Innovations – hype, a mantra, or fashion

A mystery What is innovation? Is it an improvement, a further development of the product? Is it an extra button? A new colour?  Or something impossible? To encourage innovative thinking we need to inspire action and at least in some cases, swim against the tide. The pitfall that many for us step into when trying …

World Thinkers’ Ideas – Creative Machines

Robots are machines that are programmed to perform tasks. Can a robot be creative? And how can you use robots as inspiration for new insights. Driven by a desire to build a scientist smarter than himself, Jürgen Schmidhuber decided to become an artificial intelligence expert.  He believes that our dominated place as creativity experts may …

World Thinkers’ Ideas – Believe in the Impossible

What do a driverless car, Google, and democracy in higher education have in common? The German computer scientist Sebastian Thrun is a creative mind working in the zone between the possible and impossible. Resisting impossible ideas are easy but inventors are unhappy, says Sebastian Thrun. Inventors are constantly searching for solutions and they feel the pain of …

Create Opportunities

  Learn to Spot and Create  To create opportunities, you need imagination and skills to abstract or generate ideas from concepts. These skills can be taught and one approach relies on making lists of everything and anything that could be improved in the world. Another approach is to avoid using the word “problem.“ The only …

Thinking Patterns

People vary greatly in what they notice. Different things capture our attention. We focus our attention on different things depending upon our experiences, knowledge, values and goals. As a result, we will see certain aspects and ignore others. Our capacity to process information is limited. Information organises itself into patterns like magnetic marbles. The handling of …

Innovation is a Tool

Below is an extractfrom Jeffrey Baumgartner's Report 103, which he has kindly given us permission to reprint. An inspiring post about innovation, and the importance of considering how to innovate. Jeffrey Baumgartner is from Belgium and when he is not busy writing about creativity he trains individuals and organisations on how to solve problems. And of course, …

Creativity

When and Why You may want to have creative ideas for all sorts of reasons. You may want to improve something that already exists – like making a noiseless vacuum cleaner. Or you may want to design a new product. Write a book, or start a business. Many of us want to change things and …

The Power of Thinking Differently – Book Review

The book “The Power of Thinking Differently” is a delight to read - humorous and filled with insights. The author, and former engineer Javy W. Galindo, takes the reader on a journey where stories about pickles and doughnuts are used to explore creativity. Galindo explores creative approaches found in art, science, and business.  The book …