Douglas Ovaitt will give a presentation on Creative Thinking. There are many books on the subject, so he has chosen one that illustrates most of the principles of creative thinking (and acting).
The chosen book is titled "LIVING YOUR LIFE OUT LOUD", by Salli Rasberry and Padi Selwyn, 1995. The book is subtitled, "How to Unlock Your Creativity and Unleash Your Joy". At the bottom of this page is a bibliography of other books on creative thinking.
The presentation will focus on the first two chapters. A synopsis of the presentation follows.
Chapter 1: The Twelve Traits of Highly Creative People
Chapter 2: Quantum Creativity (The Four Steps of the Creative Process)
If time permits, we will do a couple of group exercises in creative thinking.
The books by von Oech are quite entertaining. The book by Rasberry is an easy read. The others are a bit slower reading, but very good.
Present were Douglas, Don, Curtis, Rachel, Meredyth, Roberto, Glenn and Marvin.Rasberry and Selwyn in their book, "Living Your Life Out Loud" offer their list of Traits of Highly Creative People. Douglas took us through all of them one by one. Have the authors actually researched the attributes of recognized creative people? Picasso, Bach, Newton, Kant etc. Douglas assures us that they have not. Are these the traits of highly creative people? I doubt it. Consider the certified giants of creativity. Mathematicians, artists, musicians, writers... What traits did they have in common? Evidently originality is one because that is the essential substance of creativity: to bring something original into the world. And since their work acheived public recognition they must also have had perseverance. But the rest of the list is flawed. All my professional life has been spent in association with creative people. Originality was a minimum requisite for their job. Most were intolerant of ambiguity, especially when it came from ignorance. Many were inflexible because they were self assured and confident in their opinions. New ideas had to surmount the intellectual barrier erected by people who think a lot. Perhaps that's a counter trait of creative people.
Upon reading this report David Burch wrote:
An area where my observation is different from yours, Marvin, is the one having to do with compassion in the creative person. This may depend somewhat on the subject, but it seems to me that the best writers I have known are generally more concerned with and sypathetic to human conditions than is evident in the general population, (even among Democrats.) I suspect that compassion is a necessary trait for the writing of good fiction and poetry, and may be also advantageous for good technique.
The creative people about whom I was thinking are all scientists. I have asked quite a few of my colleagues over the years whether they have been accused of lacking compassion. To a man they have all said yes. Of course they thought the accusation false!
© m chester 1998 Occidental CA