This week we're imagining what's possible.
Game: You have in your possession 10 balls. These balls can have whatever characteristics you like. They can be any size, colour, texture, material etc you like. Your aim is to create something creative and imaginative with them and using the following two words as inspiration.
What better way to give your creativity a boost than with some inspired inspiration.
Open your mind to an array of new ideas and see where it takes you.
Every day next week you are to watch a TED video from a different theme. There's lots to choose from so pick things that really interest you.
Of course if you find more than one a day that takes your interest then don't feel you have to stop at one.
The world we live in is physical, it's real, it's qualitative. Yet more and more we are trying to define it and interact with it in a quantitative way. We try and describe nearly anything we can in terms of numbers and create reports etc. We define our happiness by how many friends we have in our social networks, by how many inches our TV is, by how many features our gadgets have. We define our success by the number of dollars in our accounts, by our title, by our street address etc.
This week we're out to make the world better.
Game: There are three words below. Pick an everyday item that you use often. It could be your bike, or a torch, or a spoon. Now you are going to use the three words to be innovative. Use one of the words as inspiration for a new use for the item. Use another as inspiration for a new feature. Use the final word as inspiration for a way to make the item simpler.
There is so much detail in the world around us. Most of it goes un-noticed however. We learn to block most of it out so we can focus on what we perceive to be the most important. There can be so much beauty and potential in what we miss.
For this weeks challenge we are going to practice opening ourselves up to all that is there.
This challenge comes in two parts.
Knowledge, and what we can achieve and produce as a result of it, tends to move at a steady pace. Every now and then however, someone, or some people come along and cause a spike in that knowledge.
Take for instance:
Apple which recently caused a spike with it's iPad (and may do again with the impending release of iOS 4.2).
Website design and interface which saw a dramatic improvement with the so called Web 2.0 shift.
Teaching strategies which are now moving away from transferring knowledge to instead creating knowledge.
And I'm sure you can think of many more.
This week we're delving into descriptions.
Game: There are four words listed below. Pick one of the words to be your target. Now write a line, relating to or describing or inspired by the word for each of the letters of the word, in order down the page. You must use the 3 other words somewhere in the lines you write.
Sometimes when wanting to be creative we need to let our subconscious loose. It can achieve awesome feats when we let it. For instance. How many times have you had an idea just come to you, when you weren't even thinking about the topic?
Try this for an exercise. if you can touch type, I want you to think about the individual keys you need to type. Does your speed, and possibly accuracy drop like a rock?
Everyone says they are concerned about the environment and that we need to do more.
Nearly every action to date has really been just a token effort however. Sure we recycle plenty but put that in comparison to how much we use. For instance, a coal power plant running at full load can burn approximately 250 tons of fuel an hour depending on it's size and it is expected that by 2030 we will be burning around 9.98 billion tons of coal a year.
Do you think we can really take action on this topic and what large scale ideas could we implement?
This week we're putting things in their place.
Game: There are four words listed below. You need to place them in order and state what the reasoning is for that order. You are not allowed to start with the same word as the previous comment.
Creativity is important, however like most thing in life it forms part of a cocktail of elements that really shine when they are in balance. One of creative thinkings close relatives is logical thinking and it is this that we are going to exercise today.
Creative thinking will allow you to come up with brilliant ideas. It is logical thinking however that will work out how they will come together, that will work out what parts are missing, that will work out why certain aspects don't work. Etc. Logical thinking can act as a guiding force for creative thinking, allowing it to be put to it's best use.