Ok, so you've got a project you've just started or a conundrum you have to get sorted. It's a tricky one but it's going to be huge. You're onto a winner. How often have you started off with this attitude but ended up with mediocrity? There are several factors that will define if you're heading towards stardom or the middle of the road with your creative endevours. An important piece to look at is research.
This week we're seeking.
Game: There are 4 random words below. What is the most intriguing characteristic you can identify of the group? It could be something to do with the spelling of the words or of the meanings of the words or some other aspect. Remember, you're referring to all the words as a group, not individually.
Sometimes 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.
I have spoken before on the underlying principle and it's relationship to creative thinking. It's something that I try to work out with everything I work on. (And so should you.) I have spent quite a while thinking about the underlying principle of this website and of websites in general. My thoughts are constantly evolving and changing as I approach the problem from different angles. Read on to see my current thoughts.
This week we're extrapolating.
Game: There is 1 random word below. Use it as inspiration to think of something it would be interesting if we never had in this world.
One 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.
Creativity and memory are linked in several interesting and influential ways. Memory looks back at what has been while creativity looks forward and creates what will be. Yet the two intertwine and play with each other to define the world that we experience. Creative thinking plays a part in how we recreate our memories and memories add essential fuel to what we create. Let's consider what some of the consequences of this may be.
This week we're fooling.
Game: There are 2 random words below. Use both of them to come up with a fact or statistic. Your statement is to be completely made up but try and make it sound as believable as possible.
No 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.
Foxconn, the company responsible for the manufacture of many Apple products (as well as Nintendo, HP and others) is looking to deploy over 1 million robots over the next 3 years to replace a large chunk of it's workforce. We now have self serve checkouts in many supermarkets and stores. Increasing online purchasing is removing the need for physical shop staff. I'm sure you can find many more examples youself. The fact is that technology is at a point now where it is replacing unskilled work like never before. This actually has a huge impact on us creatively.
This week we're defining.
Game: There are 2 random words below. Use them both in a mnemonic for something. It could be anything you like but there are a few examples below if you can't think of anything. If you pick something that these words don't fit the letters for then you can change them for a word that is similar.