Posted by: Liz Massey | October 15, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for October 15, 2010

Photo courtesy of  SXC.

Cooperation Law for a Sharing Economy
Janelle Orsi, contributor to and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community, discusses on the Worldchanging website the gray areas that exist with new collaborative life/work approaches and how these might be hashed out by the next generation of lawyers (and their clients). Good reading for artists and innovators, especially related to copyright, open-sourcing, crowdsourcing, etc.

8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity And Stifle Your Success | Copyblogger
Dean Rieck, one of America’s most creative advertising copywriters and author of the blog Pro Copy Tips, discusses a number of mental ruts that can lead to creative failures, such as trying to evaluate and create at the same time or following “expert” advice without question.

The Leader as Artist | The Practice of Leadership
George Ambler discusses a number of parallels between successful art-making and successful leadership.

Short Sharp Science: Dope art that makes you feel good
A beautiful micrograph of crystals of dopamine – the chemical released when we do naturally rewarding things like eating and lovemaking. Dopamine also affects brain processes involved in controlling movement, mood and memory. Photo taken by Spike Walker, winner of the Royal Photographic Society’s Combined Royal Colleges Medal. Posted to

The Fertile Unknown: 15 Foundations for Facilitating Creativity at Work
Creativity consultant Michelle James provides a rich framework for reshaping workplaces to encourage creativity and innovative efforts. My favorite quote: “Without question, groups have the capacity to self-organize around a creative task – a collective creative intelligence can take over that is larger than any one person’s idea. You have nature on your side. We are natural meaning-makers, and creativity is naturally self-organizing.”

How Sustainability Fuels Design Innovation – MIT Sloan Management Review
Meaty interview with Steven Eppinger, an engineer by training, who is professor of management science and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He discusses the key role of product design in boosting the sustainability of most companies, and champions incrementalism in changing the ways things are done, saying the sum of continuous incrementalism is likely to carry designs further toward the no-impact outcomes everyone desires. (Hat tip to for the link.)

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