Archive for the ‘Evolution’ Category

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What is creativity, and how can you tap into it?

June 26, 2008

A hip pocket definition: creativity is putting two things together that you haven’t put together before 

How about garlic mustard ice cream? Not the tastiest snack in the world—at least, to Americans—but the idea might make a kid laugh! That’s an example of creativity. In the world of snacks, this idea may be useless or counterproductive.

But in the world of children’s entertainment, putting two polar opposite foods together is fun and may turn out to be profitable for someone, someday.  Try lemon ice silicone spray. Or pillbugs soaked in perfume, rinsed in a rusty bucket and coated with chicken soup glaze. Eeewwww….but that’s the point.

One of the best explanations of creative thinking I’ve ever read:

Introduction to Creative Thinking by Robert Harris. Read it to find out how creativity = an ability + an attitude + a process.

 

Business needs creativity

One of the most vital needs in business, in nonprofits and in education is creativity. Reports in the New York Times, business publications and books all speak about the need to help everyone learn to tap their creative potential.

 

 Resources on the need for creativity

 Click for 21st century creativity and innovation skills resources.

 Click for 21st century communication and collaboration resources.

 Click for critical thinking and creativity resources, on Bloom’s taxonomy:  

Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior in learning. This taxonomy contained three overlapping domains: the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Within the cognitive domain, he identified six levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These domains and levels are still useful today as you develop the critical thinking skills of your students.                                         #                  #                  # 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Your present and your future are innovation, communication and creativity.

April 3, 2008

Have you ever wondered what kind of world we would live in without innovation, communication or creativity?

There could be no such world. Nature itself relies on all three. They are integral to its being, and form the basis of evolution.

And they are integral to human society.

As Neitzche says, “Kindness is the golden chain that binds society.” Indeed, without pervasive cooperation and respect, we would not have evolved communities.  Interdependence is a defining characteristic of any community. So communication and innovation rely on kindness to glue society together.

Communication is the oil that lubricates societal movement, growth, destruction and change. Creativity is the fuel.

 And innovation is the leapfrogging of progress that relies on the two former processes, an ever-changing combination of forces that swirl in a maelstrom of natural patterns, governed by nature’s laws. The combination of repeated patterns and unique inputs to those patterns create and guarantee the unique quality of every moment.

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