) and Originality (O). 

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Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 1)

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 1) | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Is everyone creative? Sure they are but in very different ways and to varying degrees. There is a big difference between the folksong you wrote for your college sweetheart and a symphony composed by Beethoven.
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The Creative Secret Sting Uses To Write New Songs

The Creative Secret Sting Uses To Write New Songs | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Does Sting have a creative secret for writing a hit new song? Is there a trick Neil Simon uses to get ideas for plays?
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Do you know what "semantic intuition" is? See how it works and how can you use it to come up with a song, a breakthrough product, a story or an award-winning movie...

 

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