How to become more creative?

Creativity is one of the most important skills of the 21st century. As we are bombarded every day with new information and problems become ever more complex, the need for more creative initiatives and answers increases. Here are various tools that can help you find creative approaches to your work!

 

 

 

Unlearn/forget/dismantle/

Participants will be explained that in order to be creative they must first make a space for innovation. They need to let go of the old in order to make way for the new.

For this, in groups, first they will have to identify some concepts that were considered rock solid some years or centuries ago and now they are not in use anymore (e.g. “The world is flat”, “No object heavier than air can fly”, etc.). Through a facilitated discussion, the facilitator will introduce the conclusion that what is considered to be valid now is not necessarily unchangeable.

In the same groups, participants will be invited to think about some other concepts that are considered at this point to be valid but can change in the close or distant future.

The debriefing will concentrate on making participants aware that sometimes we limit ourselves because we take some things as they are and we are not ready to challenge them.

 

 

What if?

Several flipcharts will be set-up in the room, having the “What if?” question as title. Participants will be invited to let their imagination free, to break the “barriers” that exist in our world and to imagine new ones. This will be done by thinking “What if ...” (e.g. “What if no cars will run on fossil fuel?”, “What if we could travel instantly to another place?”, “What if Internet would stop for one week?”).

Several of “What if” answers will be wrote on other flipcharts and participants will be asked to write the implications of those situations being real.

In the end, participants will be asked to think about themselves and to write on a paper several “What if?” situations that refer to their own personality and to imagine their implications.

The debriefing will concentrate on self-imposed boundaries and how these can influence us.

 

 

Creative re-engineering

Divided into groups, participants will be offered an item that they will have to describe on a flipchart. After all the characteristics have been written down, the participants will have to imagine the same item but missing one of the characteristics or even having an opposite one (e.g. “landline phones - they are attached to wires” – “landline phones -they are not attached to wires”). From this, they will have to create new and innovative products or solutions (e.g. "wireless landline phone").

 

 

Innovative connections

Participants will be divided in groups and will receive a worksheet, containing two columns of various items. They will be asked to connect one item from the first column to another one form the second and to imagine a new product. After each group will present their inventions to the others, they will return and elaborate on one of the inventions that the others have foreseen and will transform it into a practical thing that can be sold.

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