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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

Creative Training Programs

  • 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

Elements of MicroCreativity Training

Here are some guidelines for designing a creativity training program. The program should:
1. Solve problems
2. Gather information
3. Accept serendipity
4. Be inspired
5. Use all senses
6. Generate ideas

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