Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process
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Ways of fostering Creativity & Innovation : Understanding how creativity works and how can we reinforce the process
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How 3M Gave Everyone Days Off and Created an Innovation Dynamo – by Kaomi Goetz

How 3M Gave Everyone Days Off and Created an Innovation Dynamo – by Kaomi Goetz | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
The 15 percent program seems squishy but is now key to 3M’s business strategy and is extended to everyone.

Some have tried to emulate it but failed because they wouldn't support the new ideas.

In 1974, 3M scientist Art Fry came up with a clever invention. He thought if he could apply an adhesive (dreamed up by colleague Spencer Silver several years earlier) to the back of a piece of paper, he could create the perfect bookmark, one that kept place in his church hymnal. He called it the Post-It Note.
What you might not know is that Fry came up with the now iconic product (he talks to the Smithsonian about it here) during his “15 percent time,” a program at 3M that allows employees to use a portion of their paid time to chase rainbows and hatch their own ideas. It might seem like a squishy employee benefit. But the time has actually produced many of the company’s best-selling products and has set a precedent for some of the top technology companies of the day, like Google and Hewlett-Packard.
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Innovation Always Trumps Invention - By Thomas D. Kuczmarski

Innovation Always Trumps Invention  -  By Thomas D. Kuczmarski | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
Invention and innovation have been mashed together so thoroughly that it is hard to tell the difference between them—yet they could not be more different.
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It is time to clarify and redefine the difference between invention and innovation.
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When a new idea surfaces or a new patent is filed—that is an invention. It is the classic eureka moment when a person has an idea for the better mousetrap and sets about creating it, putting off concern about who will buy it for another day. It is research for the sake of building knowledge, which is certainly important, but not done with thought of commercialization.
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Innovation is a very different concept. When a need is identified and a product or service is developed to meet that need, you have an innovation. People talk about the "invention" of the lightbulb or the "invention" of the iPhone, when in fact neither Thomas Edison nor Steve Jobs were inventors. They both used existing technology in new ways with an eye toward a big market for the result. They were innovators.
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It is important to understand that brainstorming new product ideas is worth far less than identifying consumer wants and needs and developing products or services to meet them.
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Cultivate critical thinking and learning - By M. Ganeshadeva

Cultivate critical thinking and learning - By M. Ganeshadeva | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
For creative thinking to flourish and blossom, the mind must be freed from stereotyped thinking. Students should be given the space to ask questions and be encouraged to contribute ideas and inputs.
Teachers should nurture and cultivate in their students the intellectual approach of inquiry, openness of mind and analytical thinking to foster clarity of thinking and critical understanding of any subject.
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Top tips for building an innovation culture - By Nick Jankel-Elliot

1. Focus on fostering a viral innovation culture one person/team at a time
2. Build innovation habits
3. Institutionalise what innovation looks like
4. Give mavericks & their networks permission to innovate
5. Celebrate benefits of creative-thinking, risk-taking & mistake making in personal and professional lives
6. Incentivise inner motivation as much as financial or professional rewards
7. Give innovation (a) space & bring it to life
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A Key Ingredient to Sustainable High Performance : Curiosity - By Scott Peltin

A Key Ingredient to Sustainable High Performance : Curiosity  - By Scott Peltin | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
Curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something. It is the foundation of innovation.
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Reading, writing and future thinking -By Ilparone

Reading, writing and future thinking  -By Ilparone | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
Reading and writing are fertilizers for creative future thinking. Written words do not just connect us to ideas and abstractions, they connect us to people and actions.
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Written words (either fiction or factual, digital or ink on paper) lead to constructive reflection and reflection leads to action. In the process, future thinking turns into concise thoughts and concrete actions. At the same time, opening our future horizon by reading or writing helps us to generate and nurture our personal future seeds.
Everyone's creativity is different. We all have different ways to fuel our creative thinking.
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Everyone has her own path to active creativity. Everyone has her own way to make her creativity matter. Those who truly embrace diversity as a condition for creative future thinking, are able to appreciate different practices and methods that support creativity.
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How can we teach critical and creative thinking? | Love2Learn - By malyn

How can we teach critical and creative thinking? | Love2Learn - By malyn | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
Here are some practices to foster if we are to teach critical and creative thinking.
- It is okay to question
- Find different ways to respond
- Encourage group work
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Hybrid Group Brainstorming: Team Brainstorming, Collaborative Ideas. - By Andre Ivanchuk

Hybrid Group Brainstorming: Team Brainstorming, Collaborative Ideas.  - By Andre Ivanchuk | Enhancing & Understanding the Creative Process | Scoop.it
This approach allows for the ideal time and setting needed for optimal individual thinking by allowing members to approach the challenge individually in their own environment under terms that stimulate creative thought and ideas.
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Creative problem solving solutions for project managers - By Sanda Berar

Creative thinking and the application of creative problem solving methods increase the chances of project managers to be successful in their role.
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