How to Lead an Idea Session – from Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity

Here’s a gem of a video showing step-by-step how to lead an idea generating session using two techniques: Brainstorming and Brainwriting.  Watch it to pick up pointers to improve your practice. (It would be great for all creativity professionals to competently use these and other tools, just as, say, accountants globally use a balance sheet.) […]

Stanford’s Crash Course on Creativity – Week 1

Last week’s assignment was two-fold Watch Tina Seelig’s TedxStanford Talk A Crash Course on Creativity Prepare a presentation of what you share with your team mates I like doing number 2 better than number 1. Let’s face it, choosing to sit through creativity 101 for me is like being an experienced deep-sea diver sitting through […]

In a Brainstorming Quandary? Get over it and get on with generating ideas.

Just saw another newsletter on brainstorming because of our friend Jonathan Lehrer’s assertion that it’s dead.  Can we please move on beyond the hyperbole? Here’s the scoop.  Brainstorming describes a process of people generating ideas using a few rules. Ad exec Alex Osborn coined the term in a number of books, Your Creative Power: How […]

Facilitator or catalyst? Is there a difference when it comes to creativity and innovation?

I learned a facilitator is a ‘guide by the side, not a sage on the stage’ from my college professor and mentor the late Dr. Ruth B. Noller.  We didn’t use the word catalyst to describe what we did at the International Center for Studies in Creativity in the 1970’s and ’80’s – no.  Facilitator […]

Ethics and creativity. Related?

A study recently released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reports  rich people are more likely to engage in unethical behaviour – cutting off motorists, lying in a negotiation and cheating to win a prize – than are their less wealthy counterparts. Researchers also found  those […]

What's the big deal about creativity?

Let’s face it, people use their creativity everyday, even you.  You create mash-ups, make new decisions, use your imagination, combine existing elements into new patterns and relationships and more, and not necessarily because you want to. As conditions continue to change more rapidly than ever you adapt, we all adapt.  For example with the growth […]

Fostering creativity – a ppt from Tudor Rickards

Here’s an intro ppt to creativity from one of the giants in the field –  Tudor Rickards.  It’s a good reference for creativity professionals to view as a basic understanding of research in the field. Rickards is an author on creativity and leadership in business and management, and is based at Manchester Business School in […]

Women's Wisdom, Women's Creativity. Guest blog by Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

Sue and I have known each other for years through the International Center for Studies in Creativity where she is Assistant Professor.  This paper 2007 presents woman’s wisdom on creativity Sue collected and synthesized for her Ph.D.   It’s posted as one way to celebrate International Woman’s Day, March 8. Lessons from Mature Women and Beyond: […]