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Inside Creativity

What is Creativity? Why is it so important? And how can you enhance your level of Creativity?
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Sabine van Baal

on 23 January 2013

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10 25 50 Cre8tivity / Age 75 95+ Cre8tivity Studies normal is NOT natural a new connection between old ideas the capacity to create a solution that is both novel, appropriate & adds value What is Creativity, by its very nature implies
getting away from the norm To bring into existence something new To give rise to ... to establish an association that has never been established before The world is in a serious situation Result of the brain given misinformation about how it functions Every single day your level of creativity should be rising (if the brain has been taught in a brain friendly manner) from the moment you were born We are trained ... not to use colours not to daydream not to be a fool not to while learning Creative people Science and Creativity Kindergarten Primary school Senior school University Adult We are in a BUT 10.000 years 1750 200 40 17 Agrarian industrial information
/ technology Knowledge 1950 1990 We entered the age of intelligence we were taught to be workers, labourers Information gave us many wonderful things
but it also gave us the biggest form of global stress ... Information overload Trying to gather all the information, making sense of it and cluster it knowledge workers knowledge management To deal with this overload the brain designed the next age ... there is something far more important to manage than knowledge Organizational challenges The manager of knowledge aka THE BRAIN 2007 we learn to think intelligently about intelligence Intelligence is strongly correlated with creativity and it is quite likely that both have similar neurobiological basis. Inside Creativity So now we know that creativity is a skill ... and that it is extremely important for us as a society to become more creative ... how can we enhance our level of creativity? Realize the power of the brain "Everyone is a Potential Genius" Recap

Creativity is important to you because:
Your creative capacity shapes your academic success
Your creative capacity influences how quickly you will advance your way up the career ladder
Your creative capacity determines the quality of your life
Your creative capacity determines the quality of your thinking
Your creative capacity determines your access to information, opportunities and resources
Your creative capacity determines your intrinsic ability to learn and effectively overcome problems that confront your daily reality Your creative intelligence is your ability to think in new ways - to be original, and where necessary, 'stand apart from the crowd' Your creative intelligence includes: (T. Buzan, 2000)
Fluency - the speed and ease with which you can 'rattle off' new and creative ideas.
Flexibility - your ability to see things from different angles, to consider things from the opposite point of view, to take old concepts and rearrange them in new ways, and to reverse pre-existing ideas. it also includes your ability to use all your senses in the creation of new ideas.
Originality - this is at the hart of all creative thinking and represents your ability to produce ideas that are unique, unusual and away from the centre.
Expanding on ideas - the creative thinker is able to build on, develop, embroider, embellish and generally elaborate and expand upon ideas. Flexible thinkers Imaginative study the art of science study the science of art First find a stopwatch or a timer of some kind, and set it for five minutes. Wherever you are, try to take in the sights, sounds and other sensations around you. Observe your surroundings with curiosity but without judgment. Look for patterns of color and light. View edges and angles of objects or walls. Notice movement by people, objects, insects and shadows. Listen to sounds. Pay attention to the tonal qualities of voices, the variations in any music you can detect, the rhythms of incidental noises such as dogs barking, rain hitting the roof or pavement, splashes in a bathtub or the hum of traffic. Also note tactile sensations: the contours or texture of the surface on which you are sitting, the temperature and humidity of the ambient air. Finally, take in any faint odors—say from food, flowers or fuel—again without rating their quality. Continue this process until the timer sounds. If performed frequently, this exercise will condition you to become attracted to what is new around you. You may soon inhabit a sensory world that, as William Blake wrote, is "clos'd" to others. Excercise making sense of your senses Connect Brainset exercise: Here, you relax your focus so that you can see the connections between very different types of objects or concepts. This process of so-called divergent thinking helps you generate multiple solutions to a problem rather than just one.

The more ideas you can come up with for a difficult conundrum, the more likely one of them will work. This brainset enables you to "think outside the box," and generate flashes of insight. Use it, for example, to solve the following problem: Connect all the dots in the array pictured above using four straight lines, and without lifting your pencil from the page. Now consider a social scenario that bothers you. Perhaps one of your co-workers talks to you so much that you can't get your work done, or your neighbor complains about your dog's barking. Or perhaps your child throws tantrums whenever you do homework together. Set the timer for three minutes and write down as many ways to solve this problem as you can think of, without judging the quality of the solutions. Look over your list. Are there surprises? Sift out the silly ideas, holding on to the gems. Spend at least 15 minutes daily, or whenever you can, thinking in this "divergent" way about a practical problem in your life. Novel Solutions: To improve your ability to mentally connect the dots, try this activity.

Get a stopwatch or timer, three pieces of paper and a pencil or pen. Set the timer for three minutes and then write down all the uses for a soup can that you can imagine. Use the whole three minutes. For the next three minutes, jot down all the white edible things you can think of. Lastly, on your third sheet of paper, spend three minutes noting what might happen if humans had three arms instead of two. On other days, practice thinking of new uses for household objects such as a paper clip or chair, and considering the consequences of other weird changes to the human body! Thought-Stoppers: To be able to think logically, you may also need to train your brain to block out thoughts that are upsetting or distracting. You can do this by writing "thought-stopping" commands on a three-by-five index card. Choose four of the following to write on your card: "I need to stop thinking these thoughts." "Don't buy into these thoughts." "Don't go there." "Stop this thought now!" "Mentally walk away." "These thoughts won't help the situation." Add two more directives of your own to the card. Now, whenever unwanted notions enter your mind imagine a mental stop sign or take out your card and recite these instructions to yourself. Envision Brainset: Think visually. Imagine objects and manipulate them in your mind's eye to see new patterns and similarities between disparate concepts. To enhance your ability to imagine things, try this exercise:

Stand a few feet away from an object in your surroundings. Hold a pencil far out from your body and trace the outlines of the object in the air, starting with its outer edge and then proceeding to its interior contours. After two minutes close your eyes and try to envision the object. Try to do this exercise daily with increasingly complex objects. You can also try visualizing a familiar object from different angles each day. What if?: To hone your mind's eye in a way that helps you imagine hypothetical, try this activity.
First, set a stopwatch or timer for five minutes. Next, pick an article from a local newspaper and change one key aspect of the story in a "What if?" scenario. For example, think "What if children were allowed to vote to decide the next president of the U.S.—and their votes counted?" Imagine the scenario and visualize the consequences—socially, politically and economically. What changes would occur in that alternate reality? Sabine van Baal
Social Behaviour Strategist
@wederWIJs

@sabineByou Inspired by;
Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci,
Sir Ken Robinson, Jonah Lehrer, Jason Theodor and Tony buzan The What, Why and How of
Creativity Creativity Skill or Talent?
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