Creativity Brain Training Games

A Week of Metaphor

Friday, 04 February 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Almost equal toSometimes it can help to really understand and appreciate a topic,  problem or activity if you try and think of metaphors.  Once you have a metaphor you can often discover new insights that stem from it.  It can also help you to find the underlying principle,  which can be powerful in many ways,  in particular streamlining and simplifying.


The pace of life

Wednesday, 02 February 2011   |   Creative Thinking

ClockI don't know about you but when I ask many of my friends what they've been up to lately I tend to get the all to familiar:

"Oh,  I've just been busy with work..."

It seems that we are getting busier and busier.  Technology was supposed to make our lives easier and better but it largely seems to be having the opposite effect.


Let's Redo the Movies

Monday, 31 January 2011   |   Creativity Games

Clapper BoardThis week we're directing the action.

Game:  There are 3 words below.  Pick a movie then use one, two or even all three of these words as inspiration for changing the plot for the movie.  For instance you may want to change the ending or a specific scene or huge chunks. 

  • egg
  • bundle
  • judo

A Week of Learning From Others

Friday, 28 January 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationA great source of inspiration is other people.  Unfortunately is is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that our way of doing things is the best,  that our ideas are superior (See last weeks challenge for more on this).  It is also easy to get in the routine of doing things the way they've always been done.

This week we're going to break this habit and learn to learn from others.


Your view on Beauty

Wednesday, 26 January 2011   |   Creative Thinking

Frame of BeautyBeauty is like creativity.  It's not tangible yet it's extremely valuable.  It's hard to define yet you definitely know it when you see it.  It's all around us yet we miss a lot of it.  It is an extremely important trait that we should strive to understand better.

There are a variety of view on what beauty is.  To get your mind running,  here are a few different ideas on the matter:


Something Crazy

Monday, 24 January 2011   |   Creativity Games

CrazyThis week we're letting loose.

Game:  There are 3 words listed below.  What is the craziest thing you can come up with?  There's no objective,  no limits,  no rules.  Just let loose and see what the craziest thing is that you can concoct.

  • crust
  • soap
  • fan



A Week of Breaking Cognitive Biases

Friday, 21 January 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

brainOur minds are mind bogglingly powerful devices.  We can perform complex tasks with ease.  Yet despite all this power we still trip on some very basic tricks.  Cognitive biases are errors in judgment that we can fall into given certain situations.  Some of them are trivial yet others can have a profound impact on our lives.  They also can have a large influence on our ability to think creatively.


Random Events that Changed the World

Wednesday, 19 January 2011   |   Creative Thinking

DiceOur world is the world it is today due to an unfathomable number of events,  all leading us down this particular path.  We could very easily have gone down countless other paths and ended up with a world vastly different.  A great number of these are random events that were completely unplanned and unexpected yet had dramatic effect in shaping our future.  One could go so far as to say that these accidental discoveries play an integral part in how we have advanced as a society.

Some of these random yet world changing events include:

  • The discovery of penicillin as an antibiotic
  • Steve Jobs stumbling across a class on Typography which later heavily influenced the Mac
  • Post it notes (the failed result of trying to create a strong adhesive)

The Underlying Principle

Monday, 17 January 2011   |   Creativity Games

Underlying PrincipleThis week we're getting to the bottom of things.

Game:  There are three words listed below.  Your aim is to identify the underlying principle of each of them.  You may come up with different underlying principles to others.  That's ok.  It all depends on what angle you are looking at it from and what your values are.

  • feast
  • education
  • car



A Week of Six Thinking Hats

Friday, 14 January 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Six Thinking HatsThis week you're going to try using the Six Thinking Hats method for some focused thinking.

You may have used this method before for discussions but have you tried it by yourself over a full week?  If you have not heard of or used the Six Thinking Hats method before you may want to check out the links at the bottom to find out more.

Here is the proposed schedule but feel free to modify it as you see fit.  Aim to spend about half an hour each day thinking about this and make sure you record your thoughts as you go.


Rules and Incentives

Wednesday, 12 January 2011   |   Creative Thinking

Carrot and GavelRules and incentives are put in place in order to try and prevent people gaming the sytem and catastrophes such as the global financial crisis.  Yet as we see time and time again,  people will find new loopholes and new,  unforseen effects will lead to new catastrophes.  Inevitably we end up with more complexity and we start to lose focus and drift away from why things were started in the first place.


Word Tweening

Monday, 10 January 2011   |   Creativity Games

TweenThis week we're filling in the gaps.

Game:  There are 5 words listed below.  Pick any two of them.  Now your task is to get from the first word to the other word by adding intermediate words.  Each intermediate word is to be created by changing one or two (three if you get really stuck) letters from the previous word. (You can add and remove letters too to get to the words of different lengths)

  • tartan
  • sardine
  • coach
  • park
  • horsepower



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