2013 Kristina’s Class
This page is for sharing materials related to the presentation I made
for Dr. Kristina Jaskyte’s Creativity & Innovation class for Social Work
majors at the University of Georgia.
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Below the following LINKS and PHOTOS are notes and links to articles that expand upon those NOTES or KEY POINTS I made during the presentation.
Please if any of you who were there have any notes from those you have taken that I have not included please send me an email and I will add them for future reference: yours, mine and for people who visit this page who were not there on February 12th, 2013.
Power Point Presentation 1 of 2
Power Point Presentation 2 of 2
HAVE BALLOONS, CRAYONS AND HOOLA HOOPS!
LET’S MEET EXERCISE BOOK
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To understand your M.I.N.D. Design scores more read each of these.
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Weird, Whacky, Wild, Off-the-Wall IdeasIdeation sessions can generate and capture or discover many kinds of ideas from the logic, rational, obvious, tried before, haven’t been tried for a long time to those that are Weird, Whacky, Wild, Off-the-Wall Ideas.“It is easier to TAME a Weird, Whacky, Wild, Off-the-Wall Ideas down to make it a useful, beneficial solution then is it to make a DULL IDEA, EXCITING.” (paraphrased from Alex Osborn, creator of the Ideation Technique or Tool call BRAINSTORMING)
GIFTS – Myth: only a few people are born creative. ALL PEOPLE are born with capacities to think creatively and generate or discover creative ideas. Cultures, schools systems, workplaces, religions and sometimes families squash creativeness and creative thinking in order to produce conformity and consistency in people.
ATTITUDES: A positive attitude can greatly increase the potential for more creativity in ourselves and other people.
PROCESSES: everything human beings do is the result of using processes: systems, tools/techniques, approaches, methods, processes, strategies (S.T.A.M.P.S.) see my book BROKEN CRAYONS for more about this system for organizing creative thinking PROCESSES.
STRATEGIES: Choosing to be creative. Mine is that I CHOOSE to be creative as often as possible every day to solve problems, increase my own abilities and to help others accept that they were born to be creative and can become more creative throughout their lives.
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Let’s Get Started.
4 primary areas covered in this presentation.
4 Primary Reasons Most People are not Creative in their lives or why they think they are not.
First steps for an IDEATION SESSION
Ice Breaking, Connecting, Bonding
Some things to learn about Creative Thinking TOOLS
First Team Challenge
Things to consider for the BEGINNING of an IDEATION SESSION
to help IDEATION SESSIONS to become valuable, beneficial and meaningful we need to consider what to do BEFORE – DURING – AFTER the session
Here is a list of Creative Thinking Exercises/Tools to consider using BEFORE – DURING – AFTER an Ideation Session
sample of a mental WARM-UP/STRETCHER to prepare and ready people for ideating, creative thinking
GROUP DYNAMICS ISSUES that KILL Creating Thinking
Ways to help people WANT to be creative and SHARE THEIR IDEAS.
There are many traits, skills or characteristics of human beings that help them be and become creative. These 32 are some of the most common found and some that can be continuously improved in our classrooms, workplaces and homes all of our lives.
We all develop from birth (some we appear to be born with) preferred styles of thinking. My M.I.N.D. Design which you took before the presentation is a model of thinking styles based upon a study of over 300 different ones and 33 years of using it.
What started out as a HUNCH, developed into a HYPOTHESIS and a THEORY has become a FOUNDATION for most of my work the past 33 years.Our thinking styles impact our success using particular thinking tools and techniques of S.T.A.M.P.S.
As leaders, facilitators, managers, supervisors, team leaders I believe we need to consider which we use with which people and teams.
There are minimum of two general ways to approach things, problems, thinking:
It is best not to try to do both at the same time.
Brainwriting is a version of the original BRAINSTORMING created by Alex Osborn of the famous ad agency, BBD&O in the 30s and 40s.Brainwriting was created in the 70s to suit the INTROVERTS, the quieter people, those who prefer to think alone to help them more effectively work with teams and groups.
Forced Relationships is a CLASSIC creative thinking tool that automatically forces people to think in DIFFERENT WAYS or OUT OF THE BOX.
Once we have generated many ideas we need to organize them, narrow them down and choose the one of group ideas that we will use to become a solution and a plan for solving a problem or challenge.
yesterday we tried the following two as a demonstration
Key learnings from the day
we are all creative
we can continually improve our abilities to be creative
we can work very effectively in teams or groups
the more people are involved
the more committed they become
the easier it is to generate creative ideas
that lead to successful creative solutions.