We have all experienced it. You have a great idea but it’s rejected by your colleagues, your boss or your CEO. Rejection is common. While most people admire creative individuals, entrepreneurs or writers they can find it difficult to back a creative idea. Why is that? Here are three reasons why people reject novel ideasContinue reading “Three Reasons People Reject Creative Ideas… and Three Things You Can Do About It”
So, you don’t have a new idea for a wonderful product. Not a problem. Sometimes invention is reinvention. Many successful ideas are new ways of reusing existing ideas or new combinations of existing things. Here are three examples:
I recently organised a workshop with Sara Jones of City University, London. Sara wanted to use the Digital Shoreditch Festival as an opportunity to generate new and useful ideas on ‘How to foster a culture of collaboration between universities and industry’. The festival brings together diverse participants from start-ups, SMEs, large companies and academia forContinue reading “Tablecloths for Idea Generation”
Have you read Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett? It’s a great book about creative collaboration and how this enhances creativity, creates a sense of community and improves individual happiness. If you are interested in creativity, collaboration and change I’d recommend you read it.
Two types of fear can prevent us from being creative: fears about ourselves fears about how we will be received by other people. ‘Fears about yourself prevent you from doing your best work’ 
Crowdsourcing, collaboration, co-creation – there’s a lot of interest in how to involve more people in creative processes. It is often referred to as ‘social creativity’. But do we really understand how to combine people, technology and creativity to generate new solutions? Here’s a simple four step model that can help commercial organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises:
Creativity is rather mysterious. What is creativity? How are people creative? Are some ideas more creative than others? I thought I’d share some of the concepts that have helped my understanding of creativity. Hopefully they’ll be of use to you too.