Creativity is VERY MUCH LIKE literacy

“One myth is that only special people are creative. This is not true. Everyone is born with tremendous capacities for creativity. The trick is to develop these capacities. Creativity is very much like literacy. We take it for granted that nearly everybody can learn to read and write. If a person can’t read or write, you don’t assume that this person is incapable of it, just that he or she hasn’t learned how to do it. The same is true of creativity. When people say they’re not creative, it’s often because they don’t know what’s involved or how creativity works in practice.”

Robinson, Ken. “The Element.”

A Nanometer

“A nanometer is very small indeed, but it’s not the smallest thing around. If you have a nanometer, you can have half of one. There is indeed a picometer, which is a thousandth of a nanometer. Then there is an attometer, which is a millionth of a nanometer. And there is a femtometer, which is a billionth of a nanometer: a billionth of a billionth of a meter”

Robinson, Ken. “Out of Our Minds.”

Population, Cont.

“In some countries, including those of the emerging economies, almost half the population is under 25. In others, especially the older industrialized countries, the population is aging.7 Many are experiencing extremely slow growth and even natural decrease because death rates have risen above birth rates. By mid 2010, deaths exceeded births in thirteen European countries including Russia, Germany, Latvia and Serbia…”

Robinson, Ken. “Out of Our Minds.”

Thrive *n Chaos

“Yet some companies and leaders navigate this type of world exceptionally well. They don’t merely react; they create. They don’t merely survive; they prevail. They don’t merely succeed; they thrive. They build great enterprises that can endure. We do not believe that chaos, uncertainty, and instability are good; companies, leaders, organizations, and societies do not thrive on chaos. But they can thrive in chaos.”

Jim, Collins. “Great by Choice.”

Twenty years of experience?

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Andy Hargadon, head of the entrepreneurship center at the University of California–Davis, says that for many people “twenty years of experience” is really one year of experience repeated twenty times.20 If you’re in permanent beta in your career, twenty years of experience actually is twenty years of experience because each year will be marked by new, enriching challenges and opportunities. Permanent beta is essentially a lifelong commitment to continuous personal growth.

Hoffman, Reid. “The Start-Up of You.”

Immigration in the face of Population

“In some countries net immigration provides the only population growth. The United States is the third most populous nation in the world, behind China and India with a current population of 309 million. An estimated 4.3 million babies were born in the USA during 2007 and the population increased by an estimated 1.2 million people. According to the US Census Bureau projections, the US population could reach 422 million by 2050. The main growth in the population is through patterns of migration from Central and South America…”

Robinson, Ken. “Out of Our Minds.”

On Intelligence and Creativity

“I think it is because most people believe that intelligence and creativity are entirely different things, that we can be very intelligent and not very creative or very creative and not very intelligent.
For me, this identifies a fundamental problem. A lot of my work with organizations is about showing that intelligence and creativity are blood relatives. I firmly believe that you can’t be creative without acting intelligently. Similarly, the highest form of intelligence is thinking creatively. In seeking the Element, it is essential to understand the real nature of creativity and to have a clear understanding of how it relates to intelligence.
In my experience, most people have a narrow view of intelligence, tending to think of it mainly in terms of academic ability. This is why so many people who are smart in other ways end up thinking that they’re not smart at all. There are myths surrounding creativity as well.”

Robinson, Ken. “The Element.”

We are Right/Left Hemisphere-ed

“A study conducted in the 1940s asked people with various kinds of brain damage to copy a picture of a house. Interestingly, the patients drew very different landscapes depending on which hemisphere remained intact. Patients reliant on the left hemisphere because the right hemisphere had been incapacitated depicted a house that was clearly nonsensical: front doors floated in space; roofs were upside down. However, even though these patients distorted the general form of the house, they carefully sketched its specifics and devoted lots of effort to capturing the shape of the bricks in the chimney or the wrinkles in the window curtains. (When asked to draw a person, this type of patient might draw a single hand, or two eyes, and nothing else.) In contrast, patients who were forced to rely on the right hemisphere tended to focus on the overall shape of the structure. Their pictures lacked details, but these patients got the essential architecture right. They focused on the whole.”

Lehrer, Jonah. “Imagine.”