Posted by: Liz Massey | March 11, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for March 11, 2010

Photo courtesy SXC.

8 recommended books on visual thinking
Chuck Frey at InnovationTools blog lists books that are aimed at improving visual thinking skills, including mind-mapping.

Distributed Idea Generation Outperforms Team Brainstorming | CloudAve
Hutch Carpenter reports on a study by three researchers from the INSEAD and Wharton business schools that shows that idea generation techniques provide better ideas and are more effective than traditional brainstorming sessions. (Here’s the link to the study’s abstract, as well as the study itself.)

Co-Creative Power: Better Quality Brainstorming Results
Myriam Laberge, commenting on her blog, talks about a study that indicates that electronic brainstorming is more effective than verbal brainstorming in tackling “wickedly difficult” problems in science, including those in which the problem itself is not clearly defined.

Why Making Matters
AnnMarie Thomas, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of St. Thomas, posted a wonderful essay on her blog that reflected remarks she made at TED2010. It is a powerful plea for children to be allowed to make hands-on projects, as it can lead to a passion for engineering, design, inventing, or other creative pursuits. (Hat tip to MAKE Magazine for posting the link to this.)

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Learning From the Best | American Express OPEN Forum
Global business expert Laurel Delaney discusses words of wisdom from some well-known innovators and their relevance to building a corporate culture that facilitates innovation.


  1. Love all the suggestions. I am new to the blog world having just started mine about 3 months ago, and am loving all the advice, inspiration and fun I get from so many. Jump over to mine sometime and have a peek.
    Great Work that you are doing.

  2. Marthann,
    Thanks so much for the kudos! I see from visiting your blog you’re in Liberty, MO. I live in Phoenix now but I grew up in the Kansas City area (Johnson County KS)! Thanks again and take care!

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