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Burning Man Creativity
Posted 10/20/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
The Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada is an explosively creative event. More than 50,000 people attended this year. What makes Burning Man such a creative and compelling event? Our New & Improved man on the playa has some thoughts.
Good-Looking Bike Helmets -- Oxymoron or Principle of Creative Thinking?
Posted 10/20/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Inspired by a bordello in designing a cathedral: What we can learn from Leonardo?
Posted 10/5/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Apparently Leonardo Da Vinci made continual observations of the world around him and recorded these daily throughout his life. His 13,000 pages of notes and drawings display…
What Are You Missing?
Posted 10/3/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
What are you blind to in your environment? What are you missing?
Creative Thinking in-the-Box
Posted 9/27/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
“We don’t have time to change this!” “They will never give us the resources for that!” “They won’t approve that kind of idea.” “They never listen to us.” “We can’t do that here.” Sound familiar?
The Coming Innovation Backlash
Posted 9/1/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Lots of people brag about their innovativeness, but few steadily produce it. If you can’t back up your boast now, no one will believe you in the future.
How to Create a Rabid Following the Counter-Intuitive Way
Posted 8/29/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Last week the knife-sharpening guy was in our neighborhood. I love this guy. Great lessons in innovation fly off the sharpening stone that are worth sharing. He has no scheduled route, no website, and doesn't tweet his location. If you hear his bell, you run...
Step 1 on the path to innovation: Get your hands dirty (and avoid wrist injuries in the process)
Posted 8/1/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
If you get your hands, your lab jacket, your jeans, whatever, dirty up front, you're much less likely to worry about messing something else up along the line. As Edison famously said, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." If you're already dressed for the job...
How to raise creative children: CNN's take (which is pretty accurate!)
Posted 7/19/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
CNN interviewed the parents of five "creative geniuses" (which they defined in the article as: "highly-talented, self-motivated kids," whose parents have encouraged a "thirst for knowledge, the love of a good challenge, and the idea that anything is possible if you put your mind to it." The conclusions of the article are worth taking into account as we walk the balance of trying to raise the best children we can, whether we're parents or adult role models...
The Dangerous Side of Praise and Positive Judgment
Posted 7/14/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
This simple illustration is informative when it comes to rewards and recognition programs that focus on finding a limited number of "winners," implying that everyone else is a "loser."
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