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Fostering Creativity

On the Creative and Spiritual Benefits of Walking

Ioanna Opidee | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ioanna Opidee

I'm paying more deliberate attention to the effects of these walks on my life and mind, reading what others have said on the subject, and learning how walking can slow and ease this maniacal demand for immediate results and resolution.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

6 Tips To Hatch Incredibly Good Ideas

| Christina DesMarais | Posted 11.10.2014 | Small Business

Everyone wants to be more creative but sometimes coming up with good ideas is easier said than done. If you could use a dose of inspiration, take some...

Elephant Ropes: Our Continuing Attachment to Fear

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

In India, elephant handlers often train baby elephants to be submissive by chaining them to a post. They'll fight with all their will to break free. D...

The 5 Biggest Profit Secrets for Creative Entrepreneurs

Sophie Andrews | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Sophie Andrews

Creatives are those who, by and large, would much rather be dreaming up inspired and imaginative strategies and designs than sitting down looking at P&Ls or dealing with staff issues.

5 Steps to Becoming Creative on Command

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

You're a writer. It's your job to put words on the page. So you have a writing session here and there. But then the inevitable happens -- you get a case of writer's block.

10 Ways to Jumpstart Innovation

Marty Neumeier | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Marty Neumeier

"If you only do what you've always done, you'll only get what you've always got." That pithy argument for original thinking has been attributed to A...

Sometimes 'No' Can Be The Best Answer To Get: Here's Why

Gideon Amichay | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Gideon Amichay

On Thursday I got a voicemail. It was the sweetest voice I had ever heard: "Hi Gideon, this is Ann from The New Yorker. Could you drop by our office tomorrow? We would like to discuss some of your drawings."

The List of Everything

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

While our research has been exhaustive, we realize that it's possible (though unlikely) we've missed something. Please bring any omissions to our attention -- but only after reading through this list carefully.

Why We Hide Some Of Our Best Work

Harvard Business Review | Ethan Bernstein | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

Your employer can track your every move, no matter where you sit in the organization. Often, the impulse is to scrutinize all behavior — through rea...

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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...