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Creative Thinking Prompt #25

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. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

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

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Other Than Its Intended Calling …

How many of us have a stapler at our desk?

Our staples may look different …

They basically serve the same purpose …

But do they have too?

That is where this creative thinking come in …

In Caffeine for the Creative Mind, I found an idea about looking at staplers in a new way:

Everyone is familiar with a staple.They’ve been a staple (pun intended) of office culture for years. We’vea kk seen staplers, used staplers and are well versed in their purpose. You now have five minutes to come up with ten unconventional ways to use a stapler. And it can’t be to stalple something. Look at it closely, open it up, recognize the shapes it makes. Turn it upside down, lay it on its side. Come up with ten ways to use a stapler other than its intended calling.

The S.C.A.M.P.E.R. method is another way for brainstorming creative uses for objects … 

Reader Comments (2)

What a great idea! This is my first time playing along. :O)

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuAnn Braley

Love your list LuAnn!

September 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterMelissa Edwards

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