Posted by: Liz Massey | December 8, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for December 8, 2010

Photo courtesy SXC.

CoDev 2011
The 10th annual conference on Co-Development and Open Innovation: Accessing Networks & Knowledge to Create Business Value will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona from January 24-26, 2011 at the brand new Talking Stick Resort. Conference attendees can expect to hear from and network with top open innovation thought leaders and advanced practitioners.

Narcissism and Creativity: Intriguing and Troubling Findings | Bob Sutton
Sutton, author of the Work Matters blog, discusses research done by a trio of researchers — Jack Goncalo and Sharon Kim of Cornell University and Frank Flynn of Stanford — that indicates that having a few narcissistic-leaning individuals in a work team may be helpful to creativity, but having too many destroys this advantage.

The power of a play project | screw work let’s play
John Williams, author of the book “Screw Work, Let’s Play,” describes what a play project is and why it is so good for people needing to recharge their creativity or vocation. The 2 major elements to a play project are picking a 4-week project that will be fun to do and explores an area of work or creativity they feel drawn to, and then setting a non-negotiable deadline to share the results of their project with others. Fun!

a cool way to free up the creative process | The Improvised Life
The authors of this intriguing group blog, which focuses on “making and creating with whatever is at hand  –  improvising as a daily practice,” discuss the drawings that one of their children has made on her desk as she explores the world of fashion, and compares it to the ideation of artist Dieter Roth, who covered his work tables with sheets of cardboard, so he could write/draw/collage what he wanted on the spot.

Learning How to Use Design Thinking
What is design thinking? This topic was explored by 70 people in a workshop hosted by PIEp, a Swedish academia-based nationwide initiative to increase innovation capability in organizations. It is interesting to see the European take on this idea, which was originally posited by IDEO’s CEO, Tim Brown.

Notes from The 2010 Creativity World Forum, Oklahoma
Linda Naiman, on her Creativity at Work blog, discusses a recent forum on creativity held in Oklahoma City. Lots of interesting content and insight provided by Linda – including information on technology’s role in enhancing or diminishing creativity, and new ways of conceiving the educational process.

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