Monthly Archives: May 2010
“There’s a paradox in the notion that creativity should be a habit. We think of creativity as a way of keeping everything fresh and new, while habit implies routine and repetition.
Thanks to countless cartoons and comic strips, the light bulb is the most common icon for the moment of epiphany, the flash of insight when a new idea occurs to us. Turns out that a picture of a light bulb … Continue reading
What kind of push-back do your ideas get?
“…even when the next step is unclear, the best way to figure it out is to take some incremental action. Constant motion is the key to execution.” –Scott Belsky (in Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision & Reality) … Continue reading
We’ve long known that some types of bacteria help you stay healthy. But now it appears that some types may actually help make you smarter:
Phil McKinney points out that science fiction writers have a record of “inventing” things years before they become reality: It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generations science fiction!
“I happen to believe that all innovation comes, not from market research or carefully crafted focus groups, but from pissed-off people. People who just can’t stand the opacity of current financial reports. People who are enraged when CIA database doesn’t … Continue reading
What happens in our brains when we create? And what happens in the brains of extraordinarily creative people—the Michelangelos, the Leonardos, the Mozarts, the Einsteins—when they exercise their creative genius? Is there a link between creative genius and mental illness? … Continue reading
“All great inventions emerge from a long sequence of small sparks…”
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered this commencement address at Harvard, on the dual themes of the benefits of failure, and the importance of imagination.