Posted January 1, 2017 in Innovation, Uncategorized
Creativity and innovation cover such a wide spectrum, it’s hard to say when it all actually started. Since the beginning of mankind we have had a propensity to come up with new ideas, and constantly improve on existing ideas. The need to create is built into our DNA.
Posted August 13, 2016 in Uncategorized
Change is something that’s going to happen whether you want it to or not. As a business owner, if you wait for change to happen, your competition is going to eat your dust. Getting stuck in the same old tired ideas that aren’t working anymore is a formula for failure.
Posted April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized
The topic of artificial intelligence taking over the world has been something fiction writers have been talking about for years. But should we be worried about robots taking over our jobs? I mean, they are already capable of cleaning our floors, like the Roomba, and they can drive our cars….
Posted December 3, 2015 in Innovation
For the past five years I’ve worked with corporations and associations as an innovation keynote speaker. The speeches are very interactive with the audience, with games and improv, so no two are ever the same.
I’ve worked with children’s hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, scientists, engineers, and banks. I’ve had…
Posted June 13, 2015 in Creativity
Aging, in general, gets a bad rap. Though it’s true that as you age your body slowly goes through changes and all vital organs begin to lose some of their function. A seventy year old may not be able to compete physically with a twenty year old in a…
Posted March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
Every year fifty countries around the world take one week to celebrate world creativity and innovation week. This takes place between April 15th through April 21st in communities and organizations who want to think differently.
World creativity and innovation week was started by several Canadians in 2001 who were shocked…
Posted December 24, 2013 in Innovation, Uncategorized
The celebration of Christmas is full of innovative ideas. Not all innovation has to be an invention or product. Innovation can be an idea or a series of ideas. The very concept of Christmas, I think, is a genius…
Posted February 6, 2012 in Creativity
A recent study on creativity showed that people who are highly creative tend to score low on tests of humility and honesty. After spending most of my life in the entertainment industry and being surrounded by creative people, I’ve run into plenty who thought highly…
Posted January 18, 2012 in Creativity
Okay, so kids think robots are cool. But it appears robots are now able to help kids be more creative. This is according to Latitude, an international research firm. They asked kids around the world to write and illustrate a story that answers the question “What if robots were…
Posted September 21, 2011 in Inventing
Here is the press release from the White House regarding the America Invents Act:
President Obama Signs America Invents Act, Overhauling the Patent System to Stimulate Economic Growth, and Announces New Steps to Help Entrepreneurs Create Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in…
Posted September 3, 2011 in Creativity, Innovation
As someone who’s been a victim of Chinese counterfeiters, I’m one person who wishes the Chinese were more creative and not just copycats. But it wasn’t always like that.
One of the most important innovations in history came from China. Ts’ai Lun, the inventor of paper is considered to be…
Posted May 11, 2011 in Creativity
Ahh, what did kids do before XBOX and Wii? What did kids do before computer games? Well, they probably had a much stronger imagination. And imagination is important to a child’s cognitive development. Studies show that children who have imaginary friends are more likely to be more creative and…
Posted April 21, 2011 in Creativity, Innovation
Well, I guess I’ve just been so busy being innovative and creative that I didn’t realize it was world creativity and innovation week. But I guess that’s a good thing. Must mean I’m “in the zone”.
Apparently this week came about because of a headline in a Canadian newspaper that…
Posted February 12, 2011 in Innovation, News
After spending the day speaking to several different groups about innovation and creativity I realized how hard it was to convince people that they are both important. Even though creativity and innovation are two different things, they…
Posted January 8, 2011 in Creativity
Remember in school when you were told that you couldn’t color outside of the lines? I remember it vividly and got in trouble for even questioning why we couldn’t.
I understand the reasons for rules, especially as a kid when you seem most powerless against the all powerful adults who…
Posted December 31, 2010 in Brain
Here’s an interesting article on the brain and where ideas originate in it. There is hope that researchers are closer to figuring out why some people who have brain damage become artistic:
by Catherine de Lange
Posted December 28, 2010 in Creativity
I love to hear stories like this. Hope for Creativity was started by a teenager who recognizes how important creativity is, and that everyone should have access to the tools to make it possible. It doesn’t take much, but for those who are homeless, art supplies would be considered…
Posted December 26, 2010 in Creativity
Unfortunately it’s rare for children to learn anything about creativity in school. You are taught to follow the rules and color between the lines. Basically they are taught to conform….
Posted December 21, 2010 in Creativity
A new study shows that happy people are better able to be creative:
Article by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — People who are seeking creative inspiration should try to look on the bright side, the results of a new study suggest.
Canadian researchers used happy or sad video and…
Posted December 16, 2010 in Creativity
Across the country kid’s creativity scores are going down. Here’s an article on what makes kids creative:
SOURCE: Mark A. Runco, E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creative Studies and Gifted Education…
Posted June 25, 2010 in Creativity
Working writers and other artists know that you have to “work” at being creative. Writer’s block isn’t an option when you are being paid to crank out scripts, novels, or articles. So you have to make creativity a habit every day.
It’s no different for entrepreneurs. Every day is…