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5 Quick Things You Can Do Today to Boost Your Creativity

Eric Barker cites 5 quick things to do to get those creative juices flowing. 1. Want to be more creative? Get happy. Via The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work: Our diary study revealed a definitive connection between positive emotion and creativity. We looked at specific emotions as Read MoreRead More

Yahoo Labs’ Algorithm Identifies Creativity in 6-Second Vine Videos

Search engines are trying to use algorithms to analyze the creative content of Vine Videos. In January 2013, a video sharing service called Vine suddenly hit cyberspace. The service, owned by Twitter, was unique because users were allowed to record and share videos that were no more than six seconds long. But within months, it Read MoreRead More

Oliver Burkeman: The Negative Path to Happiness and Success

“Get motivated!” and “stay positive!” are common bits of self-help advice. But have we gone too far in our penchant for positivity? Leaning on research (including a story about Mount Everest climbers), reporter and author Oliver Burkeman shares the counterintuitive insight of how abandoning goals and allowing some negativity in can actually be helpful. “Theres Read MoreRead More

The Psychology of Cryptomnesia: How We Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas

Maria Papova covers cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg’s theory on writing and originality. “Any experience the writer has ever suffered,”William Faulkner told a university audience in 1958, “is going to influence what he does, and that is not only what he’s read, but the music he’s heard, the pictures he’s seen.” This notion — that “our” ideas are the combinatorial product Read MoreRead More

Here’s the “Secret” Ingredient of Creative Leaders

There is a secret ingredient that spices up your teams creativity. It’s so simple, you probably won’t believe it. (but it’s true). My wife had just celebrated a milestone in her music educational career and we decided it was time to celebrate. As we began our routine “I-dunno-what-do-you-want” discussion, my wife made a surprising suggestion. Read MoreRead More

From Static to Dynamic: Creating Photographs with Impact

Take your images from ordinary to extraordinary with what you’ll learn at this engaging and informative seminar with Brenda Tharp. Brenda will first explore the topic of creativity and how to break the ‘block’ to more creative expression. She’ll continue with a look at ways to interpret vs. record your scene, an in-depth discussion of Read MoreRead More

Is Grit Stifling Our Creativity?

Stressed out, relentless, martyrdom is often viewed as part and parcel of success. From the sleepless persona of the Tech entrepreneurs, to the ubiquitous chatter around “grit,” tenacity has become synonymous with achievement. Yet, new emergent research is illustrating that perhaps dogged determination has been glamorized far beyond its usefulness. I have been a dancer Read MoreRead More

The Long Game: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius

Do you ever have that feeling that everyone else is more successful than you? If you think that’s bad – try being Leonardo Da Vinci. This is the first of a two-part series on our distorted view of creativity and success. All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather Read MoreRead More

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