Inside this Sunday:
- I’m reading about teaching creativity.
- I’m working on Learning Culture content.
- I’m thinking about highlights from San Diego.
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I was skeptical when I first read that a team of professors from Ohio State University, led by Angus Fletcher, had figured out a way to teach creativity.
But the more I dug into it, the more it made sense.
It starts with recognizing that we are all creative.
Creativity is too often thought of within narrow bounds: visual artistry, book authoring, musical talent.
But creativity is also present in things like problem-solving, visioning, and managing teams.
“Creativity isn’t about guessing the future correctly. It’s about making yourself open to imagining radically different possibilities.
When you do that, you can respond more quickly and nimbly to the changes that do occur.”
– Angus Fletcher
The new method Dr. Fletcher and his team came up with can be broken down into three categories of narrative techniques:
- World-building – e.g. pretend all your customers are like your most unusual customer. How would that change your business? What would you do to survive?
- Perspective-shifting – e.g. use the solution a colleague of yours applied to one problem, to attempt to solve a new problem.
- Action-generating – e.g. what if you woke up tomorrow to find a new competitor in your space? How would you respond? What would your exact actions look like?
The team has piloted these ideas with the U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 50 companies, and schools, and the work is developing.
If you read some of the exercises they’ve run, you might find them counter-intuitive, even weird.
That’s why I’m excited for the potential of this new approach.
👉Read the full study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
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I’M THINKING ABOUT
I just got back from San Diego, where I was speaking at the annual ASU+GSV Summit. I got to speak on two topics I’m particularly focused on right now: Learning Culture and the intersection of the creator economy and corporate learning (more on that last one coming soon!).
It was also an epic opportunity to meet and catch up with Internet friends I’ve made over the last two years. Here’s a little compilation of some highlights.
(p.s. that’s a 2009 Harlan Estate Bordeaux Blend courtesy of Emmy Sobieski 😉)
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