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Quotable: On Creativity and Innovation

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Sadly, this feels all too familiar. I think it is an almost inevitable result of too many years of focus on process standardization, repeatability, optimization, and all those other things that make us so good at being efficient workers.

I have a friend who teaches drawing. She has taught both children and adults. She says that children are natural artists, and accurately (if at times messily) draw what they actually see until about age 8, when they begin drawing what they think they see (and produce stick figures).

When she teaches adults to draw, she helps them recover the ability to perceive edges, spaces, relationships, light and shadow, and to draw those things instead of the cup or chair or face or mountain that they think they see. It takes a few days of practice, but eventually they get it, and they begin to draw like the artists that they always were by nature. (I haven’t yet had the chance to take one of her classes, so I can’t verify that they work for everyone!)

I suspect there is a parallel here with creativity and innovation in general. We are all strongly socialized to NOT be innovative. We have somehow come to accept that being creative is hard and dangerous work, when perhaps all that is needed is a shift in perception.

What if the walls of the box within which we think are not so solid as we perceive them to be? What might we see if we focused on the lights and shadows surrounding us, rather than the planes and surfaces that seem to enclose us?

— Lori (Learning Architect at a Fortune 100 company)

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November 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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Quotable: Robert Moog on Ideas

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I can feel what’s going on inside a piece of electronic equipment.  I have this sense that I know, and to some extent, have control over what is going on inside the transistors and inside the resistors.  When I am thinking about how to solve a particular problem I can think about it for days and weeks and nothing will happen.  And, some day,  when I am cutting the grass, or having a hamburger, or I wake up in the middle of the night, the idea will be there.  I think it would be egotistical of me to say, “I thought of it”.  What happened, is I opened my mind up and the idea came through and into my head.  These ideas, I don’t have to dig up anything.  Sometime I don’t even have to be thinking of them  – and there they are.  It’s something between discovering and witnessing.

Robert Moog (Moog Foundation, Watch a Minimoog demo – It’s all Analog, kids)
Inventory/Creator of the Moog Synthesiser

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October 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Fast Company: The 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2010

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“This year’s 100 Most Creative People offers our own, idiosyncratic perspective on business.

The selections reflect the breadth of news ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape.

From interface designer Yugo Nakamura to HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we can attest that creativity is alive and well in 2010″

Check it out – http://www.fastcompany.com/100/2010

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June 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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The Future of Cloud Computing

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The future of cloud computing

Technology experts and stakeholders say they expect they will ‘live mostly in the cloud’ in 2020 and not on the desktop, working mostly through cyberspace-based applications accessed through networked devices. This will substantially advance mobile connectivity through smartphones and other internet appliances. Many say there will be a cloud-desktop hybrid. Still, cloud computing has many difficult hurdles to overcome, including concerns tied to the availability of broadband spectrum, the ability of diverse systems to work together, security, privacy, and quality of service.

Read the full report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project –
https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/pip_future_of_internet_2010_cloud.pdf

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June 14, 2010 at 3:51 am

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Creativity, Innovation, and Intellectual Property – Lessons from fashion’s free culture

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What is the ownership of creativity?  Is copying “stealing” or a sign of the creators genius?  Does copying within an industry destroy it or enhance it?  Without ownership is there any incentive to innovate?  Is there an innovation “knock-off”?  What are the virtues of not copying?  Does copying accelerate innovation?  In an industry that has no intellectual property protection can you make things that can not be copied?  What is an aesthetic and how can you use this to resist copying? Can white people play bee bop? In what ways are comedians like fashion designers?  Are the most profitable industries those that have intellectual property protection of those that don’t?

So, what lessons can be learned from the fashion industry – which does not have copyright or intellectual property protection – about creativity, innovation, and the free culture?  How will this inform other industries as they wrestle with the issues of ownership of creativity and intellectual property?

Another TED talk: Johanna Blakely: Lessons from fashion’s free culture

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June 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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Open Innovation Marketplace – The Challenge – Global Seekers and Solvers

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Companies are increasingly looking for new ways to solve tough business and R&D problems using resources outside their own company.  In the same way that Wikipedia harnessed the minds of the global population, innovation marketplaces are using the same model.  This is a general idea of Crowd Sourcing.

InnoCentive is a global innovation marketplace that matches “seekers” and “solvers”.  Seekers are companies and non-profits seeking a solution to a tough problem.  Solvers can be anyone across the globe that can solve the problem.  Solvers are paid for their work.

What’s it about…

The Innovation Marketplace. Harness the collective brainpower of the world’s most creative minds to supplement your internal R&D staff, accelerating ideas from concept to reality. Only pay for the solutions you accept, so the risk is low, but your chances for success are high. Keep your identity fully confidential  and let InnoCentive manage the entire Intellectual Property transfer process.

And you can be a Solver…

As a Solver, you can apply your expertise, stretch your intellectual and creative boundaries, and win cash prizes from $5000 to $1,000,000 for solving problems in a variety of domains. The problems you solve make a real impact on the world. You have the freedom to choose what you want to work on, when you want to work, and how much commitment you want to make.

Solvers prize their independence as much as their intelligence and ingenuity. They have a unique combination of creativity, knowledge, work experience and life skills that allow them to see things a little differently than other people. Does that describe you? Then join the Solver community today.

What are the current Challenges?  Who are the Seekers?  Got a solution? – become a Solver.
http://www.innocentive.com/

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April 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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The iPad – Why ask why? It “revolutionizes it”

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Are you a true believer?

 

Click this link to watch – http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1931968

Bonus – Steve’s next play, the iPhone OS 4 Event – http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1004fk8d5gt/event/

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April 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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