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Creativity exercises

  1. 1. Creativity exercises
  2. 2. Creativity exercise # 1 Connect the dots
  3. 3. Without raising the pen, try to connect all the dots on the next page with 4 straight lines. You have 3 minutes.
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  6. 6. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, users have, in new ways?
  7. 7. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Needs-that-people-have-1530997
  8. 8. Creativity exercise # 2 Connect boxes
  9. 9. Without crossing lines, try to connect  A with A,  B with B, and  C with C.
  10. 10. A AB B C C
  11. 11. A AB B C C
  12. 12. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, users have, in new ways?
  13. 13. Creativity exercise # 3 Find out how your smartphone can be used to do x
  14. 14. In the next 15 minutes, try to discover as many healthcare related uses for your smartphone as you can – including the use of mobile apps.
  15. 15. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-can-we-deliver-health-care-2318302
  16. 16. Creativity exercise # 4 Turn circles into new products and/or services
  17. 17. During the next 3 minutes, please draw as many new products and/or services of a certain company in the circles. http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play.html
  18. 18. Creativity exercise # 5 Count squares
  19. 19. Question # 1 How many squares can you find in the picture on the next page? Question # 2 How did you arrive at this number? https://hbr.org/2013/04/whats-the-connection-between-c
  20. 20. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, users have, in new ways?
  21. 21. Creativity exercise # 6 Rolestorming
  22. 22. Step A Please think about a problem you have at the moment. Step B Imagine what each of these people would do if he or she had the same problem:  What would your best friend do?  What would the best teacher, you ever had, do?  What would Ms. Y do?  What would Mr. X do?
  23. 23. Sources http://www.amazon.de/Creativity-Demand-Ignite-Sustain-Genius-ebook/dp/B00MJCAK0W/ page 134. http://celestinechua.com/blog/25-brainstorming-techniques/ http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/so-you-want-be-creative-genius
  24. 24. Creativity exercise # 7 Time travel exercise
  25. 25. Step A Please think about a problem you have at the moment. Step B Now think about how you would have solved / solve the problem  10 years ago.  10 years from now.
  26. 26. Further inspiration http://celestinechua.com/blog/25-brainstorming-techniques/ https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-do-people-understand-time-1844187
  27. 27. Creativity exercise # 8 Trial-and-error
  28. 28. Step A Think of a problem you have. Step B Choose an answer to solve the problem and try it out. Step C If it is not successful, try something else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial-and-error
  29. 29. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-can-we-understand-the-problem-1531110
  30. 30. Creativity exercise # 9 Copy an idea from another team / department
  31. 31. The team / department, who copies an idea from another team / department and uses it to create more value, gets a prize. Part A https://hbr.org/2012/12/a-simpler-way-to-get-employees-to-share.html
  32. 32. The team / department, that gets an idea copied by another team / department, also gets a prize. Part B https://hbr.org/2012/12/a-simpler-way-to-get-employees-to-share.html
  33. 33. Creativity exercise # 10 Try doing the opposite of what is tradition
  34. 34. Step A Think of something you want to do. Example: Start a pop-up restaurant. Step B Try doing the opposite of what restaurants traditionally do. Example: Use no menu. http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/reversing-assumptions-technique/
  35. 35. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-can-we-reimagine-the-restaurant-experience-1453613
  36. 36. Creativity exercise # 11 Do brainstorming
  37. 37. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brainstorming-the-disney-method-1449101 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brainstorming-the-SCAMPER-method-1452356
  38. 38. Creativity exercise # 12 Take a shower
  39. 39. Step A Take a shower. Step B Relax. Let your mind wander. Inspired by http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/creative-practice-tips-from-brian-eno/
  40. 40. When you are showering alone, you're in a personal space, free from negative feedback, quizzical stares, and other distractions. http://www.inc.com/magazine/20031001/strategies.html
  41. 41. http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2014/09/20_reasons_why_1.shtml Showering is a relaxing and stress free experience. That helps set your mind free.
  42. 42. As we scrub under the shower, our minds revert to a sort of neutral state in which we are receptive to issues or themes that bother us or that are unresolved. http://www.inc.com/magazine/20031001/strategies.html
  43. 43. Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-do-you-handle-stress-1496360
  44. 44. Creativity exercise # 13 Take a bus ride
  45. 45. Composer Steve Reich would ride the subway around New York when he was stuck. Inspired by http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/creative-practice-tips-from-brian-eno/
  46. 46. Creativity exercise # 14 Take a thought walk http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/five-metaphors-that-actually-foster-creative-thinking/
  47. 47. http://www.imagebase.net/People/051-copy
  48. 48. http://creativethinking.net/when-you-need-new-ideas-take-a-thought-walk/ Whenever you’re deeply involved with a problem, take a thought walk, for example around your neighbourhood, a shopping mall, a park, the woods etc. Look for objects, situations, or events that are interesting or that can be metaphorically compared with whatever you are working on.
  49. 49. Creativity exercise # 15 Sit next to an empty box
  50. 50. http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/five-metaphors-that-actually-foster-creative-thinking/
  51. 51. Creativity exercise # 16 Play with children’s toys
  52. 52. Playing with children's toys is another variant of incubation that works well for a lot of folks. http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/this-simple-trick-can-make-you-more-creative.html
  53. 53. Creativity exercise # 17 Exercise regularly
  54. 54. Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato found that people, who exercise 4 times a week, were able to think more creatively. http://everybodywalk.org/read/1468-lacking-inspiration-exercise-found-to-boost-creativity.html

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