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Happiness is linked to higher creativity

Idea to Value

Many people have the stereotype of a creative person as someone who is broody, weird and possibly a little depressed. Numerous studies have looked at what sort of mood results in people producing their most creative output. However, not all creative activity will make you happy.

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Are you born creative? Is creativity genetic? The nature vs nurture debate

Idea to Value

Are some people born creative? Or to say it another way, are some people born not creative? But how do we find out whether someone can be born with or without creative ability? Do we inherit creativity from our parents? But what about creativity? Creativity

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When creativity feels rewarding: intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

Idea to Value

The most successful creative people are the ones who put in the time and effort. They have the grit to work and practice for years, in order to build up the skills to produce highly creative work. Since then, the results have been backed up by further research in 1998 , 2008 , and 2019.

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IDEA 2008: An Interview with Andrew Hinton

ChiefTech

As IDEA 2008 draws closer, the IA Institute is conducting a series of interviews with the speakers for the conference. My academic background (Philosophy, Literature & Creative Writing) taught me a lot about making difficult ideas understandable with language—and I think that’s at the core of any information- design challenge.

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How much luck do you need to be creative?

Idea to Value

In the 100m butterfly in 2008 in Beijing, Phelps beat Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by one one-hundredths of a second. When it comes to the creative fields and innovation, there are thousands of stories where someone appreciates how lucky they were. Creativity luck

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IDEA 2008: An Interview with David Armano

ChiefTech

As IDEA 2008 draws closer, the IA Institute is conducting a series of interviews with the speakers for the conference. DA: In my previous life as a creative director which is one of the hardest presenting gigs anyone can ever have. As Event Coordinator for IDEA , I fill a variety of roles, including the Interviewer of IDEA Presenters (which I proudly share with Liz Danzico).

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Prototyping with XHTML

Boxes and Arrows

first creating wireframes, which are handed off to creative, who hand off comps to tech, and so forth), and you want to explore more contemporary methodologies, such as agile and iterative development. Illustrations by Leah Buley If you design user experiences for standards-based websites and applications (i.e. those built with XHTML , CSS, and JavaScript), there are several great reasons for adding XHTML prototyping to your UX tool kit.

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Design for Emotion and Flow

ChiefTech

Someone who is less anxious is more capable of using creative thought to determine how to navigate a website and overlook minor problems. Anxiety makes users less able to think creatively when problems are encountered. We create software and websites to display and represent information to people. That information could be anything; a company’s product list, pictures of your vacation, or an instant message from a friend.

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The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

Idea to Value

In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people’s creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017. This is a follow-up to what I consider to be one of the most important pieces of creativity research from the past decade. Children are born to be creative, like eagles are born to soar, see the world, and find food, not scratch and fight for scraps in a coop.

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Sean of AddsYou.com "visited" our class

Bennett Cherry

It's likely that you haven't heard of this site yet, but I'm guessing you'll be hearing more and more about AddsYou.com in the coming months as they near their alpha release in late November 2008. While it's not uncommon for me to have guest speakers in my Creativity, Innovation innovation student entrepreneurs teaching youthSean Callahan, one of my former students at Cal State San Marcos, is on his 4th entrepreneurial venture, AddsYou.com.

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Need a Jolt of Innovation in Your Company? Just do a Rube Goldberg

Bennett Cherry

corporate creativity creativity contests ingenuity innovation serious playThe famed design firm, IDEO, has recently released a video of their Incredible Ideo Global Chain Reaction Experience. As a means to show their engineering prowess (as this often gets overshadowed by their well-regarded product design work), IDEO created this experience as an internal exercise in both right-brained and left-brained thinking. I think it worked well. What do you think?

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Innovation Principle #17: When in doubt, use Origami

Bennett Cherry

If you were in my Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship class today, you would have remembered that I presented 16 Principles of Innovation. creativity innovation principles of innovation use the pastWhile I still stand behind the 16, I have recently come across a 17th principle: When in doubt, use Origami. Since it is now past 3:30 PST, many of you are probably tired of reading or viewing any more posts today, but I had to share this one with.

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Building the UX Dreamteam - Part 2

ChiefTech

Part two will address whether a person has the right ‘hard’ skills and ‘soft’ qualities like communication style, creativity and leadership ability to fit your particular organizational context. Humility, humor and empathy are virtues particularly relevant to the creative industry and should be sought after in UX professionals. A creative person doesn’t see a glass half empty or half full, but instead asks why it should be a glass at all.

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User Experience Week

ChiefTech

UX Week Keynote Discussion – Peter Merholz and Don Norman UX Week 2008 kicked off with an on-stage conversation between the President and founder of Adaptive Path, Peter Merholz , and industry legend Don Norman. They discuss various aspects of Kevin’s presentation including the importance of structure and patterns to guide creative endeavors. User Experience (UX) Week was held in San Francisco, CA from August 12 – 15.

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Week 4 on RSS and Aggregators is Up at Work Literacy

Boxes and Arrows

What other ways could we be getting creative with how we use feeds with learners We’re embarking on Week 4 of the Work Literacy learning project. This week it’s RSS and feed readers. Although the thrust of the module is primarily about how learning professionals can learn and manage information by subscribing to feeds, I find that I’m more interested in how we can use feeds as learning tools for the people with whom we’re working.

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Web 2.0 Wednesday: Do a Digital Favor for Someone

Boxes and Arrows

The list could go on, but I'm sure you guys are more creative than I am. Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's the nasty turn the American Presidential campaign is taking. Maybe it's that I'm feeling a little stressed out from the different projects I have going on right now. All I know is that I think we could all use a little love this week, so here's your project for Web 2.0 Wednesday (a day early, unless you're "down under").

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Blogging for Learning: Blog Challenges

Boxes and Arrows

For example, if you’re going to have them develop a set of instructions to do a specific task, encourage them to try out using more creative tools to express themselves, like VoiceThread or putting a PPT onto Slideshare. This is an area where you could invite a lot of creativity–people could record audio or video, create a slide presentation, etc.

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane.no, it's just a spaceship

Bennett Cherry

creativity contests innovation perseveranceVirgin Galactic has recently released an update on their plans to take the mega-rich into space. If you have $200,000 or so, you too can experience weightlessness and suborbital flight aboard SpaceShipTwo, a Scaled Composites original created by Burt Rutan. Some of the readers might recall the name Burt Rutan as the creator of SpaceShipOne (note the similarity in naming?), the winner of the.

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Teaching and Learning Leadership in a Connected World

Boxes and Arrows

It's about creatively experimenting with and exploring ways to get things done. I'm halfway following the Connectivism course , while also preparing to leave in a few hours for the Nonprofit Roundtable Future ED Fellowship course where we'll be exploring concepts of leadership over the next few days. This morning I was hit by two really important statements: Teaching is modeling and demonstration. Learning is practice and reflection. So simple, yet so profound.

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Liveblogging Instructional Design for the Semantic Web

Boxes and Arrows

Need structure of a language, standards to then create a pathway for creativity to ensure that content is available to people so that it can be seen in a consistent, productive way. ( Presentation was by Reuben Tozman President of EdCetra Training. He started with Father Guido Sarducci's 5-Minute University, based on what people remember 5 years after they graduate from college. Response to this is Personalized, Just-in-Time, Performance Support Training.

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Video as Community Builder

Boxes and Arrows

Lots of creativity, including signs, movement, music, masks (!), Via Nancy White , comes this massive response from hundreds of people to the question, "What Is Online Community to You?" " It's interesting how the video itself is so representative of online community as a whole. Some responses are thoughtful and serious while others are outrageous and spirited.

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"Punishing Failure is a Way to Encourage Mediocrity"

Boxes and Arrows

According to Eisner, it was a badge of honor to have your idea get the gong and the spirit of playfulness that surrounded the practice encouraged people to throw out their most outrageous and creative ideas Continuing my thinking this week on failure and risk-taking as forms of professional development, here's a great video from Michael Eisner on the role of failures in creating successes. A few gems: Punishing failure is a way to encourage mediocrity. Fearful people do mediocre work.

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NTEN Media Project Name Change--Help Us Out!

Boxes and Arrows

Check out Beth's round-up of the discussion so far, along with the incredible collection of creative names that have been identified. Well, we've run into a bit of a hitch with the NTEN social media curriculum development project. Yesterday, Holly Ross, NTEN Executive Director, posted this discussion thread on the wik i: We've hit a snag in the road, and we need your help to get past it.

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Five Technology Tools for Capturing and Sharing On-the-Road Learning

Boxes and Arrows

We just have to start getting creative. My 20 year-old daughter, Jess, is preparing for a 2-week cross-country trip during which she and three friends will be conducting a sort of Web 2.0 trip through Middle America to San Francisco and then back here to Philadelphia. They intend to blog and Twitter their way across the country, sharing their experiences via video, audio, photos and written reflections.

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Do You Have a "Growth Mindset"? Are You Fostering Growth in Others?

Boxes and Arrows

From the NYT: WHY do some people reach their creative potential in business while other equally talented peers don't? Dweck's research has found that people with a growth mind-set are more creative and are more resilient and able to adapt to change. After three decades of painstaking research, the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes that the answer to the puzzle lies in how people think about intelligence and talent.

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A Dream: Learner-Centered Professional Development for Growth

Boxes and Arrows

If we did this, I think we'd have more Sachas in the world and more Steves, having more creative ideas and making greater contributions, both to their organizations and to the larger societal benefit of all of us. One of my favorite Steve Jobs stories is the one he told during this Stanford Commencement address a few years ago: Seventeen years later I did go to college.

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De-Grading the Workplace

Boxes and Arrows

So when you grade people's work and learning (whether by actually issuing grades or through badly thought-out performance evaluations and poor management skills), they will be less interested in learning, less interested in performing challenging tasks and less able to think creatively--the exact opposite of what we need at work.

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Using Learners' "Technoprofiles" to Integrate Social Media and Learning

Boxes and Arrows

Keeping people at the lurker level is a way to create followers, not creative thinkers and leaders. Via Christine Martell at Blog Cascadia comes this learning framework from Ray Jimenez on choosing social media for learning. It's based on Ray's reading of Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff of Forrester Research.

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"If You Behave Like a Disease, People Develop an Immune System"

Boxes and Arrows

For myself, I find that using metaphors to think about concepts is one of the more powerful ways for me to both learn and to get creative. Very interesting post from Kevin Marks on how the "viral" model we use for thinking about spreading information on the web may not be the best way of thinking about how to reproduce ideas. As he suggests, "when you act like a disease, people develop an immune system."

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Will the promise of being in a “sexy, hot� field attract more kids to tech?

Xplaner

We create technology because it is who we are — intelligent, creative and driven. Here is the tweet that started it: That twitter conversation was sparked by this Details article about the so-called Playboys of Tech (my daughter calls these sorts of guys hipsters…). Chrissie was annoyed that there are never any articles about hipster tech women. But that sentiment of that tweet - that somehow typical tech women are not gorgeous and hot - really rubbed me the wrong way.

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From presentations to conversations

Xplaner

At XPLANE, we are working on some experiments in conversation, in an attempt to flesh out some new mechanisms for unleashing the knowledge and creativity of groups. Presentations need an overhaul. I don’t mean your PowerPoint or your presentation style; I mean our cultural approach to presenting. We need to take another look at it. Question: What is the purpose of the presentation? The overt purpose is to educate and inform.

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What’s next in visual communication?

Xplaner

People who had never considered themselves "computer people” now had access to a powerful tool for creative endeavors, which allowed them to do things they could never have done before. This article was originally published in Infonomia, a Spanish magazine. Read it in Spanish here. Two million years ago , the first distinct and recognizably human cultures emerged.

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Creativity Prayer – Seeking Creative Inspiration from On High

BrainZooming

In any event, as we’ve done in past years, we are sharing a creativity prayer I wrote a number of years ago as a reminder to also seek out new creative inspirations from the reflection and quiet in the coming weeks. A Creativity Prayer. Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others. Copyright 2008, Mike Brown.

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Love, Wisdom, and a Creativity Prayer

BrainZooming

In the meantime, here is the creativity prayer that we’ve been sharing for many Ash Wednesdays, now. May God bless you creatively and in all other ways in the weeks and years ahead! A Creativity Prayer. Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others. 2008, Mike Brown. It’s the start of the Lenten season today.

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Creating 21st Century Transformational Learning

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Janet Sernack I was privileged to attend one of the first Theory U; Presencing Leadership for Profound Innovation and Change Workshops presented by the Sloane School of Management, in Boston in 2008.

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A Creativity Prayer and Reflecting on Lies We Tell Ourselves

BrainZooming

A Creativity Prayer. As we’ve done for years on Ash Wednesday, here is our creativity prayer. A Creativity Prayer. Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others. 2008, Mike Brown. Brainzooming - All Posts Career Creativity Performance Tools Catholic sacrifice spiritual life

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Creativity: More Ideas Leads to Better Ideas

Michael Roberto

The paper is titled, "Quantity yields quality when it comes to creativity: a brain and behavioral test of the equal-odds rule." Does idea fluency (the number of ideas developed) relate positively to creativity and originality? brainstorming creativity design thinking

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This part of the brain is the source of improvisation

Idea to Value

How is it that some people are able to be creative on command, while other people find it so challenging to come up with new ideas? Limb CJ, Braun AR (2008) Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation. Creativity improvisation spontinaeity

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The Biggest Leadership Failure that Kills Innovation

Innovation Excellence

When I conducted my doctoral research between 2008 and 2010, I found that autonomy was the strongest single factor that companies and leaders control, that would positively affect employee creativity, and therefore company innovation. Creativity Innovation Leadership accountability autonomy bureaucracy trust trustworthiness

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THE QUESTION: Who Created "The Year of Living Creatively?"

Idea Champions

If you are thinking about subscribing to The Year of Living Creatively , one question you are likely to ask is this: "Who created it -- and what are his credentials?". Sold my shares in 2008. THE BREAKTHROUGH CAFE : A creative thinking experience disguised as a cafe.

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This artist paints entire buildings into stop-motion animations

Idea to Value

And it is unbelievably creative. An earlier video filmed in Buenos Aires in 2008 called Muto , shown in the video below, is what helped bring him to the masses. There are many aspects of these videos which I think highlight a true spirit of creativity. Which leads me to what I appreciate the most about this creative work of art: it isn’t working towards perfection. Do you like insights into creativity like this? Inspiration blu creativity graffitti

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Why did Taylor Swift just re-record her chart-topping album?

Idea to Value

She is also respected for being a highly creative songwriter and performer. So why did she just do potentially the most un-creative thing a musician can do: Re-record one of her previous albums, ‘Fearless’ from 2008?

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The 10,000 hour rule is wrong, according to its original authors

Idea to Value

That paper would go on to become a major part of the scientific literature on expert performers, but it was not until 2008, with the publication of “Outliers,” that the paper’s results attracted much attention from outside the scientific community. Additionally, it is important to remember that you don’t need to be a world-class performer to be creative and have ideas. Too many people believe that they aren’t creative because they’re not a skilled artist.

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