The Creative Process

Rmukesh Gupta

Today, I came across two extremely creative ideas, that made me think about creativity and how do we get creative ideas. What follows is my take on how we become and stay creative. First, lets look at the creative ideas that inspired this post. A unique rain harvesting system that creatively reuses the rainwater it collects to provide a deeper look into the natural systems that give us the food we eat. All of us enjoy a uniquely creative experience.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around

BrainZooming

We frequently facilitate a strategic thinking exercise that uses a character outside a situation as the perspective. There’s no guarantee this strategic thinking exercise works in every situation. Since it worked so well the other day, however, we wanted to pass it along right away as a strategic thinking exercise to consider when you have the right types of characters to make it work. Want to try something to get a particularly new and insightful look at a situation?

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Podcast #007 David Burkus (video) – How successful companies encourage innovation in their teams

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we talk about the following: The difference between how academics talk about creativity compared to individuals who are trying to innovate (03:00). The Myths of Creativity, and “the stories we tell ourselves are true even when they are not true” (03:55). Everyone has the potential to increase their creativity (04:55). David’s creative process (14:45).

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7 Best Practices for Your Next Innovation Training Session

IdeaScale

Working together means more creativity. Teaching people to think creatively may feel like a freeform exercise, and it can be. Here’s how to ensure any innovation workshop is both creative and productive. It will also get the creativity of each attendee working; chewing over a goal for a day or two means the thinking starts much earlier. But even the loosest session will benefit from adherence to some best practices.

Learning to be Innovative – Future Building’s Crucial Role in Driving Innovation Impact

Imaginatik

But a time-consuming scenario planning process brought them no closer to salvation. Yet the methods they employ subconsciously derive from talents wired into human nature, accessible to us all – creativity, imagination, the ability to dream. Both are integral components of the visionary innovator’s creative process. At first glance, creative facilitation and narrative building exercises may appear silly or frivolous.

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

Idea to Value

Imagine what you think a “creative person” looks like, and what they behave like. You might see a trend developing here, and you would be doing the same thing that the vast majority of people do… … most people think that more extroverted, outgoing people are the most creative ones. Extroversion vs Introversion when it comes to creativity. Open plan offices may seem cool, but they can hurt creativity.

Customer Co-Creation: A Deeper Path to Empathic Understanding

Legacy Innovation Group

Businesses have begun to realize however that rather than – or in some cases, in addition to – spending millions each year on conducting market research in a simulated or hypothesized manner, they can often get better insights, and at less cost, by engaging customers directly in a co-creative process. Customer Co-Creation: A Deeper Path to Empathic Understanding. Oct 03, 2016 | Anthony Mills. Each year businesses spend an aggregate of $40B on market research.

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How Many Types of Innovation Are There? The Answer May Surprise You.

IdeaScale

Organizing the types of innovation can help streamline your processes and boost results. The pool from which innovation emerges is filled with big ideas and endless creativity. Thus, in a way, innovation is infinite, bound only by the depth of thought processes. For this reason, thought leaders grapple with generating methods of categorizing types of innovation as a means of channeling some of the creativity. It introduces predictability into the creative process.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Exercising.

25 Simple Ways to Free Up Your Innate Creativity

Idea Champions

Most people agree that creativity is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative. Ask yourself WHY you want to become more creative: If you don't know the answer to this question, the rest of the guidelines that follow will be nothing more than fairy dust. Why make the effort to become more creative? Realize you already ARE creative: Most of us are subject to the myth that only some people are creative.

The Real Value of Confusion

Idea Champions

In fact, it's often a necessary part of the creative process. And, besides, even while our conscious mind is telling us we're confused, our subconscious mind is processing a mile a minute to come up with some amazing solutions. While we're exercising. Then, we try to diffuse the process (by regressing or denying.) Are you confused about how to proceed with your hottest project? Baffled? Bamboozled? If so, take heart! Confusion is not always a bad thing.

The Wisdom of Not Knowing

IdeaConnection

Inviting the unknown is essential for creativity yet too often fear, uncertainty, comfort, stability and familiarity get in the way. In this interview, Estelle talks about her own experience with the unknown and how it can spur creativity. Your book has a chapter on creativity subtitled ‘Opening the Gates of Insight and Innovation’. The creative process always involves an immersion in what is unknown, something that has previously never existed.

The Best Definition of Creativity?

Idea Champions

If you google the phrase definitions of creativity , guess how many definitions show up? What does exist is mucho people's attempts to define creativity -- definitions, by the way, that are influenced by their particular world view, expertise, profession, assumptions, mindset, nationality, and language skills. Rollo May: The process of bringing something new into being -- something that brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life.".

The Real Value of Confusion

Idea Champions

In fact, it's often a necessary part of the creative process. And, besides, even while our conscious mind is telling us we're confused, our subconscious mind is processing a mile a minute to come up with some amazing solutions. While we're exercising. Then, we try to diffuse the process (by regressing or denying.) Are you confused about how to proceed with your hottest project? Baffled? Bamboozled? If so, take heart! Confusion is not always a bad thing.

How to Be More Creative

Idea Champions

Most people agree that creativity (and it's twin brother, innovation) is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative or more innovative. Why make the effort to become more creative? Everyone is creative. What is blocking your creativity?

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Diffuse the fear of ambiguity by continually clarifying the process. Most left-brain-dominant people hate open-ended processes and anything that smacks of ambiguity.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Exercising.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs of this blog post and will now cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or not understood by the members of your team. Few people want to deal with the Rube Goldberg-like nature of the beast -- the attempt to more dependably structure the process of originating, developing, and executing new ideas. Exercising. You're busy. I get it.

How to Be More Creative

Idea Champions

Most people agree that creativity (and it's twin brother, innovation) is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative or more innovative. That being said, there are time-tested guidelines and principles which, when honored, will increase your chances of increasing your creativity and innovation. Why make the effort to become more creative? Everyone is creative. What is blocking your creativity? Jump Start Creativity.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Diffuse the fear of ambiguity by continually clarifying the process. Most left-brain-dominant people hate open-ended processes and anything that smacks of ambiguity. Next time you find yourself leading a creative thinking session , make it a point to give participants, early is the session, a mental map of the process you'll be using. Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Diffuse the fear of ambiguity by continually clarifying the process. Most left-brain-dominant people hate open-ended processes and anything that smacks of ambiguity. Next time you find yourself leading a creative thinking session , make it a point to give participants, early is the session, a mental map of the process you'll be using. Periodically remind them of where they are in the process.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Goofy, incomplete briefs that send your creatives off on a wild goose chase. Exercising.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. Highly creative people have a tendency to avoid "process" like the plague, turning a blind eye to anything that requires them to pay attention to an "organized approach". Just like a gardener needs a hose without holes to water their plants, so do the creative people in your organization need a hole-free way to bring their ideas to fruition. Exercising.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. Highly creative people have a tendency to avoid "process" like the plague, turning a blind eye to anything that requires them to pay attention to an "organized approach". Just like a gardener needs a hose without holes to water their plants, so do the creative people in your organization need a hole-free way to bring their ideas to fruition. Exercising.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. Highly creative people have a tendency to avoid "process" like the plague, turning a blind eye to anything that requires them to pay attention to an "organized approach". Just like a gardener needs a hose without holes to water their plants, so do the creative people in your organization need a hole-free way to bring their ideas to fruition. Exercising.