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Creative Thinking

No Rules, April Fool's

David Mandell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
David Mandell

Pranksters are everywhere this April Fool's Day. From BetaBrand and their clothes for cats, to SelfieBots, or AirBrB, companies are coming up with a m...

In Defense of Brainstorming

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

I'm all for people thinking on their own in their dorm room... or Starbucks... or the zoo. That's a good thing. But as a replacement for a well-run brainstorming session? Why the either/or syndrome? Why not both?

What I Learned From My Boss

Scott MacFarland | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

My career started before the Internet was born. I use that line with many college students as I talk with them. They laugh and give me a quizzical look. As I continue my story, I tell them years into my career, I finally learned to think critically, creatively and figure out how to navigate tough challenges.

Designing to Creativity

Michael Nobleza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

It really isn't about whether or not we have the most recent version of a desktop design program, nor is about whether desks and chairs are situated with people facing each other. It's about designing to the creative process, rather than what we're able to extract from that process.

It All Began With Balls

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.20.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Most companies begin on a shoe-string -- under-funded, under the gun, and under the radar. The company I co-founded in 1986, Idea Champions, was no ex...

Music, Creativity, And Unlocking Our Full Potential

Andrew Littlefield | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Andrew Littlefield

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSadly, for many of these students and adults, our automatic tendency is to view them by their limitations. As a music therapist, I have the privilege to bring music and creative activities to individuals who don't typically get to experience them.

Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared some questionable advice on how to become successful at work: Don't go to the bathroom. "...

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

100 Ways to Be More Creative at Work

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Psychologists agree that human beings are most creative at the age of five. After that, it's a slow and steady decline -- especially in the workplace. But wait! It doesn't have to be that way .

Building a Culture of Idea Sharing

Peter Arvai | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Peter Arvai

The internet is creating the largest human community in history, and it is all designated for idea sharing. In order for us to be successful in this environment, we have to build a culture of ideas within our companies. Here's what I've seen work well.

Think of Others If You Want Bigger, Better Ideas

James Allen | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business
James Allen

Struggling with a tricky problem? Pass it on to someone else. Sounds tempting? Here are a number of reasons why it might be your best course of action.

Study: Racial Stereotyping Linked To Less Creativity, Greater Chance Of Landing A Top Job

Posted 01.11.2013 | Black Voices

In a recent study out of Tel Aviv University, researchers found that people with an inclination to put certain racial groups into a box (aka stereotyp...

100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas at Work

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Since 1986, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace." Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on why.

Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Some of the most creative minds of all time have faced very high levels of social rejection and isolation. Of course, it's also possible that the unconventionality of creative people causes them to be social outsiders. The direction of causality is not clear. Enter a brand new series of studies.

10 Steps To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

John Seed | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
John Seed

Of course we all need criticism to guide us, and a healthy creative process has to include a time to solicit, consider and absorb criticism. However, there is real value in banishing criticism -- including self-criticism -- as you establish your creative process.

The Grave Dangers of Inspiration

Misha Lyuve | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

From ART BEAUTY LIFE blog. In this short essay I would like to warn you of dangers of inspiration. After suffering for over a week without inspirat...

Should I Worry That My Child's Best Friend Is Make Believe?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Plosheye was my brother's best friend and the two would talk by phone for hours, while my parents watched, and grinned. Once in awhile I asked for a turn, but my attempts at conversation were met with silence. He's shy, my mother would say. He doesn't like you, my brother would declare. Eventually it occurred to me that he didn't actually exist.

Putting Americans to Work

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.31.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when unemployment is the key political issue and when virtually everyone in politics is struggling to find ways to reduce the ranks of the unemployed, why doesn't some smart politician realize that the arts are one way to help solve this problem?

Right-Brained or Hare-Brained?

Bill Donius | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bill Donius

"Thinking outside the box" is far easier said than done. Why is it so difficult to achieve innovative breakthroughs in thinking?

Pain Of Discipline Trumps The Pain Of Regret

Val Brown | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business
Val Brown

The beginning of any creative or business project can be daunting and anxiety-ridden, though many of us may not be aware of it. It may manifest as procrastination. But in my case, and I think with most workers, it's not laziness, but fear.

Why Creative People Are So Complex

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Creative thinking is influenced by many traits, behaviors, and sociocultural factors that come together in one person. It would be surprising if all of these factors didn't sometimes appear to contradict one another.

Artist-Run Businesses Matter

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Some say artists are not good for anything but making art. Others believes artists should leave the business of art to dealers. They're both wrong.

Finding Your Inner Artist

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tara Sophia Mohr

Creating is delightful, fun and calming. It is spiritual, healing and transformative. Finding your creativity will help your physical health as well as make you a kinder, more generous person.

Creativity in the 21st Century

Shelley Carson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shelley Carson, Ph.D.

Creativity is important for artists, writers and musicians, but it's also crucial for societies, businesses and individuals who need to juggle fulfillment with the demands of the rapid-change culture.

Sparking the Collective Imagination

Jan Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jan Phillips

Businesses have always been on the cutting edge of creative innovation. Finding ways of bridging their bottom line concerns with the basic needs of the poor opens up whole new avenues for win-win solutions.