Creativity Brain Training Games

Is our current language effective?

Wednesday, 06 October 2010   |   Creative Thinking

Language is a complex and fickle beast.  It is also one that is under constant gradual change.  Change that is not necessarily instigated by a congregation of learned wise in a planned manner.  No,  this is change by the tribes, in adhoc and unpredictable ways.  Yet is this in the best interest of society?  In a previous topic we looked at communication of ideas as an important trait of creativity.  Yet is our language conducive to the effective and efficient transfer of ideas?

 

The most Creative Statement

Monday, 04 October 2010   |   Creativity Games

This week we're going to be creative with writing.

Game: There are four words listed below.  Your aim is to write a single sentence that uses all of these words.  If you want,  you can use four words from the sentence of the comment above yours instead. (Avoid using words like 'is', 'the', 'was', etc.  That would take the fun out of it.)  You can take this in two directions.  Either try and make the sentence as nonsensical as possible or try and make it as profound as possible.

  • parity
  • service
  • gate
  • saw
 

Mind Map Your Way to Creativity

Friday, 01 October 2010   |   Creativity Challenges

This week we're going to make a mind map.  This mind map is going to be different to any you've used previously however.

First off we need a topic.

Happiness.

What makes you happy and what is happiness to you?  It could be a goal,  it could be your favorite sport or past time,  it could be a memory,  or anything else that moves you.

The aim here is to create a powerful reminder and motivator for what makes you happy.  The happier you are the more creative you are.

 

We Should Replace Learning with Exploring

Wednesday, 29 September 2010   |   Creative Thinking

It is believed that modern education has the unfortunate effect of dulling our creative ability.  Yet this is the very ability that is increasingly becoming necessary for us.  We constantly hear about a new this,  that or the other that is going to revolutionise our education systems and prepare our students for tomorrow's world.  More often than not it turns out to not be the case.

What if the necessary approach was simpler than this?  What if we replaced the idea of learning,  an activity that has nowadays become a mostly passive and reactive activity,  with the idea of exploring,  a more active and exciting approach that pushed peoples creative thinking?

 

The Important Word in the Middle

Monday, 27 September 2010   |   Creativity Games

This week we're forming connections and breaking connections.

Game:  There are three words listed below.  Your first task is to pick one of the words to be the joiner.  Now you must pick a theme for which you can join this word to one of the other words but not the third one.

  • error
  • paddock
  • ceiling
 

Blog your way to Creative Thinking

Friday, 24 September 2010   |   Creativity Challenges

You're about to go on a journey through the blogosphere.

This weeks challenge is to comment on 50 random blogs.

Step 1. Grab a random word from our Random Word Generator. (will open in new window)

Step 2. Find 10 different blog entries relating to that word.  Read them and leave a constructive comment.

Step 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2,  5 times.  All up you will have commented on 50 different blogs.

 

What is Creative Thinking to You

Wednesday, 22 September 2010   |   Creative Thinking

It is said that to define creativity is to destroy creativity.  Creative thinking can be anything and everything and in defining it you inevitably put borders on it and limit it.

So instead of trying to define creativity,  let's approach it from a different angle and talk about what creative thinking means to you?  Take some time to really think about what creativity means to you and then we encourage you to share your thoughts by leaving a comment here.  Think about what creativity means deep down.  Is it freedom?  or happiness?  or achievement through overcoming challenges?

 

 

Opportunity in Opposites - Think Creatively

Monday, 20 September 2010   |   Creativity Games

This week you're going to do the opposite to what you want to do.

Game:  There are two words listed below.  Your first task is to identify which one you believe is the most positive for society.  Now you need to explain why the other one is in fact the most positive for society. (No cheating on the first part,  it's no fun if you do.)

  • software
  • whiskey
 

Learn to juggle 4 balls

Friday, 17 September 2010   |   Creativity Challenges

Here's a challenge that will take a few weeks but will benefit you in many ways.

Learn to juggle 4 balls (if you can do four then make it 5).

You may be able to juggle 3 balls already but that is too easy,  you need to go to at least 4 to get the benefits.

This is a great challenge because it is physical and complex.  Your mind is focusing intently on a physical activity and that's what millions of years of evolution have designed it to do.  These are the types of activities that it likes and will thrive on.  You are focusing simultaneously on several different items and managing various different factors and quite quickly too. 

 

Stopping Spam = Huge Benefit to Environment

Wednesday, 15 September 2010   |   Creative Thinking

Want to do something great for the environment,  and great for society at the same time?

Here are some interesting facts.

There are an estimated 247 billion e-mails sent every day.

Of this,  an estimated 97% are spam.

This number is staggering.  My immediate thought was,  how many person hours are wasted dealing with spam.  Then it occurred to me.

How much electricity could we save if we eliminated this clog in the system.

 

Evolving Odd Word Out

Monday, 13 September 2010   |   Creativity Games

This is another game that evolves with user input.

Game:  There are four words listed below.  You need to pick the odd word out and explain why.  You must also take it out and replace it with a new word that suits the theme you chose.  The next person then picks the odd word out from that list and does the same.

  • stadium
  • cousin
  • seed
  • composer
 

How to move a ring with your mind

Thursday, 09 September 2010   |   Creativity Challenges

Today we're going to prove just how powerful your mind is when you focus.

Most people underestimate just what they are capable of.  Certain events can bring out your true potential however.  It could be that you get superhuman strength and prevent someone being mugged.  Or it could be the ability to move a ring with nothing but thought.

For this activity we'll need some string and a ring.  If you don't have these you can substitute other items in their place such as cotton or a washer.

 
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