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Creative Thinking Challenge #5

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

 I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. The next prompt will post on the 15th of the month.

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt:
Attentive Silence

I have written about Danny Gregory and his book (The Creative License: Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are) before, so I decided to look in that book again for this Creative Thinking Challenge. I opened the book to a random page and was intrigued by what I came across on page 62 ….

Talk to new people, to total strangers, about something of interest to them.

Interview people for a story in your journal: homeless folks, fisherman, neighbors, butchers, police, kids, elderly relatives, deliverymen, dentists, or sanitation workers.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to break down barriers.

When you do this exercise, put your own ego aside. Resist the temptation to take over, to put your story onstage. Everyone loves to talk about themselves, so let them.

Give the gift of attentive  silence. Be generous and you will gain so much from others.

The challenge this time is a little different from the earlier ones …

Creative Thinking involves doing different things!

Can you come up with a unique way to share …

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