Creativity and Creative Problem Solving
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The reality about creativity, creative thinking and creative problem solving is that there is no one way. There are many ways. That's the nature of the beast.
Similarly, no one invented or owns creative thinking. There are creative thought leaders. Those leaders teach others or are copied by others. The best thing you can do with your creative thinking is to teach others how to be more creative.
With that in mind, enjoy these resources that I've found helpful or believe that you will find helpful.
Founded in 1954, CEF is the recognized world leader in Applied Imagination. Alex Osborn, an adman and educator, not only founded CEF, but also invented brainstorming and co-founded the ad firm, BBDO. His classic book, Applied Imagination, continues to inspire the work of CEF.
Along with Sidney Parnes, Osborn developed the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process. For more than 50 years, CEF has been teaching adults and children in organizations, schools and communities how to use this proven process to develop new ideas, solve problems and implement solutions.
The CEF organizes the Creative Problem Solving Institute, (CPIS) an annual conference usually held in June about creativity and creative problem solving.
This is THE place to expand your creative problem solving skills.
Mindcamp is a four-day micro-university for personal, professional, and organizational creativity - a feast of 90-minute and half-day concurrent sessions presented by the best creativity leaders in North America and world-wide.
Mindcamp exposes more than 200 creative people to a wide range of perspectives on the research and practice of deliberate creativity and structured thinking. And on top of our scheduled programs, there are evening salons, dialog sessions, music, dancing, campfires, and just plain fun.
MindCamp is an annual event for creative thinkers held north of Toronto, Canada.
Creative Thinking Leaders
Alan, as he prefers to be called, is one of the most creative people I know. He taught me how to systematically be more creative and inspired me to tap into my creativity. He was the lead instructor at my first CPSI conference and I continue to think of him as a friend.
Dr. Min Basadur is Professor Emeritus of Innovation in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and Founder of Basadur Applied Creativity. Dr. Basadur is a recognized world leader in the field of applied creativity and specializes in organizational effectiveness, cost improvements, innovation and problem solving.
Is an author, inventor, and speaker. His seminars and products have enriched the creativity of millions of people around the world. He is the author of three creative thinking classics.
Nominated for the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2005, Edward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is equally renowned for his development of the Six Thinking Hats technique and the Direct Attention Thinking Tools. He is the originator of the concept of Lateral Thinking, which is now part of language and is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.
George Torok offers programs in creative problem solving, creative thinking, and creative facilitation.
Contact George Torok by calling 905-335-1997
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