Posted by: Liz Massey | March 3, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for March 3, 2011

Photo courtesy SXC.

Scott Turow and the Theft of Creativity | The Artist’s Road
Patrick Ross reports on his visit to a U.S. Senate hearing about the growing (and massive) problem of online content piracy. Novelist and attorney Scott Turow was among those giving testimony. He also discusses his visit during his DC trip to see the U.S. Constitution and the thoughts it inspired relative to the hearing and artist copyright.

Getting in the mood to create
Therapist Lisa Riley discusses some ways to explore what nurtures our creative process, including lighting, scent, social contact with other creatives, absorbing the art of others, and listening to music. She also notes that stressors like a chronically tense relationship or a lack of sleep can negative impact our creative productivity.

Is Creativity the Number 1 Skill for the 21st Century? | Psychology Today
Mark Batey, Ph.D., Joint Chair of the Psychometrics at Work Research Group, Manchester Business School, UK, discusses 7 reasons why creativity is so vital to business (and human) development in the 21st Century.

A Quirky Way of Innovating – BusinessWeek
Joshua Gans, an economics professor at Melbourne Business School and a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research, gives a progress report (assessment) of Quirky, a site that uses crowdsourcing to drive innovation and product design. The company handles the production of ideas that have been refined by site users. Gans ordered several of these finished products and gives his frank opinion on how well they work.

The Power of the Right Question | Harvard Business Review
Scott Anthony, managing director of Innosight Ventures, discusses why framing one’s innovation questions is more important than jumping directly into idea generation. A good reiteration of something that is never (in my opinion) stressed enough.

step-stool as bead organizer, via 5-year-old marco
A reader of The Improvised Life blog, which is dedicated to celebrating improvisation in all aspects of life, reports on a new use his son found for a kitchen step-stool. Cute!


  1. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for including me again in your list! I’m definitely checking out some of these other links; I had seen the Batey article, not sure about these other ones. 🙂


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