Monday, July 16, 2018

The Monthly “100 Creativity Ingredients” Book Tuning: The Out-of-the-Box Creativity July 2018

Creativity has often been analogized as “thinking outside the box.” 

All humans are born with raw creativity ability. Creativity has many dimensions, with multi-faceted truth and myth, manifold knowledge and multidimensional insight. Creativity is wings of our mind and the tempo of our heartbeat. Creativity is a constructive disruption, not so bad addiction, and a sensational phenomenon. The purpose of “100 Creativity Ingredients - Everyone’s Playbook to Unlock Creativity “is to classify, scrutinize, articulate, and share insight about one hundred special creativity ingredients, to paint the picture with them, to add colors on them, to embed the music into them, and to make the story via them, in order to unleash our collective creativity potential.

The Out-of-the-Box Creativity

“Out of the Box” Thinking? Out-of-the-Box Thinking implies a certain level of creativity or unconventional problem-solving. While the box is usually conceptualized as an intellectual boundary, it is most often an emotional one, with fear as the dominant emotion, because fear is the glue that holds the box together. With fear gone, people don't suddenly become creative, but you have a shot.

Is Creativity about Thinking Out of Box or in the New Box? Creativity has often been analogized as “thinking outside the box.” Fundamentally, the "box" is the set of "rules" you are abiding by at any moment in time, by a breakdown of old rules, your mindsets free to create the new ideas, usually comes from identifying and challenging assumptions and then generating more possibilities. However, without box (rules), can you generate more useful and achievable ideas? Thinking out of the box is necessary for boosting creativity, is it sufficient to achieve its value?

“Out-of-the-Box” Problem-Solving Every mind has a certain box, some smaller, some bigger. the commonality is that "the box" tends to be what people with certain experience in the topic can identify as being "commonly known." It can also mean "solutions/answers" they have heard before. It is usually about how to fix problems via conventional ways. On the opposite, Out-of-the-Box” problem-solving is about continuing to break down the old box or known method, and shape the new box thinking to discover alternatives and solve complex problems via creativity and collaboration.

Three “O” Factors in Innovators All living beings are creative. Creativity is infused with an inner cohesion and comes from a vision of uniqueness. Creativity involves birthing something into existence which was not there before. Creativity fluctuates, sometimes it sparkles in abundance, the other time, it seems to get blocked or even disappear. Innovators are those who can keep unlocking their creative potential and continue practicing for developing an innovative mindset. Here are three “O” words in innovators.

The Digital Evolution at the Mindset LevelWhat is truly making a human as an intelligent being is our thinking capability. Our mind is a complex system of complex systems and many of them are very difficult to understand and grasp. They shape our thinking, communicating, and the way we perceive and understand things. Human has sophisticated language skills. Is it because our brain is bigger and more complex than animals? Is human cognition converged with machine intelligence? The thoughts piled with the thoughts build into a cognitive mind. The most important capability of the cognitive mind is the willingness and ability to seek out knowledge, address our ignorance and the assumptions we make to minimize it, make a discernment based on such an understanding. Nowadays digital makes an impact on almost every aspect of our life and the human society. So, what’s the digital evolution at the mindset level? And how to change the game via changing the mindset?

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