visuals & videos
An explanation on why our more obvious human qualities, that which makes us human in our ability to create and thus our ability to break mental models (understood in the broad manner: ideas, feelings, emotions, perceptions) are unconscious to us. The first step towards creativity is to recognise the choice we have to either succumb to our automatic mechanisms or be able to go beyond them.
A good, and brief explanation why music (and I would add art as well) is often misunderstood as the expression of feelings or psychological states, but it is not the case
John Berger's videos on our way of "seeing" describe how our biological and cultural models frame our world. If one thinks hard enough, many questions arise...
There are four episodes, I show you here the first one, you can find others in youtube.
Apps & Webs
Here you can find some apps that can help you to develop your attention. An important consideration to keep in mind is to remember that we are using our attention to practise IDS in our everyday life. If we practise without the purpose of understanding what is beyond our automatic understanding of the world, then we are renouncing the possibility of being a able to access silent knowledge. These apps are used for different purposes, many are positive side effects, others keep us chained to our automatism. Use them strategically: www.calm.com, www.headspace. com, www.whil.com.
Further, creativity is enhanced when fluid communication with others is achieved. This communication, trustful, with a service investigative attitude can be promoted by using digital tools. There are a wealth of websites and apps that help teams to work by sharing mindmaps and brainstorms. You can check the 'ibrainstorm app' and the website 'www.stormboard.com'. Please remember that these digital tools are successful depending on the quality of people that use them.
To enter into the conversation of the many aspects of creativity, a diversity of contributions can be found here: www.creativitypost.com
Very interesting open innovation platform that uses design thinking methodology, created by the pioneers IDEO and finally an 'atlas of the future' which shows how we are solving tomorrow's challenges.
Resources on human quality development, key to creativity and to a fulfilled life: Otsiera, for children education (in Catalan and Spanish)
Developing creativity is THE challenge for IBM 1500 CEO's survey report (2010)
Adobe (2012) conducted a survey with 1000 college educated and full time salaried employees on the value of creativity.
Workforce engagement: Appalling numbers in the first report and this second one you can access here
In this page you will find more on creativity. I have chosen the below courses for diverse reasons: Some because work systematically on facets of creativity. Others to illustrate the most common approaches to creativity development. It is important to investigate and ascertain by oneself when and how the proposals can be of use, and therefore understand which facets are not developed.
This course by Prof. Brabandere presents an epistemological approach to develop our creativity. The full course can be followed on coursera. Click to view the videos
This course by Professor Owens deals with organizational innovation, it works on understanding and setting some conditionings to creativity and innovation. The full course can be followed on coursera. Click to view the videos.
He offers interesting working material, like this workbook.
Here below you can find the introductory videos to the course Model Thinking by Professor Scott Page from the University of Michigan. The full course can be followed on Coursera. Here a short introduction by professor Page: 'Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures. In this class, I present a starter kit of models: I start with models of tipping points. I move on to cover models explain the wisdom of crowds, models that show why some countries are rich and some are poor, and models that help unpack the strategic decisions of firm and politicians. The models covered in this class provide a foundation for future social science classes, whether they be in economics, political science, business, or sociology. Mastering this material will give you a huge leg up in advanced courses. They also help you in life.' Click to view the videos.