A few months ago, I wrote about a favorite professor and his unique brand of creativity and one of the resources I shared at the time is worthy of a second mention. It’s a short piece about the ‘science of creativity’ and I return to it often – sharing with clients and family members as a power boost to reconnect with our inner muse and motivation: The science of creativity (apa.org). Especially helpful for those who are writers, bloggers, thinkers, collaborators, is this insight from the article, from psychologist Paulus about research he refers to as ‘brainwriting’:
In a 2000 Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (Vol. 82, No. 1) study led by Paulus, an interactive group of brainwriters produced 28 percent more possible uses for a paper clip than a similar group of solitary brainwriters. This may be because group members tend to build off one another’s ideas, leading to increased creativity and innovation.
I love the creative, inspired influences between bloggers. Maybe we’ve not given the blogging community enough credit for spurring and igniting creativity? When a post from a blogging friend strikes a note of recognition or awareness, we often share our thoughts and reactions via comments, but the spark created when we read an impactful post sometimes manifests into a new thread altogether, one that surfaces in the form of a fresh perspective, told in rippling wonder.
But wait! There’s more! (There’s always more…we’ve met, haven’t we?) We’re ½ way through the month of April and my blogging buds on HoTM, Heart of the Matter, continue to amaze me with their insightful consideration of “creativity” and what it means. My post on HoTM today? I go out on a limb…a very Vicki limb…as I think about creativity as a life skill. No artistry, no paint, no music but a soulful slice of ideation. Take a peek, won’t you?
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