The Studio for Ideas and Creativity


The Studio for Ideas and Creativity

A place where we find new solutions through unlimited thinking

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Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2011

This is a fun place. In the Studio for Ideas and Creativity we employ positive thinking, unlimited by the past. Without crazy ideas, no organization can move forward and master the future.

Everything around us only exists, because once somebody had a dream, which later on was realized. We know about the creativity of our great masters, like, for example, Leonardo Da Vinci, who could perceive technical innovations, which at this time were not based on any common knowledge. 500 years later, the helicopter, which had been dreamed by Leonardo, was invented. Or look at Albert Einstein, who was sitting in his (boring) math classes, imagining himself sitting on a light beam traveling through space. This once was the birth of the general theory of relativity. A great reasource about creative genius is the book series of R. Dilts: Strategies of Genius I-III.

In fact each of us is creative in some parts of our lives. One might be an artist in furnishing her house, the other in playing an instrument, the third in formatting computer documents. But we rarely consider applying this creativity to other sectors. I really believe that creativity is a congenital characteristic. Not being creative in a particular sense (e.g., in painting, or speaking to public) is not a matter of skills, but a matter of belief. Of course, we won't become a Rubinstein on the piano within 5 days. But each of us is physically and mentally able to learn an instrument.

Creativity is something that organizations either encourage or discourage - explicitely or implicitely. It is part of the organizational culture, deeply embedded in the DNA of the organization. But too much creativity can also be a threat to people. They might feel alienated, unrooted, unsecure if they have to depart from their standard practices. In organizations, you always need a mix of people: those who carry the good traditions into the future and those who discover new stars.

Questions for Deeper Exploration

  • What are our sources of creativity?
  • How do we encourage people to experiment?
  • How do we reward new ideas?
  • How agile are we?


What tools would you use in the Studio? 1 Reply

Please add tools, practices, links, resources that help organizations to unleash creativity and to make use of crazy ideas.Continue

Started by Holger Nauheimer. Last reply by Ada Gonzalez Feb 23, 2011.

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Comment by Joy Pritchard on February 16, 2011 at 7:53pm

Two favourites: has a wealth of creativity of all kinds, exploring the TED talks is way more fun than watching TV!


Ben Ramalingam's blog 'Aid on the Edge of Chaos' ( and its associated blogroll. Here's an example of the kinds of gems on there:




Comment by Franis on May 29, 2010 at 1:29pm
If you'd like ideas about how to start a new livelihood that you've always dreamed of doing or improve the one you know well, hop on over to career counselor's Barbara Sher's author's forum. There are so many people over there with a huge wealth of information on pretty much every dream you can imagine.

Check out Sher's forum here

That's another favorite place of mine for asking about help with creative ideas. Barbara Sher calls it "Idea Party." You formulate your question into a "Wish" and the "Obstacle" to that wish coming true. People on the forum give you ideas about how to go forward with it.

This #ideaparty as an activity has also been transferred over to happening Twitter. It was one of the first live hashtag events on Twitter. It most often happen every week on Thursdays, Eastern time - or any time someone is around who wants to use their brain.
Comment by Franis on May 29, 2010 at 1:22pm
Another splendid resource for creative ideas has been the book written by Herbert L. Leff, Ph.D. called: "Playful Perceptions - Choosing How to Experience Your World". It's about ways to shift your attitudes to look at the same old things in new ways - written in Nov. 1985.
Comment by Franis on May 29, 2010 at 1:19pm
It's so fun to be around people with lots of creative ideas - but it's even more fun to be around those who are high in "operacy." This new word means - the ability to make things happen in a practical way. It is a term coined by Edward de Bono, (originator of the term "lateral thinking".) "Operacy" is used as a companion to "numeracy" and "literacy."
Edward de Bono has written over 80 books and has put forth over 40 years of tools for business organizations and schools to use to effect creative thinking, new ideas and learn how to make creative ideas happen.

To meet creative people who are high in operacy, I hang out on de Bono's social networking site: among other pastimes...

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