Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

There are many concepts about how to develop creativity in corporations and individuals, starting at an early age.

Here are a few key ideas from several sources:

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults

By Wesley Fryer.

"paint by numbers!" - By originallittlehellraiserThese are my notes from Robert Sternberg’s presentation, “Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults” November 1, 2011, at the 2011 Oklahoma Creativity Forum. Dr Sternberg is the provost at Oklahoma State University. …

The less you know, the more flexible you can be in your thinking – Robert Sternberg

To be creative, you have to take sensible risks
– example was a showdown at tenure time – Key decision: to find what you love to do
– research shows creative people are almost always doing things they love

Example: son Seth playing the Trumpet
– you will never have a creative kid if you want them to be you

It is really hard to find what kids love to do, it’s hard to find what you love to do

You have to believe in yourself – you have to keep in touch with that belief

Need to tolerate ambiguity

Sense of humor: you have to take oneself and one’s ideas somewhat lightly and to a have a sense of humor.

Only God finds truth, we don’t. Creativity is a way of life.

[Related book: Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized, by Robert J. Sternberg PhD..]

[Photo: paint by numbers! – By originallittlehellraiser]


 The Therapist Who Catches Bad Guys

Real therapist invents fictional one who solves murders.

By Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. in her blog “Creating in Flow”

For a change of pace, licensed psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo, MA, MFT, makes up stories about a therapist who solves murders in his spare time. He says he enjoys the “silent conversation” with himself that such creative work offers. …

The Q&A

Q: What do you get out of writing that you don’t get from doing therapy? I don’t think it’s money!

Certainly not the money! I’ve been reading and writing stories since I was a teen. Writing is a passion of mine, one that not only feeds my creative impulse, but offers solitude and contemplation, the chance to explore my own heart and mind. I love being a therapist and connecting with others in that clinical–though undoubtably intimate–way. But as a respite, I appreciate the silent conversation with myself that writing provides.

Dr. Palumbo also expresses a number of insights on living an authentic creative life in a Shrink Rap Radio interview: Therapist to the Hollywood Stars – and his book:

Writing from the Inside Out: Transforming Your Psychological Blocks to Release the Writer Within.


Here is an item relating to how motivation to solve specific needs can fuel creative thinking:

Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Youth Through App Development.

This story chronicled a middle school student who built an app to help him stay organized in the coming year and the revelation that more and more young people are developing their own creative solutions to problems.

Not only did the piece showcase the uniqueness of this particular student, but also the opportunity to cultivate creativity through technical awareness and skills development in children, teens, and young adults.

Organizations are helping to facilitate these conversations and learnings globally. Two such organizations are Apps for Good and Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab, which are teaching youth to learn, create, and improve their communities through the development of apps.


Developing the Creative Craft XVI

By Peter Mosley


The term Brainstorming has become a commonly used word in the English language as a generic term for creative thinking. The basis of brainstorming is a generating ideas in a group situation based on the principle of suspending judgment – a principle which scientific research has proved to be highly productive in individual effort as well as group effort. …

In Serious Creativity, Edward de Bono describes brainstorming as a traditional approach to do deliberate creative thinking with the consequence that people think creative thinking can only be done in groups. The whole idea of brainstorming is that other people’s remarks would act to stimulate your own ideas in a sort of chain reaction of ideas.

Groups are not at all necessary for deliberate creative thinking, and Serious Creativity describes techniques for individuals to use to produce ideas. In a group you have to listen to others and you may spend time repeating your own ideas so they get sufficient attention. Thinking as a group using brainstorming can certainly produce ideas, but individual thinking using techniques such as those described by de Bono should be employed.

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