One of our favourite short workshop activities is Six Word Memoirs, a simple challenge to craft a creative account of your life in just six words. It’s a great way to get people thinking about creative constraints.
Having recently read Christopher Alexander’s 1974 book ‘Notes on the Synthesis of Form’, d.school professor Ashish Goel draws some comparisons between design thinking as taught at the d.school and Alexander’s work.
A hybrid between brainstorming and mind mapping, WikiBrains is a place to discover and share connections with a growing community of creative and visual thinkers. We spoke to co-founder Leon Markowitz to find out more.
This video explains how it’s possible to come up with brilliant, shiny new ideas even in the dullest, most routine-ridden environments — or any location, for that matter. You just need clever creative thinking techniques.
Some great words about creative thinking techniques and keeping a creative corporate culture here from “A Book About Innocent: Our Story and Some Things We’ve Learned”
People sometimes find it challenging to fix their own stuff, or don’t have the desire to even identify problems they live with. But when you fix something for someone else, you have a really strong motivation.
Popular for fast-building and prototyping new concepts, hackathons are also great for building a team’s collective creativity. Tesco.com’s Assunta Cucca tells us how they use hackathons for internal idea generation.
American Airlines has hijacked the urban myth that winning business ideas get scrawled on a napkin. They’ve launched a competition asking for business pitches in exactly that format.
UNICEF’s Innovation Labs website is a DIY guide on how to collaborate with the private sector, academia and youth to come up with effective solutions to serious issues.
It’s worth taking a look at this interesting interview on Think Jar Collective. It features Greg Saunier from the band Deerhoof, who describes their creative process, and their use of creative constraints.
In considering group creativity recently, I read several research reports and articles claiming that individual thinking is more productive than group thinking. So I tried my hand at designing a tool to help individuals think.