Mark McGuinness makes a case that so-called “weird” behavior on the part of artists and innovators may actually represent those people activating very effective hypnotic cues to help themselves produce their work. Intriguing idea!
Fast Company presents its annual list of workplace revolutionaries. This year, the list is topped by Wadah Khanfar, the director general of Al Jazeera, and includes luminaries from organizations as diverse as Apple, Tesla Motors, The Onion, and Shrink Nanotechnologies.
Writer, blogger and online story strategist Amanda Hirsch discusses the tension for new graduates between pouring themselves into an independent creative career or “greasing (corporate) cogs.” A good, nuanced post with interesting comments.
Lighthearted post by Jonathan Jones, who blogs on art for the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Discusses a recent study that purports that have shown that beautiful paintings produce the same brain activity we feel when we see someone we love.
Michelle James provides links to information on scores of creativity-related books, both old and new. I saw some old favorites (The Courage to Create, Lateral Thinking, and The Act of Creation), along with some new books I am putting on my library/purchasing wish list.
Mike Brown of the Brainzooming Group gives quick tips for making a great idea the basis of your own original creative product. My favorite is “Take individual pieces of creativity and assemble them in new ways others haven’t before.”