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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Life Habits

From Entrepreneur online magazine, an article about the 25 best habits to have in life. Several of those habits, including:

  • Learn something new
  • Inspire yourself
  • Read
  • Daily goal setting
  • Journal your thoughts

are also key components to living a creative life.

For the full article click here.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Need Help With Improving Your Creativity?

While my book MicroCreativity: Basic Training is currently available through Amazon, perhaps you'd like a more personalized experience. If you like the idea of creativity coaching, available online, please message me and I will design a program for you along with all the support you need for your efforts.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Now Available "MicroCreativity: Basic Training"

My new book explains my theory of personal creativity and how you can improve it by practicing techniques that people working in creative industries use every day. Practice makes perfect, right? Learn a different technique every day for 30 days and you'll learn how to integrate creative methods into your daily life.

Available now at Amazon; MicroCreativity: Basic Training

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guidelines for a Creativity Training Program

Here are some guidelines for designing a creativity training program. The program should:
  • Be easy to disseminate to the creativity-challenged (e.g. inexpensive, any-time access)
  • Teach a collective group of skills beneficial across all fields (domain general). There could be components of a modified program that would be domain specific
  • Use divergent and convergent skills in conjunction with each other
  • Teach creative thinking heuristics
  • Teach problem-solving skills and tolerance for mistakes or unexpected results
  • Encourage the development of conditions where creative solutions can be achieved, for example, serendipity, a stimulating environment
  • Build support systems that do not emphasize extrinsic rewards
  • Use repetition of skills so that they become automatic and are incorporated into a normal daily routine

The Concept of MicroCreativity (TM)

The concept of MicroCreativity (TM) focuses first and foremost on the individual:
  • That the individual is the catalyst for creativity and subsequent innovations
  • That all individuals are capable of creative activity to some extent
  • That the individual is responsible for enhancing their own personal creativity
  • That the individual should have easy access to resources and training that will help them become more creative
  • That the individual should be informed of the benefits and rewards of creative practice, which include (but not limited to) improved brain activity, stress reduction, and increased economic opportunities

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Boosting the Economy with Innovation Districts

I came across this paper on the Brookings Institute site. The title is "One Year After: Observations on the Rise of Innovation Districts" and is written by Bruce Katz, Jennifer S. Vey, and Julie Wagner.

The concept is a good one. Create an area in an urban district that brings together a diverse group of companies and individual businesses that feed off each other in terms of innovation and development. Brainstorming at the macro level, if you will. This collaboration self-perpetuates by growing new businesses and creating jobs. If people are encouraged to stay in the area after hours this produces more opportunities to network and invites the cross-pollination of ideas. If located in a depressed urban area there is a potential to develop the area economically and increase tax revenue. Extend this idea further and now we have new educational opportunities, increased knowledge and a more motivated work force.

This isn't a new idea. Artists and writers hanging out together in 19th and early 20th century Paris provided enough competition and motivation to create new ways of thinking. More recently, technology benefited greatly from the concentration of like-minded businesses in Silicon Valley.

If the use of Innovation Districts, Artist's Colonies or Technological Corporate Parks stimulates the rise of innovations and personal creativity, then that sounds like a good idea to me.

To read this paper in its entirety, see the post here.