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a short collection of quotes from some of my favourite books on creativity and not only

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  • A little on 1 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | CREATIVITYThursday, 18 August 2011 Our most creative ideas emerge from the space between our thoughts. ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.’ Plutarch A ‘SPIRITED’ CREATOR People who fully express their creative potential are SPIRITED people. Your creativity is based on key strengths in a few of the following personal qualities. S = SELF-AWARE Open to new ways of doing things Actively develops own intuition Seeks insights about self and others Knows own personal purpose and values Maintains confidence in tough situations. P = PURPOSEFUL Sees the big picture Envisions what’s important Commits wholeheartedly Likes challenge and self-expression Links goals to personal values Promotes highest benefit foe everyone concerned. I = INCISIVE Looks for input from others Seeks opposing points of view Assesses situations systematically, holistically Shows curiosity Discerns objectivity Continued on Page 2 Creativity is a process which eliminates competition and establishes sharing. ‘The difficulty lies, not in new ideas, but escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds’ John Maynard Keynes Issue No. Nine A Curious Mind You can not find this anywhere, unless you look hard;) TELEPHONE 1234567890 FACSIMILE1234567890
  • A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY PAGE2 2 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | R = REWARDING Shares credit Seeks to see positive performance in others Expresses appreciation easily Values intrinsic motivations Affirms diverse viewpoints Celebrates completions I = INVENTIVE Generates many options Switches easily between logic and imagination Promotes ‘Beginner’s Mind’ Plays spontaneously Looks at problems in new ways Envisions what might be possible T = TRANSFORMING Takes persistent action Moves people to action Energizes self and others Values and respects people Acts with integrity to keep agreements Chooses growth over fear Continued on Page 3 ‘There is no use trying,’ said Alice. ‘One can not believe impossible things.’ ‘I dare say you haven’t much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ Lewis Carroll
  • A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY PAGE3 3 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | E = EVALUATIVE Makes decisions based on personal values Seeks long term as well as short term benefits Looks beyond ‘the numbers’ Seeks consensus when possible Judges at appropriate times Anticipates consequences D = DAUNTLESS Takes initiative Comfortable with ambiguity Takes prudent risks Intuitively foresees future patterns and trends Acts independently if necessary . Creativity is fundamentally an expression of who we are, not what we do or have. The true force of creativity is first to ‘be,' then to ‘do’, and finally to ‘have’. In the natural scheme of creativity ‘being’ comes before ‘doing, which comes before ‘having’. We are always being creative and it simply depends on what we spend our time creating that makes the difference.
  • A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY PAGE4 4 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | We each have ‘favorite’ blocks to creativity - recurring patterns that we’ve learned over time. Possible blocks include: •Limiting beliefs •Fear ( of the known and unknown) •Other emotions ( such as anger, guilt, boredom) •Stress •Overspecialization •Narrow thinking •Lack of imagination What’s important is first recognize what they are and then begin to transform them. GENERATE IDEAS by modifying and experimenting. Often the hardest part of generating new ideas is knowing where and how to begin looking for them. Each person employs a mixture of four distinct Innovation Styles, each with its own unique question to stimulate new ideas: •Visioning: what ideas gives us an ideal future? •Modifying: What ideas optimize what we’ve done? •Experimenting: What ideas combine different elements? •Exploring: What ideas start with totally new assumptions? Modifying builds on what is known, while Experimenting combines the components in new and novel ways. ‘The art of transforming our blocks is different from trying to change ourselves.’ ...so creative ideas vanish unless there is a receptive audience to record and implement them. Without the assessment of competitive outsiders, there is no reliable way to decide whether the claims of a self-styled creative person are valid.
  • A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY PAGE5 5 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | The answer is obvious: creativity is some sort of mental activity, an insight that occurs inside the heads of some special people.This short assumption is misleading. If by creativity we mean an idea or action that is new and valuable, then we cannot simply accept a person’s own account as the criterion for its existence. There is no way to know whether a thought is new, except with reference to some standards, and there is no way to tell whether it is valuable until it passes social evaluation. Therefore, creativity does not happen inside people’s heads, but in the interaction between a person’s thoughts and a sociocultural context. It’s a systemic than an individual phenomenon. TALENT, GENIUS AND CREATIVITY To make things more complicated, consider two more terms that are sometimes used interchangeably with creativity. The first is talent. Talent differs from creativity in that it focuses on an innate ability to do something very well. We might say that Mozart was a talented pianist without implying that he has creative for that reason. Of course, talent is a relative term, so it might be argued that in comparison to ‘average’ individuals the creative ones are talented. The other term that is often used as a synonym for ‘creative’ is genius. Again there is an overlap.Perhaps we should think of a genius as a person who is both brilliant and creative at the same time.Certainly a person can change the culture in significant ways without being a genius. THE SYSTEMS MODEL To have any effect, the idea must be c o u c h e d i n t e r m s t h a t a r e understandable to others, it must pass muster with the experts in the field, and finally it must be included in the cultural domain to which it belongs. So the first question I ask of creativity is not what it is but where it is? The answer that makes most sense is that creativity can be observed only in the interrelations of a system made up of three main parts. The first of these is the domain, which consists of a set of symbolic rules and procedures. Mathematics is a domain, or at a finer resolution algebra and number theory can be seen as domains. Domains are in turn nested in what we usually call culture, or the symbolic knowledge shared by a particular society, or by humanity as a whole. The second component of creativity is the field, which includes all individuals who act as gatekeepers to the domain. It is their job to decide whether a new idea or product should be included in the domain.It is the field that selects what new works of art deserve to be recognized, preserved and remembered. Finally, the third component of the creative system is the individual. Creativity occurs when a person, using the symbols of a given domain such as music, engineering, business, or mathematics, has a new idea or sees a new pattern, and when this novelty is selected by the appropriate field for inclusion into the relevant domain. The next generation will encounter that novelty as part of the domain they are exposed to, and if they are creative, they in turn will change it further. Occasionally creativity involves the establishment of a new domain. Where is Creativity? ... THE INTERACTION BETWEEN A PERSON’S THOUGHTS AND A SOCIOCULTURAL CONTEXT... Who is right: the individual who believes in his own or her own creativity, or the social milieu that denies it? If we take sides with the individual, then creativity becomes a subjective phenomenon.
  • A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY PAGE6 6 a little on Creativity, 1234 Main Street, Any Town, State ZIP | London | Walt Disney allowed his vivid imagination to produce fantastical ideas uncritically and unrestrained. Later, he engineered these fantasies into feasible ideas and then evaluated them. To evaluate them, he would shift his perspective three times by playing three separate and distinct roles: the dreamer, the realist, and the critic. On the first day he would play the dreamer and dream up fantasies and wishful visions.He would let his imagination soar without worrying about how to implement his conceptions. His fantasy analogies permitted him to connect words, concepts, and ideas with apparently irrelevant objects and events. The result was a rich treasure of associations; an imagination avalanche with whole mountains of ideas crashing down. The next day,he would try to bring his fantasies back to Earth by playing the realist. As a realist he would look for ways to engineer his ideas into something workable and practical. Finally, on the last day, he would play the part of the critic and poke holes into his ideas. Is it feasible? The Dreamer, The Realist and the Critic. ASK A CRAB, MAGIC WAND, THOUGHT WALK AND A FEW MORE... What’s in your adventure book? ‘As is your sort of mind, so is your sort of search; you’ll find what you desire’ Robert Browning
  • 7 A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY Intelligence is not to be regarded as a result of accumulated knowledge which could be learned, for example as a science or as a technique. Rather, it can perhaps best be regarded as - the art of perception through the mind.Such an art requires great insight and skill.When these are absent, thought quickly gets lost in confusion. August 2011 FROM: A LITTLE ON CREATIVITY 1234 Main StreetAnytown, State ZIP Issue No. Nine MAIL TO: A Curious Mind a little on Creativity 4321 First Street Anytown, State ZIP The Wizard What would happen if one moved at the speed of a light ray and looked in a mirror? A:B :: C:D :: E:F