Greece may be having a few financial problems at the moment but back in the day Greece was a powerhouse. And a lot of their power came from the gods. The Greeks had quite a list that covered anything and everything, from Chaos, the God of nothingness from which all else sprang, to Apheleia, the spirit of simplicity. To concoct such a large and detailed web of supernatural power was quite a feat of creativity.
I've recently been reading the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It's quite an interesting book and one of the ideas put forward is that when making decisions we gain more confidence by considering more data but we make poorer decisions at the same time. If you can find the key elements then you can focus only on them and make quicker and more accurate decisions. Finding those key elements, though, can be a real exercise in creative thinking.
This week we're idly flip flopping.
Game: There is 1 random word below. This is the starting word. Your aim is to take the word from the last commenter and reply with a word that is opposite to that word but in a different way to the previous word. See Strategy below for examples. Also, make sure you mention on what basis your word is opposite to the previous word.
The Superbowl is one of the most watched events in America. It is also gaining traction in the rest of the world as well. This presents one huge opportunity to get your message out to a whole stack of people. So it's not surprising that the adverts shown during this event get huge attention. Businesses go to great lengths to make sure their ads are interesting, memorable and get the message across or make the brand stick in your mind. This is the basis of this weeks challenge.
Ok, so you've got a project you've just started or a conundrum you have to get sorted. It's a tricky one but it's going to be huge. You're onto a winner. How often have you started off with this attitude but ended up with mediocrity? There are several factors that will define if you're heading towards stardom or the middle of the road with your creative endevours. An important piece to look at is research.
This week we're seeking.
Game: There are 4 random words below. What is the most intriguing characteristic you can identify of the group? It could be something to do with the spelling of the words or of the meanings of the words or some other aspect. Remember, you're referring to all the words as a group, not individually.
Sometimes really good creative thinking happens when you just let things flow. But this is not easy for a lot of us. We have this desire to plan things, to know what's going to happen and in what order. So this weeks challenge is an exercies in just letting things flow. You may need to try it a few times before you get the hang of it but it can be a powerful tool once you've got it down.
I have spoken before on the underlying principle and it's relationship to creative thinking. It's something that I try to work out with everything I work on. (And so should you.) I have spent quite a while thinking about the underlying principle of this website and of websites in general. My thoughts are constantly evolving and changing as I approach the problem from different angles. Read on to see my current thoughts.
This week we're extrapolating.
Game: There is 1 random word below. Use it as inspiration to think of something it would be interesting if we never had in this world.
One aspect of creativity is seeing things from different perspectives. Seeing the things that are right in front of us, the things that are obvious, but that we don't see as we don't realise they are what we are looking for. This weeks challenge is a fun way to develop this side of creativity. You will already know the answer, it's just that you don't yet know that it is the answer.
Creativity and memory are linked in several interesting and influential ways. Memory looks back at what has been while creativity looks forward and creates what will be. Yet the two intertwine and play with each other to define the world that we experience. Creative thinking plays a part in how we recreate our memories and memories add essential fuel to what we create. Let's consider what some of the consequences of this may be.