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CREATIVE THINKING

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Transcript of CREATIVE THINKING

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
G11
Monday, 8 September 2014
NICOLE TAN
CREATIVE THINKING
Areas that were enriching/inspiring/interesting
By
reading up more and learning from others
, I will be more capable of
expressing my views
and
forming my own opinions
, be it during classes in SMU or future discussions in my working life. I learnt to identify my own blockages after learning bout them, and upon realising that I have creative potential that is untapped due to the
several blockages
, I will learn to
voice out
my ideas and speak up more and
overcome my fear of being judged/peer pressure.

For one of my classes this week, I managed to apply the
IACPPR
framework as well as the other models learnt in Week 3, to develop ideas. My group had a project where we had to present our answers to a set of comprehension questions, but one of the requirements was to make our presentation a fun and interesting one. This was a rather difficult task as comprehension answers were very wordy and would come across as boring to most of us. I applied some of the skills I learned in CT to think of an idea. As we could not use a plain powerpoint presentation as it would not be interesting, we had to search for
alternatives
to this problem. I used my
imagination
to drive my creativity, by
visualising
real-life situations in which I had come across in my years of
experience
, where there were exchanges of questions and answers (like that of a comprehension). I managed to recall popular gameshows like 'Who Wants To Be A Millionare?". Not knowing if it was a good idea, I took the
risk
,
expressed my thoughts
and suggested to my group that we could make our whole presentation into a skit where it would be following the idea of a game show, where the hosts would ask the questions (from the compre) and the contestants would answer them.
Respecting the idea
, we
tempered with it
and improved on it, after facing several problems such as our answers being too wordy to answer as a contestant on a 'game show', not engaging the audience enough, and many more. From our first idea - our '
prototype
', we managed to
persevere
through the several challenges we faced, and came up with several solutions. Compared to simple ppt slides, we managed to think of a gameshow idea and further improved it by adding
humourous dialogues
to make it interesting, directing some of the questions to our audience so as to engage them, etcetc. Applying
both creative and critical thinking
in this situation really helped us and highlighted to me the importance of it. I find that this process me and my group went through is very similar to
Graham Wallas' 4 step model
as well. This also shows some of the traits of creative peope, as well as the steps to develop creative thinking.
How to apply what I learnt
What I learnt
The one main area I find very enriching is the
blockages to creativity
. Here are my reasons:

Everyone is born with similar creative potential.
I found this interesting as this means everyone has an equal chance at creativity, yet many of us turn out to be very different in terms of creativity. I realised the environment we grow up in plays a huge part in developing this creative potential. For example, in Asian countries, due to
tradition
, most children are brought up in a very strict, rigid and
controlled
manner, hence their children do not seem to be as creative as those in America for example, who are brought up in a more free and expressive environment. It is a pity that
everyone does have the potential
to be creative and possibly come up with life-changing inventions, but due to all the blockages, many ideas remain only as ideas.

Creative power is developed with experience and knowledge.
This means that adults, due to their years of experience and knowledge, should be more creative than children. On the contrary, this is not the case; children seem to be far more creative than adults, and I find this very interesting. Due to their young age, children are actually advantaged in a way, as they do not experience as much
failure and rejection
as adults do. Hence, they are more expressive with their ideas, as they do not have these
fears
that most adults have. In addition, children do not exercise much critical thinking as their brains are not as developed yet, hence, to them, all their creative ideas are feasible. In contrast, due to blockages such as
negativism,
adults tend to throw away potential ideas and not further improve on them.

I feel that
fear of ridicule
is the main thing that hinders creativity in adults. Creative ideas are often not expressed due to the fear of being frowned upon by others. I find this
very apt to me.
Many times, I have many ideas and input to share with the group, but due to being afraid that I will be judged that my idea is an uncommon one, I did not share my suggestions. However, after watching the video on Dick Fosbury, I learnt and felt that it is
normal to receive some criticism at the beginning
due to the fact that it is an
alien idea.
We should all remember that creative ideas are new ideas which majority have not witnessed before, hence
respecting all ideas
is the most important step to developing creativity.

Although
laziness
is considered to be a blockage to creativity to some, I find that laziness can also be something which drives creativity. A lazy person would always try to do things that would minimize his time and effort doing it, hence, they could be the most
innovative
, and try to come up with a solution/way to do so. On the other hand, laziness could also be a blockage, for the simple reason that the person
cannot be bothered
to work on the idea despite the fact that he may have a good one.
Respect any
I
deas
Break
A
ssumptions
Be
C
urious
P
rototype
P
ersevere
Take
R
isk
All pictures included in this presentation are taken by me, during the trip to the Singapore Arts Museum.
TRIP TO SINGAPORE ARTS MUSEUM
The exhibits we saw in SAM were part of
Sensorium 360°,
an interactive exhibition which allows to learn more about our senses and the complexity of them.
It was an enjoyable trip as not only we get to see the exhibits, we could
experience many things for ourselves
, like the comfort of the cushions through touch (as shown in the picture on the left) and different smells and aromas (picture on my next slide). Being exposed to the several exhibits which
showcased different perceptions and presentations of the 5 senses
, I was able to experience the
creativity
by the various artists. Through
freeing my mind and being open
to the exhibits I interacted with, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and gained more appreciation for the arts.
To me, the most important takeaway was the
difference between creative and critical thinking
(as I did not know the difference between them before), the various
situations we use them
in, and
their relevance
in our lives.

Creative thinking
- This involves thinking out-of-the-box, being innovative and coming up with unique and unconventional ideas. Using the
IACPPR
framework, I feel that
'respecting any ideas', 'break assumptions', 'take risk' and 'be curious'
fall under the requirements of creative thinking. Through being inquisitive and breaking assumptions, we can come up with fresh ideas. No matter how weird they seem to be at first, we must not be quick to judge and turn down this idea, as they may turn out to be a good one, if we are willing to take the risk to express out the idea and work on it.
Out of all the traits of creative people that I learnt, I find that the most important traits that distinguish a more creative person from a less creative one are: the willingness to take risk, to express their thoughts, and testing idea creation. If one is always
fearful of failure and taking risk
, he will never know the possibilities that his ideas could have created. One may have a million-dollar idea, but if he does not express it and work on it to further improve it, it will
just remain an idea, and never a creation
, hence his creativity will never be expressed and put to good use.

Critical thinking
- Unlike creative thinking, critical thinking is a more
convergent
way of thinking. Creative thinking allows us to come up with many ideas, whereas critical thinking is used to
evaluate
all the ideas thought up using creativity, to omit the ideas which are not feasible, and to sieve out possible solutions and further develop the idea. Using the
IACPPR
framework, I feel that
'prototype' and 'persevere'
falls under the requirements of critical thinking. Only after using critical thinking, we can come up with prototypes to see if the idea truly is feasible, and further improve on the idea. Through persevering through the several challenges we may face, we will be able to come up with the best invention after testing and judgment.

I had this preconceived notion that creativity will hardly be needed in the working world. It was an eye-opener to find out that many jobs such as a detective, management consultant, comedians, scriptwriters (just to name a few) actually require much creativity. This highlighted the importance of creative thinking to me, and the real-life application of it in many jobs.

I feel that both critical and creative thinking
work hand-in-hand
, and are crucial in any problem-solving process.
1. IACPPR
2. Creative thinking VS Critical thinking
3. Blockages to creativity
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