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Make connections across disciplines

“… the ability to make connections across disciplines-arts and sciences, humanities and technology-is a key to innovation, imagination, and genius.” Walter Isaacson (2017) Leonardo da Vinci. p3.

Imagine you have a day of freedom to explore cross-disciplinary thinking, and that you take the opportunity to combine what you’re working on now with sustainable development to create something new, to innovate.

You have that day – it’s World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21.

See what you can do.

FYI World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15.

Check out where your search engine points when you query his name. Who knows what you’ll find out that you can use for inspiration.

Seven Misconceptions About Creativity and How to Harness It

Remember to stay true to your own creative energy, methods, and approach.
Forget comments others make about your way to do things, such as

  1. You are too original
  2. You are too alone
  3. You are too distracted
  4. You are too focused
  5. You are too in love (with your idea)
  6. You are too perfect
  7. You are too aimless

There’s a way to hack these. Take a look at this source article.
Joseph-Campbell
To quote Joseph Campbell, an America mythologist and scholar “follow your bliss.”  Campbell’s work influenced George Lucas’ (Star Wars) filmmaking.
Adding my own sentiment to Campbell’s philosophy – follow your bliss, and not someone else’s.
Other Campbell quotes:
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
More can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/20105.Joseph_Campbell


 
 
 

Creative people’s brains really do work differently

What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of creative genius. In a historic study, Barron…

“The study showed that creativity is informed by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics.
The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were:

  • an openness to one’s inner life
  • a preference for complexity and ambiguity
  • an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray
  • the ability to extract order from chaos
  • independence; unconventionality
  • a willingness to take risks.”

Sourced from: qz.com

The Road to Ithica – a poem toward embarking on a journey

This poem was contributed by Harry Vardis in honour of Sid Parnes’ recent passing. Sid was a pioneer in the field of creativity, a teacher, mentor, researcher, advocate, and a kind and gentle man.  It was he who first taught me that creativity can be used in problem-solving.

Sid Parnes and Marci Segal at ACRE 2 in South Africa, 1995

Ithaca by Constantine Cavafis

As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one.
Full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclopes and angry Poseidon,
don’t be afraid of them.
You’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as rare excitement stirs your spirit and body
Laistrygonians, Cyclops, wild Poseidon,
you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many sunny mornings
when with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things
mother of pearl, and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfumes of every kind—as many sensual perfumes as you can,
and may you visit many Egyptian cities to learn,
and to go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island.
Wealthy with all you’ve gained
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey
without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor,
Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become,
so full of experiences,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.