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How to support creativity in problem solving?

Hi everybody,

I recently wrote an article on how I try to support creativity in my process of problem solving.

http://nysuatro.blogspot.ca/2013/05/technical-art-design-constraints-to.html

I was hoping this could be the start of an interesting discussion around the question "How to support creativity in problem solving?"

I am quite sure there are many ways for supporting creativity because I believe every person is able to be creative, but is not always inspired to use it.

I am looking forward to hear from you :)

Robb

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  • May 30 2013: Hi Robb
    I loved your blog topic...I teach creativity. i work with students, we think and learn together, share a dialogue each session based around the thinking and learning in which we have participated/ what we have observed.
    Im sure the following things you will hve considered...I'll write it all down anyway...

    share the dialogue. everyone thinks/ learns in a different way. Mood must be taken into account. We discuss thinking and learning in terms of howard gardners 9 intelligences and consider which intelligences support different learning challenges.

    Creativity? Starts with mood, predisposition, emotion, comfort, confidence, Playfuness is a great icebreaker for the reluctant. For the relucta nt andfearful, break it up into smaller stages. I start a new class off with getting to know you games, random pairs.

    The playfulness bit is integral and crucial. Fun overcomes the fears. sharing ideas to also crucial - listening to others share crazy ideas really encourages them to let go and join in.

    Time. An open ended workshop session, over days instead of a limit of forty minutes - the realisation that there is no time limit has an amazing and wonderful effect on creativity. people finding out how to be creative or rekindling their lost creativity relish the freedom of time.

    sharing. I know ive mentioned this. Some people have a hang up about copying or being copied. we call it interdependence or using our interpersonal intelligence. workshopping, marketplace, drama games are great for this jigsawing of ideas. Some people have received different attitudes towards thinking and the ownership of innovation. sharing gets us more ideas, faster.

    Designing a challenge - by combining the different intelligences ie combine musical with bodily kinaesthetic - listening to music whilst catching and throwing/balancing... it doesnt matter - the designing of the task betweeen them seems to be key - planning the learning, Motivation and fun.

    My group are 6 and 7 year olds.
    • May 31 2013: Hi Rachel,

      I am glad to hear you liked my blog topic :)

      I am happy that you mention that the mood has to be taken into account. I recently read that what we can remember is related to what mood we are in. This means for me that if we can control the mood, we can have more control about what we remember. And this is valuable for creativity as we build from previous experiences to reflect on.

      Playfulness is another great point. I am a professional game developer myself and I believe in using games for problem solving. We are reusing habits from gaming that we already know to solve unnecessary obstacles in life or maybe even remove frustrations. Jane McGonical made an interesting presentation about this.
      http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

      Creativity in my opinion should be a fun process where we can use the negative to create the positive.
      In this blog post that I wrote is goes more about what is working against you can be used to improve your own creativity

      http://nysuatro.blogspot.ca/2013/05/design-constraints-how-pain-became-good.html

      Sharing can be indeed very valuable. It creates respect, collaboration and getting different perspectives. There is still so much to discover about how sharing can be part of creativity. I feel like the possibilities are endless.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rachel. It is a very interesting reply

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