This week let's see how connected your mind really is.
Game: There are three words below. What is the first colour that comes to mind? What is the first emotion that comes to mind? What time of day comes to mind? If you had to pick a number to represent these three words, what would it be?
Research suggests that if you're in a good mood you're more open to new ideas. That means if you want to stimulate creative thinking, being happy helps.
A good way to achieve this is by helping others. Let's help others and be creative in the process, a double whammy.
Grab some chalk and create a motivational message on the footpath (or sidewalk depending on where you're from). Think of what message would be motivating for passers by, and how you could craft it to attract the most attention.
Todays world is changing and advancing rapidly. We are now part of a highly connected society where people have connections all over the world and are nearly always accessible. They also have easy access to information on nearly any topic the require. Progress is made through creative thinking and new ideas and those new ideas often arise through the sharing of existing ideas with others. Given this, are we at a point where communication is of greater value than intellect? Is the phrase "It's not what you know but who you know." more relevant than ever before?
This week is a group journey. Let's see where our creative thinking takes us.
Game: There are two words below. These are the beginning of the journey. When you add a comment, pick a word that is somewhere in between the words suggested (this can be on any basis you like) in the two previous comments. Also explain why you picked that word. The two words listed below are to be used to get this started.
For this challenge you need a partner so grab a friend and get ready.
You are about to have a debate however you are limited only to the words Yes and No. One of you may only say yes and the other no. The idea is that you have to convince the other of your point of view. As you only have one word you can use, think of other ways you can get your message across. You will have to use expression, emotion and hand gestures.
They say that every new idea is essentially just the mixing of existing ideas, objects and experiences. If this is the case then are we increasing our capability to be creative as a society considering we are constantly making new discoveries and inventing new things?
If this is in fact the case then is our ability to be creative going to accelerate the more we create? Especially when this creativity is directed towards communication and our ability to share these ideas and experiences increases?
This week we're fighting our habits.
Game: There are 3 words below. Pick two of them and explain why they are in fact opposites of each other.
The aim of this challenge is to create a piece of art that challenges the mind in visually pleasing ways. It is believed that we have preferences in how our minds see things. Gestalt theories of perception try to understand some of these. You can find out more about these here. V. S. Ramachandran has attempted to define a set of rules or laws that art follows. You can read more here but a summary is below.
Let's pretend we are in the not too distant future. Thanks to private enterprise getting into the space game technology has progressed quickly. We are months away from launching the first humans on a voyage to Mars. There is a catch however. This is a one way trip. Technology and infrastructure restrictions mean that while the colony will survive and be self sustaining they will not be able to return to Earth.
You are in a position where you can be one of the 10 people on this trip. Would you embark on the adventure of a lifetime, to be one of the first people to set foot on another planet, if it meant you would have to leave Earth behind for the rest of your life?
This week we are building.
Game: There are five words below. What you have to do is form a chain by linking them. You can link them in any order you like. A link between two words is a relationship between them.
Your creativity challenge for this week is to invent a sign language. Create a set of 20 words or concepts that you think are the most crucial for a language and assign a gesture to each of them. Grab a friend and teach them the 20 gestures. Now try and have a conversation using only your sign language. Whenever you need to use a new word you need to make it up and work out how to communicate the new gesture.