Creativity Challenges

Put your creative thinking into practice with these fun activities.  Come back regularly.  A new creativity challenge is released every Friday.



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.

 

That's Just How I Roll

Friday, 04 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

UnicycleWant to be more creative?  Why not start by having a bit more fun.  When it's just a bit of silly, harmless fun,  there are no deadlines,  no implications, no KPI's to worry about.  This frees you up to just go with the flow and see where it takes you.  You never know what ideas may stem from this.  So this weeks challenge challenges you to get out of your comfort zone in a harmless way..

 

Keeping it in Balance

Friday, 28 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

BalanceThis weeks challenge is about realising our limits and discovering how we can easily push them higher.  I think a lot of people greatly underestimate their abilities.  Once you realise you are capable of so much more you open up a lot more opportunity.  A great way to boost your confidence and fuel your creativity.  It's simple and will only take a few minutes a day.

 

100 Ideas - People Powered Transport

Thursday, 20 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

UnicycleAlbert Einstein once said: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  He also said that: "Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will tak you everywhere."  Powerful insights, and very applicable to some of the huge problems we are facing currently.  In this weeks challenge we tackle the problem of getting more people to use people powered transportation.

 

Epizeuxis

Friday, 14 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationEpizeuxis is a word I stumbled across recently and figured it was silly enough that it had to be a made up word.  Then I looked it up and lo and behold,  it was a real word.  It's when you repeat a word several times in immediate succession.  The aim is to create emphasis in a striking way.  I thought it was very, very, very cool so it is the basis for this weeks challenge.

 

That's Odd

Friday, 07 October 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

ObserveThis weeks challenge will help you hone your eye for detail and improve your creativity.  How much of the world passes you by without you noticing? We tend to put ourselves on auto pilot a lot of the time. If you want to improve your creativity you have to learn to see the small details and to question them.  So let's dive in and see what's involved.

 

Rapid Fire Creativity

Friday, 30 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

StopwatchThis weeks challenge is simple and quick.  A fun way to get the ball rolling and get some creativity happening.  Normally you can't force creative ideas.  You can however encourage them.  The aim of this weeks challenge is to get your mind to work quickly.  When we do this we tend to forget about all the barriers that normally get in the way of our thinking and it starts to happen more freely.  Read on to see what you're going to do.

 

Creative Conversation Starters

Friday, 23 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationHow often have you been at a social gathering and found yourself asking, or being asked the same dull questions: "So, what do you do for a living?", "So, what have you been up to lately?", "Got any exciting plans for the weekend?"  Gets a bit monotonous doesn't it.  Well let's see if we can't change that.  This weeks challenge is going to be fun and useful.

 

Keyboard Shenanigans

Friday, 16 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

KeysYour creativity challenge this week is to see what weird and wonderful things you can find as patterns on your keyboard.  The QWERTY keyboard that we are all familiar with has some interesting characteristics.  Did you know that the layout of characters means that several thousand English words can be typed with only the left hand while only a few hundred can by typed with the right hand.  Or that the word typewriter can be spelled using only keys from the top row.

 

Irregular Items Chain Game

Friday, 09 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Bag of itemsYour creativity challenge this week is to see the items around you in creative ways.  Most items have a regular name but we can also be creative in how we name or describe them.  For instance a pen could also be called a writing implement or a barrel or ink or a doodling device.  Join us on a wordy adventure and let's see just how creative you can be.

 

Where in the World is...

Friday, 02 September 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

MapYour Creativity Challenge this week is to join us on a scavenger hunt across the entire world.  That's right, the entire world.  Thanks to the wonders of Google Maps we can now be armchair explorers.  Never before in the history of mankind have we had such easy access to so much information.  So let's make use of it.  Read on to find out the details of this weeks challenge.

 

A Collaborative Web Stumble

Friday, 26 August 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

BrowserYour Creativity Challenge this week is to join us on a collaborative stumble of discovery across the World Wide Web.  There are over 250 million websites out there covering nearly anything you can think of and more.  These websites are contributing a couple billion new pages every day.  That's a lot of potentially interesting material.  And you're missing a lot of it.  Read on to join us on a journey of discovery.

 

No Talking

Friday, 19 August 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

No TalkingThink about how much time you spend talking each day.  It's probably quite a bit.  Research suggests however that a little over 90% of our communication effectiveness is a result of non-verbal cues.  Your words themselves account for less than 10% of getting your message across.  When it comes to creativity, how you present and communicate your ideas is just as important as the ideas themselves.  We tend to forget that a lot of the time.

 

Creative Card Pyramids

Friday, 12 August 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Card PyramidHave you ever created a pyramid out of playing cards?  You need a fair bit of patience and dexterity to put it together.  The end result can look quite impressive though.  Most people tend to build a standard pyramid but with a bit of creative thinking there are actually many different patterns you can come up with.

 

A Creative Social Experiment

Friday, 05 August 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Social ExperimentWe humans are a very complex bunch.  Our minds work in all manner of weird and wonderful ways.  Much of which we don't fully understand yet.  We are constantly coming up with new ways to observe and better understand ourselves.  Identifying these behaviors is quite a creative endeavor.  Crafting experiments to validate our assumptions requires just as much creativity.

 

A Graphic Message

Thursday, 28 July 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CameraIt's said that a picture can tell 1000 words.  But what if the words are portrayed in pictures?  Could you construct a piece of writing that is more than the words that make it up?  Words are powerful things.  So are pictures.  They both have the ability to convey a strong message and to evoke emotion.  Combine the two and you can have a bit of fun.

 

Lunar Loonies

Friday, 22 July 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Full MoonA recent study has revealed that you are more likely to be attacked by an African lion shortly after a full moon (if you happen to be in Africa that is).  The reason actually makes sense.  The increased light of the full moon means they find it harder to hunt and are hungrier shortly after.  People have long believed that the full moon brings out the loonies in people.  Many studies have proven this to be a fallacy however and it is not true.

 

A Week of Solutions

Friday, 15 July 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Question MarksLast week you came up with the perfect perplexing question.  If you haven't done that yet, don't fret.  You can easily head over to last weeks challenge and have a go.  You should come up with your own question but if you can't there is a sample one there you can borrow.  This week we're going to follow it to it's next logical step.

 

The Perfect Question

Friday, 08 July 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Question MarksThe right answer is not always the most important thing.  Asking the right questions can be even more important.  This can often be hard.  Experience is a good educator.  An inquisitive mind also helps.  Your challenge this week will help develop your inquisitive side.

 

Your Unique and Creative Resume

Friday, 01 July 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

ResumeThe average resume is boring and bland. To many people, a resume is a document which helps you get a job.  To the creative person, a resume should be a lot more.  It is an opportunity for you to craft a piece of art that is a statement about you both in what the resume says and how it says it. (I'm not just talking about artists here.  Your resume is a piece of art no matter what your profession is.)

 
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