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Posts from the ‘Creativity’ Category

Neuroscience And Art – Where Is The Overlap?

As I keep saying – tapping into your creative side can help you in so many ways, including the way you work. There is huge benefit in meshing the analytical mind with the creative. Check this out – even neuroscientists are doing it!

Neuroscience and Art

 

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10 Things Creative People Know

Quitting The Corporate World To Do Something More Creative

 

Inspired By Play

One thing I think that grown ups can learn from kids is how to really let loose and enjoy play!  Play has many benefits, including the joy and energy gained from playing. And kids are brilliant at keeping it central to their lives, often through their worship of toys.

Check out these inspiring pics of kids from around the world and their favorite play companions.

Inspired By Play

Storytelling: An old way of communicating, new mediums, and big changes

Today’s storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.

Be inspired here.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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Why Fostering A Fearless Culture Is The Key To Groundbreaking Creative Work

Making mistakes is a good thing, it’s how we learn and progress.  Today’s featured article discusses how fostering a fearless culture is the key to groundbreaking creative work. See a couple of quotes from the article below:

The antidote to fear is trust, and we all have a desire to find something to trust in an uncertain world. Fear and trust are powerful forces, and while they are not opposites, exactly, trust is the best tool for driving out fear. There will always be plenty to be afraid of, especially when you are doing something new. Trusting others doesn’t mean that they won’t make mistakes. It means that if they do (or if you do), you trust they will act to help solve it. Fear can be created quickly; trust can’t. Leaders must demonstrate their trustworthiness, over time, through their actions — and the best way to do that is by responding well to failure.

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Seven Ways To Garden Like You Know What You’re Doing

Ever wanted to have your own little garden but didn’t know where to start? These seven tips could be just the information you’re looking for.

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5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around The House

Craft your own instruments from easy-to-find materials for the next family sing-along. Assemble the band and have a blast!

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Advice From Artists On How To Overcome Creative Block

One of the many things that creative people struggle with is creative block. In the following article you will read advice from a range of different creatives about how they overcome the dreaded ‘block’.

One of the recurring themes in dealing with creative block, which a number of the artists articulate, has to do with mastering the right balance between freedom and constraint. Mixed-media artist Trey Speegleputs it perfectly:You have to set up the narrow parameters that you work in, and then within those, give yourself just enough room to be free and play.

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Quick Right Brain Access

This article includes some interesting thoughts on accessing the ‘right’ side of the brain – our creative side (if you want to take sides). The right side is also the area that tends to take more of a big picture view.

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Artist’s Brains Have More ‘Grey Matter’ Than The Rest of Ours, Study Finds

The rather small study, published in NeuroImage, is based on the brain scans and drawing performances of 21 art students (graduates and undergraduates attending art and design courses in London at Camberwell College of Art and The Royal College of Art) and 23 non-artists. The scan findings also showed that those who identified as artists — as well as those who performed better on the drawing tests — tended to have more grey matter in the parietal lobe, a region involved with spatial orientation and cognition.

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