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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs | February 8, 2001 | “In the late 1960s Abraham Maslow developed a hierarchical theory of human needs. Maslow is a humanistic psychologist believing that people are not controlled by mechanical forces (the stimuli and reinforcement forces of behaviorism) or unconscious instinctual impulses of psychoanalysis. Maslow focused on human potential, believing the humans strive to reach the highest levels of their capabilities. People seek the frontiers of creativity, and strive to reach the highest levels of consciousness and wisdom.”

Culture and the city | January 23, 2001 | “From Aristotle's Athens to London in the nineties, particular cities have witnessed great outpourings of artistic creativity. On the eve of Tate Modern's major exhibition, Century City, the eminent historian Roy Porter asks what determines such creative miracles.” Thanks dangerousmeta.

media inspiration | December 8, 2000 | “A resource to inspire design professionals... Every designer spends loads of time surfing the Internet looking for that great web site to get inspired and spark that creative idea. Being designers ourselves we could never find the appropriate resources that contained only well designed, creative, and inspirational web sites. Hence the media inspiration project began. Media Inspiration is a resource developed to help its users break free of their creative mind block and spark ideas from the web sites featured on our portal.”

Creativity: Method or Magic? | December 6, 2000 | Abstract: “Creativity may be a trait, a state or just a process defined by its products. It can be contrasted with certain cognitive activities that are not ordinarily creative, such as problem-solving, deduction, induction, learning, imitation, trial-and-error, heuristics and 'abduction,' however, all of these can be done creatively too. There are four kinds of theories, attributing creativity respectively to (1) method, (2) 'memory' (innate structure), (3) magic or (4) mutation. These theories variously emphasize the role of an unconscious mind, innate constraints, analogy, aesthetics, anomalies, formal constraints, serendipity, mental analogs, heuristic strategies, improvisatory performance and cumulative collaboration. There is some virtue in each, but the best model is still the one implicit in Pasteur's dictum: 'Chance favors the prepared mind.' And because the exercise and even the definition of creativity requires constraints, it is unlikely that 'creativity training' or an emphasis on freedom in education can play a productive role in this preparation.”

freshfroot | October 24, 2000 | “freshfroot is a streaming index of ideas and inspirations to kickstart creative reactions. Everyday has a different theme, every hour a different found image, bit of text, stray animation, whatever. The flavor is more important than the medium and the flavors are legion. We're aiming for freshfroot to be a resource for motion web designers, but if you happen to work in old growth logging or second hand knitwear and you still find it useful and stimulating, then we're happy too.”

The Bedrock of Innovation: Leveraging Difference | October 3, 2000 | “In order to leverage the creativity of their people, companies need to accept, reward, and leverage passion, organizational commitment, and diversity in the kinds of problem-solving styles people possess. By leveraging the difference among their employees, leaders can build the bedrock of innovation in their organizations.”

Invention and Design | September 13, 2000 | “The Invention and Design (I&D) project is the result of extensive research into the mental and practical aspects involved in the development of new ideas and/or products. The goal of the project is to facilitate a better understanding of the processes involved in invention and design through extended case-studies.”

voice.media.org: R-E-S-P-E-C-T | August 31, 2000 | By webchick: “I could cite endless examples of quotes out of context, misleading characterization of other's work, novel ideas that aren't attributed to the originator, and digital creations that are copied, usurped or bastardized by others under the flimsy umbrella excuse of 'derivative work.' The real kick in the head are that these infractions are committed by people who should know better, often by people who want the same kind of respect for themselves, their company, or their own work.”

Where Do Ideas Come From? | April 14, 2000 | “Twelve- and 16-hour days getting you down? Tired of solving other people's problems instead of creating some for yourself? Want to do something fun for a change? Why not come up with your very own idea for a groundbreaking Internet-enabled offering? You got it: The only way to prevent having to work is to make work for others.” And hey! Use the Your Personal Startup Name Generator to name your company!

Sounds of silence | March 7, 2000 | “The new economy is driven by ideas, which is why people are becoming rather cagey about sharing them, explains Richard Reeves... Twenty people — specialists, experts, thinkers — sit around a seminar table. They might be discussing education, or the US stock market. Although people are speaking, no one is saying anything. At least half of the participants have an original idea at the front of their mind. But they do not share it because it is too valuable. They are afraid that one of the others will steal the idea and use it, publish or sell it before they do. Their intellectual property is at risk. So received wisdoms are recycled.” Thanks Ed's Weblog.

CrumpledPapers.com | Feb 19, 2000 | “An electic collection of graphic art, web design, inspirational musings, poetry, quotes, humor, e-greetings and whatever else we can think of to amuse and inspire the creative side of ourselves and you at the same time.”

The 7 vices of highly creative people | Feb 11, 2000 | “If you go through life free of bad habits, you won't live forever, but it will feel like it.”

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth | Jan 28, 2000 | By Bruce Mau. I like these ideas a lot: #4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). #14. Don't be cool. #26. Don't enter awards. #40. Avoid fields. Jump fences. ... “Renowned designer and communications luminary Bruce Mau has changed the face of cultural institutions and earned the respect of architects and designers around the world.” Or you could start here.

Linking thinking: Analogy, metaphor, creativity | Dec 17, 1999 | “Creative thinking, according to Treffinger is a matter of 'making and expressing meaningful connections.' Making connections, in particular through analogies, is the springboard for this paper.”

Links to sites on brainstorming | Nov 24, 1999 | Links to sites on brainstorming, creative thinking and innovation. Can be purty darn hokey, but hey, it helped me find the Totally Absurd U.S. Patents page.

Creativity Home Page | Archive | Resources for Creativity and Innovation.

IdeaBook | Archive | “Ideabook.com is a place for sharing marketing and design inspiration. A place to discover the insights that help you market your products, your services, and yourself in ways you may not have considered. In addition to the articles, the site itself is an experiment in ideas. If you're interested, you'll find everything from the thinking that goes into an individual page to the fonts and graphics used to create it.”

American Creativity Association | Archive | The ACA membership is a group of diverse individuals representing many domains that interact to exchange ideas, learnings and experiences.

Nine Ways to Think More Creatively | Archive | From “Futurist” magazine.

The Principles of Creative Management | Archive | “There are dozens of books about creativity and hundreds of books on management. Each has their own sure fire 'steps to success.' Amid this abundance of diveristy and confusion, I have found that there are more similarites than differences. I have found that there is one general process with variations and terminology applied to specific working environments. The links below, explain how I came to this conclusion, and how you can personalize your own creative style.”

Jerry Martin's On Creativity | Archive | 1. Can You Learn to Be Creative? 2. 15 Ways to Boost Your Creativity 3. How Leaders Can Build Creativity in their Organizations 4. The Benefits of Reinventing the Wheel

Destination ImagiNation, Inc | Archive | “An international program dedicated to the enhancement of the learning skills, creative problem solving skills, team skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of all students.” See also odyssey.org.

Creativity Workshop | Archive | Writing, drawing, and storytelling as personal memoir.


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