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yellofish:

inspire identity

digitalspark:

Creativity is not the same as innovation, though they are obviously related.
Put emphasis on the doing.

Interesting distinction between creativity and innovation. Do you agree?

digitalspark:

Creativity is not the same as innovation, though they are obviously related.

Put emphasis on the doing.

Interesting distinction between creativity and innovation. Do you agree?

ideasthatcompel:

‘Medusa’ and other impossible buildings by Victor Enrich

Just a superb gallery to shake the imagination awake.

acashr:

Imagination Is The Root Of Innovation

Imagination is the realm of the mind where you see things that do not yet exist in this world, but which one day might. It is an under-appreciated, yet critical element of creativity and innovation. Imagination is defined as well as anywhere by Wikipedia “the ability of forming mental images, sensations and concepts, in a moment when they are not perceived through sight, hearing or other senses”. 

Writers, artists and musicians are perceived as having…Read More

Must-See Video: Sir Ken Robinson gives a characteristically charming and funny School of Life Sermon on the serious topic of finding your purpose.

Read all about it and watch here on Brainpickings.  It’s nearly an hour long and well worth it.

Apparently some clever Russian students took the boring yearbook portrait to the next level with nothing more than a chalkboard and creativity.

theatlantic:

How Do You Come Up With Your Best Ideas?

Inspiration is a tricky thing. It often strikes us when we least expect it, half-asleep, or in the shower, or both.

The eureka moment, that invisible hand that pushes innovation forward, is elusive. “An epiphany is a different way of solving problems than the problem solving we do every day,” wrote Steve Blank in The Atlantic earlier this month. “In an epiphany, you see the entire answer to a complex problem without realizing you were even consciously thinking about it.”

So, how do you get to eureka? Relaxation helps. But so does distraction. Being around people helps. But brainstorms don’t do any good, as Jonah Lehrer famously described in a January article inThe New Yorker.

For Innovation Week, we’re turning the question over to you, Atlantic readers: How do you come up with your best ideas? Do you work best alone or in groups? Do you find your muse in solitude or in a bustling coffee shop?

[Image: mlinksva/Flickr]

Share your creativity secrets in the comment section, submit a post on Tumblr, or tweet your thoughts to us with the hashtag #InnovationWeek. We’ll compile your answers into a post later this week. (The longer and smarter you write, the more likely it is that we’ll publish you.)

Money Can’t Buy Me Love — Or Innovation

A WOBI exclusive video with Daniel Pink about what motivates us and what doesn’t.  Really interesting and necessary stuff for those hoping to spark creative innovation.

A new interview with World Innovation Forum NYC speaker Clay Shirky:

fndgs:

This post is part of “How We Will Read,” an interview series exploring the future of books from the perspectives of publishers, writers, and intellectuals. Read our kickoff post with Steven Johnson here. And check out our new homepage, a captivating new way to explore Findings.

This week, we were extremely honored to speak to Internet intellectual Clay Shirky, writer, teacher, and consultant on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. Clay is a professor at the renowned Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and author of two books, most recently Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

Clay is one of the foremost minds studying the evolution of Internet culture. He is also a dedicated writer and reader, and it was natural that we would ask him to contribute to our series to hear what he could teach us about social reading. Clay is both brilliant and witty, able to weave in quotes from Robert Frost in one breath and drop a “ZOMG” in the next. So sit down and take notes: Professor Shirky’s about to speak.

How is publishing changing?

Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.

In ye olden times of 1997, it was difficult and expensive to make things public, and it was easy and cheap to keep things private. Privacy was the default setting. We had a class of people called publishers because it took special professional skill to make words and images visible to the public. Now it doesn’t take professional skills. It doesn’t take any skills. It takes a Wordpress install.

The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately. Fact-checking, we need. For some kinds of long-form texts, we need designers. Will we have a movie-studio kind of setup, where you have one class of cinematographers over here and another class of art directors over there, and you hire them and put them together for different projects, or is all of that stuff going to be bundled under one roof? We don’t know yet. But the publishing apparatus is gone. Even if people want a physical artifact — pipe the PDF to a printing machine. We’ve already seen it happen with newspapers and the printer. It is now, or soon, when more people will print the New York Times holding down the “print” button than buy a physical copy.

The original promise of the e-book was not a promise to the reader, it was a promise to the publisher: “We will design something that appears on a screen, but it will be as inconvenient as if it were a physical object.” This is the promise of the portable document format, where data goes to die, as well.

Institutions will try to preserve the problem for which they are the solution. Now publishers are in the business not of overcoming scarcity but of manufacturing demand. And that means that almost all innovation in creation, consumption, distribution and use of text is coming from outside the traditional publishing industry.

What is the future of reading? How can we make it more social?

One of the things that bugs me about the Kindle Fire is that for all that I didn’t like the original Kindle, one of its greatest features was that you couldn’t get your email on it. There was an old saying in the 1980s and 1990s that all applications expand to the point at which they can read email. An old geek text editor, eMacs, had added a capability to read email inside your text editor. Another sign of the end times, as if more were needed. In a way, this is happening with hardware. Everything that goes into your pocket expands until it can read email.

But a book is a “momentary stay against confusion.” This is something quoted approvingly by Nick Carr, the great scholar of digital confusion. The reading experience is so much more valuable now than it was ten years ago because it’s rarer. I remember, as a child, being bored. I grew up in a particularly boring place and so I was bored pretty frequently. But when the Internet came along it was like, “That’s it for being bored! Thank God! You’re awake at four in the morning? So are thousands of other people!”

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kathrynkayyy:

These are my beautiful co-workers at the Creativity Exploratory…our job is to do projects we’re passionate about, brainstorm with different companies, pitch our ideas, and pretty much hang out and drink coffee a lot of the time. 

Upcoming World Innovation Forum speaker Sir Ken Robinson with the Creativity Exploratory group @ MSU — poked around the site… seems very cool.

kathrynkayyy:

These are my beautiful co-workers at the Creativity Exploratory…our job is to do projects we’re passionate about, brainstorm with different companies, pitch our ideas, and pretty much hang out and drink coffee a lot of the time. 

Upcoming World Innovation Forum speaker Sir Ken Robinson with the Creativity Exploratory group @ MSU — poked around the site… seems very cool.

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