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Creativity and Innovation

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Think Creatively
  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
Work Creatively with Others
  • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

Implement Innovations
  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur

Additional resources related to creativity and innovation are listed below: 

1.    Critical and Creative Thinking - Bloom's Taxonomy

Discussion of Bloom's taxonomy and critical thinking, creativity

2.    Sir Ken Robinson website

Expert on creativity and innovation

3.    National Governors Association Video on Creativity & Innovation

Sir Ken Robinson, expert on creativity and innovation, delivers a presentation that discusses creativity and 21st century skills

4.    Race Matters - Where Jobs Are

(Reprint - no subscription required) May 2004 opinion editorial published in New York Times, authors W. Michael Cox, Richard Alm and Nigel Holmes, with a chart displaying the importance of creative jobs in the future.

5.    Op-Chart; Where the Jobs Are - New York Times

(Subscription only.)  May 2004 opinion editorial published in New York Times, authors W. Michael Cox, Richard Alm and Nigel Holmes, with a chart displaying the importance of creative jobs in the future.

6.    Creativity: See what people are saying right now on Technorati

Technorati index on creativity.

7.    "The Creative Act" - Marcel Duchamp

Thought provoking essay: "All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualification and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives a final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists."

8.    Harnad, Stevan (1990) Creativity: Method or Magic?

Academic essay on creativity.

9.    Main Page - Mycoted

Mycoted is dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems woldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles and books.

10.    Business Creativity & Innovation

Interactive map of the creative process.

11.    Anti-Knowledge

Website which features an online book with chapter on creativity.

12.    PBS Parents . Creativity | PBS

A place to explore creativity for yourself and your child.

13.    Creativity Portal - Exploring Creative Thinking Innovation Art Crafts Writing Humor

Creativity Portal features expert creativity, business, coaching, and writing articles, innovative art and craft projects, fun printables, prompts and tools, and free inspirational learning resources for every stage of the creative life.

14.    The 6 Myths Of Creativity (FastCompany)

December 2004 article about creativity: "These days, there's hardly a mission statement that doesn't herald it, or a CEO who doesn't laud it. And yet despite all of the attention that business creativity has won over the past few years, maddeningly little is known about day-to-day innovation in the workplace. Where do breakthrough ideas come from? What kind of work environment allows them to flourish? What can leaders do to sustain the stimulants to creativity -- and break through the barriers?"

15.    NextD Purpose

Design group founded to help raise awareness regarding how the challenges of cross-disciplinary innovation leadership have radically changed at the leading edge of the marketplace and how those changes are impacting designers. Includes essays on innovation and creativity in their online journal.

16. Teaching the iGeneration: 5 Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills With Web 2.0 Tools

In this book, each chapter introduces an enduring skill: information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. Then, the authors present a digital solution that can be used to enhance traditional skill-based instructional practices. A collection of handouts and supporting materials tailored to each skill and tool type ends each chapter.