Monthly Archives: May 2010

Quote of the Day: “…the place where creativity and skill rub up against each other”

“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.

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Light bulbs do more than illuminate

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

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Ideas alter the balance of power

What kind of push-back do your ideas get?

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Quote of the Day: “Constant motion”

“…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

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Better living through bacteria?

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:

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Innovation ideas from science fiction

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!  

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Quote of the Day: “Pissed-off people”

“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

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Review – The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius

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

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QOTD: “a long sequence of small sparks”

“All great inventions emerge from a long sequence of small sparks…”

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J.K. Rowling: The Benefits of Failure, the Importance of Imagination

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.

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