Back to School

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It’s that time of the year again. Whether you are a teacher or a parent (and obviously if you are a child), there’s that excitement in the air: a new school year is starting. This year, in many places worldwide, the excitement of a new school year is mixed with uncertainty and changes. In the past months, teachers, parents, and children had to adapt to a new (and in many cases still not entirely shaped) learning mode. Teaching is always a challenging, thoughtful work, and in times like these, it is even more so.

This is on us.

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The world has gone crazy. Politicians are burning down the house. Social networks amplify lies, hatred, and violence. Powerful people and organizations controlling the economy, and eventually us. And we… We mumble in disbelief, we post, we add some hashtags, and we move on with our lives. At least most of us do. Most of the time. Don’t blame the world. Don’t blame politicians. Don’t blame social networks. Don’t blame the powerful people. Blame the people who really allow this organized chaos to go on for years and decades. We should blame ourselves. Every time we see something shocking in the news and switch the channel — it’s on us. Every time we see wrongdoing, and we walk away — it’s on us. Every day we continue to work for companies that benefit from this twisted method — it’s on us. Every day we work for companies that don’t actively promote diversity and inclusion — it’s on us. Every time we post, share, and like in the same platforms that thrive when we think less, feel less, and empathize less — it’s on us. Every time we don’t go out and vote — it’s on us. Every day that passes … Read More

Creativity Workshop in a Box. Minus the Box

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This week the world celebrated Creativity and Innovation Week. Just writing the word Celebrated feels awkward in these strange times. Many (if not most) of us are facing a new reality and with it so many personal and professional challenges. With all these challenges, I believe this is a perfect time to acknowledge the importance of Creativity and the impact it can have on our lives. And I am not talking about the global scale challenges. Innovation will clearly be required to come up with a vaccine, and the global economic situation also poses serious questions that will require creative solutions. These challenges are beyond the control of most of us, but this does not mean we should just sit back and wait. Our Creativity can help us turn our personal and professional challenges into opportunities. And that is 100% in our hands. More than a month ago, when it was already clear that we are going to face quite a few restrictions on our day-to-day operation, I had to put on hold our Creative Observation Tours. At the same time, many people around the world found themselves literally confined to their homes most of the time. Some of them … Read More

habit zero #157

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the challenge   Play with the Prism… Using this Seed… And create a… here’s a thought…   We all have visual leftovers — photos we took and didn’t find any use for. We rarely delete them, but we never meant to share them, post them, or add them to any album. Today we will use these visual leftovers as inspiration. The Recycle Bin game starts with a Seed that will help us find some hidden gem in our old, unused photos. The Seed we will use is Taste. Take a couple of minutes to go through your photo archive and look for a picture you can associate with Taste. Any association will do. The Seed is only here to help you focus on something to look for. The photo I found was taken in a small Italian restaurant. Although it doesn’t include any food, the connection to Taste, at least in my mind, was obvious. The second part of the challenge is to write a poem. The inspiration for the poem, as you might guess, should be the photo you have found. While you can also use the Seed for inspiration when writing the poetry, this is not required. The … Read More

habit zero #156

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the challenge   Play with the Prism… Using this Seed… And create a… here’s a thought…   Our creativity challenge for today is to write a Haiku inspired by the Spring Seed. The Haiku we write should be based on creative exploration. So, the first step is to look around you for something reminding you of or something you associate with Spring. Take a photo of what you find, and then, write a Haiku inspired by that visual Insight. my insight   Flowers in a vase bringing nature to my home like spring they will fade now it is your turn… be creative!    

Remote Creativity

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These are challenging times. For some of us, it is a matter of life and death. The rest of us are just trying to get used to a new routine, which is not even a routine because it keeps changing and, at least until now in most countries, escalating. One of the changes many of us are facing these days is the transition to remote work. Admittedly, this is not the most pressing challenge or the most significant change we face. But in the context of maintaining our professionalism and effectiveness, such a transition does require some thought. It is not just a matter of taking your laptop and connecting to your data and colleagues remotely. For teams who are used to sharing the same space and intimately working together, such a change is far from being trivial. During the past week, I came across quite a few questions on how to maintain the ability of a team to produce joint creative work while working remotely. Team members find themselves in front of their laptops, either working in isolation or waiting for a remote meeting to start. On the surface, this might seem like the essence of work, but there … Read More

Play

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The chapter “Play” is coming soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the previous chapters in The Creativity OS.

Fuse | Create Harmonious Symphonies

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“My job is to make things up, and the best way to make things up is to make them out of real things.” — Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight The year is 1972. It is just weeks before the “Gallery House” is about to be opened at Princes Gate in London, and the place still looks like a wreck. Old, abandoned buildings are always a source of surprises. Some of them are nothing but bad news (especially if you plan to open the building to the public), but every now and then, you just might stumble upon a real treasure, and in a couple of minutes, that’s exactly what is going to happen. A young woman is working with her colleague on arranging the four-story building and turning it into a space hosting no less than fourteen art galleries. As they go from one room to the other, cleaning and removing anything that shouldn’t really be there, they come across an old, dusty, locked chest. They pause and look at each other, fantasizing if only for a minute on what they are about to discover. And then, they both lean over the chest as one, and they gently remove … Read More

habit zero #155

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the challenge Our challenge today is combined from a Prism, a Seed, and an Insight Type — the new building block we recently introduced. The In Straight Lines Prism challenges us to capture an Insight in which straight lines play a significant role. The Insight can take any form… but the random Insight Type I got was Sculpture. And the Seed — the trigger — I got was Cello, which, I have to admit, made the challenge easier this time because cello and straight lines really go naturally together. So, with this combined challenge in mind, I started to look for ideas… my Insight   I started by Googling photos of cellos for inspiration. Focusing on straight lines, I knew the strings will be the focus of whatever I’ll create. But among all the images I saw, I was drawn to those in which the cello was being played. It was tilted and the angles between the instrument and the musician and between the strings and the bow were fascinating. The next step was to decide how I am going to physically realize what I had in mind. I started to look around the house for things to play with. … Read More

Space for Opportunities

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I’m a planner. For most of my life, I was. And by that, I don’t mean I necessarily have detailed long-term plans. But when it comes to projects or my daily agenda, my instinct was always to start with a plan. Whatever the project is, there is nothing that will make me happier than a blank piece of paper or an empty table — a space to write down what and when I need to do to realize the project. Then, of course, I might add interfaces, resources, and other things that the plan depends on. And just like magic, without anything changed in the real world, I feel there’s a much higher chance the project would reach its desired goal. This might all sound reasonable enough. What you need to know about me, though, is that under the label “Project,” I can easily host practically anything. From a one-week vacation abroad to a trip to Ikea, from packing my bag before I go to a photo-walk to finding the optimal bag to buy, from building a team to defining the work-plan for the upcoming year. My default mindset in any of those is: the better the plan — the … Read More