Summer Residential Intensive Masters Program
Dr. Wendy L. Schultz
Infinite Futures

intro/overview | creativity | facilitation
scenario identification and analysis |
scenario building
visions and visioning
strategic planning and change management
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COURSE MODULE: creativity *!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!* CLASS NOTES by Stuart Forsyth

Small group discussion on creativity.
Back to course module on creativity.

What are all the words/concepts/ideas you associate with creativity?
  • Epiphany
  • Intuition
  • Inspiration
  • Taking something not obvious and making it obvious
  • I wish I had thought of that
  • A different way of seeing things
  • Unique
  • Astounding
  • Different perspective
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Surprising
  • Eccentric
  • Different

  • Brainstorming
  • Spontaneous
  • Intuition
  • Imagination
  • Revelation
  • Freedom of expression
  • Adaptation
  • Weird
  • Innovative
  • Solutions
  • Renewing existing ideas
  • Different perspective
  • Aha!
  • Originality
  • Pregnant
  • Point of view
  • Revolutionary
  • Extraordinary
  • Bringing together two ideas that have never previously been associated
  • Bisociation
  • Overlaying a different perspective on something
  • Themes
  • Something that is new
  • Something outside the ordinary/normal
  • Spontaneous
  • Vision/sight
  • Shift in how we see things
  • See Miller, p. 36 (a business consultant's point of view)
  • Thinking up new ideas
  • Making something tangible
  • Actually creating the communications satellites envisioned by Arthur Clarke
  • Producing an event
  • Organizing people or projects
  • Doing something spontaneous
  • Building relationships
  • Changing your "inner self"

What's the most extraordinary example of creativity you can think of?

What's the most creative thing you personally have ever done?

  • Published short stories
  • College debate on superiority of men vs. women
  • Recorded music w/ car keys
  • Prize-winning photograph of SP 4449 steam locomotive
  • Presentations on "Practicing Law in the New Millennium"
  • My resume
  • Home cure for sick child
  • Helped write script and filmed an independent movie
  • Einstein's theory of relativity
  • Jules Verne (trips to the Moon)
  • Leonard deVinci (flying machines, helicopters, bridges, multiple-shot canons)
  • Wright Brothers (airplane)
  • Apollo 13 ground team
  • Shakespeare
  • Beethoven / Bach / Tchaikovsky / Hendrix
  • Edison
  • Ansel Adams
  • Parenting
  • Star Trek/Star Wars
  • Holodeck
  • Bob Dylan
  • Primogeniture
  • Mozart
What constrains creativity?
  • Standard operating procedures

  • The way we do things here
  • Tradition
  • Lack of trust
  • Fear of reactions
  • Thinking too much about something
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Depending on books
  • Focus on self instead of the problem
  • Lack of vision
  • Expectations of certain results
  • Lack of drive
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of time
  • Teachers expecting certain answers
  • Grades
  • Lack of freedom of expression
  • Education
  • Cultural or religious beliefs
  • Assumptions
  • Abundance
  • Fear
  • Homogeneity
  • Need to fit in/be part of community
  • Acting within the cultural norm
  • Censorship
  • Pressures for conformity
  • Previous successes
  • Embeddedness
  • Someone who has never faced a problem before can be more creative
  • Children are not very embedded
  • It often does not take much to nudge us out of our embeddedness
  • Lack of humor
  • Abundance
  • Fear of failure
  • Specialization
  • Compartmentalization

Alphabet with some letters inside a circle and some outside:
we tend to get stuck in the patterns that we are used to

Koestler chapter:
  • Matrix = families of problems
  • You are not being original if you are operating within set patterns
  • The degree of creativity you display depends upon how unusual the problem is for you (how inexperienced you are with it)
  • True objective creativity only comes from those who have mastered the matrix of a particular area
  • Futurists tend to be generalists
  • Bisociation
  • Connection TV series
  • Timing is everything
  • Paths available to disseminate creativity

    Gell-Mann chapter:
  • You need to be nudged out of your paradigm
  • The creative process
  • Saturation, immersion
  • Incubation
  • Illumination, Eureka, Aha!
  • Verification
  • Give yourself time to go through this process
  • Pressure or stress can be a spur to creativity, but only if there is enough time
  • Can override many of the constraints
  • He is talking about paradigm breaking/shifting

  • Chapter 5 is limitations on creativity
  • Relevance for futures:
    The more detail you can put into your image of the future, the more effective it will be
  • Miller, pp. 96-97

    Do Innovation Styles form @ Miller, p. 69
    Read Miller pp. 98-185
    Look for ads that describe or imply a possible future

    Check the Futures Lab for different scenario products
    You will be asked to present one of the scenarios from the lab

    Back to course module on creativity.