Posted by: Liz Massey | August 4, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for August 4, 2010

Photo courtesy Phillip Collier via SXC.

Have a Creative Block? Strategies to Improve Creativity
Brainzooming blog offers more than 2 dozen strategies for snapping out of a block. They range from the practical (attend to basic needs, drink some water) to the intriguing (harness the power of “crowdspiration,” change the “canvas” on which you normally create).

Cultivating open innovation: Seeding, feeding and weeding
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison, in this Washington Post op-ed, assert that companies considering open innovation efforts must move beyond narrowly focused problem-solving challenges. They write, “The real opportunity is to connect diverse participants and encourage them to engage in sustained performance improvement initiatives that help to build trust-based relationships.”

How to increase your odds of serendipity with Twitter
Chuck Frey, writing on his Innovation Tools website, discusses ways to maximize your Twitter account’s potential for promoting idea cross-pollination and creativity.

Post Urban Art – art fair tips!
Tina Mammoser, The Cycling Artist, shares four commonsense tips for making the most of the opportunities presented by participating in an art fair.

Innovation is Everyone’s Business | Management Excellence
Art Petty defines innovation as “solving vexing problems in unique and reproducible ways” and argues that everyone in a company should play a part. He also offers 8 ways to jump-start an innovation-focused company.

The Great Billboard Reinvention Collaborative Initiative
The Great Billboard Reinvention Collaborative Initiative is a group of friends and recent industrial design graduates who will be leading an experimental design think tank in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For 6 weeks, the team will work to create environmentally responsible solutions for used plastic billboard sheets at Lamar, the nation’s largest outdoor advertising company. (Hat tip to the Information Design Watch blog at Dynamic Diagrams for the link.)

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