Monday, April 25, 2005

Creativity—How Can I Get Some?

[25 April 2005 - Harvard Business School Working Knowledge] Creativity is the lifeblood of innovation and marketing, but where does it come from and how should a company nurture this elusive trait? How does one explore creativity on the job—and use it to one's advantage? More

Change or Die

[May 2005 - Fast Company] All leadership comes down to this: changing people's behavior. Why is that so damn hard? Science offers some surprising new answers -- and ways to do better. More

The Business of Creativity Media Conference on 4/26

[15 April 2005 - The Graduate Media Association] The Graduate Media Association of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announces its plan to hold its first media conference, “The Business of Creativity”, which is set to take place on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at MCNY’s Manhattan campus on the 12th floor. The conference will assemble a program of today’s top professionals to give hands-on workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, covering topics that are in the forefront of today’s media world. More

Encouraging Creativity in Children

[15 April 2005 - AccessNorthGa] Creativity is the ability to see things in a new way, to see problems that no one else may even realize exist, and then come up with new, unique, and effective solutions to these problems. Standard intelligence tests measure convergent thinking - the ability to come up with a single correct answer. But creativity involves divergent thinking - the ability to come up with new and unusual answers. More

Modern management tools 'vital for progress'

[18 April 2005 - Gulf Daily News] Effective leadership which can focus on proper management tools can contribute substantially towards the success of any organisation, says Bapco president Dr Mustafa Al Sayed. Changing business environment in an era of globalisation calls for a change in the style of leadership and management methods, he told the conference. Dr Al Sayed spoke on the Role of Leadership in Turning Companies into Successful Organisations. He focused on the combined effect of creativity, motivation and organisational culture on the success of companies. More

Build on creativity, architect urges

[18 April 2005 - Richmond Times-Dispatch] Frank Gehry, the architect known for such wildly inventive buildings as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, designed himself a new office a few years ago. Once he moved in, he realized "it looks exactly like my old office." That's his daily reminder that it's comfortable to "remain static, to hide in the past," Gehry told a Richmond Forum audience. More

Working with creativity: Day marks office innovation

[19 April 2005 - Metro] Creativity is Marci Segal's middle name. With a graduate degree in creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University and over two decades of experience, Marci Segal is the co-founder of International Creativity day, which occurs on Thursday. The day, which aims to help people find new solutions to old problems and break down barriers in their workplace and their communities, marks the end of Toronto's own Creativity and Innovation week which is currently taking place. More

Youthful creativity is vital for progress

[20 April 2005 - Daily Yomiuri On-Line] The United Nations has declared this year the World Year of Physics, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "miraculous year" in 1905 when he published multiple seminal papers describing ideas that marked the change from classical to modern physics. These ideas were born, not under the leadership of prominent figures in the academic community, but through exchanges with cosmopolitan friends in a climate filled with revolutionary ideas. Einstein's amazing intelligence pinpointed core issues in the world of physics at that time, skipping over peripheral problems and unflinchingly challenging ideas to find out answers. It may be a surprise to learn that Einstein was only 26 years old in 1905. But it also might be this very youth that made him challenge existing ideas and achieve creative results. Einstein's theories forced changes from conventional ideas in the world of physics. More

Creativity is core value, key to Jensen's success

[20 April 2005 - Daily Nebraskan] It takes more than a college diploma to start a company and become an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to Dale Jensen, it takes a little creativity as well. More

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Beta-Test a Mind-Map Tool

[24 April 2005 - Topicscape] Roy Grubb is a beta-team member in a small group of developers who have been building a 3D mind-mapping tool for a couple of years. The tool is Topicscape and they are looking for people interested in trying out this tool. Topicscape uses a mind-mapping approach, which allows for freedom from linear thinking and provides a great way to tap creativity. Each mind-map node in Topicscape can have files, URLs, e-mails and parts of files dropped on it. You can have many files on a node if you want (or none). Topicscape has been designed in 3D because mind maps get too big if you use them on big projects. Plus, 3D itself can be stimulating and exciting. Using 3D on a computer screen can help users take in and understand much more and, as a result, help lateral thinking and creativity. This beta tools is available in personal editions (for installing on one PC). Check it out at, where you'll also find screen shots and stories from users showing how they use Topicscape in their work and personal lives.