The famously media-averse cartoonist Bill Watterson on his work habits, the power of comic strips, and how to create art.
Jens Hoffmann's insight:
Bill Watterson, the creator of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, is famously media-averse. He gave only 2 interviews. One in the documentary "Stripped", which is available on iTunes (but unfortunately noit in the german iTunes store). Here are the four tips about the creative process that Watterson reveals in the film:
Today, frog is pleased to release the Collective Action Toolkit (CAT). The CAT is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community.
Effective networking isn't a result of luck -- it requires hard work and persistence. What does it take to be a super networker? The article gives some interesting hints. But the most important one's are not in the list. Have a genuine interest in the persons you are networking with and ask more, than you tell. Networking is about relationships, not selling.
If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project. This is a fast-paced project where participants pair up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a solution to “redesign the gift-giving experience” for their partner. NO PREVIOUS DESIGN EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.
Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. This allows you to follow the same route to work every day without thinking about it, liberating your brain to ponder other things, such as what to make for dinner. However, the brain's executive command center does not completely relinquish control of habitual behavior
When it comes to innovation, entrepreneurship gets a lot of attention. But every day, people are generating new products and business models within established companies as well. This so-called intrapreneurship may seem cushier--after all, a corporate parent eliminates some risks of a startup--but it’s often a challenging and delicate proposition.
The corporate environment can be complicated; as a result, the intrapreneur’s playbook is just as attuned to balancing interests as it is to disruptive innovation. Here are some tips for making your big ideas a reality, without rocking the corporate boat (too much).
Resilience is not only a coping strategy in an age of economic uncertainty and dramatic natural disasters, but can be used as an innovation strategy, too.
Resilience is the ability to recover, persist, or even thrive under disruption, It’s not the same thing as robustness. It’s not the same thing as redundancy. It’s not about reserves. And it’s not about real-time information
"Change Management", "Innovation" – das sind Schlüsselbegriffe in vielen Unternehmen und von diesen Faktoren hängt oft deren Erfolg ab: neue, kreative Ideen, die am Ende der ganzen Gesellschaft zugute kommen. Denn jedes Unternehmen lebt von den Ideen seiner Mitarbeiter – nicht nur derjenigen, die explizit eine "Kreativ-Position" haben.
Doch laut einer Studie des Kreativitätsforschers Prof. Dr. Rainer Holm-Hadulla von der Universität Heidelberg haben es "Querdenker" und "Kreative" immer schwerer in den Unternehmen und Organisationen. Zu viele und zu langsame Prozesse sowie stark hierarchische Strukturen und die strenge Orientierung nach Kostenfaktoren hemmen den Freiraum, lassen zu wenig Zeit und Raum für die Entfaltung kreativer Ideen....
Failure is a positive act of creativity Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs have to re-learn this as adults.
Because in schools, the notion of failure is complicated. School usually gives students one chance to get something right; failing grades work against practice, mastery, and creativity. To keep kids motivated, learning needs to be irresistible. Something games are very good at. The article condenses gaming principle to apply in learning.
To change the world, we need a generation of new minds equipped with new ways of thinking. We need to drastically shift our conception of education and then completely transform how we facilitate learning.
This film covers what I consider to be the most dangerous misunderstanding of creativity: that only a select few are creative. Research, however, shows that creativity happens when several forces overlap within yourself – something accessible to everyone, not just those blessed by muses.
Failure and more importantly studying others’ misfortunes is one of the most important educational tools we have. But especially we Germans have a big Versagensangst, we are afraid to fail.
Time to change that and use failures as what they are for: a learning opportunity. But we also could learn from the failures of others. This article presents the most frequent failures of entrepreneurs and startups.
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