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” … this craft is for you. “Moss Graffiti” is basically exactly what it sounds like, and you can learn how to do it with these easy wikiHow steps.”
All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.
By James C. Kaufman | May 21, 2014 (extract)
Some of these advocates argue that creativity is more important than reading and math. You will not find many people who value creativity more than I do — but that’s a little absurd. I’m guessing many of these people are simply trying to make a point. But in order to have any type of creative accomplishment, you need the basic domain knowledge. And as important as creativity is for life success, it’s but one piece in a larger puzzle.
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STARRING CONTEMPORARY ART
THE THIRD EDITION OF THE LEOPOLD BLOOM ART AWARD
Organised by the Leopold Bloom Art Foundation and Pepper Art Projects, the Leopold Bloom Art Award is taking place for the third time.
The submission of applications:
The award aims to support progressive artists of the Hungarian art scene and to contribute to their international debut and career. The initiative of the Founders – just as in James Joyce’s Ulysses –symbolizes internationality, and the Irish-Hungarian relations, amongst others.
The finalists will be selected by a jury of internationally recognized art professionals, and their works will be exhibited at the Új Budapest Galéria (in the Bálna) where the winning artist’s name will be announced during the Awards Ceremony.
The amount of the prize is Eur 10000, presented directly to the artist, which can be used to cover the costs of foreign representation and the implementation of the exhibition concept.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on 4 September 2015, at 6 p.m.
Founder and support: Leopold Bloom Foundation, Maurice Ward Art Handling
Concept and realization: Pepper Art Projects
The applications must include:
1. An up-to-date CV in English
The following are seven principles that I’ve learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking — things that I wish I’d been taught as a student.
1. You Are Creative
Artists are not special, but each of us is a special kind of artist who enters the world as a creative and spontaneous thinker. While creative people believe they are creative, those who don’t hold that belief are not. After acquiring beliefs about their identity, creative people become interested in expressing themselves, so they learn thinking habits and techniques that creative geniuses have used throughout history.
2. Creative Thinking is Work
You must show passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of developing new and different ideas. The next step is patience and perseverance. All creative geniuses work with intensity and produce an incredible number of ideas — most of which are bad. In fact, more bad poems were written by major poets than by minor poets. Thomas Edison generated 3,000 different lighting system ideas before he evaluated them for practicality and profitability.
3. You Must Go Through the Motions
When producing ideas, you replenish neurotransmitters linked to genes that are being turned on and off in response to challenges. Going through the motions of generating new ideas increases the number of contacts between neurons, and thereby energizes the brain. Every hour spent activating your mind by generating ideas increases creativity. By painting a picture every day, you would become an artist — perhaps not Van Gogh, but more of an artist than someone who has never tried.
4. Your Brain is Not a Computer
Your brain is a dynamic system that evolves patterns of activity, rather than simply processing them like a computer. The brain thrives on creative energy that results from experiences, real or fictional. The brain cannot tell the difference between an “actual” experience and one that is imagined vividly and in detail. Both are energizing. This principle helped Walt Disney bring his fantasies to life and also enabled Albert Einstein to engage in thought experiments that led to revolutionary ideas about space and time. For example, Einstein imagined falling in love and then meeting the woman he fell in love with two weeks later. This led to his theory of acausality.
5. There is No Right Answer
Aristotle believed that things were either “A” or “not A.” To him the sky was blue or not blue — never both. Such dualistic thinking is limiting. After all, the sky is a billion different shades of blue. We used to think that a beam of light existed only as a wave until physicists discovered that light can be either a wave or a particle, depending on the viewpoint of the observer. The only certainty in life is uncertainty. Therefore when trying to produce new ideas, do not evaluate them as they occur. Nothing kills creativity faster than self-censorship during idea generation. All ideas are possibilities — generate as many as you can before identifying which ones have more merit. The world is not black or white. It is gray.
6. There is No Such Thing as Failure
Trying something without succeeding is not failing. It’s producing a result. What you do with the result — that is, what you’ve learned — is the important thing. Whenever your efforts have produced something that doesn’t work, ask the following:
What have I learned about what doesn’t work?
Can this explain something that I didn’t set out to explain?
What have I discovered that I didn’t set out to discover?
People who “never” make mistakes have never tried anything new. Noting that Thomas Edison had “failed” to successfully create a filament for the light bulb after 10,000 attempts, an assistant asked why the inventor didn’t give up. Edison didn’t accept what the assistant meant by failure. “I have discovered ten thousand things that don’t work,” he explained.
7. You Don’t See Things as They Are – You See Them as You Are
All experiences are neutral and without inherent meaning until your interpretations give them meaning. Priests see evidence of God everywhere, while atheists see the absence of God everywhere. Back when nobody in the world owned a personal computer, IBM’s market research experts speculated that there were no more than six people on earth who needed a PC. While IBM saw no market potential for PCs, two college dropouts named Bill Gates and Steve Jobs viewed the same data as IBM and perceived massive opportunity. You construct reality by how you choose to interpret your experiences.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?”
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
“Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
Colouring in is not a passive act: you need to make creative decisions about which colours to choose and, while you concentrate on not going over the lines, other parts of your mind may be freed up in ways that allow you to become more creative.
As adults we can be in danger of forgetting how to play. Play is crucial at all stages of life; it can be used to practise spontaneity and to relieve stress. It helps to maintain our brain function, whether through solving the problems involved with colouring in, or the social interaction of a board game. Play also stimulates the imagination, helping us to stay flexible and develops a playful state of mind that is useful when coping with stressful situations, such as breaking the ice with strangers.
‘Colouring in is not a passive act: you need to make creative decisions about which colours to choose and, while you concentrate on not going over the lines, other parts of your mind may be freed up in ways that allow you to become more creative.’ Photograph: Johanna Basford and Laurence King
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Vekerdy Tamás: érzelmi biztonság kell a gyereknek, nem hajsza – részletek
Szorongó gyerekekből, szorongó felnőttek lesznek. A kreativitás oldaná a feszültséget… a tudás helyett az érzelmi biztonság adja meg a biztos alapokat gyermekeinknek – foglalhatjuk össze Vekerdy Tamás örökérvényű gondolatait.
a gyerekek körül, mint azelőtt több ezer év alatt; átláthatatlanná vált számukra, mivel már nem működnek a régi módszerek a tudás elsajátítására. A család helyett az iskola vált az oktatás kizárólagos terepévé, a mostani iskola viszont olyan dolgokat követel a gyerektől, amire ő nem képes, vagy ha mégis alkalmazkodik, beleroppan.
Az a tanulság, hogy nem szabad fetisizálni a tudásanyagot. Az iskolák szorongó gyerekeket „nevelnek”, szorongó gyerekekből szorongó felnőttek lesznek, a szorongás márpedig megakadályozza, hogy képességeink maximális fokán teljesítsünk.
Az érzelmi intelligencia fontossága
Az érzelmi intelligencia sokkal fontosabb a későbbi boldogulásban, mint az IQ; a gyereknek az érzelmi biztonságot kell megadni, nem pedig tanulásra hajszolni. A szorongó szülő „a legjobbat akarja” a gyerekének, magánóráról magánórára hajszolja, már az óvodában is vannak helyek ahol nem játszanak, hanem az iskolára készülnek a gyerekek. Pedig ez neki nem jó, és később sem lesz ettől sikeresebb.
Hogyan lehet az érzelmi intelligenciát fejleszteni az iskolában? Művészeti oktatás által.
Egészségesen fejlődik a gyerek, ha kreativitását nem elfojtják, hanem bátorítják. Csak nem szabad azt elfelejteni, amit Márai is megjegyzett, hogy
a művészet nem az, amit a nyárspolgár hisz róla,
vagyis nem „a művelődés tárgya”. Ráadásul a művészet az agresszióoldás leghatékonyabb eszköze – állítja Vekerdy.
A kreativitás fejleszt
A kreativitás főleg a divergens gondolkodás sajátja: az, amely ezerfele szalad, asszociál, keresi az utakat. A hagyományos iskola a konvergens gondolkodást szereti, azt bátorítja, azt emeli föl. A tehetséges, kreatív gyerek, amikor felelni szólítják és hirtelen mindenféle eszébe jut, leültetik és rossz osztályzatot kap, mert „mit beszél össze-vissza” – eközben aki a megtanult és „egyedül üdvözítő” módon elhadarja a választ, azt megdicsérik. Nem véletlen, hogy az eminensek kevésbé sikeresek az életben, amely mindig új és új probléma, kihívás elé állítja őket, és a megoldás megtalálásánál néha kifejezetten hátrányos a régi sémák alkalmazása.
Mivel az iskolai eredmény nem korrelál az életben elért sikerekkel, miért is hajtjuk a gyereket, hogy jó tanuló legyen? Vekerdy tanácsa az, hogy – ha már hagyományos iskolába jár – hagyjuk, hadd legyen „rossz tanuló”. Ne szorítsuk két malomkő közé, ha már az iskola teljesítménycentrikus, ne követeljünk tőle mi is „teljesítményt”, ne kínozzuk otthon korrepetálással, ehelyett adjunk érzelmi biztonságot, ölelést, együttlétet, közös reggelizést
Could you build a business around teams of people who have no manager and who report to no one up a “food chain”?
It’s Not The Team, It’s Ownership
The magic isn’t in the concept, but in the principle behind it–ownership stemming from the power to make decisions. When people are encouraged to bring the whole, creative, messy person to work, and make important decisions, they take ownership in ways they never would before. That’s important, because ownership is the most powerful motivator in business. A business that motivates everyone to take ownership has found the holy grail.
Responsibility, Not Tasks
The Industrial Age manager takes the responsibility to make the decisions, and then doles out tasks for the team to complete. But the Participation Age company delegates responsibility to the team, for them to make those decisions. When you assign tasks (“put this nut on that bolt”), people feel used, but when you delegate decision-making responsibility (“make a great washing machine”), people take ownership.
1) Form a team around an objective (i.e. 4-12 people)
2) have them FIRST clearly define the desired result,
3) then the process(es) needed to get that result.
4) Then THEY set metrics for steps in the process and
5) for pay based on the result desired (quality, quantity, speed, etc.,)
6) finally THEY decide what happens if the metrics aren’t met and how to move team members along if they are not contributing appropriately.
7) Leadership approves.
8) Run it.
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“What’s your favorite thing about your husband?”
“He’s very creative. He started a club for all the grandchildren called the Poop In Your Pants Club. They have annual meetings, an executive committee, and t-shirts.”
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7. Encourages innovation and out-of-the-box thinking
In business, this means fostering a mindset of creativity, risk-taking and continuous improvement. Don’t wait for competitors to force the need for better products, lower prices and better customer service. Reward failures as well as successes if the result is a lesson that advances the company.
2. Feels a passion and commitment to the cause behind your business
This conviction is what motivates everyone around you to their best efforts, and keeps them going in hard times as well as good. Building a business is harder than it looks. Seth Godin said that “the average overnight success takes six years,” and he is an optimist.
If you’d like to encourage your kids’ interest in creative writing, there are three excellent guides for young writers: “Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly” for ages 8 to 12 , “Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook” for ages 9 to 14 and “Seize the Story” for ages 12 to 17
When the connection between the hand and the mind isn’t developed completely I believe something extremely precious is lost. When that connection is developed something extraordinary is gained.– John Seed
The site intends to offer practical ideas on how to use art and creativity to support human development and recovery especially that of children. It aims to emphasise developing and using our creativity and imagination to its fullest in order to create a unique life to our fulfilment amongst many advantages.