Thursday, July 23, 2009
I'm extremely interested (read "obsessed") with creativity, innovation, and creative problem solving. People tend to hear the word "creativity" and associate it with artisitic pursuits (writing, painting, etc.). While artsitic expression is certainly an area of creativity it is simply one part of it. For example, there are many creative ways to solve problems (for both business and personal challenges).
I recently attended CPSI (pronounced "sip-see") where I learned creative problem solving methods, techniques, and activities. It was great! One keynote speaker was Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway among many other things.
Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI)
Creative Education Foundation
Here are a few great books on creativity:
Jack's Notebook by Gregg Fraley - Gregg is a good friend and has facilitated ideations sessions for me in the past. Check out his website at GreggFraley.com
The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius by Nancy C. Andreasen
Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature by Daniel Nettle
Extraordinary Minds: Portraits Of 4 Exceptional Individuals And An Examination Of Our Own Extraordinariness by Howard Gardner