Daily Creativity #0006

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Every day we play with a creative challenge. What we create doesn’t have to be grand. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We aim to stretch our creative muscles, be playful, and have fun! Every day we take a little journey with some unexpected turns. That’s the beauty of creativity. If you just let it, it will fill you with wonder. The Challenge Our creative challenge today is made of the following set. If you are familiar with the creomondi building blocks, use the set to explore, imagine, and create. Alternatively, read how we played with it for inspiration first. The Playground We Will Explore The Seed We Will Use in our Exploration And We Are Aiming to Create… Let’s Play Today we are playing with an ordinary object — an everyday item we are familiar with and use for a specific task. Our challenge is to imagine a new use of that object. There are at least two ways to play this game. You could think of an object first and then look for inspiration for a new way to use it. Alternatively, you could look for inspiration and then apply it to an item that could be useful. … Read More

habit zero #143

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one thing I observed   I found this lovely street art near a grand parking lot in Tel-Aviv. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the artist name, but these amazingly simple abstract figures are practically scattered all around the southern parts of the city. Typically, they are much smaller, but this couple was seen from quite a distance. But it was only when I got closer that I saw the black motorcycle decorating the scene. It was a perfect addition to the frame. In fact, it added a kind of a background story to it. It gave the figures a new context. Are they lovers running away? Is one of them about to ride into the sunset, leaving the other behind? What do you think? one thing I thought of   It’s amazing how an ordinary detail — something you see or even use every day — can spice up an idea or something you are creating. The accidental (or intentional) addition of the motorcycle above, gave this artwork a new life and more than one possible new meanings. If it were replaced with a different object, the story would have changed. The same idea can be applied to areas other than … Read More

Evolutionary Innovation

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The human body is an amazing machine. If you consider only the bottom line knowing nothing about the process that got us to this point, you would probably say its design is innovative. And yet, we all know we are the result of millions of years of evolution — a long and tedious process with ups and downs. Sure, there were some breakthroughs along the way, but they are just minor events compared to the infinite number of nature‘s trials and errors.

Fifty Shades of Failure

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Once upon a time everybody wanted to succeed. Failure was not an option. Except that it was. So, at some point, someone came with the innovative idea that failure is an inherent part of the creative process. Everyone was relieved because it is a well-known scientific fact that failure is the default outcome of any activity and you must invest energy to prevent it. When failure became an acceptable result, everything seemed to be a bit easier.

Against the Stream

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Most organizations in the world aim to be innovative. Without a doubt, they demand their employees to be creative. At least so they say. Many of these organizations, however, fail to provide their employees the right settings for creativity and innovation to flourish.

The Element of Surprise (or the Next-Gen Kindle)

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If you follow the seempli Daily Creative Challenge, chances are you came across The Next Kindle challenge. Based on the Next-Gen Prism we defined the following challenge: think of an upgrade or a redesign of the Kindle. As inspiration, we picked a random seempli Seed, and this is what we got:

Make Innovation a FACT

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Here are a few statements I find myself saying (or repeating) on a regular basis: In your organization, anyone can be creative. Creativity is not just for “creative” professions Innovation can come from anywhere in your organization — not only from R&D Innovation should run in the organization’s bloodstream.

The Innovation Run

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The easiest way to complete a 5K run is to take a taxi! I’m serious. If all you need to do is to get to your specific destination in the fastest way possible – take a car. If you even don’t want to drive – have someone do the driving for you. It is not only legitimate; it is your best option… if you just need to get there already. There is another way, though. It requires much more effort and discipline. It requires patience. It will certainly not get you to the 5K finish line faster. And yet, many decide to take this path, which can take weeks and even months to accomplish. For some strange reason, they have decided to invest in being able to complete a 5K run by themselves.

Creativity is Messy

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Right now as you read this article, numerous people and organizations around the world are eager to break their creativity ceiling. They want to innovate. They need to innovate. They realize their future depends on their ability to come up with something new (or radically different) and valuable. Whether it is a new product or service, an internal change, or a new direction altogether – people and organizations want to shape their future. And many of them look for the old good familiar way to do that: they look for a process.

Is Creativity Overrated?

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I must be honest with you. While I don’t mind a good passionate discussion well just about any topic, I don’t really like to argue with articles, or more accurately with their authors. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I like to see and hear whoever it is I talk with. But there are times when I can’t just read an article and leave it as is. I find myself arguing with it inside my head. And sometimes, when that happens, I feel I have to respond. In a sense, Eliot Gattegno’s article “Creativity is Overrated” is an excellent article, not because I agree with the author’s opinions, but simply because it has driven me to respond. So let’s start with the bottom line of my view: Creativity is not overrated. If anything it is underrated. Here’s why…