habit zero #134

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   It’s been quite a while since the last Habit Zero entry. If you are wondering why, I invite you to visit TheCreativityOS.com and start reading a new project I am working on in parallel. So, today, we have a special treat with a fun Maker Prism. Instead of creative exploration, the Tick Tock Prism challenges us to design (or even create) a clock inspired by the Seed. It is up to you to decide if you interpret this challenge as merely decorating a clock in the spirit of the Seed, or rethinking the concept of a clock from the ground up. The idea of the Tick Tock Prism is not to come up with something practical. Any idea, as crazy as it gets, is excellent, as long as it could be titled “A Clock.” For inspiration, have a look at these crazy clocks created by Mateen Baas. Ready? Time is ticking… my insight   So… Lost in Translation… When I saw this Seed, my first thought was focused on the word Translation. I thought of a clock showing the time as text, as opposed to using digits, and using a different language every minute. 11:23 will be … Read More

habit zero #133

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge Today we are playing with the creative exploration Prism. Our goal is to look around us and capture an Insight inspired by the Missing Piece Seed. Let’s discover… my insight   This beautiful fox was waiting for me in a small street near the Tel-Aviv central bus station. I saw this stunning street art and didn’t realize at first that apart from the fantastic colors and flow of this mural, it is the missing piece that captures my attention most. I tried to imagine whether the artist created this artwork when the wall was still intact or was it created when this major piece was already missing. Was I looking at a piece of deteriorating art or a deliberate act of art with a statement? The gaze of the fox — directed at the missing piece — just made it more enigmatic. reflection   I love Insights that are open to different interpretations as they trigger the Wondering core function in its most profound meaning. The second I saw this fox, I was amazed by its colors and its overall presence — the energy radiating from it — in the poor street where I found it. I felt … Read More

habit zero #132

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Today we are playing Total Recall. You challenge is to pick a visual Insight (or any other photo for that matter) you’ve captured in the past and write a short story or a poem inspired by it. Note that you shouldn’t describe what really happened in the scene you’ve captured. Just use what you see in the Insight as a trigger for imagining an entirely new story. my insight   The light drew her like as if she was a moth. It was bright white, and yet somehow it managed to color the night in blue. She was hypnotized. Every step she took she knew herself less. Deep inside she knew what would happen when she reached the invisible source of light, but it was inevitable. The penetrating bass made her heart beat, or was it the other way around? She closed her eyes and went in. The doors closed behind her. When she opened her eyes, it was surprisingly dark. Only the beating bass suggested this was the same place she had walked toward. The infinite space was full of people, but she was never so alone. She cannot go back. There’s nowhere to go back … Read More

habit zero #131

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   It’s the holiday season, so we used this chance to visit the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. I took the Art 101 Prism for the ride to make the visit even more creative. If you don’t have time to go to a museum today, you can play Art 101 by exploring street art, an art book, or using a web service such as Google Art and Culture. And the Seed we are playing with today is Rainbow. Ready? Let’s explore art! my insight   Looking for a rainbow in an art museum should be reasonably easy, so even before I went in, I decided to avoid capturing an Insight which based on the artwork. I love museums not only for the artworks they host. The architecture, the lighting, and the design of the galleries, all encapsulate numerous chances for exploration and discovery. Today was a vacation day, and the museum had many activities designed specifically for children. One of them was dedicating an entire gallery for kids to paint on its walls. This is where I captured today’s Insight. It looks pretty trivial at first, and maybe it is. But what I love in this Insight, is the … Read More

habit zero #130

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Today, we are going on a creative exploration with the Broken Seed. Look for things which are broken either on the surface or only when you examine them carefully. Later when reflecting on the Insight you captured, try to think about how it can be used as a metaphor for something else, from a different domain. my insight   I was so lucky to find this mirror, perfectly broken, and reflecting the sky and the tree under which it was lying. At first, I didn’t notice it was broken. The pieces blended perfectly with the branches of the tree. When I did see the anomalies in the reflection, it made the reflection look surreal — like reality itself is broken to pieces. reflection   A powerful way to use random Insights you capture is as triggers for reflection. One way to do that is by trying to think of them as metaphors. Take for example the Insight I captured today. Can you use this broken reflection of reality as a metaphor for some aspect in your life or in a project you are involved in? Can it be used to shed new light on a problem you … Read More

habit zero #129

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

This post includes a contribution by Tom Harris. the challenge     I wanted to do this for a long time as part of Habit Zero, but somehow I didn’t. Like many great things, what happened today was not planned — it just happened, and I am grateful for my friend Tom Harris for that. So, today we are playing Ping Pong, and for that you’d have to choose a friend or a family member to play with. It starts with a creative exploration inspired by a Seed. Once you have an Insight, share it with your friend and ask them to use it as inspiration for their Insight. Ready to play? Let’s go. ~~my~~ our insights   This beautiful day started with a creative exploration in Tel-Aviv. Most of the time, I just looked around for interesting things, but from time to time I picked a Seed to play with. When I played with the Flag Seed, I found this amazing blue circle on a ceiling. I called it: Japan in Blue. I didn’t plan to play with the Ping Pong Prism today, but as I often do, I shared my Insight with a friend (I just had to … Read More

habit zero #128

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Today, we will focus on taking a closer look at things. Throughout our creative exploration, we aim to observe and see things differently. But when I say “take a close look” today, I mean it literally: throughout the day, our creative Insights should be based on a close-up view. When we look at things in close-up — in some sense we take them out of context — we see them differently by definition.

habit zero #127

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Yesterday we played with the Natural Order Seed. My Insight was derived from one possible interpretation of the Seed: I found order in a chaotic and random environment. But you couldn’t see this in the Insight itself since the context was not part of it. So today we will play again with the same Seed, but let’s take it literally: let’s find Insights in which both the chaos and the order play together.

habit zero #126

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Our assignment today is to capture order within chaos. Look for things neatly arranged in a chaotic environment, or disorder that looks organized when seen from a different perspective or from a distance.

habit zero #125

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   It’s open creative exploration day, so look out for anything unusual — anything that catches your attention would make excellent raw material for imagining and reflecting.