The Innovation Blog

Why is the sky blue? -- three tips for innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on June 26, 2011

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, Relaxed Concentration, creative thinking, Innovation, Collaboration, 9 Critical Success Factors, breakthrough innovation, Essentials for Innovation, brainstorming, creative thinking skills, changing the game, connection making

An Innovation Fable - Hunters, Guns, and a Four Year Old

Posted by Creative Realities on February 23, 2011

What’s behind the question?  How many times do we ask that in our daily conversations or interactions?  In my case, as you’ll read shortly, it’s at least one time too few.  Regardless of my travails, understanding when this question should and should not be used to enhance creative thinking and innovation is a lesson that everyone should learn.
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Topics: Communication, divergent thinking, Tamara Wickramasinghe, Innovation, brainstorming, connection making

Where Ideas Come From

Posted by Creative Realities on October 8, 2010

Where do ideas come from?  I recently came across this fascinating interview from Wired Magazine in which authors Keven Kelly and Steven Johnson discuss the "natural history" of innovation and technology.  Together, Kelly and Johnson provide what I can only describe as an evolutionary/biological/anthropological perspective on the history of new ideas.  I highly reccomend reading the entire article, but here are a few key insights to keep in mind in any pursuit of innovation.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Core Competencies, Innovation, Collaboration, connection making

Ideation Skills: Connection Making

Posted by Creative Realities on September 7, 2010

Making mental links between things that are not normally or have not previously been recognized as the source of a new idea

A core skill of brainstorming and creative-problem solving is learning how to make connections; those "a-ha" moments when two or more seemingly unrelated, even irrelevant signals in the brain suddenly come together to create a powerful new insight, idea, or conclusion.  Connections almost always require a lot of developmental work to make them real, but the core of the idea/solution is embedded in the connection.

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Topics: critical ideation skills, creative problem solving skills, connection making

Meet Art Fry, innovationist and the inventor of Post-it® notes

Posted by Creative Realities on September 5, 2010

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, breakthrough innovation, approximate thinking, connection making, developmental thinking