For no light matter is at stake; the question concerns the very manner in which human lfe is to be lived.
"The neural processes underlying creativity have nothing to do with rationality...if we look at how the brain generates creativity we see that it is not a rational process; creativity is not born out of reasoning"
Rodolfo R Linas
Co-creating meaning since 2001
"People who are only good with hammers see every problem as a nail"
"The creative instinct finds satisfaction primarily in the actual work of creation, and only secondarily in the result achieved."
L T C Rolt in 'High Horse Riderless'
Conflicts of representation are painful for a variety of reasons. On a practical level, it is painful to have a model of reality that conflicts with that of people around you. The people around you soon make you aware of that. But why should this conflict worry people, if a model is only a model, a best guess at reality that each of us makes? Because nobody thinks of it that way. If the model is the only reality you know, then that model is reality, and if there is only one reality, then the possessor of a different model must be wrong
"Above all else, innovation requires a willigness to
embrace chaos. It means giving rein to people who are opinionated, wilful and delight in challenging the rules."
Tim Brown, European Director of IDBO
“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.”
Edward de Bono
"Institutions will always try to preserve the problems to which they are the solution"
"A creative person wants to be a know-all. They want to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because thye never know when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But they have faith that it will happen."
"The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuation, disturbance, imbalance—are the primary sources of creativity."
Margaret J Wheatley
"We must beware needless of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic."
"The achievement of excellence can only occur if an organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction."
"Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous"
Mencius (Chinese philosopher 371-298 BCE)
"The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it"
"As I get older I like to make my own grammar at home"
Rethinking Creativity and Innovation
All programmes can be tailored to match your needs.
1. Creative thinking for Innovation and Problem Solving
- What is thinking?
- What's going on in a thinking brain?
- What does a thought look like?
- What is creativity?
- Why do questions stimulate creativity?
- Why is a right question more important than a right answer?
- What are the characteristics of creative thinkers?
- Descriptions of reality
- Visual representations
- Thinking and problem solving
- Thinking non-conventionally
- Counter-intuitive and contrarian thinking
- Reframing problems
- Generating non-conventional thought
- Embodied metaphors
- Counterfactuals and "What if?" analyses
2. Dividing Reality (One day) Carving "reality" into chunks and processes into discrete stages introduces ambiguity and imprecision. People create representations, maps and recipes which are inherently imprecise, but which assume the importance of the reality they represent. For many leaders and decision makers the map comes to replace the territory, the recipe replaces the meal. How can we clarify our representations and accommodate imprecision?
3. Thinking Outside Your Head (One day)
How much of your memory, your thinking and your understanding is outside your head?
To what degree do your senses and feelings extend into your physical and social environment?
And how much are your perceptions, thoughts and decisions shaped by your surroundings and the company you keep?
4. Neuroscience of Creativity
What is a "new" thought? How do brains make creative connections? How can we explain - and encourage - those "Aha!" moments?
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