Six Creative Ways to Brainstorm Ideas

This  is a re-blog from the World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 website, if you missed it.

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A Voiced Scarf

The late Dr. Ruth B. Noller (1923-2008) was my greatest creativity and creative thinking facilitation teacher and mentor.  Her motto:  A facilitator is a guide by the side rather than a sage on the stage. I feel honored and fortunate to have studied with her for 5 years, both as an undergraduate and graduate student.

Mentoring_A_Voiced_ScarfIn 1997 her 1982 book, Mentoring: A Voice Scarf was revised. Even though she wrote of strategies for effective mentoring, her students and others who knew her focus on effective creativity-thinking facilitation applied these also as internal compasses for working with groups.  I’ve taken the liberty to expand on Ruth’s list to demonstrate ways we can walk the talk and model creativity-thinking behaviors as guides by the sides for others to grow beyond their perceived potential.

Strategies for Effective Mentoring (Facilitation) originated by Ruth Noller (1982, 1997)/adapted by Marci Segal (2014)

Attitude of Positiveness/Think Happy Thoughts

Valuing/What’s the most important thing?
Open-Mindedness/Consider alternatives before deciding
Interrelations/Learn from living and shared experiences
Creative Problem Solving/Deliberately free thinking to create new futures
Effective Communication/Listen well, ask questions, consider others’ worlds and how they survive in them
Discovery/Find ways to learn through curiosity… for positive and challenging unexpected consequences

Strengths + Uniqueness/Leverage personal talents to create new ideas, make new decisions + take new actions
Confidence/Build on experience to continue to improve
Awareness/Notice what is going on in context, find and act on opportunities even when you feel none exist
Risk-Taking/Be an active participator, be proactive
Flexibility/Look for alternatives, ask who else, what else, where else, when else, how else

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Strangely enough….

Strangely enough, this is the past that somebody in the future is longing to go back to.

Ashleigh Brilliant.

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Innovation = Different Ways to Organize

Innovation is not the mere creation of something new, or a departure from the usual. It is a process that creates a relationship between

  1. what was once unquestionably believed
  2. the questions brought forward by current practice and
  3. the determination to resolve those questions

What I like about this understanding: it includes people in the innovation equation; their beliefs, their questions and their interest and motivation to resolve the tensions.

Thanks to Lindsay Fischer, Program Director, The Banff Centre for his comments in the Dance Masters Program Booklet, July 2014.

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World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21

WCIW_ICON_Num_30KFriends, today, April 21, is World Creativity and Innovation Day, named in 2001, it was expanded to World Creativity and Innovation Week in 2005.

I hope you experienced inspired joy, delight. opportunity, and potential during this week, together with so many others all over the world.

Let’s continue to keep the energy moving for new ideas, decisions, actions and products to make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.

WCIW happens every year from April 15 – 21. I look forward to sharing it with you in 2015, 2016, ….

Marci Segal, MS. Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures and Founder, World Creativity + Innovation Week April 15-21

 

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There is always more than one right answer

right_answers_600 Your task, if you choose to engage in and/or lead innovation, is to

  • Open thinking to new ideas, new potentials, new solutions, new opportunities
  • Explore what might work within the current context that takes things forward
  • Smile

 

Marci Segal, MS, Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

Wishing you flexibility, inner strength, and ingenuity during this World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2014.  And joy…always joy…

 

 

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