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Laïcana COULIBALY

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How to stimulate creativity ?

I think that everybody want to innovate one day and want to be creative. For me we don't have to be a genius to be creative, so could someone give the secret ?

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    Oct 23 2013: play
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      Oct 23 2013: Your answers are becoming like "sweetened condensed milk"........short and sweet.

      I do agree with you.

      Play is essential for creativity.

      In the conversation we had not too long ago on "innovation", there was a quote regarding this very thing.

      Let me go hunt it down....wait.....found it!

      “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison

      If that's not playing, I don't know what is.

      I think that is why most child care places have boxes of "junk" for the kids to create.......there is a little children's book I love to read to the kids called "Roxaboxen". It's all about children "creating" a city out of rocks in their neighborhood. There is even a Festival each year named for it. Here is the link to the book and to a picture of the event.

      http://images.onset.freedom.com/yumasun/gallery/ky8a6u-roxa1.jpg

      http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LM-gyDfKL.jpg

      And a teacher took the idea to her school:

      http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4034/4518710344_73b0be0ab1_z.jpg
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        Oct 23 2013: Great! Thank for your contribution :)
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          Oct 23 2013: You're welcome!
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        Oct 23 2013: I am a bit on the lazy side today on writing. :o)

        Edison is right, although he used more words than I did to describe the same thing.

        I don't know if it still applys to all children today, but usually you never find bored children next to a junkyard or within a rich natural environment. I am highly concerned when I see children's time-tables of their schools today. It has almost become a 9 to 5 job, and I think there isn't enough time left for free playing. I hope this will change for a better soon.

        Thank you for your Roxaboxen examples, another funny word and great idea! :o)
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          Oct 23 2013: Your observation is a good one.....no, there doesn't appear to be enough time for free play today.

          Most kids are busy with gizmos and gadgets and whatchamacallits and sooooo.......their imagination doesn't get the workout it used to get.

          My husband always talks about how he used to play with sticks, leaves, and rocks.......and enjoyed a wonderful childhood.

          He also tore apart things from a very early age.........he got into a lot of trouble.....but eventually he learned how to put them back together again......comes in handy around the house.
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        Oct 23 2013: I just remember a beautiful story about creativity, which happened to a friend of mine.

        He had a huge family meeting and lots of kids gathered in the evening in one room and played there, meanwhile their parents and my friend prepared the food for dinner.

        When he walked in this room to call the children to the table, all kids began to scream and shout ...

        'You just destroyed our castle, get out of it!'

        My friend looked around him, yet he couldn't see anything, but then he realized the power of imagination and creativity and walked out of the castles ruins he created, apologized and chased the kids to the table. :o)

        Sometimes it doesn't even need any junk at all... ;o)
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          Oct 23 2013: THAT is a GREAT story.................

          I think as adults we need to give kids free reign of certain space in the house to play creatively........many small children like to hang on to boxes and beads and any old little trinket to play with it later in some imaginative way.......this is wonderful......makes for a messy house now and again.....but in the long run it's worth it!!

          Even playing with food is awesome........we would make zuki zuki burgers when my youngest was little..........it was a great way for me to get him to eat everything on his plate.
          I showed him how to combine the food items on his plate inside a lettuce leaf and roll it up like sashimi, and voila.........our own creative Japmerican dish!!

          I've had to demolish many a castle and fort in my time.....but, I first ask permission of the builders and architects. ;)
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          Oct 23 2013: Nice story Lejan:>)

          Mary,
          Perhaps as adults, trying to encourage creativity, we can give ourselves free reign sometimes too ;>)
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        Oct 23 2013: What your husband did is absolutely crucial!

        'He also tore apart things from a very early age.........he got into a lot of trouble.....but eventually he learned how to put them back together again......comes in handy around the house.'

        It was the same with me. This is how you get to learn how stuff works. But the problem is, that almost all items today in our household are designed especially not to open anymore without breaking them.

        Only view things are designed for repair. Most things are designed to replace them, and by this, different and less expensive joining methods are used, which do not allow to un-join them anymore.

        This will have a negative impact on young generations on the long run, because there is no 'eventually' learning process anymore to learn to 'put them back together again'.

        When I was a student, I got myself this beautiful French car, called 2CV:

        http://www.netcarshow.com/Citroen-2CV_6_Charleston-1983-wallpaper.jpg

        I just loved it! I couldn't drive more than 80 miles with it without something falling apart, but all of it was easily fixable with inexpensive tools and spare-parts (junkyard).

        Today, my car is about the same size, yet more like a jet-plane and a computer on wheels:

        http://www.animaatjes.de/wallpapers/auto/audi-a2/animaatjes-audi-a2-20788.jpg

        When something breaks apart there, it is almost impossible for me to fix it. Just some simple things are possible, yet not many. One need special tools and analytic software to get things going again, which are to expensive compared to the frequency to use them and, in some cases, can not been lend elsewhere if you don't have good connections.

        Not all of this is due rising technology levels, as the after-market and repair services are more beneficial than just to sell cars.

        This will lead to less skilled people and helpless consumers.
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          Oct 23 2013: Funny thing is, that all that tearing of stuff apart still continues to this day............My old rice cooker, which they have stopped manufacturing, got fixed because he took it apart.....ditto for the dryer and an old iron.........

          Your French car reminds me of a '68 beetle a neighbor of mine owned.

          http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/N5ZXvXaV_Ho/maxresdefault.jpg

          He bought the manual and tore it apart, then put it back together again. It is still being driven.

          I had not thought about your point of items now not being fixable when they break........huh, you are correct.....many items are all in a neat enclosure, with no screws to take apart.

          And something else comes to mind, recently I had a conversation with a technician and he was saying that he has had to purchase many new tools because everything requires a special size doohickey.................he was a bit upset at the fact that they are not making "standard" anything anymore.....to force not only the consumers, but the technicians to consume and consume..............kind of scary if you ask me.

          Less skilled people and helpless consumers...........Sounds like a lethal combination.
          Kind of like a ripe avocado and black bean soup. YIKES!!!!

          ps...nice wheels :)
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      Oct 23 2013: Thanks Lejan. Short, great and clear contribution.
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      Oct 23 2013: I LOVE short creative comments Lejan, and I wholeheartedly agree. I call everything in life my work/play:>)
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        Oct 23 2013: The advantage of short comments is, that it doesn't take long to read them, which allows to 'play' more with other ones ... :o)
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          Oct 23 2013: I agree Lejan.......also.......if we simply write "I agree", we don't have to think of a reason why we do not agree....:o)
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        Oct 23 2013: Thats exactly why it is so rare for me to agree on almost anything... :o)

        I can't stop thinking - I tried, didn't work - so all this neural energy got to go somewhere ... ;o)

        Therefore I only partially agree with what you are saying, just to release a little ... lol
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          Oct 23 2013: OK....continue to bring on the creative neural energy Lejan! Hope that is stimulating enough for you! lol....:o)

          Laïcana,
          Please understand that we can be creatively playful, as well as creatively serious, and in my humble perception, it can all be stimulating:>)

          My mom always used to say that humor and laughter is just as serious and important as anything else in this earth school. And THAT is a secret.....please don't tell anyone:>)
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    Oct 23 2013: The power of" Dreaming" is a stimulant in my creativity.

    I Dream it and try to achieve it.
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      Oct 23 2013: Everything starts with a dream.....in my humble perception:>)
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    Oct 21 2013: As you haven't linked any talks, I just want to make sure you have seen the resources we have on TED about Creativity: http://www.ted.com/topics/creativity

    Among these, you might start with Steven Jobs, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Tim Brown.

    Others that may get you thinking are JKRowling, Dan Pink, and Stefan Sagmeister.

    What I like about these is that they focus on what you can do yourself.
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    Nov 17 2013: I think we should help the children to raise a good study habit so they will be keen on knowledge from others and let them be free in creating new ideas to encourage them to change their good ideas into reality.
  • Nov 17 2013: Look at an object and ponder its space. What can be done with it without altering it? How can it be altered most easily? what is the result of this alteration?

    These questions are the beginning of being creative; because you are not obligated to treat an object as what it's initial intended purposes was. Finding in that object a new purpose is the essence of creativity, and the beginning of knowledge. Creativity and curiosity are cousins.
  • Oct 28 2013: Seeing creations or just being around creative people its the best way to get stimulated and inspired and seeing other people's ideas inspires you to improve on there's or create your own.
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    Oct 28 2013: Big problem about creativity is that it is usually linkage with art. And creativity is not just about art,it's way you organize the room, the way you solve maths problem, the way you solve every day problems, the way you cook,the way you're organize your closet and stacking figures on the shelf. You were definitely in situation to do a least the one thing I listed.

    I think that creativity is forming when the idea comes on mind. If you have an idea, your mind normally produce methods in your head for realization. You don't have to be genius. It's enough to be "idea-productive".
  • Oct 23 2013: Stimulating creativity can be done by many ways including dreaming and brainstorming.
    Trying out new things and following your gut feelings would also help in stimulating someone's creativity.
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    Oct 23 2013: Hello Laïcana, and a big creative WELCOME to TED conversations:>)

    I recognize curiosity and genuine interest to be the most effective ways to stimulate creativity. Children are usually creative.....yes? They are curious, so if we can stimulate and encourage curiosity in ourselves, I believe we can bring creativity into our lives in every moment.

    For example:
    I have been gardening for 60+ years. However, for me, it is NEVER the same! Every time I wander through the gardens, I have curiosity in my open mind and heart, because things are constantly changing, and I want to SEE, HEAR and FEEL all of it in the moment. This moment has never "been" before, and will never "be" again, so this moment is the most precisous....and could be the most creative.....make any sense?
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    Oct 22 2013: find your gift and you'll find your name changing into the creativity after it ,wish you a lovely gift and to all :)
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    Oct 22 2013: Hi Laicana........perhaps you will get some ideas here on TED.....

    Look at all the talks on Creativity.......

    http://www.ted.com/search?cat=ss_all&q=creativity
  • Oct 22 2013: I think it is lot about controlling the limitations that push for creativity. if you motivate people to fail fast to find out what you do not know, people embrace on what is working against then to create the good.

    A good example is the use of design constraints, where you choose your own design constraints. This allows you to decide your own act of failure, the setup of a challenge and making your actions more clear towards learning.

    This creates also a good habit where you start to embrace change by using the wrong experiences in your life, to find happiness.