Posted by: Liz Massey | September 8, 2012

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for September 8, 2012

Photo courtesy of SXC.

Why Morning Routines are Creativity Killers | The Creativity Post

Annie Murphy Paul, author of the forthcoming “Brilliant: The New Science of Smart,” provides details on why our hurried, stress-filled morning get-ready-for-work routines are the worst possible environment for creative problem-solving. From the alarm clock to the stressful commute, it’s all working against our ability to do creative work. She also offers some ideas for making mornings better.

How to Solve Your Problems Visually Using a Solution Map

Matt Tanguay, CEO and Chief Visual Facilitator of FluentBrain, provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for constructing solution maps to discover the root causes of your current reality, validate possible solutions by visualizing what your future situation will look like, and maneuver around potential obstacles. If you’ve ever wondered how to make visual mapping techniques work for you with a real problem, this post provides enough “meat” to figure it out.

The missing ingredient of crowd-based idea generation

Excellent guest post on by Jeffrey Baumgartner, founder of Bwiti bvba, which points out one of the major weaknesses of crowdsourcing truly original ideas – the most creative people tend to not be part of “the crowd.”
Here’s a sample of where Jeffrey is coming from:

If you aim to collect truly creative ideas; ideas that have the potential to become breakthrough innovations; ideas that could knock people’s socks off, then you really do not want the crowd. Rather, you want the oddballs, weirdoes and rebels who at best stay clear of the crowds and at worst provoke them.

Phoenix-based creativity coach and art teacher Quinn McDonald provides a great post on how to prepare, price and execute a successful art class at a conference. But her checklist is so complete, it’s really a great post for learning how to teach just about anything to a group of adults.


  1. Really interesting and powerful posts about the life of an everyday creative–and it’s not easy being seen.

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