Posted by: Liz Massey | July 6, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for July 6, 2011

Photo courtesy SXC.

My Desert Cottage | Where Bloggers Create 2011

Karen Valentine of Scottsdale, Arizona, is hosting a special “blog party” on July 15 in which she invites creative/artistic bloggers to post stories about themselves and their art. She will post links to these blogs on the 15th for others to come visit! To participate, reply to Karen’s post here, and upload your post to your blog late on the 14th (so early risers and international viewers can see your post).

Humans Invent | Innovation, Craftsmanship & Design

Intriguing website covering cool new technology and inventions, as well as other news from the worlds of business, the environment and design.

Don’t hire and then kill creativity in the workplace | TechRepublic

Excellent article by Todd Fluhr detailing some of the corporate policies that erode the creative and innovative results that companies hire to attain, by demoralizing staff members or blocking employees from giving their best effort.

I Want To Do It All: Creative Polymathy | The Creative Mind

Interesting overview of a phenomenon that author Douglas Eby quotes creativity researcher James C. Kaufman as defining as “the ability to be creative in more than one domain.” He also discusses examples of polymath child-actors Kaufman writes about in his book, “That’s DR. Winnie to you: A New Child Star Stereotype.”

Make Serendipity Work for You | Harvard Business Review

Mark de Rond, Adrian Moorhouse, and Matt Rogan differentiate serendipity, which they say is “a close relative” of creativity, from luck. The recount the classic tale of serendipity’s namesake (“The Three Princes of Serendip”) and use it to draw out several points, including the assertion that “serendipity is to see meaningful combinations where others do not.”

The 2011 Idea Execution Audit | The 99 Percent

Very cool post sharing infographics from a survey performed by Behance with members of The 99 Percent online community. The graphics cover biggest work distractions, where people get their creative work done, how creative professionals recharge away from the desk, and what creatives are doing when they get their best ideas. Fascinating!

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