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Think Unlimited Creativity Workshop

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Barriers
Efficiency.
Human Resources.
Maximize Value.
Bottom-line.
Shareholders.
Coporate Culture.
Status quo.
Continuous Improvement.
Propriety.
IP.
Discipline & Structure.
Science of parts.
Win - Loose model.
Imagination.
Human Creativity.
Maximize Human Potential
Multi-Bottom Line.
Multi-Stakeholder Model.
Social Fabric.
Game Changing.
Radical Innovation.
Open Systems.
Creative Commons.
Agility & Adaptability.
Integral Science of wholes.
Win - Win model.
Paradigm Shift
The set of accepted
beliefs,

practices
and
expectations
that define the operating model of a particular context
Paradigm
What future are we creating?
... we need to innovate in a sustainable conscious manner!
Successful Innovation requires adoption.

“The individual must enlarge their toolset…”
“The group’s culture must support risk…”
“The organization must be structured…”
“The market must see utility and value…”
“The society must accept as legitimate…”
“The technology must be developed…”
If an Innovation is not adopted is it really an Innovation?
What drives Adoption?
Divergent

Convergent

Whole Brain Thinking


People are different.

Different modes of knowing & being. Creative Diversity.

Model is based on brain physiology, and is metaphorical.
Physiology -> Architecture -> Metaphor -> Application.

4-Q Brain Model
Ned Herrmann develops 4-Quadrant brain model to diagnose thinking styles based on brain specialization.
Explorer

Judge

Using Metaphor to Access the 4-Quadrants
Detective
Explorer
Explorer
Detective
Artist
Artist
Judge
Engineer
Engineer
Judge
Producer
Producer
Creativity
Tools
i
create
!

Who is a creative anyways?
# 1 Only certain people are creative

Creative Diversity
# 1 Everybody is creative.
# 2 People are creative in different ways.

level
Style
Motivation
Opportunity
Structured / Unstructured
How can we tell if something is
Creative
or not?
Uniqueness Utility Wow factor

#2 Only certain type of ideas are creative
# 1 Only certain people are creative

What is our instrument to create?
so What holds us back?
What are the things that limit our creativity?
and What can we do about them?
Draw the lines
The Best way to have a good idea is to have plenty of them! Linus Pauling
Brainstorming Rules
1. No Judgement
2. Go for quantity not quality
3. One conversation at a time
4. Build on other's ideas
5. Wild & exaggerated ideas encouraged
6. Time bound
7. Have a facilitator & scribe
8. Clear objective & goal
9. Relax & have fun
10. Keep rules visible

Combination Lists
Object/animal
Action Verb
Random 2 digit number
0. Ball
1. Tiger
2. Elephant
0. Fly
1. Dance
2. Sing
3. spring
4. castle
5. Ant
3. Run
4. Scratch
5. Draw
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9. Silk
9. clean
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Activity 1
Take three minutes to write down what in your opinion is
Creativity,
,
something
Creative,
and someone
Creative.

Creativity is new
combinations
of old ideas
Activity 2: Divergent vs. Convergent
Take 5 minutes to answer the two questions in your workbook.

Creative people are able to use both their left and right brains.
Divergent
Activity 2: Brain Graph
Follow the facilitator's instructions to create your brain graph.

Activity 3: Paper pin
Take 3 minutes to come up with as many potential uses for paper clips as possible.

Activity 5: Animal Farm
Choose the animal that corresponds to your name. If name starts with
A ~ H your animal is the Horse
I ~ R your animal is the Cat
S ~ Z your animal is the Cow
Now you will make the sound of your animal!
Activity 6: Brainstorm
With your group do a brainstorm to come up with as many potential uses for paper clips as possible, in 12 minutes.
Team with most number of uses wins!

Activity 7: Combination List
With your group do a combination list and come up with as many creative concepts as you can. You have 12 minutes. Choose best one to present to group in less than 30 seconds.
Best evaluated concept wins!

Creativity is about being yourself!
# 3 No ideal form of creativity.

Bringing something into existence that wasn't there
Creativity
is
Expression
“The individual must enlarge their toolset…”
“The group’s culture must support risk…”
“The organization must be structured…”
“The market must see utility and value…”
“The society must accept as legitimate…”
“The technology must be developed…”
Why Constraints?
Easy to agree upon. Provides common language.
Can be readily measured and probed.
Constraints are exactly what drives adoption.
" Sustainable
Innovation is the capacity to continuously realize a desired future state,
that is in Harmony with the Natural Environment and Humanity "
The Experience Economy
Context
Personal Creativity - it's Personal!
by Yazan Hijazi, PhD

1. Provide a framework to connect to and amplify your creative voice.
2. Examine the "Why" of La Escuela Biblica de Ninos.
3. Learn and apply two creative techniques to come with innovative ideas to take La Escuela Biblica de Ninos to the next level.

Efficiency.
Human Resources.
Maximize Value.
Bottom-line.
Shareholders.
Corporate Culture.
Status quo.
Continuous Improvement.
Propriety & IP
Products & Services
Discipline & Structure.
Greed & Self Interest.
Imagination.
Human Creativity.
Maximize Human Potential
Multi-Bottom Line.
Multi-Stakeholder Model.
Social Fabric.
Game Changing.
Radical Innovation.
Open Systems & CC.
Experience & Internet of things
Agility & Adaptability.
Compassion & shared meaning
Paradigm Shift
Paradigm Definition
The set of beliefs, practices, and expectations that define how a particular context operates.
Innovation is the capacity to continuously realize a desired future state,
Take away
If an Innovation falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound?
What drives Adoption?
John Kao
Constraints!
Perception is Selective, Biased and Limited!
Perception Constraints
looking without seeing
Stereotyping
limited data gathering
distance from data
looking without seeing
Selective perception is good when things need to get done.
Not so good for creativity & innovation.
We are too
Pattern finding "Stereotyping"
Draw a chair...
Seeing through the body
limiting universe of relevant data
Too close to data
Perception is Selective, Biased and Limited!
Perception Constraints
looking without seeing
Stereotyping
limited data gathering
distance from data
Overcoming them
Enrich the Input
Break stereotypes
Make a source list
Zoom in/out
Practice empathy
Perspective taking
distance from data
"Thinking" Constraints
Problem framing
Strategy
Premature convergence
Lack of Persistence
Problem framing
Draw no more than four straight lines (without lifting the pencil from the paper) that will cross through all nine dots.
Assume problem was not framed in an easy way to solve; that's why it's called a "PROBLEM"
We frame is safe ways
Ways we know how to solve
Ways we're told to use

Problem solving strategy
Imagine
a very large piece of paper, the thickness of a normal sheet of paper.
In your mind
, fold it once so that there are two layers. Then fold it again so that there are four layers. Continue folding it over upon itself 50 times.

How thick is the 50-times folded paper?
Visualization
Exercise
Two friends Farid and Suha who live in city A and B; respectively, are to meet for coffee at a median point between city A & B. If
The distance between city A and B is exactly 150 km
Farid leaves city A driving at 50km/hr at 9:00am
Suha leaves city B driving at the same speed but leaves at 9:30am.
Calculate who would be closer to city A when they meet?

Coffee meet-up Exercise
Premature convergence "Narrow too soon"
Complete the sequence ...
Try different strategies and approaches.

Think what is the best way to solve THIS problem not what problem solving strategy am I best at!
" If all you have is a hammer everything appears like a nail! "
Bernard Baruch
Try different problem solving strategies & approaches.
Narrow too soon?
Set an ideation goal.
"Thinking" Constraints
Problem framing
Strategy
Premature convergence
Lack of Persistence
Overcoming
re-frame
Multiple Strategies
Ideation goal
Explore don't search
Don't under do it!
Getting over ourselves
Yazan Hijazi
Adoption
Yazan Hijazi
Creativity
is
Process
Creativity
Who is creating anyways?

You don't have to draw, sing or dance to be creative.
source: David Owen's " Creative People Must be Stopped!"
Why care about creativity?
Creativity # 1 skill needed for future.
Creativity is essential skill for problem solving.
How else would we improve, grow and innovate?
You have your own unique creative style that you may develop, nurture and polish, and you should!
Creativity without purpose is more of the same.
The ultimate use of our creativity is to create shared meaning.
Always remember to have fun doing it!
We are seduced by our prior successes.
Stepping out of comfort zone!
La Escuela Biblica de Ninos
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