Posted by: Liz Massey | April 7, 2012

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for April 7, 2012

Photo courtesy of SXC.

Want Old Ideas? … Then Keep Talking to Your Friends
John Steen provides an amazing summary of research into innovation networks that explains why greater connectivity between “clusters” of interrelated professionals doesn’t necessarily create better ideas.

Is Creative Genius Inherent or Learned? « The Artist’s Road
Patrick Ross discusses the role of talent and natural genius in creative development. I especially like his framing the issue of mastery in terms of “growth curves.”

Here’s a sample of what he’s getting at:

“Part of my personal mission in promoting creativity and an art-committed life is the belief that we all harbor inherent creativity … and that we can all harness that creativity in ways we never imagined. I do believe, however, that not all of our growth curves have an equal slope. By that I mean that some with more inherent talent will see quicker yields on their investment of time and energy.”

Riley Gibson: How Being Uncomfortable Can Be Your Best Creative Weapon
Gibson, cofounder and CEO of Napkin Labs, argues that the most important thing a creative person can do is get out of his or her comfort zone. “Make that uncomfortable feeling your new hobby,” he advises.

Joseph DeSimone on being an inventor | EarthSky
Excellent podcast (both the 90-second and 8-minute versions) featuring a conversation with DeSimone, a chemist who holds more than 115 patents. He touches upon how he got started in science, the most likely places for scientific breakthroughs to take place (at the edges between fields of expertise) and how advances in technology can promote developments in basic science.

Intersecting Neuroscience and Motorcycle Building in Creative Ways
Ben Weinlick, the founder of Think Jar Collective, interviews James Hammarhead of Hammarhead Industries, who is a neuroscientist turned motorcycle designer and manufacturer.

He has a fascinating perspective on the parallels between science and product design:

“One thing that relates science and art is simplicity.  Often it is only at the minimum that either the theory or the mechanism is clear. Whereas with complex systems, it is very hard to not only comprehend them but also to test them.  The simple bikes we build can’t be done broadly, and the reason is because you can’t please everyone with a spare design … (But) if we have a product that only appeals to a small audience that really appreciates the aesthetic, we can reach those people.”

From chaos to creativity | sophia leadership
Heather Plett provides a wonderful example (including photos!) from a workshop she leads on the topic of creative discovery of how to convert what we label as “garbage” into the building blocks of a world in which we want to live. The road to this world leads directly through – you guessed it! – chaos.

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