Fostering creativity

A little earlier I posted an article about the creativity crisis covered by Newsweek. They also posted a good practical article on fostering creativity called Forget Brainstorming. Here’s a summary of their points:

  • Don’t tell someone to “be creative.”
  • Get moving. Engage in aerobic activity regularly.
  • Take a break. This isn’t about stopping so much as a more effective approach to juggling multiple projects than multi-tasking.
  • Reduce screen time.
  • Explore other cultures. Cross-cultural experiences force people to adapt and be more flexible, and just studying a different culture than your own stretches your mind.
  • Follow a passion. “Kids do best when they are allowed to develop deep passions and pursue them wholeheartedly—at the expense of well-roundedness.”
  • Ditch the suggestion box. Formal suggestion systems actually stifle creativity.

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Author: Donn King

Donn King works with individuals and organizations who want to forge top-notch communication skills to increase their influence and impact. He is associate professor of speech and journalism at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker and writer. His background includes ministry, newspaper, radio, small magazines and other publications, as well as co-authoring a textbook and blogging.