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Fostering Creativity

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The few days before a brainstorm session begins -- the "incubation time" -- is often the difference between brilliance and boredom. Unfortunately, most companies don't get this.

A Few Short Rules on Being Creative

Thierry Dufay | Posted 08.14.2014 | Arts
Thierry Dufay

It takes courage to say I don't know, because not knowing can make you feel insecure and inferior. This is the paradox, you have to be confident enough to let yourself be insecure for you to be able to be creative.

Creative Identity Series: Half-Brained Leadership & Religiosity True Culprits of Arts Crisis

Jade Simmons | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Jade Simmons

Truth is, most arts organizations and most artists do not need more funding. They need more creativity.

9 Ways To Become More Creative In The Next 10 Minutes

| Larry Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Small Business

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so talented," but truthfully, ta...

Minecraft Anyone? Encouraging A New Generation of Computer Scientists and Humanists

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Christine Henseler

Does your son or daughter play Minecraft? And do you stand before that screen wondering what it's all about, and how it's possible that your kid doesn't get dizzy from moving around this blocky world so quickly?

Houston, We Have a Leadership Problem

Silvia Damiano | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Silvia Damiano

If companies want to make a real change, they can start by expanding their definition of leadership success to address the current built-in gender biases that subordinate the leadership competencies in which many women excel.

Secrets From The Brains Of 13 Creative Geniuses

Fast Company | Jane Porter | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

In 1963, Nancy Andreasen was the first female tenure-tracked English professor at the University of Iowa. Soon after, her first book about the poet Jo...

How Day Jobs Helped Me Write Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 06.26.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Bartending: my top choice of jobs writers should have in their past. In my 30s, I worked for four years at Winnie's Pub in Mission Hill, where I received a doctorate in men, alcoholism, racial politics, class, sexual politics and sexual harassment.

The Advantage of Digital Disconnection

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

The smartphone has become as ubiquitous as any organ in the human body. And while I strongly believe that as a tool (it is perhaps the most miraculous thing created on the planet), I'm also cognizant of it having made us into actual cyborgs.

Enhancing Creativity at Work -- It's Not What You Think

Jacqueline Carter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Carter

When we open ourselves up to be more aware of our experiences, we create opportunities to tap into a much greater store of information outside the limits of our conscious conceptual awareness.

Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Not long after that Passover, my father offered my cousin $150 for the guitar and a small amp. The tools of great change had come, and my future now lay before me. And all of this came with no self-discipline whatsoever.

What I Learned from My Dad About Parenting

Betsy Boyd | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

As I prepare to deliver twin boys in two weeks -- I am 41 myself, and these are my first children -- I want to keep in mind the several sweet and profound ways in which my painter, poet, creative-director father enriched my world and my self-esteem through advice and direction.

Cities and the Cult of the Entrepreneur

Ida Hempel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Ida Hempel

Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.

Why Knowing Another Language Makes You More Creative

Psychology Today | Joseph Cardillo | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was wit...

10 Fool-Proof Keys to Creative Flow

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Dinwiddie

Creative taps never permanently dry up; they just get rusty from disuse. The secret to opening the flow is simply to do something.

How to Date the Muse: 5 Steps to Enduring Creativity

Miriam Ava | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

The muse loves a life devoted to honoring your true self. She wants you to become who you are. She wants you to feel good. And when you feel good she'll want to hang out with you often.

WHY Music: Creativity and Music - The Next Evolution

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

We are clearly in good company when we speak to the necessity of fostering a child's creative development, and we embrace the essential role of music in cultivating that innate creative capacity within each of us.

The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity

| Debra Kaye | Posted 05.09.2014 | Small Business

Many corporations use meditation to help employees bring new ideas to the table -- Shell Oil, Google, General Mills to name a few. I think it's also i...

Art and Culture Thought Leaders Converge in Dallas

John M. Eger | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Next month, Dallas, Texas hosts The New Cities Foundation (June 17-19), and launches the Foundation's Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN). In the...

We Have to Get Serious About Creativity and Problem Solving

Vince Bertram | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We must invest all the resources and energy we can into creating an educational culture that values not only excellence in math and science, but excellence in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

A Mother's Day Reflection

Rupa Mehta | Posted 07.01.2014 | Women
Rupa Mehta

When it comes down to it, your relationship with your mom is probably the most significant in your life because, well, she was the first person you met! I say significant instead of important, life-changing, or loving because every mother/child relationship is different.

Springtime Pairings to Enhance Your Day

Rupa Mehta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

A wet day pairs with creativity, a cold day comes with drive and productivity, and a warm day encourages reflection and growth, but any day can be paired with a bit of sun -- an opportunity to say thank you and feel joy.

2 Years After 'Caine's Arcade' Went Viral

Nirvan Mullick | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Nirvan Mullick

It quickly became clear that there were kids like Caine in every community around the world, and the question became: What can we do to foster their creativity as well?

The Three E's of the Technology Revolution: Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, and Education

Penina Rybak | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

I spent a year on the ground in Ghana to better understand how entrepreneurship is a pathway out of poverty. We can help strengthen women business own...

Spring Into Spring! 4 Ways to Jumpstart The Season

Rupa Mehta | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

If Mother Nature takes some time to transition from the blustery winter to the sunny spring, why don't we give ourselves a similar mental/physical shift? If you're like me, feeling a little stuck from the cold, grey season, you might need a real push to actually make your spring... spring!