Creativity is a simple process

… of combining things

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Lesson THREE

For example:

The artist that paints a masterpiece is merely combining existing colors in a new way.

The author that writes a best seller is merely combining existing letters/themes/thinking in a new way.

The composer that writes the latest hit on the radio is merely combining existing notes in a new way.

The philosopher . . .

The architect . . .

The sculptor . . . you get the idea.

Creative thinking is the most powerful creativity of them all because the creative thinker can imagine anything … and contribute to everything.

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Let’s go back for a moment to our Random Starting Point (RSP) examples in the previous lesson 2:

Reductions on the roads

We combined:

  • Needs for safety, energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility;
  • Traffic intersections; and
  • Modern computer technology.

The result: SMART INTERSECTIONS

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Sink or swim

We combined:

  • An urgent need to stop the boat from sinking; and
  • Two pillows and a bedsheet.

The result: A CLEVER INNOVATION TO PLUG THE HOLE IN THE BOAT

 

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AN ADDITIONAL THOUGHT ON THIS SUBJECT

The combining of just “ideas” is rather limiting. Creativity has no boundaries. Think of “ideas” in a broad sense. You can combine projects, or people, or businesses, or . . .

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TAKEAWAY:

Creativity is merely our ability to combine existing things in new ways.

NEXT:

It’s time to explore some techniques.

Lesson FOUR gives us a POWERFUL new tool to play with …

Alternative Perspectives

50 Lateral thinking puxxles

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“Life’s greater purpose … is to evolve.

It is our capacity for creativity … that makes human evolution so exceptional”

– Michael Muxworthy

“We should NEVER have trusted the aliens”

 

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