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Office creativity: Hammocks, slides, operable windows, rooftop bars — but 'clean desks' and private offices are returning

San Diego’s flipflop culture is invading the corporate office scene, where “casual Friday” is yesterday’s company amenity.<p>To attract and retain those …

Architecture

Lost Artwork Found Under Famous Picasso Painting

The discovery offers new insight into the creative process of the innovative artist.<p><b>Genius: Picasso</b> <i>premieres April 24 at 9/8c on National Geographic.</i><p>In 1957, when Pablo Picasso was in his seventh decade, he mused that x-ray technology might one day reveal a lost work underneath one of his early …

Art History

How to get power

<i>Sacha Vega/TED</i><p>In a democracy, power resides with the people. Here’s some helpful advice on how you can get your share, from civics educator Eric …

Political Science

Scientists find there is something universal about what occurs in the brain when it processes stories

New brain research by USC scientists shows that reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each …

Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem

“One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.”<p><i>“People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them,”</i> Emerson wrote in contemplating the key to personal …

Literature

Neil Stevenson on Establishing a Culture of Storytelling

<i>As an Executive Portfolio Director at IDEO Chicago, Neil Stevenson is passionate about advancing IDEO’s design thinking methodologies. Neil studied</i> …

Design Thinking

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

Neuroscientists have started to identify thinking processes and brain regions involved with creativity

Creativity

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super …

How to Master the Art of Continuous Improvement

What is Continuous Improvement?<p>Let's define continuous improvement. Continuous improvement is a dedication to making small changes and improvements …

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

There are four simple steps to <b>the Feynman Technique</b>, which I'll explain below:<p>Choose a Concept<br>• Teach it to a Toddler<br>• Identify Gaps and Go Back to The …

Self-improvement

We are born creative geniuses and the education system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists

At TEDxTucson, Dr. George Land dropped a bombshell when he told his audience about the shocking result of a creativity test developed for NASA but …

Creativity

Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

How do you create a strategy for guaranteeing that innovation and creativity flourish in your organization?<p>When design principles are applied to …

Design Thinking

Restorative Practices Just Might Be the Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

<i>Dr. Margy Jones-Carey</i><p>“The night before the students come for the first time, I never sleep well”. I have said this every year of my career. There is …

The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium”

It’s a Wednesday morning in the IDEO San Francisco studio. Bright sunshine reflects off the Bay and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But in the project space, the mood is darker.<p>The team is on week five of their project. They’ve been conducting tons of human-centered interviews and broad …

Creativity

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

I once spent a few delicious days studying Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), a collection of high-end, casual eateries started by the famed New York restauranteur, Danny Meyer. He had recently claimed the key to his success was creating a “culture of hospitality.” I set out to discover how.<p>One …

Steps to Lead Complex Change in Education

<i>This post was co</i>-<i>authored by Dr. Vanessa LoVerme Akhtar and Dr. John P. Kotter. Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, Dr. Kotter is a best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, and</i> …

5 Classic Books That Have Inspired Innovative Thinking Throughout Time

“Innovation”, “mindfulness”, and “creativity” are terms we hear a lot these days, but where did they come from? These five books helped shape generations of thinkers, and their lessons still apply today.<p>Creativity, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship–they all begin within us; each is very much …

Big Think

Most may think of creativity as the process of your brain making large leaps to link unconnected concepts to something new.<p>It's actually the …

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

About the Study<p>In our study, we randomly assigned second-grade teachers in high-poverty schools that had low performance on state tests to two …

Pedagogy

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Despite decades of reform efforts, mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students …

Pedagogy

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of …

13 of the Best Creative Podcasts Offering Great Advice and Endless Inspiration

Podcasts have exploded over the past few years. (We've got Serial to thank for it.) Now, the once-niche audio format has become mainstream. You can find everything from enthralling true stories to fantastical fiction to hilarious comedy. With such a wide range of topics, there is truly something …

20+ Best TED Talks to Inspire Creativity

Held annually since 1990, TED Talks have become a go-to source for those looking to learn and be inspired. Creative TED Talks have become a staple of the conferences, with world-renowned artists, photographers, authors, and creative thinkers sharing the secrets of their success.<p>By showcasing their …

Creativity

How to Cultivate a Hotbed of Innovation: Insights From a Corporate Insider

Learn how to create an amazing experience that keeps everyone on your team engaged and motivated to deliver a successful innovation project.<p>Two senior vice presidents in finance and manufacturing provided executive sponsorship of the project because they believed in its strategic importance to the …

Employee Engagement

11 design Instagram accounts to follow right now

Feast your eyes<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been updated.</i><p>It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already …

Bike Lanes

Van Gogh on Heartbreak and Unrequited Love as a Vitalizing Force for Creative Work

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love.”<p>It is when life bends us to its will and we don’t break that we learn what we are made of — nowhere more so than in heartbreak, that outermost extremity of the discomfiting principle that frustration is essential to satisfaction in …

Relationships

5 Top Books Every Leader Should Read

Leaders are not born, they are made. They make themselvesThe post 5 Top Books Every Leader Should Read appeared first on iamwire.

Self-improvement

The 4 Phases of Creative Ideation

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do …