The Circle and the Dot

Friday, 11 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CircleDo you know just how much of your day you spend on auto-pilot?  All the opportunities that pass you by, that are right there in front of you but because you are on auto-pilot it doesn't even occur to you to consider them.  If you want to become more creative then you need to get off auto-pilot and learn to question everything around you. This weeks challenge will help you see just how much we don't question things.

All you will need is a few pieces of paper and a pencil or pen. 

Start off by drawing a circle on the piece of paper.  Now give the piece of paper and the pen or pencil to others and ask them to place a dot on the page.  It may help if you tell them you are doing an experiment into human behaviour or something like that (be creative).

You will find that most people will just put a dot inside the circle.  They could have placed the dot outside the circle or on the other side of the page or on the line itself. 

Experiment and see if you can guide peoples behaviour.  What if you place a few starter dots already inside the circle?  What if you put some outside the circle?  What if you put a few outside, inside and on the other side as well?

Most people will place their dot in the circle because that seems like the thing to do.  You didn't ask them to.  Nothing about the paper or circle tells them to put it in the cirlce.  They just do.

Make sure you are on the lookout and asking yourself questions like:

  • Why am I doing it this way?
  • Do I need to do it this way?
  • What other alternatives are there?


Remember to check back next Friday when our next Creativity Challenge will be released.

Question, Explore, Create, Innovate