When do we get the chance to get the creative juices flowing?

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”
Walter Lippmann

I’ve had the luxury of not working this school year and It’s been the best sharpening of the saw that I can imagine. Today I’ve been contemplating creative thinking and how excited I get about letting my mind wander to create new ideas (at least they’re new to me). For people like me I have to really work at being creative and it takes time to put serious thought into something, scanning the work of others who look at things differently, and exercising the right brain.

Want a few ideas that may light a fire under you creative juices?

1. I occasionally pull out Fredrik Haren’s book, The Idea Book, when I need to exercise my brain. The book “inspires creative people to be more creative, and It teaches uncreative people how to develop their creativity.” It’s full of quotes, exercises and space to write down thoughts. Use it to come up with 50 ways to use a brick, develop a metaphor for your idea, think of 50 different solutions to a problem, invent new words in order to invent new ideas, do the opposite of what people would normally do, and much much more.

2. I wasn’t able to attend ASB’s Unplugged this year but I’ve already taken a look at Scott Klososky’s presentation on Creativity and Innovation. I’m somewhat familiar with Scott’s work and I love his forward thinking approach. Want some ideas on how to develop your next outstanding presentation? Take a look at his slides. He uses excellent design principles. I only wish that I was there for the entire session.

3. Tonight I watched these two music videos by OK Go with my children. My son said that he loved the video even though the music was OK. I love imagining the planning sessions that led to these two very innovative videos.

This to Shall Pass by OK Go

Here it Goes Again, by OK Go

What do you do to develop your right brain?

I want to find visuals/photos that match the motivational quotes that I’ve chosen to put on notecards that I can use in my school. This seems like a very good exercise to get the juices flowing.

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2 comments

  1. I showed these OK Go videos to my class, and they went wild over them! They thought that they were so cool, and we discussed the amount of prep work (and calculating) that must have gone into these….they were overwhelmed, to say the least. However, it led to a great discussion on how sometimes in order to do really cool stuff, you must work very hard and spend a lot of time on it (this is in kid-speak!); I think it helped to open their eyes to the possibilities of hard work and perseverance. Thanks for showing these!

  2. There are 4 videos on YouTube where the band members and engineers that created the machine talk about how it was done. Some really bright people worked on this project.
    Making of TTSP #1-4 – OK Go

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