ReMix and Get in Gear!

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The February 2018 release of the seempli Creativity Platform is live with two exciting features that will help you take your creative skills even further!

The Creative Butterfly Effect

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One of the coolest things about the creative “process” is its randomness. Regardless of the many attempts to capture creativity as a process, I find it more effective to think of it as quite a random mess.

On Building Skills and Quick Wins

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How much are you willing to invest in your creativity? Not in terms of money. Let’s talk about time: are you willing to spend 10-20 minutes a day for an entire year? Or will you prefer a one-day workshop to boost your creativity? And how about other skills? Can you really become a better manager or run a more effective life by attending a workshop? Will you wake up the next day with better skills and new capabilities? Many (maybe even most) organizations tend to search for quick wins. But when it comes to building skills quick wins are often a facade. There might be wins along the way, but if you stop with the “quick” ones, the effect will not last. Let’s understand why so many organizations look for quick wins and what is the inherent problem with that approach.

What Makes Good Raw Material

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Many people try to describe creativity as a process. I don’t think we can (or need) to formalize it using a process language. There isn’t any predefined list of steps we can follow that will guarantee creative results. But creativity does share one important attribute with processes: without input, there won’t be any output.

Get in Rhythm

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Back in 2012, I launched a website designed to publish a single photo each day – a photograph taken somewhere in Tel-Aviv. I planned it as a year-long project, but eventually, it ran for four years. Some photos were great, some were just plain. But what was essential for me to was to create something every day. Creativity benefits from rhythm. It is not the rhythm of the results that counts, but rather the rhythm of getting creative work done. Whether it is a photography project, writing a 50 words story, or working on with seempli, getting in rhythm sets your mind in anticipation mode and builds a habit. Rhythm creates flow. Just like working out at fixed intervals prepares your body for the next workout. How do you get into a creative rhythm? All you have to do is work on some creative challenge on a regular basis. Pick a challenge you can work on daily, and set a recurring task. Make sure not to skip a day. Remember that the work is more important than the result. Don’t wait for the muse to come. Just do it! As long as you get in the rhythm, you are on … Read More

The Ultimate Writing Prompt

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Reality is the ultimate writing prompt. When you look around you mindfully, anything can be an inspiration for writing. Stories are hidden everywhere. You just need to discover them. Scratch that. Stories are mostly in your head – in your imagination, but sometimes they need an external trigger to surface. And such triggers are literally everywhere.

Get Lost

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When was the last time you got lost? It’s 5:30 AM. I am walking in an empty street in Tel-Aviv with a camera, as I have been doing at least once a week in the past ten years. Tel-Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, but on a global scale, it’s tiny. Its area is less than 7% of the area of New York City, and less than 4% of the area of London. And as I tend to do my photo-walks always around a few neighborhoods in the southern part of Tel-Aviv, you would think that by now I know every building, every wall, every ally, and of course, every single street.

Five Creative Activities for a Stormy Weekend

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So, it’s stormy outside. Even if you can go out, you don’t really want to. All you want to do is stay home with your sloppiest clothes, turn on the heat, make a huge cup of tea, and… do something creative?! Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t do some creative fun and turn our home into an endless playground. Ready, let’s be creative!

The Glass is Half…

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Are you the type of person who sees the glass half full or do you tend to see the glass half empty? Which is better? Maybe you need to be a little bit of both. And maybe you just need to focus on the glass! Many of us are obsessed with dividing the world into simple groups (I might have just done the same thing). You are either an optimistic or a pessimistic. You either see the glass this way or that way. But such clear-cut distinction prevents us from generating new ideas or creative solutions to whatever it is we are facing. The effective way to come up with an original thought about anything relies on your ability to continually change your perspective.

To Win or not to Win

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How often do you hear the phrase “let’s think win-win”? How often are you using the phrase “we must operate in a win-win mode”? How rare are the cases where both sides feel they have won after the fact? Win-win is often considered a mindset: we need to adopt it – we are expected to think win-win is not only a valid option, but it is the best and most effective option. And in many cases, that is actually the case: win-win is indeed the most effective mindset… but only if you manage to realize it. Here’s the thing: adopting a win-win mindset is an essential starting point, but without understanding how to generate this mutual win, it will always remain a mindset. Without coming up with a practical understanding of how each side can benefit from the project or the joint venture, the road to frustration and disappointment is super-short.