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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

Imagine | Reshape Reality

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“Reality was what went on inside people’s heads.”” — Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures Allow me to start with a story… “Cover band? What do you want to be in a cover band for?” His father just didn’t get it. When their van entered the empty driveway of the Brookside Theatre, he tried to explain it to himself too. It was a small gig in a small town. Calling this place a theatre was on the verge of a fraud. It was more of a community center, really. The hall was so small you could walk from door to stage in ten steps. 120 foldable chairs were arranged in ten rows. The ceiling was so low he could almost touch it. And the soundman came with the place. Backstage, which was more of a side-stage, he held a small mirror in his left hand and carefully put on his makeup with the right. He heard the people filling the small hall, dragging their chairs. When the audience is big enough, there’s energy in the air no-one can resist. With 120 people in a community center, you just cannot know how it will be like. His band is merely the echo of … Read More

Wonder | Open a Gateway to a Universe of Possibilities

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“Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.” — Terry Pratchett, Small Gods When you think about something dark, you probably see in your mind an object painted in black. Or, you might think about the night sky — something more abstract, but still full of details. The room I entered, however, wasn’t just dark — it totally lacked any light. The second I went in, I lost any sense of space and direction. I didn’t know if I was standing in a tiny room or a vast hall; I didn’t know where the exit was; I knew other people were in there with me, but I had no sense of how many people are standing just a few inches away. Usually, when you are in a dark space, your mind and your eyes gradually adjust to the darkness. You start to see some details, even if you can’t really make sense of them. Somehow, it relieves the feeling of disorientation. But this room didn’t allow me to adjust. Being totally dark, this room was designed to keep its visitors lost in space with no visual cue to hold on to. Flash. Without any warning, … Read More

Observe | Have a Constant Conversation with the World

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“But if it is true that the act of observing changes the thing which is observed, it’s even more true that it changes the observer.” — Terry Pratchett, Soul Music My first experience with photography didn’t involve a camera. It was my first experience with street photography, but I did it unintentionally and without even leaving my room. I was probably ten or eleven, I didn’t have a camera, and the thought of having one didn’t even cross my mind. It was a Saturday morning. The house was quiet, and with no one to rush me to get out of bed, I just lain down wandering between being awake and dreaming. And then I saw something moving on my closet. At first, I thought I was imagining or still dreaming. I saw a tree and a house and occasionally someone or something passing by. The picture was almost static. I watched it for quite some time, hypnotized by the magic that brought the street into my room and by awareness that I could observe the external world without being seen. But maybe the more profound residue from this experience was the realization that the ordinary (and until now quite boring) … Read More

Creativity Defined?

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“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Diggers It will be kind of strange for a book about Creativity to start with the following statement, but I won’t lie to you: I don’t really want to go into the definition of Creativity. Allow me to explain why. If you Google the term Definition of Creativity you will get 2.5 billion page results. That is somewhere in the middle between the number of results for Definition of God and Definition of Love, which is not that promising if you are looking for a clear answer. But, you don’t really need to go beyond the first page of results to realize there are enough different definitions of Creativity to fill several books with numerous interpretations and implications. Let’s briefly explore a few of them to understand why I think it is more effective to leave the task of defining Creativity to others. As you will see throughout this book, when looking for definitions, my first preference is a good old dictionary. The Meriam-Webster dictionary defines Creativity as “the ability to create.” I … Read More

Experience | Sow the Seeds of Creativity

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“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is, in fact, true. It’s called living.” — Terry Pratchett It’s almost dawn at the pastoral province of Saint-Rémy in southern France. Only the moon and the stars are lighting the dark night sky. In a small, dark room, a young man is staring out the window, hypnotized by the night’s scenery. The narrow bed on one side of the room is neatly made. One sheet of paper filled with hand-written sentences perfectly aligned on imaginary rows is placed on the small wooden desk opposite the bed. It will have to wait. This is not a time for writing letters. It is time for being inspired. “The sight of the stars always makes me dream,”1 he once wrote to his brother, and tonight he is indeed dreaming… with his eyes wide open. The bars on the window become invisible. They can prevent him from going out, but they cannot prevent his mind from wandering. He aches to paint, but he is not allowed to, so he memorizes every small detail of the scenery, and while doing so, his troubled mind adds layers of other memories … Read More

The Prepared Mind

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“There are different kinds of rules. From the simple comes the complex, and from the complex comes a different kind of simplicity. Chaos is order in a mask…” ― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time I have a confession. I love showers. Not the device or the specific space around it, but the activity, or more accurately, being in a state of taking a shower. I’m sorry for having to share this intimate detail with you, and hopefully you will not use your imagination to create a mental picture of this scene, but when I am closing my eyes under the running water, concentrating on the sounds, feeling the water all around me, it is like taking a break from everything. I often feel like taking a shower is helping me reboot. All systems are being shut down at first, and then gradually they start up again, without the clutter that was there a minute ago. So, what starts with taking a break and leaving aside everything I am occupied with, often ends up with a crystalized new thought — an idea that wasn’t there five minutes ago. It is as if from the steam around me that makes everything blurry, … Read More

Getting Hooked

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“If you kept changing the way people saw the world, you ended up changing the way you saw yourself.” ― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal In a beautiful summer day, a young Swiss Electrical Engineer went on a hunting trip with his dog on the Jura Mountains. He was not an explorer on an expedition to find new land. He was not on a search for a hidden treasure. In fact, he walked in the same route thousands of people have walked before him with no intention other than to enjoy the beautiful day and the view (and unfortunately for some local animals, hunt). But on that day back in 1941, something was about to turn out very differently. When his hike was over, the young engineer noticed his clothes and his dog’s fur were covered with dozens of burs from the local plants. Millions of people throughout history had a similar experience. Nobody can ignore these irritating burs you have to pull out almost one by one. But unlike millions of people before him and millions of people after him, George de Mestral wasn’t irritated. Instead, he wondered. George de Mestral wondered just how these burs are clinging so stubbornly … Read More

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If there is a list of the worst opening sentences for a book, this would probably rank somewhere in the top ten: You already know everything in this book. …or at least you did know it, probably without even being conscious of it. You already know (or knew) how you can be more creative. There is a good chance you once were more creative, just as you are designed to be. Chances are you applied everything I am about to describe, at least as a kid. And if you can’t remember that but you just happen to have small children of your own, you probably see everything we will discuss every day. Everything you will read here next will feel very familiar because it is an integral part of how all humans are designed. So why bother writing (and for that matter reading) something so trivial that everyone knows it already? First, because although we know or once knew how to be creative intuitively, as adults, most people believe they are not creative, and that Creativity is a gift saved for just a handful of people. As we will soon see, we indeed become less and less creative as we … Read More