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Creative Think



Roger von Oech's thoughts about creativity, innovation, and fun things to stimulate your imagination!



Updated: 2011-08-30T20:01:10-07:00

 



Think Like A Wise Fool

2011-08-30T20:01:10-07:00

It's time for one of my very favorite creative thinking strategies: Think Like A Wise Fool Image from Wise Fool Carrying the strategy of "looking at things differently" to extremes brings us to the realm of the Wise Fool, the being for whom everyday ways of understanding have little meaning. It's the wise fool's job to extol the trivial, trifle with the exalted, and parody the common perception of a situation. In doing so, the fool makes us conscious of the habits we take for granted and rarely question. A good...



New Creative Whack Pack App for iPad & iPhone

2010-09-07T18:54:30-07:00

"The Creative Whack Pack is still the most impressive brainstorming tool in the AppStore, hands down." —Innovation Tools The best-selling Creative Whack Pack is now available as an iPhone/iPad Universal App and available at iTunes! Based on the #1 best-selling iPhone app, the iPad version has the following highlights: 20 new creativity strategies (based on the thoughts of the world's first creativity teacher: Heraclitus) for a total of 84 Full notepad editor for capturing and sharing your ideas while you're doing the creative workshops Automatic "suggest-an-Issue" to force you to address...



We Measure the Shortest Shadows of the Year!

2010-06-21T18:27:35-07:00

One of the pluses of swimming Masters at noon is that we get to observe the sun's transit on a daily basis. [The sun's transit is its highest point in the sky each day. Throughout the year, this usually occurs sometime between 12:00 Noon and 1:20 PM — depending on whether we're on standard or daylight time.] This time of year (Solstice time), the sun marks its transit at approximately 76º high in the sky at our latitude. Today this occurred at about 1:09 PM for our location (according to my...



Happy Kit Puts A Smile on Your Face

2010-06-16T16:48:50-07:00

Would you like to be happy? No problem at all. Here's your "Happy Kit." Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Just follow these simple instructions.



Financial Collapse Explained in 3 Minutes

2010-05-29T13:48:22-07:00

Source: http://www.thecomingdepression.blogspot.com
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Source: http://www.thecomingdepression.blogspot.com

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Niftiest Logo I've Seen in a While

2010-05-21T19:18:09-07:00

It was made by logo designer Richard Fonteneau. The logo has two visual elements: The golfer and his swing, the spartan face/helmet. Quite clever. Makes you look twice . . . and think twice. [via Alex von Oech] From the comments by Wes George: This kind of ambiguous imagery has broader implications for how the whole cognitive mind responds to patterns. Notice that it is really difficult to hold both the golfer image and the Spartan in the mind's eye at the same moment and impossible while not vigilant. Could this...



Paradoxes of Creativity

2010-04-04T10:00:53-07:00

I like this list of eight paradoxes of creativity from creativity thinker Michael Michalko (author of Thinkertoys, among other works): To create, a person must Have knowledge but forget the knowledge; See unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder; Work hard but spend time doing nothing; Create many ideas yet most of them are useless; Look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different; Desire success but learn how to fail; Be persistent but not stubborn; and, Listen to experts but know how to disregard...



It's Time to Think Like A Fool!

2010-03-31T17:03:06-07:00

It's that time of year again! And it's time for one of my very favorite creative thinking strategies: Think Like A Fool Image from the Creative Whack Pack Carrying the strategy of "looking at things differently" to extremes brings us to the realm of the fool, the being for whom everyday ways of understanding have little meaning. It's the fool's job to extol the trivial, trifle with the exalted, and parody the common perception of a situation. In doing so, the fool makes us conscious of the habits we take for...



Color Names

2010-03-04T15:44:24-08:00

This is about right. What do you think?



"Vanishing Point" from Bonsajo

2010-01-20T19:37:20-08:00

I really like this short video (1:40) entitled "Vanishing Point" from Bonsajo, a visual performance unit in Japan. It makes me think of some stuff I saw in the late 1960s and early 70s. It's fun just to watch it and let it flow over you. Vanishing Point from Bonsajo on Vimeo.
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I really like this short video (1:40) entitled "Vanishing Point" from Bonsajo, a visual performance unit in Japan. It makes me think of some stuff I saw in the late 1960s and early 70s. It's fun just to watch it and let it flow over you.

Vanishing Point from Bonsajo on Vimeo.

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Personal Highlights of the '00s

2009-12-27T18:01:27-08:00

The '00s are at an end. On a personal level, I can say the '00s were a good decade. I spent most of my fifties there (I aged from 51 to 61). I had some wonderful experiences, met some interesting people, and created a few things along the way. Here are some of my personal highlights from the '00s: • I Imagined that a Rhombic Triacontahedron could be broken into 30 pyramids. This idea became the Ball of Whacks. I patented it, went to China to manufacture it, and created a...



Novel Omission

2009-12-15T08:01:15-08:00

Click HERE to follow me on Twitter! For the past month, I've been Twittering — and having a lot of fun doing it. I was an early adopter of Twitter — March, 2007 or member #1,810,431 — but didn't much do with it until recently. One thing that has helped make the experience enjoyable is the Tweetie app for iPhone. Now, I can take a few minutes here and there and check what's happening in the "river of Tweets" that flows by. Many of the people I "follow" are interested in...



New Version of Creative Whack Pack App!

2009-11-25T07:39:27-08:00

Today, Apple approved a new version (3.1) of my Creative Whack Pack iPhone app. [Here is the link to iTunes.] Since it was introduced last March, this product has become the iPhone's premier creativity/innovation tool. It has also been #1 in its category (Business). Great price too: $1.99. The three main new features are: Note-taking workshops. Each specific Creative Whack card has its own sound effect. These enhance the user experience, and make the session more memorable. There is increased "sharability." You can now share Creative Whack cards with friends and...



What's Your Creativity Style?

2009-11-21T13:13:53-08:00

It's time again for some inspiration from Heraclitus, the world's first creativity teacher (he lived around 500 BC). Today's insight is: “I searched into myself.” Heraclitus felt that consulting our own knowledge and intuition is a wonderful way to gain insight. Unfortunately, some of us never learned this lesson. Much of our educational system is an elaborate game of "guess what the teacher is thinking," and we come to believe that the best ideas are in someone else's head rather than our own. Heraclitus reminds us that there are good ideas...



10,000,000 Yards Swimming This Decade!

2009-11-20T16:32:33-08:00

If you asked me how this decade went for me, I'd say: "Swimmingly!" Why? I'll share a personal swimming milestone with you.This week, I passed the 10,000,000 yard mark for yards swum this decade (2000-2009). (9,144 kilometers, or approx. 5,700 miles.) This started with an innocent remark that a teammate (Jim Merchant) made to me in January, 2000. He said: "I've had a couple of million-plus yard years." I thought, "That would be a fun goal." I ended 2000 with 1,177,000 yards. All-told, I've had six million-plus yards years this decade:...

(image) If you asked me how this decade went for me, I'd say: "Swimmingly!"

Why? I'll share a personal swimming milestone with you.

This week, I passed the 10,000,000 yard mark for yards swum this decade (2000-2009). (9,144 kilometers, or approx. 5,700 miles.)

This started with an innocent remark that a teammate (Jim Merchant) made to me in January, 2000. He said: "I've had a couple of million-plus yard years." I thought, "That would be a fun goal." I ended 2000 with 1,177,000 yards.

All-told, I've had six million-plus yards years this decade: 2000-2003, and 2008-2009. The most yards was 2008 with 1.2 million. The biggest month was 142,000 yards (as part of a Max-Yards February).

The competitive highpoint was participating at the 2006 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Keeping track of yards has its upside and downside. The positive is that it kept me in the water a "little bit longer" per workout. For example, if I had done 3,300, I'd probably keep going until I got to 3,500 because it's easier to keep track of units of "500" and "000."

The negative, as many of you are probably thinking, is that it gets to be a little obsessive (but it's healthier than a lot of obsessions). I plan to stop keeping track after December (next month).

Swimming: what a great life-long sport!
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Kenneth Clark's Series, Civilisation

2009-11-24T16:14:01-08:00

For the past two weeks, I've watched the 1969 thirteen-part BBC series, "Civilisation" which was written and narrated by Kenneth Clark. This series --which focused on western art over the past thousand years -- was quite popular when it first appeared four decades ago. I greatly enjoyed it then, and I feel that it holds up pretty well now!



The Best Thing About "2010"

2009-11-21T12:26:08-08:00

I think the best thing about about the year "2010" is that most people will call it Twenty-Ten. Nice and simple. Only three syllables! [Not, God forbid, two thousand and ten. Ugh!] This means a return to calling the first two digits of the year one number, and the last two digits another number. For example: 1948 is nineteen forty-eight. I think that most of the years of this decade have been ponderous to pronounce, e.g., 2007 was two thousand and seven — and that's too many syllables. Twenty oh seven...

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I think the best thing about about the year "2010" is that most people will call it Twenty-Ten.

Nice and simple. Only three syllables! [Not, God forbid, two thousand and ten. Ugh!]

This means a return to calling the first two digits of the year one number, and the last two digits another number. For example: 1948 is nineteen forty-eight.

I think that most of the years of this decade have been ponderous to pronounce, e.g., 2007 was two thousand and seven — and that's too many syllables. Twenty oh seven would have been just fine by me.

Hello Twenty Ten! Happy to see you!

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Carbon Credit Humor

2009-10-15T09:28:44-07:00

The Internet makes many new enterprises possible. For example, I recently ran across this example. Hooray for human ingenuity! The guy in the bed has used the Internet to combine his sloth (sleeping in) with environmental concern (people wishing to offset their carbon use) and clever marketing ("having an environmentally friendly day"). Made me laugh!



Tomato and Asparagus Synergy

2009-09-12T12:31:31-07:00

Here's some amazing synergy! Gardeners know that when tomatoes and asparagus are planted together, they have a beneficial effect on one another. • Asparagus roots exude a chemical that kills many of the nematodes that either feed of tomato roots or carry diseases to the plant. • Tomatoes repel the asparagus beetle. Both plants do better when planted together! What other examples can you think of?



Nice X-Ball Video

2009-08-11T14:58:50-07:00

Fun video of the X-Ball from TD Monthly. One minute long. Watch TDmonthly Video