I'm willing to be that a fair number of you have accounts on various websites (hopefully this one included). And part of that account will include an avatar, an image or icon that represents you. It's surprising how many of them are pretty average. I suppose a lot of people just chuck any old picture up and then don't give it another thought. Well that avatar can and should say a lot about you so this weeks challenge is going to tackle this pressing issue.
I have seen various discussions on whether creative thinking is a natural ability, something that you are either born with or without, or a skill, something that can be taught and that we all can learn. I like to favor the latter. Through my own experience I have seen many people improve in their ability to be creative. Today, while marking a stack of assignments, I came across a different point of view. Maybe creativity is not a skill but a mindset.
This week we're assigning.
Game: There are 6 random words below. Your task is to imagine they are human (ie, each of them is actually a personification of that word) and decide which one out of the group would make the best leader. Make sure you explain why.
Well well well. It's Friday 13th. A day that is typically considered to be one of bad luck and misfortune. What better day to begin a grand adventure. There are many ideas out there that at first glance seem quite crazy. This weeks challenge involves one that I thought was silly to the Nth degree when I first heard of it. Then I discovered that many people have actually undertaken it, and had quite a bit of fun with it.
You are a creative person. As a creative person, you have ideas. Some of them are no doubt quite grand. The question is, should you pursue them or not? Working out if your idea is truly awesome, with world changing possibilities, or just a silly idea that'll never take off is one of the hardest things to predict. Here's some food for thought.
This week we're reimagining.
Game: There are 3 random words below. Use one or more of them as inspiration to suggest a possible 5th dimension and a unit of measurement for that dimension. Aim to be humorous or witty. (see below for more info)
This weeks challenge is of epic proportions. When you're project can enlist the excitement of many others it takes on an energy that propels it forward. Ideas that seem silly or impossible become doable and great once you aplify the goal. With that in mind, this weeks challenge is an experiment to see just how big we can go. I'm going to need the help of many so be prepared to spread the word.
The other day I oversaw an exam. It was a practical assessment and it afforded me an interesting observation. Creativity is not just about making interesting things. Creativity is also about getting things done. Creative people not only make things but can find ways to achieve nearly anything they want. Road blocks are something that can easily be worked around and may in fact provide opportunities.
This week we're inventing.
Game: There is one random word below. It is the starter word. Your aim is to create a fictional item whose name is made of up of two words. Your first word must be the second word of the poster before you. Try and make is as wacky as possible.
This weeks challenge is something you may have done before. Never the less, it is one that I find fun to return to every now and then. It's a simple little activity that can show you just how much is out there. The world is a huge place and is full of interesting things. Let's see just how big the world really is. Read on to find out what this weeks creativity challenge is.
Great presenters encourage creative thinking. I'm currently giving some lectures on how to write HTML and CSS (or how to make web pages). Over the years my material and method of presentation has evolved and with it has come some interesting observations. Our minds have developed over many millions of years to work in certain ways. Yet we spend a lot of our time dealing with ideas in ways that are not in-line with this. If you line the two up, things start happening.