By facilitating space for others to participate,cocreation and cohesion become present. Facilitate destiny
“You want to sail where?” Flat Earth believers to Columbus.Principles of Creativity:•Creative Outlook: Do you consider yourself creative?Habits, choices and obstacles.•Creative Techniques: Tools, Tricks, Tips.•Creative Processes: questioning, clarification,divergence, convergence, emergence.•Applications: problem solving, invention,transformation, finding new directions.
Koot’s Creation Square 4 ways to boost creativity 2. Destruction1. Facilitation What has to go? What shouldHow can we create space for new change?ideas together?Inspire, to invest, coach, cocreate,storytelling, dialogue, brainstorm Attack, overthrow, deconstruct, new paradigms, question, create chaos.3. Stillness 4. Play.What comes up, what wants to be What can I imagine or play design?expressed? Innovate, shape, play with, experiment,Zen, listening, to observe, trusting, letting make visible, do, use of arts, gamesgo
“Stress is the best way to think in stereotypes and old patterns.” John CleeseCreativity Killers:Blockage: this is not allowed, we tried this before, that won’t work,bad idea, you don’t know enough,Assumptions: all limiting frames of mind: it has to be original, I amnot creative, mistakes are forbidden, they want it this way, there isone right answer, the answer is (not) here,Interests: Expected outcomes, positions, political games andinterests, bound by relationships or expectations.Fears: They’ll think I am/we are crazy, can I control the outcome?,NB: Never, never, never converge (=criticize ideas or input, kill badideas) while diverging.Thomas Watson, builder of IBM, in 1943: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
So what makes it blossom?Play with it, be frivolous, ask any stupid question, be a rebel, challenge assumptions, be ambiguous, postpone criticism, be inspired, follow intuition,visualize, dream, say yes, explore, experiment, take lateral steps, create new connections, dare to take risks, accept frustration, first diverge then converge,..
The best people to make a difference:• Are aware what effect their contribution is having.• Are a mixed group that loves and acknowledges each other.• Do find likeminded people to share the burden and the pleasure.• Break patterns and keep the flow going.• Feel and act inspired. Experience helps.• Keep it simple and loving or compassionate.
Empower people by letting them co-create, since it must work for them.Make things reality as soon as possible: do not guess, but experience yourselfBe open and willing to experiment and integrate all feedback Play Design
“Cultivate Creative People, lack of ideas may be terminal.”• Say yes• And…• Choose to know* *) Dare to look, dare to make a stand, dare to fail.
Divergence & ConvergenceBreath everything in.Filter what you need.Blow out the rest.Use what you have.You can’t filterWithout inhaling everything.
Process design: stepsDesign Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry“4-D” Cycle Discovery “What gives life?” (The best of what is) Appreciating Destiny Dream“How to empower, learn, Affirmative “What might be?” and adjust/improvise?” Topic Choice (What is the world calling for) Sustaining Envisioning Results Design “What should be--the ideal?” Co-constructing
Building an Action Network How does it work? What do we want to happen? Knowledge & Insight Creative Tribe Design Practical Foundations Cocreation & Networks What do we have to do to How do we play it together make it work? into existence?Compare with the 3 questions: What do we want? What assets are needed? What behaviour is needed?
“The only sacred cow is irreverence. Therefore dare to play with everything.” De 7 rules of Great Brainstorming:1. Postpone Judgement. What is good or interesting about this idea?2. Liberate your imagination. Dare to dream/fantasize.3. Quantity = Quality. The more ideas the better.4. Cross Polinate. Think and/and. Seek synthesis and integration.5. 3 x +++ (if someone rejects an idea, another may ask for three advantages ofthe idea)6. Follow the energy. Let it flourish, avoid idea stoppers.7. Don’t take it so f***ing seriously.
Ground Rulesl AllIdeas are good.l Note down everthing on mind maps or chartsl Really listen to each other.l Keep appointed times.l Seek shared grounds.l Problems and disputes are noted, but not ‘solved’.l Do not go into details..yet.
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The Art of the Question IBlockers Movers• What’s the biggest • What possibilities exist problem here? that we have not thought about yet?• Why did I have to be • What’s the smallest born in such a change that could make troubled family? the biggest impact?• Why do they blow it • What solutions would have so often? us both win?• Why do we still have • What makes my questions inspiring, energizing, and those problems? mobilizing?
Good Questions are:• Simple and Clear• Stimulate and inspire research and action• Are essential and deepening.• Questions arrived paradigms.• Opens new doors and possibilities• Are positive and empowering
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“I have not failed. Ive just found 10,000 ways that wont work. “ Thomas A. EdisonEdward de Bono’s Think Hats The White Hat is cold, neutral, and objective. Take time to look at the facts and figures. Process: What’s the case? What do we need to know? The Red Hat represents anger (seeing red). Take time to listen to your emotions, your intuition. Process: What emotions are we dealing with? How involved are we? The Black Hat is gloomy and negative. Take time to look at why this will fail. Process: What are critical conditions? What are the criteria? What obstacles need to be overcome? The Yellow Hat is sunny and positive. Take time to be hopeful and optimistic. Process: What are the possibilities? What more is possible? Trust and follow the energy! The Green Hat is grass, fertile and growing. Take time to be creative and cultivate new ideas. Process: What’s coming up? How can we realize this? The Blue Hat is the color of the sky, high above us all. Take time to look from a higher and wider perspective to see whether you are addressing the right issue. Process: . What’s happeing and how do we keep on track.
DO YOU?Stand aloneLive fearlesslyAct heroicallyWant to be free and true morethan anything elseTake unconditional responsibilityfor oneselfFace everything and avoid nothingAt all times see things impersonallyLive for a higher purposeAndrew Cohen on authentic leadership
“Truths are illusions from which we have forgotten they are illusions. “ Friedrich NietscheThe Alchemistic process 1Earth: What is stuck in this? What are the inmoveble objects orelements?What is the material side of this? Budget, means, people. How to usethem.Water: What is fluid in this? What can be changed, transformed? Whatare the relationships and emotions that influence the outcomes?What’s the discussion? How to communicate?Air: what are the images concerning/influencing this? What decisionsneed to be taken?Fire: Where is the fire? What do we want (to change)? What are ourintentions? What’s the purpose?Ether: What is the bigger picture? How does this process fit in thebigger pattern? How are we, or do we want to be, changed by it?
“When a answer at first does not seem absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Alfred EinsteinCreative thinking like EinsteinFind the right problem: The better the definition the more room andpossibilities.Break through patterns: as much in your own thinking as in rulingparadigms.Evade, break and or reframe the rules: take the opposite or hide them.Trust Emergence to happen: walk in the park, talk to strangers, let it go,tell it to a child as fairy tale.Seek new conditions: invent new words, symbols, parameters (differentpricing, different customers, different categories, different process),seek new dimensions, angles, strategies and criteria.Visualize problem to understand and develop. Use concretemetaphors.
“You can’t solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it in the first place.”Alfred EinsteinCreatief thinking like Leonardo daVinci:Curiosità: Seek the truth.Dimostrazione: Take your responsibility.Sensazione: practice observation skills and awareness.Sfumato: Look into the shadow sides.Arte/Sciènza: balance the male and female side of it all.Corporalita: Integrate body and mind.Connessione: Be (com)passionate
COCD quadrant: How to choose the best ideas (conversion) Ordinary OriginalUnrealistic Realistic
A strong new porfessional title is:• Simple and clear.• Invites to further investigation.• Reveals the core of the issue.• Offers freedom and inspiration to act.• Opens new doors and possibilities• Are positive and empowering