Let’s discuss three notable stories currently in the news about creativity:
1. Taking care of basic survival needs aids in creativity
Earth’s creatures test new ideas all of the time. This Scientific American article shows that survival helps and hinders creativity. One study discussed notes how the economically challenged find solving problems in new situations more difficult. Further studies of this effect show that financial help positively impacts cognitive performance. Meeting basic needs makes us all more able to take advantage of opportunities.
2. The best CEO’s want to be imaginative, innovative and flexible
In a cross-industry and international survey, CEOs agree that they want to be ahead of their industry. They want to hire highly creative employees as a top priority. In a piece for Harvard Business Review, Emma Sepal writes about how executives are cultivating their own innovation. Terykson Fernando – who is Creative Director at Sativa – tries to integrate observation into everyday activities. “The entire universe is filled with ideas and has in it what I am trying to create, so I take clues from everyday life by observing every little thing and being inquisitive about the how, why, what of things around me.” Leaders also look for a variety of feedback from diverse sources, create space by taking walks, use mindfulness meditation to clear their heads, and embrace natural and artificial limitations.
3. Strong cultures encourage leaders to play it safe even when customers want innovation
Managers tend to evaluate ideas based on cultural fit rather than possible positive outcomes. Research discussed in the Wall Street Journal notes this. Leaders say they want creativity. Their decisions don’t often match. They fear taking a risk on a less proven idea. That prevents employees from discussing controversial or unpopular ideas. More support needs to be built into workplace system to show employees how to accept and implement creative ideas. They have to reward thinking like artists in ways that encourages action.
“What is the difference between stealing a work and inspiration?” Mohamed-76 asked on Quora Substantial similarity is the term used in the United States copyright law to determine if a creative work is infringing. The court’s mindset can be used as a helpful creative framework. The decision rides on whether the resulting work can only result from pure copying and not coincidence. When making the distinction between copying and inspiration, the individuals within a court use many factors such as: Uniqueness, intricacy, or complexity. Make sure that your work include it’s own voice and structure. Include your own experiences. Draw ... Read more
Silence is more important than you think. The study of silence first happened by accident. Researched compared silence at first as a baseline to other sounds. (As reported by Rebecca Bear for Lifehack.org.) Physician Luciano Bernardi explored silence in his research on music. When inserting randomly stretches of silence, the pauses induced a relaxing effect. Even compared to even the most relaxing music. Observing sensory processing at the University of Oregon in 2010, Michael Wehr found that both sound and silence signal change to neurons. When sound or silence is sustained it's viewed by the brain as inactive. Taking space ... Read more
Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.