Creativity Challenges

Put your creative thinking into practice with these fun activities.  Come back regularly.  A new creativity challenge is released every Friday.

Your Own Superbowl Ad

Friday, 10 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Superbowl advertThe Superbowl is one of the most watched events in America.  It is also gaining traction in the rest of the world as well.  This presents one huge opportunity to get your message out to a whole stack of people.  So it's not surprising that the adverts shown during this event get huge attention.  Businesses go to great lengths to make sure their ads are interesting, memorable and get the message across or make the brand stick in your mind.  This is the basis of this weeks challenge.


Creative Improv

Friday, 03 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationSometimes really good creative thinking happens when you just let things flow. But this is not easy for a lot of us.  We have this desire to plan things, to know what's going to happen and in what order.  So this weeks challenge is an exercies in just letting things flow.  You may need to try it a few times before you get the hang of it but it can be a powerful tool once you've got it down.


Hidden Words Backwards

Friday, 27 January 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

BackwardsOne aspect of creativity is seeing things from different perspectives.  Seeing the things that are right in front of us, the things that are obvious, but that we don't see as we don't realise they are what we are looking for.  This weeks challenge is a fun way to develop this side of creativity.  You will already know the answer,  it's just that you don't yet know that it is the answer.


Memory Challenge

Friday, 20 January 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

An elephant never forgetsNo doubt your just getting back into the swing of things after a couple weeks rest and relaxation (or if your Christmas and New Years was like ours it's been anything but).  This weeks creativity challenge accordingly is useful and fun but not too taxing.  This week we're going to experiment with strategies to improve your memory.  We have to remember things all the time and the better we can do it the easier our lives can be.


Merry Xmas Cya in the New Year

Friday, 23 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

North PoleWell guys and gals,  that's it for 2011 for us.  Merry Christmas and hoping you have a terrific new year.  We've had a great time in 2011 bringing creativity to you and trust that you've enjoyed it too.  We'll be back on-line on Monday 16th January and we've got some awesome stuff lined up for you.  So enjoy the silly season,  have fun and be creative.  All the best,  From Ryan.


Give up Email

Friday, 16 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

EmailWith the Christmas season upon things tend to get a little crazy.  Santa may have a list and be checking it twice but no doubt you also have a list and don't have the luxury of checking it twice.  What with buying presents, organising cards, attending parties and what not life has probably got a bit hectic.  By the way,  if you are finding your list getting a bit unwieldly our list manager may help.  But anyways,  we're getting side tracked.  Read on to discover this weeks challenge that will help you simplify a bit.


Most Profound Tweet

Friday, 09 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

TwitterInspiration can be a powerful thing.  It can provide us with ideas and it can motivate us to act on those ideas.  So anything that encourages us to seek out inspiration has to be a good thing.  The inspiration we're seeking this week is of the condensed form.  You'll gain just as much in how you track down this inspiration as you should in what it gives you as well.  Read on to find out what your challenge will be this week.


Team Glory

Friday, 02 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Most CreativeThis weeks challenge is a simple social experiment.  It's harmless fun and a simple way for you to see how creative you can be in terms of recuiting others to join your cause.  A great skill to have as your project has more chance of success if you can get a great following behind you.  The game is open to everyone and anyone and you can recuit people in whatever way you like.  Read on to see the rules for scoring and then dive in and get started.


Post-it Note Inspiration

Friday, 25 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

be creativeHow often have you had an awesome idea come to you out of the blue?  Probably abotu something you were thinking about earlier.  Maybe a few hours earlier.  Maybe a few days earlier.  Our minds work in weird and wonderful ways and one of those characteristics is that awesome ideas take time.  Ideas typically come from mixing and matching connections between all the different things we have floating around inside our heads.  This weeks challenge aims to help that along.


Two Thirds of Average

Friday, 18 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Two thirds of AverageThis weeks challenge is an experiment in how people think about how people think.  Thinking about how others will act and behave under certain circumstances can help in the creative process.  It may lead to inspiration for new ways to go about doing things or it could introduce new possibilities.  It tends to be quite a hard thing to do however.  Most people probably think quite differently to you.


The Circle and the Dot

Friday, 11 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CircleDo you know just how much of your day you spend on auto-pilot?  All the opportunities that pass you by, that are right there in front of you but because you are on auto-pilot it doesn't even occur to you to consider them.  If you want to become more creative then you need to get off auto-pilot and learn to question everything around you. This weeks challenge will help you see just how much we don't question things.


That's Just How I Roll

Friday, 04 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

UnicycleWant to be more creative?  Why not start by having a bit more fun.  When it's just a bit of silly, harmless fun,  there are no deadlines,  no implications, no KPI's to worry about.  This frees you up to just go with the flow and see where it takes you.  You never know what ideas may stem from this.  So this weeks challenge challenges you to get out of your comfort zone in a harmless way..


Keeping it in Balance

Friday, 28 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

BalanceThis weeks challenge is about realising our limits and discovering how we can easily push them higher.  I think a lot of people greatly underestimate their abilities.  Once you realise you are capable of so much more you open up a lot more opportunity.  A great way to boost your confidence and fuel your creativity.  It's simple and will only take a few minutes a day.


100 Ideas - People Powered Transport

Thursday, 20 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

UnicycleAlbert Einstein once said: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  He also said that: "Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will tak you everywhere."  Powerful insights, and very applicable to some of the huge problems we are facing currently.  In this weeks challenge we tackle the problem of getting more people to use people powered transportation.



Friday, 14 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationEpizeuxis is a word I stumbled across recently and figured it was silly enough that it had to be a made up word.  Then I looked it up and lo and behold,  it was a real word.  It's when you repeat a word several times in immediate succession.  The aim is to create emphasis in a striking way.  I thought it was very, very, very cool so it is the basis for this weeks challenge.


That's Odd

Friday, 07 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

ObserveThis weeks challenge will help you hone your eye for detail and improve your creativity.  How much of the world passes you by without you noticing? We tend to put ourselves on auto pilot a lot of the time. If you want to improve your creativity you have to learn to see the small details and to question them.  So let's dive in and see what's involved.


Rapid Fire Creativity

Friday, 30 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

StopwatchThis weeks challenge is simple and quick.  A fun way to get the ball rolling and get some creativity happening.  Normally you can't force creative ideas.  You can however encourage them.  The aim of this weeks challenge is to get your mind to work quickly.  When we do this we tend to forget about all the barriers that normally get in the way of our thinking and it starts to happen more freely.  Read on to see what you're going to do.


Creative Conversation Starters

Friday, 23 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationHow often have you been at a social gathering and found yourself asking, or being asked the same dull questions: "So, what do you do for a living?", "So, what have you been up to lately?", "Got any exciting plans for the weekend?"  Gets a bit monotonous doesn't it.  Well let's see if we can't change that.  This weeks challenge is going to be fun and useful.


Keyboard Shenanigans

Friday, 16 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

KeysYour creativity challenge this week is to see what weird and wonderful things you can find as patterns on your keyboard.  The QWERTY keyboard that we are all familiar with has some interesting characteristics.  Did you know that the layout of characters means that several thousand English words can be typed with only the left hand while only a few hundred can by typed with the right hand.  Or that the word typewriter can be spelled using only keys from the top row.


Irregular Items Chain Game

Friday, 09 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Bag of itemsYour creativity challenge this week is to see the items around you in creative ways.  Most items have a regular name but we can also be creative in how we name or describe them.  For instance a pen could also be called a writing implement or a barrel or ink or a doodling device.  Join us on a wordy adventure and let's see just how creative you can be.


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