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Creative Thinking Challenge #10

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 1st of the month.

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

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt: Silly Prompts

One of the first aspects of creativity  Candace Hackett Shively mentions in her article, Grow Creativity!”, is fluency.

One of the easiest ways to build fluency in creative thinking is brainstorming!

I bet you didn’t realize you were doing creative thinking the last time you brainstormed something for your job or made a mental list of all the places those lost keys could be ….

Tina Seelig , executive director of Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program, also talks about creativity in her book, InGenius: a Crash Course on Creativity.

She says that one of the most important rules of brainstorming is that there are no bad ideas!

That sounds like a pretty positive outlook to me!

Seelig also mentions how one needs to move beyond the first waves of ideas … to generate the most interesting and surprising ones!

So that is the challenge this time!

I am going to give you a silly prompt (from Seelig’s book) and then I want you to share your ideas. You can make a list, you can draw a picture, make a model, record a narration … whatever you need to do to express your idea(s)!

Option 1

The SILLY PROMPT: How would you design eyeglasses if we didn’t have ears? (Seelig, pg 57)

Option 2

Share other Silly Prompts we can use for brainstorming!

You can brainstorm by yourself ….

You can brainstorm with others and build off each other’s ideas …

I wonder how children would respond to this silly prompt or what silly prompts they would create …

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