“You have got to read stuff outside your comfort zone, as well as doing things you love. You can pick up a business article, get a creative angle on it and find the solution in creativity.”
The Daily Show’s temporary leader John Oliver on operating outside of your comfort zone:
“I’m not really much of an actor, so when I started on The Daily Show, I was just trying to adopt the faux authority of a newsperson. Having a British accent definitely gave me a sonic leg up on that because there is a faux authority to the British accent in and of itself. So I think it was just about saying everything with 10% more emphasis and 15% more of an arched eyebrow.”
“In a Darwinian process for weeding out the bad ideas, you will do best by encouraging all of them. The best will win and the others will fail. Thomas Edison said, ‘To have a great idea, have a lot of them.’”
“You need people around you that you can trust to say “that’s a shit idea”. Every McCartney needs a Lennon.”
"Organizations develop antibodies to change. That’s why big companies stop innovating. If you’re the innovator, you’re like a virus. The antibodies want to kill you."
[Image: Flickr user Darren Harvey]
Check out this company’s office. "Our new space brings everyone together in a single open-office environment that supports instant communication and improved collaboration across teams.”
“An office isn’t just four walls and a lease. It’s a perception of you. Location, surroundings, and community all play into the company culture.”
But is it as cool as Google’s new Dublin HQ?
Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book includes classic children’s standbys like connect the dots and mad libs and comes along with a page-by-page glossary of which song to listen to while coloring.
Readers can go through E-40’s word search—as he’s known for creating his own slang terms—guide Chamillionaire through a maze so the police can’t catch him “riding dirty,” and color in Macklemore’s fur fox skin while listening to “Thrift Shop.”
Author Erik Wahl suggests the 4 things we need to do to remain progressive:
1. Step outside your bubble.
2. Live with some discomfort.
3. Ask forgiveness instead of permission.
4. Start small.
Americans outraged by the NSA secret surveillance (PRISM) scandal have been channelling their anger through some very creative works of art.
Hopefully you are enjoying your weekend and not dreading the arrival of another Monday. Here are a few tips that may make your week pleasant and productive.
Feeling a little stuck, need a boost in creativity?
No worries if you really can’t leave your desk.
Having trouble remembering why your work matters?
Another way to make your work more meaningful is to…
Starting a new job or just want to establish yourself at your work place?
Do you hit productivity walls? (Are you human?)
Have a great week y’all!
Makey Makey is a little circuit board that comes with a set of alligator clips. You can attach them to anything even mildly conductive (a body part, a glass of water, alphabet noodles, paper clips, Play Dough, or fruit for example) and use that thing to control your computer as though you were hitting the keyboard or moving the mouse.
Turn a bunch of bananas into a piano. Turn your friends into a synthesizer. Turn a trampoline into a slideshow controller. Turn your hand into a game glove. The possibilities are endless.
"We learn more and retain more. Creative pathways are opened up as we engage more of our senses. Forming letters by strokes, as opposed to selecting each by keys, opens regions of the brain involving thinking, language, and memory that are not opened through typing. Writing, real writing, makes you smarter.”
Need to get focused? Try turning off your computer and doing some good old fashioned hand-writing.
[Image: Flickr user Lali Masriera]
What is the scientific connection between coffee shops and creativity?
University of Illinois researchers found that the level of noise that matches the bustle of a coffeeshop—around 70 decibels—spurs more creative performance than the quiet of 50 decibels or the distracting, blender-volume of 85 decibels. Why?